This is the story of two young people from totally different lives and backgrounds. They both are moving to a new land for a brighter future. But their different backgrounds including their religion could come between them and the dreams they have. Katie and Tom go their different ways once they reach America’s shores, but Tom is determined to find the love of his life and claim her as his bride. But fate has more in store for these two and their families.
I had this book for a few years on my Kindle before I actually read it. Finally I got around to reading it. I found it really enjoyable.
First off, this is an epic historical story that is more than a tale of romance. This is the tale of cultures, struggles, the heart, and the soul. Yes, it has a strong religious theme. It is the difference in religion that is the pivotal part of the story. The two try to live with the differences but find that even love cannot always bridge that gap.
It spans the majority of the lives of this couple and and into the lives of their children. I enjoyed the story, but it did get to be a little tiresome as the reader was taken into the lives of their children. I felt that it was as personal as it had been with the two main characters and at times rushed. But the story was still very good.
Is this book religious? In a sense, yes. It is about the struggles these two people have in regard to their own religions: Catholic and Morman. Each feels strongly about their own. In the end, this is a book about the Morman church, but it is done in a way that is only slightly proselytizing in one section. The rest lovingly compares the religions and points out all the good they do.
If you like historical fiction especially one that spans more than one generation, give this story a look.
Note: I received this book during free download days with no expectation of a positive review.