Friday, March 6, 2015

Only the Brave by Gerald N. Lund, LDS Blog Tour & Book Review

Book Summary:

As this standalone sequel to The Undaunted begins, four years have passed since the first Mormon pioneers made the harrowing journey to carve the Hole-in-the-Rock trail to the region of the San Juan River in southeastern Utah. In that time, the settlers have dug in deep to try to establish roots in this untamed and unforgiving desert, but life is still far from easy. Biting winds, devastating floods, scorching heat, barren terrain, and tensions with everyone from Indians to outlaws to competing ranchers have threatened the pioneers' ability to thrive—or even survive.
But the call from Church leaders to establish peaceful, stable settlements in the volatile region still stands, so young Mitch Westland and his family must find a way to make a home amid the harshest of circumstances. They soon learn that their only chance of success lies in uniting together with the other faithful Saints—including the Zimmers and their charming daughter, Edie. Can the families withstand the blows that seem to come every step of the way as they struggle against man, nature, and their own fears to heed a prophetic call? Many settle will try to conquer that rugged territory, but only the brave will prevail.

My Review:

I wasn't sure how this stand alone sequel would pan out when I realized that the main characters would be different! I mean, how could this be? I should have never doubted Lund! I came to love the Westland family as they made their journey to the ravaged San Juan Valley. I rooted for Mitch in each endeavor he pursued! I was cheering for Edie and Mitch to fall in love! And beside all of that I felt the heart pounding fear every time there was an encounter with a native! I am once again amazed at Lund's gift for telling a story that pulls on your heart strings and makes you feel like you are a part of these people's lives! Bravo and I am so excited and his new endeavor to transport these characters into his new series! 

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.

Source:  Publisher for review

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