Thursday, February 26, 2015

ONLY THE BRAVE by Gerald N Lund #bookreview #reviews #books

ONLY THE BRAVE by Gerald N Lund. I really like Lund's historical fiction. I always have, and this book is no exception. I marvel at the amount of research he does and how he weaves these fictional families into history flawlessly so that we can experience the time through their eyes. It's easy to fall in love with these characters and follow them through their journeys. It's amazing what the early pioneers went through in order to settle different parts of Utah and Arizona. I highly recommend this book to any and everyone, especially those history lovers.

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As this standalone sequel to The Undaunted begins, four years have passed since the first Mormon pioneers made the harrowing journey to carve the Hole-in-the-Rock trail to the region of the San Juan River in southeastern Utah. In that time, the settlers have dug in deep to try to establish roots in this untamed and unforgiving desert, but life is still far from easy. Biting winds, devastating floods, scorching heat, barren terrain, and tensions with everyone from Indians to outlaws to competing ranchers have threatened the pioneers' ability to thrive—or even survive.
But the call from Church leaders to establish peaceful, stable settlements in the volatile region still stands, so young Mitch Westland and his family must find a way to make a home amid the harshest of circumstances. They soon learn that their only chance of success lies in uniting together with the other faithful Saints—including the Zimmers and their charming daughter, Edie. Can the families withstand the blows that seem to come every step of the way as they struggle against man, nature, and their own fears to heed a prophetic call? Many settle will try to conquer that rugged territory, but only the brave will prevail.

*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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