Saturday, September 17, 2011

All That Was Promised by Vickie Hall

In 1847 Wales, Methodist minister Richard Kenyon converts to Mormonism. Richard’s newfound faith is put to the test when he faces the anger of his former congregation, his wife’s indecisiveness, his brother’s betrayal, and the murderous intentions of misinformed villagers.

[First off, love the cover, love the title. I've come to really admire those two things about books since beginning my own writing pursuits, but that's all beside the point :D]

The story of Richard Kenyon, and his family, centers on the challenges and triumphs of the early LDS Saints in Wales. At the beginning of the story Richard is converted to the true gospel of Jesus Christ and must resign from his ministry. His wife is unsure of his newfound religion, while others seem to readily embrace it. The book gives you a sense of what it must have been like back then when the church was so new and misunderstood. Actually, kind of sounds like today...we're not new, but we're often misunderstood!

There's a profound line that's highlighted on the back cover: "People from all walks of life recognize the truth of the gospel." That kind of sums up the book, as the story shows a wide range of characters joining the church and finding the peace and happiness they've been missing.

I understand this is a debut novel for Vickie Hall and a sequel is in the works. If you enjoy reading historical fiction, particularly of the LDS-variety, you'll enjoy this novel.

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