About River: Where Faith and Consecration Converge

River: Where Faith and Consecration Converge

When the settlers from the Muddy River Mission, including the Davis Family, move to Long Valley in Utah, they establish the town of Orderville, the most successful and longest-lasting attempt at living the United Order. River is the story of these idealistic settlers who devoted themselves to living this order with “no rich or poor among them.” As they strive to live this order, however, Morgan, Angeline, Ruth, and the other settlers struggle to balance individual freedom with community cooperation.

On top of this challenge and the struggles of settling a new town, Morgan and his wives must face the increasing demands of living the principle of plural marriage as their family expands and anti-polygamy pressure from the U.S. Government becomes intense. How will the Davis family face these new pressures and challenges? They’re about to find out.

My review

You can’t go wrong when you pick up a historical fiction book by Dean Hughes! I knew when I read Muddy last year, that I’d need to read River this year. And I’m glad I did. This book is set in a really turbulent period of history for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And it’s kind of important to me to learn more about it.

I love the characters in this book. They’re familiar and beloved from Muddy. Angeline, Morgan and Ruth. Now they live in Orderville and they’re helping establish a town of order. But…sometimes when things are so tightly regimented there are problems. And that’s the case with Orderville. Some things worked really well. And some things worked not so well. That’s when the community had to band together and figure out just what would work for them.

I’m not sure I would have wanted to live the way they do in this book. Polygamy would have been hard. The United Order where they shared everything would have been even harder. It’s really interesting to me to see how things would have been. I had ancestors in Orderville and they would have lived this way. I wonder how they did it. How they made everything work and were happy with their lot in life. That’s why historical fiction is so interesting to me. I like to know how people tick. If you have thoughts on this, leave me a comment, I’d love to hear what you think.

This is a great book! I loved it.

I bought my own copy of River: Where Faith and Consecration Converge. All opinions are my own.

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