Fresh Courage Take by Dean Hughes
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.
It has been quite awhile since I read the other two books in the Come to Zion series, so the storyline wasn't very fresh in my mind. There wasn't much by way of recapping, but as I read I was able to remember some of the details.
The historical time period covered is packed full of big events for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I had forgotten how long it took for the Saints to leave Nauvoo after the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. I also found the way Brigham Young was portrayed to be interesting. Although some people were put off by his personality, their faithfulness in following the direction from a prophet of God was inspirational.
I felt the strength of Fresh Courage Take to be in the historical parts. The coinciding challenges between past and present were well-done, but I wasn't as as interested in the modern-day chapters in this third book as I was in the second book.
I picked a really busy time to read Fresh Courage Take, and would definitely recommend reading this when you have plenty of time to enjoy all of the details.
About the Author:
DEAN HUGHES has published more than 100 books for readers of all ages, including the bestselling historical fiction series Children of the Promise. He 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. They are the parents of three children and grandparents of nine.
Title: Fresh Courage Take
Author: Dean Hughes
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Published: June 2014
Source: I received an eCopy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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