I just finished reading Volume 3 in Dean Hughes' Come to Zion series and it was wonderful! The very next day my mom snatched it up so that she and my dad could read it and share it with their friends.
Fresh Courage Take is an incredible finish to the series. Dean Hughes is a master of historical fiction and in this series he has interwoven present day characters of Abby and Jeff with the stories of their ancestors Will and Liz. The details he incorporates make the books come to life. I feel such a deep respect for the pioneers who settled this great land--this marvelous state of Utah in which I now reside.
Fresh Courage Take brings the individuality of the pioneer's struggle to the forefront. The deadly march of the Mormon Battalion became real to me in a way that I had never appreciated before. I enjoyed talking with my children about the sacrifice that early settlers went through to find religious freedom and their own land to own. We talked about how soldiers marching across the California desert for the Mexican war sucked on pebbles to wet their mouth and help them keep going--walking thirty miles in two days with little more than a liter of muddy water to drink!
I'm fascinated by the stories from my heritage and grateful that such a talented writer as Dean Hughes created this series.
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The United States turned a blind eye when the Mormons were driven
from Missouri to Illinois and finally out of the country altogether. How
can the government—and Brigham Young—now be asking the Mormons to come
up with 500 able-bodied soldiers to assist in
the war with Mexico? And how can Will Lewis be asked to join the Mormon
Battalion when it means leaving Liz and their two little boys on their
own in the wilderness? How many sacrifices will be required in order for
the Saints to create Zion?
And in modern-day Nauvoo, Jeff and Abby Lewis are facing
challenges of their own. Juggling family priorities, professional
responsibilities, and Church callings becomes and almost impossible
feat. It is clear that building Zion in the latter days will
require sacrifices, just as it did in the time of Jeff's ancestors.
In this concluding volume of the Come to Zion trilogy, beloved
novelist Dean Hughes provides a unique perspective on the struggles and
sacrifices—and ultimate joy—of faithful Saints in any generation.