For Time And Eternity

10 Sep

All Camilla Deardon knows of the Mormons camping nearby is the songs she hears floating on the breeze. Then she meets one of them—a young man named Nathan Fox. Never did she imagine he would be so handsome, so charming, especially after Mama and Papa’s warnings to stay away. Though she knows she should obey her parents, Camilla can’t refuse her heart. But even Nathan’s promises cannot prepare her for what she will face in Utah.

Allison Pittman is the author of Stealing Home, the Crossroads of Grace series, and her nonfiction debut, Saturdays With Stella. A former high-school English teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. She is also the co-president of a dynamic Christian writers group in the San Antonio, Texas area, where she makes her home with her husband and their three boys.

First Chapter

My Impressions:

For Time and Eternity is a well-researched look at the early days of the Mormon Church.  Allison Pittman succeeds in bringing to life the attitudes and values of the Latter Day Saints.  It is also a chilling look at a church determined to force conformity and obedience on its members.

Camilla Deardon is a naive 15 year old when she meets Nathan Fox, a young man devoted to his church and the dream of creating a family and a home for himself.  Raised by a stern father and a meek mother, Camilla reads her Bible and attends church more out of duty than faith.  When she is faced with the choice between her parents and a young, charismatic man who says he loves her, she makes the obvious decision to leave everything behind to join him in the adventure.

Pittman does a good job of showing why so many are lured into a cult. Nathan, an orphan, has never known family and is promised one not just for this life, but for all eternity.  Camilla, starved for affection and love, is overwhelmed by the acceptance and love shown her by Nathan and the rest of the community. It is only later that Camilla discovers the deceit behind the face of the welcoming Mormon Church and realizes the consequences of going against the church that so strictly regulates her life.

For Time And Eternity is a fast-paced read that you just can’t put down. The only negative is that I have to wait until next summer for the sequel! And I can’t wait.  This is the best book I have read this year.

Highly Recommended.

(I received a copy of For Time And Eternity from Glass Road PR in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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