Oct 20, 2011

Forsaking All Others by Allison Pittman

Camilla Fox is alive. The last thing she remembers is being lost in the snow after leaving her home to escape the Mormon faith she no longer calls her own. She’s been taken in by the 5th Infantry Regiment of the US Army and given over to the personal care of Captain Charles Brandon. As she regains her strength, memories of her two children she had to leave behind come flooding back, threatening to break her heart. Camilla is determined to reunite with her daughters. But when news of her father’s grave illness reaches her, she knows she must return to the family farm to reconcile with her father. As spring arrives, Camilla returns to Salt Lake City a changed woman, but nothing could prepare her for the changes to the city, to the Mormon church, and to the family she left behind.

Allison Pittman is the author of For Time and Eternity, Stealing Home, the Crossroads of Grace series, and her nonfiction debut, Saturdays With Stella. A high-school English teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. She is also the co-president of a dynamic Christian writers group in the San Antonio, Texas area, where she makes her home with her husband and their three boys.

The Mormon lifestyle and teachings are something I know very little about. Forsaking All Others takes a close look at some of the beliefs and practices including polygamy, and it's effects on the entire family and community in the mid 1800's.

This is the second book in The Sister Wife series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I have not read the first novel. It was easy to see how Camilla got caught up in the Mormon way of life, as she was passionately in love with her husband, and would do anything to please him. When he married a second wife, reality hit her. It made her take a long hard look at her own upbringing in a Christian home.

It is hard to imagine how a mother could leave her children behind, yet Camilla took drastic steps to ensure that her children would not be brought up under Mormon teachings. Just like the story of the prodigal son, Camilla had to face her own parents and ask for their forgiveness.

Through danger, suspense, and brutal weather conditions, Camilla is willing to risk everything, even her own life, to give her children a better future. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading future titles in this series.

Disclosure: Book received courtesy of Tyndale Blog Network, in exchange for my honest review.

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