Forsaking All Others was worth the wait! After reading Time and Eternity, I had to know what would happen to Camilla.
Now, I'm "waiting" for the third in Sister Wife series, hoping that Allison will share insights of how Camilla will guide her oldest daughter from the teachings of Mormonism to God's Truth in His Holy Word....the Only Way to salvation. And, perhaps find true love in the arms of another man!
This second book in the sister wife series continues the story of Camilla Fox, who at the end of the first book is left lost in the snow after being forced to leave her home when she refuses to be rebaptized into the Mormon religion. The cost to her decision is staggering as she is forced to leave her children behind. After Camilla is rescued from the snowstorm, Forsaking All Others follows Camilla's journey to Salt Lake City, where she discovers that her very life is at risk. With the help of the U.S. army, she flees back to her parent's home, returning like the prodigal son with the hope of open arms but unsure whether she'll be truly welcomed. Throughout the story, she longs to be reunited with her children and must trust God to guide her steps and show her how she can be a mother to her children without giving up her faith in God.
Allison Pittman has again written a powerful, moving story in Forsaking All Others. The circumstances of Camilla are both heartbreaking and inspiring as we watch her faith in action, despite the enormous cost of being separated from her children, and the author has succeeded in bringing to life a truly endearing character. The rich, historical details regarding Mormonism that are woven into the story are fascinating to read about and consider.
Even though this is the second book in the series, Pittman did a fine job of reviewing the first book through a clever "letter" sent to a journal that is placed at the beginning of the story. I think that readers who haven't read the first book would be able to enjoy this book despite missing out on the first story. The first half of the story did not move quite as quickly as I would have liked, but the writing is rich and the drama of Camilla's hard choices does keep the story moving along. The ending is all I hoped for, though bittersweet in it's triumph.
God's love and grace shines through this story, and this is definitely a worthwhile read. I strongly recommend this book, and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
This book has been provided courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers, who provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of an unbiased review.
I loved this book! When I saw this book offered from the publisher for review, I was thrilled as I had read the first book and really wanted to see what happened to Camilla. The story revolves around Camilla leaving her husband and trying to escape the Mormon church. She initially married Nathan as a young 15 year old who was infatuated with both a man (Nathan) and the religion of the Mormon church. As they traveled west to Salt Lake, she began to see the errors in what the Mormon's taught, but she was so in love with her husband that she kept most of her opinions to herself. It isn't until she sees her children being indoctrinated that she begins to try and think of a way out. When Nathan brings home a second wife, she knows she has to leave. She makes the hard decision to leave her children and make a home before coming back to get them. The characters in this book were very real to me. There is heartache, sorrow, and agony over making very difficult decisions. The book did a good job at delving into the history of the Mormons and the painful life that 'sister wives' lived. All in all - highly recommended reading!~ I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second book in this series...the first For Time and Eternity. I have not read the first one, but found I didn't have to in order to enjoy this book.
Camilla Fox left her home as a young 15 year old, she was infatuated with Nathan Fox. Love is blind as they say and she joins the Mormon Church. She is bless with two little girls, Melissa and Lottie, and then a little boy Arlen who died shortly after birth. Then her Husband decided to take another wife, she is devastated and finds her truth by reading the bible. She knows that she has been following a false God, and decides to leave. This is where the second book opens with her freezing to death, and being found by the military.
She is brought back to health, while it takes a long time. She misses her daughters, but cannot go back to her husband following a profit, and plural marriage. This is the story of how she forges ahead and tries to go back home.
Loved living in the Historical West....those bumpy stage coaches. The descriptions of the country side, and the stop over places. So different than what we know now. I felt a warm feeling about the faith in God that Camilla had and several other of the Characters that she connects with.
Her main focus is to obtain her daughter's back and move on with her life. You will have a hard time not wanting to get to the end of this story to get the answers.
I received this book from the Publisher Tyndale, and was not required to give a positive review.
Camilla Fox loves her husband. Out of love for him, she left her family and faith to join the Later Day Saints movement so that she could marry him. She has tried to be a good Mormon wife and mother ever since. Then Nathan takes another wife and Camilla decides that she cannot stay any longer. She must leave her daughters until she can find a home for them, but she has to leave and begin building a new life in order to keep her children from growing up in this sect. Set in 1958 Utah, Forsaking All Others, Allison Pittman's sequel to For Time and Eternity, is the compelling story of how one woman travels through the painful journey of breaking free from the Mormon Church lies and deception of plural marriage and all the baggage that goes with it.
When I picked up this book to begin reading, I did not realize that it was a sequel and I had not read the first book in the series. I did not find that to be a problem as the author has done a wonderful job of giving all the information the reader needs in order to read this volume on its own. I found it to be a fascinating tale like no other Christian fiction title I have ever read. It had many unexpected twists and turns that held my interest and I found myself unable to put the book down until I had finished it. Riveting and thought provoking, it not only makes for a good read but brings out important biblical truths as well.
I received this complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers for this review. A positive review was not required and the opinions expressed here are my own.