Ann Weisgarber's new book transports readers to 1888 Utah Territory, where Deborah—a glovemaker—waits for her wheelwright husband Samuel to return from his travels. As she waits, worrying about his safe passage through the unforgiving winter, a Mormon stranger on the run from the Federal Government shows up seeking shelter. Deborah and seven other Mormon families live in Junction—a tiny town where they can practice their faith the way they want to. But things get incredibly complicated when a stranger sets foot in their safe haven, forcing Deborah and her fellow residents to question their own faith and how much they're willing to risk.
The author of The Promise paints a stunning landscape as the icy winter transforms the land. If you're a fan of historical fiction, you won't want to miss this book! Together with Skyhorse Publishing, Early Bird Books is giving away a copy of this not-yet-released book to 10 lucky winners.
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About the Book
In the inhospitable lands of the Utah Territory, during the winter of 1888, thirty-seven-year-old Deborah Tyler waits for her husband, Samuel, to return home from his travels as a wheelwright. It is now the depths of winter, Samuel is weeks overdue, and Deborah is getting worried.
Deborah lives in Junction, a tiny town of seven Mormon families scattered along the floor of a canyon, and she earns her living by tending orchards and making work gloves. Isolated by the red-rock cliffs that surround the town, she and her neighbors live apart from the outside world, even regarded with suspicion by the Mormon faithful who question the depth of their belief.
When a desperate stranger who is pursued by a Federal Marshal shows up on her doorstep seeking refuge, it sets in motion a chain of events that will turn her life upside down. The man, a devout Mormon, is on the run from the US government, which has ruled the practice of polygamy to be a felony. Although Deborah is not devout and doesn’t subscribe to polygamy, she is distrustful of non-Mormons with their long tradition of persecuting believers of her wider faith.
But all is not what it seems, and when the Marshal is critically injured, Deborah and her husband’s best friend, Nels Anderson, are faced with life and death decisions that question their faith, humanity, and both of their futures.
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