It's 1842 in Nauvoo, Il and Will is hard at work trying to support his pregnant wife Liz and build her the home he promised her father to build her. Liz on the other hand would love to just have Will home for awhile rather than constantly working on this or that. Things are getting better for them in Nauvoo, they are finally living on their own land in a cabin they built with the help of some friends, they have produce coming from their garden, good friends and neighbors and a new baby to look forward to soon. It becomes all too apparent just how much they have when a family arrives from England with nothing, looking to live in the small cabin Liz and Will lived in the year before.
In present day Nauvoo, Jeff and Abby's baby is born with the predicted heart defects. They want to have faith and no that all will be well with baby Will, but sometimes it's hard to know what Heavenly Father wants you to do, and it's also hard to remember that he will always keep his promises. Will Jeff and Abby be able to remember?
This book starts right where Come to Zion left off, you want to read that one first, although if it's been awhile the author does provide a nice refresher in introduction. Jeff and Abby are living in Nauvoo almost directly across the street from where his grandfather lived, something that I love. Nauvoo holds a special place in my heart, we were able to spend time there the last couple of summers, and I really love the way Dean Hughes paints the town, people and missionaries of Nauvoo in this series. I love both parts to this story, I love the parts about Will and Liz in the 1840's as well as Jeff and Abby in current Nauvoo. Dean Hughes' characters are well written and easy to get to "know." The plot in both parts is well done to, it feels as though it's something that really happened. Dean Hughes really is at his best with this kind of writing. I can't wait for the third installment of this amazing series!
I was given a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Labels: Come to Zion series, Dean Hughes, LDS Historical Fiction