Thursday, December 1, 2011

Book Review - In God Is Our Trust by L.C. Lewis


If you enjoy historical romance, if you enjoy historical fiction about America and our Founding Fathers. and if you enjoy historical fiction that tells a story about the strength and endurance of the early saints in the LDS Church than let me recommend a fantastic new novel, In God Is Our Trust by L.C. Lewis.

Before we go much further let me tell you that the author sent me a pdf copy of this novel before it went to press. After I read it, I was so impressed with the writing and how the many stories within the series came to satisfying conclusions (not all happy-ever-after, but logical and hopeful) that I offered to send her publisher a blurb, which they used. I was delighted that I could help spread the word about this timely novel that makes us appreciate our country and our freedoms.

In God Is Our Trust is a  wonderful journey. There were times when I thought I knew what was going to happen and then to my surprise the characters would do something different. I love it when that happens.

Here is the back cover blurb:

America exits the War of 1812 battered but determined under the leadership of the last men tutored by the Founding Fathers. As she is welcomed onto the world stage, new leaders prepare to thrust an aggressive platform on the nation, threatening America's unity and her brief period of prosperity and peace.

The country's trials have prepared a choice generation, but as adversity afflicts the Pearson home, Hannah enters a crisis of faith, questioning man's interpretation of God's word. The struggles plaguing the Pearsons affect Frannie and the six families with whom the Pearsons have become entangled during the war.

As a new religious reformation dawns in America, the Pearson and Snowdens become involved with a young man from Hannah's past--Joseph Smith--whose accounts of vision and dealings with angels strain tender relationships and test the Constitution's guarantees for religious liberty.

I was drawn to Hannah as she struggled to come to grips with many trials. I don't want to ruin the book for you, but the growth of this character is gripping. I'm sure many mothers who have gone through similar trials will identify with her needs and will eagerly read on to see what she does.

Jed is a hero determined to do what he feels is right for not only his family, but for his friends and for his country. Yes, he has his faults, however, he learns from his mistakes and moves on trying to do better. He's also a man who is true to his word, a very admirable trait not only then, but in today's world as well.

In fact, as I read this book I couldn't help but think of the struggles our nation and the world is going through right now. History is a great teacher. If only we could remember our past and learn from it, how much better off would we be? The reader can't help but think some of the characteristics Lewis gave her fictional characters lived and breathed in the hearts of many of our Founding Fathers. I'm hopeful that these traits also live and breath in our nation's leaders today.

This is a book to cherish, filled with characters who struggle through life, make mistakes, learn when they stumble, and become stronger because of their faith in God. I highly recommend In God is Our Trust. And I think after reading it, so will you.

You can learn more about L.C. Lewis and her books on her blog.

(I w
as given a copy of this novel to review, but I reviewed it because I liked it.)
 


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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this Kathi, I think I will look for this author and read this story.
    Paula O

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  2. Paula,
    I'm glad you liked it. And I really think you'd enjoy the book.

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  3. Kathi,

    Thank you so much for this lovely review. I see so many similarities between our day and this time period. I hope today's generation and future generations feel that sense of gratitude for the sacrifice of our Founders and the men and women who inherited their vision of "One Nation Under God." That was the goal as I wrote this series. Thank you for your generous comments.

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  4. This sounds interesting. I enjoy a good historical story. Thanks for recommending.

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  5. Laurie:
    You're very welcome! And I meant every word. You've done a great job not only on that book, but the entire series. :)

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  6. Glynis,
    I'm glad you liked it. Laurie's books are amazing.

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