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I didn’t expect this to be a good book for me. I have read Children of the Promise so the bar was very high.I had read the cover plus my spouse told me a little about it. Right away I was put off by the polygamy thing plus the thought of sending people into almost dangerous living conditions without certain knowledge of those conditions-I wasn’t interested. Out of boredom I started reading. Because some of the discussions and deep thinking of problems were irksome or maybe slightly sappy I gave it 4 stars not 5.
I have been a fan of Dean Hughes for a long time. His ability to teach about historical events through fictional characters is what allows me to be there and both witness and better understand what was happening and how it effected real people.I loved this story because despite all the negative reactions to Polygamy, this story showed how there were successful marriages. It's a law that most would have a very difficult time to live, but some found a way to make it work. My Great, Great Grandmother had a great relationship with her sister wife and that is why I especially appreciated this story.
So this was a great interpretation of what actually happened back when the Saints were told to enter polygamy. It wasn’t what you think. The men were actually very hesitant and didn’t want to do it but we commanded by the profit is in. Also, there were instances where the wives were very involved discussing the matter with the husbands but it was a very good book that enlightened me in ways. Great interpretation and perspective of what actually happened back when the Saints were told to enter polygamy. It wasn’t what you think. The men were actually very hesitant and didn’t want to do it but were commanded by the Joseph Smith Jr. . Also, there were instances where the wives were very involved discussing the matter with the husbands but it was a very good book that enlightened me in ways I couldn’t fathom.
I enjoyed this book very much. I found myself totally invested in the characters. The dialogue was easy to follow and I was able to feel the emotions evoked thereby. I identified with Angeline Davis and her straightforward manner, perhaps because my own surname is Davis. Or maybe because I've been accused of that character trait myself. I'm now looking forward to traveling on with this family in the next book and hoping their family will grow and prosper.
This excellent historical fiction by Dean Hughes does two things for Latter-day Saint readers. First, it is a great story of love, courage, persistence, disappointment, heartache, and faith set against the backdrop of settling the desert of Nevada in the late 1860s and early 1870s. Second, it does something that is very difficult to achieve, it is able to be very faithful and edifying, and at the same time, the book does not shy away from hard faith-questions about prophetic leadership. The love story is very well done, and the main characters are rich and deep. The plot moves at the right pace and I found myself excited to get back to the book after I had put it down. I highly recommend it!
Muddy was a moving and entertaining look at an actual event. As a reader, I lived the joy and heartbreak of Morgan and Angelina as they start their journey as newly weds. I felt their happiness, their frustrations, and disappointments. The story is a fresh look at a much pondered subject - polygamy. It grabbed me from the start and skillfully led me to a dramatic and satisfying ending.