Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Winds & The Waves

Sounds a lot like my life sometimes. A lot of winds and a lot of waves mixed in with the calm seas. And a lot of rock climbing! Sometime I will post more about that. But today, it's a book review. The one I promised a few posts back. (Yes, I read this one fast!)

This is the first of Dean Hughes' newest series, and boy, I am really looking forward to the second one! You can tell that I highly recommend it...

It starts with the story of Will Lewis, the son of an English tenant farmer. The novel is set during the early 1840s, but also the present. It's an interesting juxtaposition between Will Lewis and his fourth great grandson, Jeff Lewis.

Will seeks to better his life after being told by everyone he knows, including the girl he loves, Liz, that it isn't possible. God made poor people and he also made others better, and it's just the way it is. Liz is "better" than Will because her father is a merchant, yet Will also dreams of marrying Liz after he makes something "more" of his life. Will leaves his home of Herefordshire in hopes of finding that something more. Unfortunately, things don't turn out as he hopes, but he does learn a few important lessons. Liz also learns some lessons, and through it all, she can't forget about Will Lewis.

Contrast that with Jeff  & Abby Lewis, a young, newly married couple and recent Stanford graduates. Jeff is stuck in a job that isn't what he dreamed of either. He dreams of pursuing a different path, but a lay-off and unexpected pregnancy are the winds and waves of their world.

Ultimately, things do change for Will. He comes to America and heads for Nauvoo after being converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by Apostle Wilford Woodruff. Jeff and Abby also end up in Nauvoo, albeit 170 years later. But reaching Nauvoo isn't the end of anyone's troubles.

If you enjoy LDS historical fiction, you'll enjoy The Winds & The Waves.

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