A good work of fiction should still be able to teach you something or at the least cause you to pause and think. Such is the case with Forsaking All Others by Allison Pittman.
Have you ever wondered what you would do when confronted with the truth when you had been blindsided by a lie? How far would you go to protect not only yourself, but your children? Those questions must be answered by Camilla Fox after she is rescued from certain death in a blizzard. You see, as a young lady, Camilla had been wooed by a man of the Mormon faith. She converted to it and was living the perfect life with her husband and daughters when he brought in a second wife. That started a chain of questions and searching for Camilla. She realized she had been hoodwinked by the Mormons and concluded that the only thing she could do was to return to the faith of her childhood. Which then meant that her husband was committing adultery. However, she lived in pre-statehood Utah which was basically controlled by the Mormon church and there was no way to divorce her husband. So she ran away.
She is found by the US Army and nursed back to health. She tries to reconcile with her husband but when that doesn’t work out is faced with decisions no woman should ever have to make. Should she remain in an unfaithful marriage? Should she remain in Utah as an apostate to the Mormon church and risk being killed? Should she return to the home of her childhood? Upon receiving word from her mother that her father is dying, she returns home, only to still be faced with questions. Questions from her family, her church and still herself. How will she get her daughters back? How will she provide for them? Can she do what she sets out to do?
Mrs. Pittman masterfully wove her words into this story. I could see the characters, their patterns of behavior and it was like I was there as the fly on the wall observing the story play out. The story was quite believable and was very well executed.
I highly recommend this book (and the rest of the series) for your reading enjoyment. It will cause you to think about a lot of things.
I was given a copy of the book Forsaking All Others from Tyndale in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, and no other compensation was received..