Thursday, August 15, 2013

Book Review ~ "Through Cloud and Sunshine" by Dean Hughes

Through Cloud and Sunsine (Come To Zion #2) by Dean Hughes

Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Recieved from the Publisher to review
Genre: LDS Historical Fiction
Reviewed by: Bonnie ~ My lovely co-worker

Book Description: 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 carefully sown.

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.

 Bonnie's thoughts:  Will and Liz Lewis have settled in Old Nauvoo and are struggling to make a life for themselves. With harsh winters and baking summers, they are getting a good dose of gratitude and humility. Not to mention the struggles of being a member of the church in its early days. But as we learn from Jeff and Abby, a descendant of Will and Liz, sometimes our lives parallel the past in more ways than one.
Once again a fantastic book by Mr. Hughes. A continuation of the lives of Will and Liz in Old Nauvoo, and Jeff and Abby in modern-day Nauvoo. From the first page to the last, my attention was solely on the book. I cried when the characters cried, and felt what they felt. It's a great reminder sometimes that we are definitely not the first generations to experience certain trials in our human lives. I'm uplifted when I read stories like these. I eagerly await another (if there is more?) book! Mr. Hughes is a tremendous writer and I have enjoyed every book. (Extra points for the recap of the first book at the beginning to remind yourself where they left off.) I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.


See Bonnie's review of the first book

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