Stunning. Beautiful. Breathtaking. Incredible. I could go on and on with descriptions of this book. Allison Pittman is not a new to me author, but I must say that this book, this breath taking start of what is sure to be a wonderful new series, is her best book yet. There aren't enough words to describe what I felt as I read this book. In For Time and Eternity, Pittman introduces us to Camilla and Nathan. You see, they are Mormons. When I read that, I was really anxious and curious to see if this book was like some of the others I have read about the Mormons and multiple marriages. Alas, I was surprised! It was NOT like those others...it was better! I fell in love with Camilla and Nathan and felt their struggles through out. They were brave and courageous with their feelings and decisions. I prayed for them through out as if they were a part of me. This is most definitely a story that will go a long way. Their may be some out there who don't agree with this style of writing about the Mormons. But that is their opinion. I, on the other hand, loved this story, and was so glad to read a novel with the same concept of some of the others that I have read on this subject, but with the skill and tender care that Pittman put forth in creating this amazing new novel. I give this novel a shining 5 star review. It's unique and full of inspirational messages, along with the breathtaking love story of Camilla and Nathan. Please, I encourage each of you to give this novel a try. You may find that you are like me, and will anxiously await the release of book 2 in this series, though sadly, that won't be until 2011.
Allison Pittman dips into 1850 for a powerful novel based on the life experiences of Camilla Deardon, who has been raised "right." Her parents are distant and cold, but they have faithfully taught her biblical truth. Now she has to decide: Will she join handsome, engaging Nathan Fox and move west to Utah, embracing his Mormon faith? Or obey her parents and ignore his promises? The verse from Proverbs echoed in my mind--"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." I followed Camilla's life of sacrifice and hardship as I read late into the night. I actually held my breath when she had to decide: "Will I share my husband's faith and marriage completely, or will I return to the Biblical values my parents taught me?"QUOTE FROM PRESS RELEASE: "[The book] doesn't preach. It doesn't proselytize. It does what only the most excellent of storytelling accomplishes: lets truth quietly present itself within the silance of the story."I highly recommend For Time & Eternity for anyone, ages 12-99. Enlightening; fact-based; something Christians should know.Thanks to Pittman for including the first chapter of book #2, making the wait for the next book much easier.review by Audrey Hebbert, author or Green Light Red Light.
This is one of those books that I carried around the house with me...every few minutes mattered.In picking up this book, 2 words consumed me...Plural marriage!FASCINATING! Not because Im interested, but because I am so curious about how people, men & women, actually do this. Camilla knows that she is supposed to stay away from the Mormon camp but when she meets Nathan Fox, she cant. Imagine being a lonesome 15 y/o girl who is being charmed backwards & forwards by an attractive young man who has an entire family (his church) to offer. Everyone seems happy & cheerful, unlike her household where her father is unyieldingly strict and her mother is just a very dutiful mother, nothing more, nothing less. The companionship she feels with Nathan and the people he introduces her to were unlike anything she had ever experienced. ...and they are on their way to ZION.What Pittman does so well is that you fall in love with Nathan along with Camilla. You know she shouldnt let him dupe her but you cant help but keep pushing her toward him. Hes handsome, charismatic, and completely smitten with the Mormon prophecy. Camilla does go against her parents and runs away with Nathan. I was so invested at this point I couldnt put the book down. The wonderful thing about this story is that you can really put yourself into Camillas, and even Nathans, shoes. You feel his loss, his hurt, and love for Camilla as much as you feel Camillas righteous anger about plural marriage. Pittman's writing is spot on. She owns the craft!As the reader, youll have huge emotional reactions to names like Evangeline, Brigham Young, Rachel, and...AMANDA. Beautiful. Sweet. Innocent. Amanda.I HIGHLY recommend this book. Extremely well-written. Well-rounded characters. Believable and superb story-line. Compelling.In my opinion...best book of the year!
The story begins in Iowa, set during the Mormon exodus toward Utah. The story doesn't cover the journey and the hardships of the trail but instead it is the story of a young Christian girl, who, against her parents wishes, runs away with the young Mormon man whose eyes speak of promise and passion.The history of the Mormon church is one that is tarnished, as is the history of Christianity. This is a religion that I have heard some bad things about, but have never really tried to find out anything about them. I do know that their head quarters are in Salt Lake City Utah and that they own all the rights to all the information about everyone. I have done quite a bit of genealogy and have to go through and pay to use their site to get what I needed and then they kept my info and resold it to others.In the midst of that epic struggle of man and God is the age old struggle of man and woman a woman who is asked, expected and encouraged to share the husband she loves with all her heart, with another. Pittman delivers there as well. This part I had heard about and don't think this is in the will of God our Maker.