Before reading this book be sure to read 'For Time and Eternity' the first book in this series. After finishing the first book I immediately purchased 'Forsaking All Others' because I was so caught up in the story and had to know what happened next. It's a great story of standing firm in the truth of the gospel. There were parts of this story that I found somewhat disappointing and questionable but overall it was a great book and it certainly gives us a better understanding of what Mormons believe.
This is a difficult topic: Mormonism. Most of us don't really understand it. Now I understand it better thanks to this book. I was concerned about putting it in our church library before I read it. Now I know it will help others understand this religion. The book reveals how a woman feels in a marriage with other wives and how their teachings deviates from Evangelical Christianity. The main character is so real, that it is hard to put the book down and I wish there was a third book! It explains many problems of how to get along with other wives and the emotions of dealing with it, particularly if you are the first wife.
This is a book everyone should read to understand Mormonism better and it's pitfalls.
Having firmly ensconced herself among some of the best authors in Christian historical fiction, Allison Pittman has penned another winner that fans of American and religious history will certainly appreciate. Immediately picking up where she last left her readers, Forsaking All Others concludes the story of Camilla Deardon Fox and her freedom from the early Mormon church.
Knowing that she must leave the falsehoods of the Mormon faith and return to the Christian teachings of her childhood, Camilla flees her husband and two young daughters as the US is on the brink of war with Utah and the Mormon church. Intending to seek refuge with her sister-in-law, she is stranded in the cold and faces the dangers of frostbite. Thanks to a compassionate Army officer, Camilla gains a safe haven to plot her next move and recover. After several convincing arguments, she persuades Colonel Brandon to take her to Salt Lake City so she may beg housing from her relatives. After having the door slam in her face, she resigns herself to staying with the one woman that won't turn her away--Sister Evangeline. This charity does not come without a price, however, and betrayal becomes the next foe she must face.
With a contrast so stark you could touch it, Allison Pittman has masterfully created a character in this novel that has grown from her impetuous youth into a woman of considerable grace and strength. With the entire story told in first-person point of view, Camilla's thoughts and emotions were completely transparent, and as a reader, I could identify with her longings to give herself completely over to God and His plan for her life. Compared to the previous novel, For Time and Eternity, Forsaking All Others was less about the strange teachings of the early Mormon church, and more about the journey Camilla took both spiritually and physically. There were times when I wanted to weep for the heartache that Camilla was experiencing, and alternately, I wanted to rejoice in the hope that her future was going to be better than her past.
While probably a strange backdrop for some fans of Christian fiction, The Sister Wife Series shares something that is indeed a part of early American history. Sadly, many were deceived by it's teachings and the enthusiasm of it's members. I applaud Allison for tastefully creating a fascinating story that I will not soon forget. Highly recommended!
In Forsaking All Others, Book 2 of the "Sister Wife Series, Allison Pittman weaves a heart-wrenching drama of a young woman named Camilla, who escaped her home when her Mormon husband took a second wife. She realizes she can no longer call the Mormon faith her own. She is rescued from a near-fatal snowstorm by Col. Charles Brandon of the U.S. Army. Her heart pines for the two children she left behind, and she prays for a way to be reunited with them again. This historical novel is an exciting page-turner. You won't be able to put it down.