This is definitely a book that should be read after reading the first book in the series, For Time and Eternity, as this book picks up right where the first book ends. In this second book, Camilla Fox is rescued from the near fatal snow storm after having left the Mormon faith desiring to return to her parents home. In the care of Colonel Charles Brandon, Fox must first recover after the snow storm before trying to make her way to her childhood home. Camilla desperately desires to have a home of her own in which she can care for her two girls. But before they can be with her, she will have to return to Salt Lake City to fight for them.
I read both book one and two within 3 days. Once I started book one, I didn't want to stop. Sadly, when I did finish book one, I didn't have book two with me, so I had to wait a few agonizing hours before being able to start the next book. These books make me feel sorry for those who get caught up in the lies of Mormonism and feel they have no way out, once they see the truth. Camilla found love from Nathan, but when her parents objected to the relationship, she felt it was simply because he was a Mormon. Camilla didn't understand what her parents saw, and they weren't able to articulate it to her. If that were different, Camilla might have made a different choice.
I give this book 5 stars. I loved it! I can't wait to read what Allison Pittman writes next!
This is a sequel to the first novel in the Sister Wives Duology "For Time & Eternity". The plot revolves around Camilla, who left her family to marry Nathan - a member of the Mormon church. Camilla and Nathan are very much in love, until the day Camilla realizes that she does not believe everything the Mormon church espouses, and her husband brings home a second 'sister' wife. Unable to continue with the false teachings, Camilla leaves her home and two daughters in the middle of a snow storm; which is where this novel begins.
Rescued from freezing to death by the US Army, Camilla finds herself literally swept out of the cold and into the arms of a handsome, Christian, conveniently widowed army Captain. Camilla spends a good portion of the beginning of the book healing from her snowstorm ordeal, and the rest of the book vacillating between fear that the passion she experienced with her husband, Nathan, will bring her back to the Mormon chuch and the desire to save her children from the heretical teachings Brigham Young is imposing on the would-be state of Utah and a future with the army captain.
I did not have the opportunity to read the first book in the series, and I'm hoping that the foundation laid out in that novel provided the substance needed to carry a reader through the terribly lacking sequel.
The writing style swings between flat prose and a syrupy romantic style which utterly failed to interest or intrigue me. The plot is laid out fairly clearly from the first several chapters, and does not have the stamina to engage a reader for the next three-hundred and fifty pages. The mormon aspect, which I assume was meant to simultaneously educate and entertain, ended up as an uncomfortable series of descriptions inserted into an otherwise prosaic love triangle. Also, highly conservative Christians may take issue with the plot point of a divorced woman remarrying while her first husband is still alive.
The pluses I can mention include the emphatic statements in the text of the novel that the Latter Day Saints are not Christians because they do not follow Christ, and the recurring theme that God will love and forgive us no matter where we've been or what we've done.
Nonetheless, this book just didn't work for me. Maybe because I didn't read the first book, or it could be just because this book doesn't work. Period.
This is the sequel to "For Time & Eternity", continuing the story of Camilla Fox. A young girl desperate for love from the father who doesn't understand her, she is drawn to Nathan Fox and marries him almost immediately. Set in the early days of Mormonism, they are madly in love and soon have two little girls but when tragedy strikes and their third child, a boy, dies, things begin to unravel. Her husband brings a second woman to their marriage, a "sister wife", and Camilla truly cannot live with it. She literally escapes and "Forsaking All Others" begins with her rescue from a snowstorm, by the United States Army.
In "Forsaking All Others", we follow Camilla as she tries to reconcile her deepened faith and relationship with God to surviving the separation from her children and husband. One of the main takeaways I got from this book is that God had to be most important to her, and at times her sole source of courage and strength. I thought she was inspiring.
This book is beautifully written and all of the historical aspects, the rules, the faith ring so true. At the end of the book Allison shares that her husband is a former Mormon, which I thought was so interesting to have the perspective while writing this amazing book.
After reading the previous book in the Sister Wife series (For Time and Eternity), I was eager to read this book and find out what happened to Camilla Fox. By the end of the first book, she had left her husband, her daughters and the Mormon faith. Having been threatened by the Mormon leaders, she rode her horse into a snowstorm. And then what happened? I had several questions when I picked up this book. Would Camilla see her husband and children again? Would she have to return to the Mormons? Thankfully, my questions were answered and the book was an excellent read that kept me guessing until the end. I would have like to see another chapter or epilogue about what happened later, but overall, this was a good read.