When Brigham Young summons young Morgan Davis to his office and calls him to join other missionaries in settling the Muddy River Valley (what is now Nevada), Morgan can’t imagine what lies in store. He has just two weeks to find a wife and gather enough belongings to help start a settlement.
As Morgan and his new bride, Angeline, travel the long trail south in a covered wagon, they fall in love and connect with the other Saints. But the desert location on the Muddy River soon becomes a physical and emotional test for all of them. Together they face difficult requests from Church leaders, multiple failed attempts to settle, deaths of loved ones, and then perhaps the ultimate challenge—polygamy.
What do stalwart members do when faced with conflicting feelings between what their hearts tell them and the hard instructions from Salt Lake City? Morgan and Angeline are about to find out.
I have been reading books by Dean Hughes ever since I was in high school. I love the way this author blends things that really happened with fictional characters. The way he writes, he’s able to make things “come alive” for me in a way that history books can’t. I love that!
This book starts with Morgan. He’s getting ready to meet with Brother Brigham. I kind of loved that scene, because Morgan knows he’s going to get a calling, but there’s no way he could have imagined just what. Morgan is asked to go to the Muddy mission. Not only that, but he’s to find a wife and they need to be ready to leave in two weeks. That’s just crazy!
I loved the way the book follows Morgan through the process of first finding a wife, then getting ready to go. And then the trip. This would have been awful! Hot, long, uncomfortable for both man and woman.
And when they finally got to the mission, there was no where to live. And things didn’t quite go how Morgan was thinking they would. I loved the way it shows him as a person. He didn’t necessarily love everything he was asked to do. He thought a lot of things through and came to his own decisions sometimes and sometimes he was told to do something very different from his own decision. But he became a stronger man through all of it. And his wife, Angeline did too.
I loved the way this book made me think. It made me wonder what I would have done in the same situation. I don’t know, but I hope I too would have grown.
This book is about the Muddy Mission. This mission was started in 1864 by Brigham Young. It was located just north of Las Vegas in some seriously unforgiving area. I can’t even imagine living in the heat, and sand. Especially without any real form of shelter the way the people would have. Can you tell this book touched me? I actually did some research after reading it and I determined that I had ancestors that were a part of this mission. Wow! Talk about making history come alive!
I bought Muddy with my own money. All opinions are my own.
About the author
Dean Hughes is a best-selling writer who published his 100th book in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Weber State College in Utah and master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Washington. He has attended post-doctoral seminars at Stanford and Yale Universities and taught English at Central Missouri State University and Brigham Young University.
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