Nauvoo was supposed to be the kingdom of God on earth, but Will and
Liz Lewis are learning that it takes more than dreaming of Zion to make
it a reality. Sickness, poverty, and just plain human nature add to the
struggles for the Lord's people, but every now and then a glimpse of
heaven shines through. Just when things are starting to get settled,
though, the old problems start rearing their heads, leaving Will and
others wondering if they will be there to reap the harvest they have so
Meanwhile, Jeff and Abby—in modern-day Nauvoo—are dealing with
challenges of their own. As their newborn baby fights for his life, they
must come to grips with their personal faith. Can they, like their
ancestors, continue to trust in God when there seems to be no trace o
Him in their trials?
Beloved novelist Dean Hughes skillfully interweaves the stories
of two couples separated by five generations and 150 years, providing a
unique perspective on Church history and showing how much we can learn
from those who went before us.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dean Hughes has published books for readers of all ages, including the
bestselling historical fiction series Children of the Promise. Through Cloud and Sunshine
is his one-hundredth published book. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree
from Weber State University and master’s and PhD degrees from the
University of Washington. He has taught English at Central Missouri
State University and Brigham Young University. Dean and his wife,
Kathleen Hurst Hughes, served a mission to Nauvoo, Illinois. The parents
of three children and grandparents of nine, they live in Midway, Utah.
I must admit that I haven't finished this book yet and will be adding the review later. But I can tell you this much, Dean Hughes is a gifted writer. He creates characters so real that they almost walk out of the book. As a reader I honestly feel like I become friends with his characters and vicariously experience their ups and downs, joys and sorrows. His stories are worth reading again and again if only to become reacquainted with old friends. More later!
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