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Forsaking All Others (Sister Wife) [Kindle Edition]

Allison Pittman
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Book Description

2012 Christy Award finalist, Historical category.
Camilla Fox is alive. The last thing she remembers is being lost in the snow after leaving her home to escape the Mormon faith she no longer calls her own. She’s been taken in by the 5th Infantry Regiment of the US Army and given over to the personal care of Captain Charles Brandon. As she regains her strength, memories of her two children she had to leave behind come flooding back, threatening to break her heart. Camilla is determined to reunite with her daughters. But when news of her father’s grave illness reaches her, she knows she must return to the family farm to reconcile with her father. As spring arrives, Camilla returns to Salt Lake City a changed woman, but nothing could prepare her for the changes to the city, to the Mormon church, and to the family she left behind.

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How could any loving mother abandon her children? I never stop to ask myself if I should have done anything different. After all, how can you look at the assembled pages of your life and decide which should be ripped out and which should remain to press the treasures of your memories?

Camilla Fox is alive, having been rescued from a near-fatal snowstorm after leaving her home to escape the Mormon faith she no longer calls her own. Now, as she regains her strength under the personal care of United States Army Colonel Charles Brandon, thoughts of the two children she left behind flood her mind, threatening to break her heart.

Camilla is desperate to reunite with her daughters and does not want them to grow up under Mormon teachings, but she cannot provide a home for them on her own, and she will not share her husband with a sister wife. As spring arrives, Camilla returns to Salt Lake City ready to fight . . . and she won’t back down until she’s brought her children safely to the other side.

Product Details

  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414335970
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EZ0BG4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth will set you free October 5, 2011
After turning the final page of this book, I waited a day before writing my review. By no means a light read, Camilla's story continued to brew and steep in my mind hours later. While scrubbing dishes at the sink, my thoughts danced visually with the imagery Allison Pittman created and I wondered what her characters were doing since our initial farewell earlier in the day. (And I say "initial" because I'm sure I'll be revisiting at some point to get reacquainted with the people I've come to care about.) That's the mark of good storytelling, when you can leave the reader invested in your world and wanting more.

Forsaking all others has a beautiful literary quality to it, yet the narration remains simple as told from Camilla Fox's point of view. The beginning starts off slowly then gradually builds steam as we follow her journey from ex-mormon to child of God. She recounts the events that have led her out into a terrible snowstorm, desperately fleeing all she once held dear, in the hopes of finding the one thing no man can take from her. Camilla's reawakening to God, started in the first book For Time and Eternity, reaches soaring intensity here as she grows stronger both physically and spiritually. We witness the saving grace He sustains her with during her darkest times of despair and desperate longing for the two daughters she left behind in Salt Lake City. She also fights the feelings husband Nathan Fox still arouses in her, despite her determination to leave behind mormonism and all it represents, including polygamy. Camilla can't and won't live in plural marriage even though devout mormons all around have embraced the lifestyle as coming from Heavenly Father himself-via prophets Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a slower read November 10, 2011
By Amber
I loved the first one in this series and waited a very long time for this second book to come out. I feel after all the revelations and the fast pace of the first book this one did not have a lot to draw on other than Camilla's journey home and then returning for her children. There was not much action and the scenes seemed drawn out, as if the whole story could have been condensed and made into a prologue at the end of the first book. I guess I expected Nathan and the Mormon community to fight more when she left and then came back. It was a bit of a let down. As for positives, the author writes very well. There is one character, Evangeline, she does wonderful with. And even though drawn out, I wanted to keep reading to find out how it would end. If you've read the first book, read this one just to finish the story. If you haven't read the first one, do, because this story won't have much meaning without the background of the first. (plus the first book is very good and informative about the Mormon faith!) Author Diane Noble has also written several fiction books about Mormon women if this subject interests you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historically and biblically enlightening October 29, 2011
When I picked Forsaking All Others, I didn't realize it was #2 in the Sister Wives series. Thankfully, the way Ms. Pittman started out her book covered what I needed to know. I'd like to go back and read the first book, For Time and Eternity, when I get the time.

I enjoy watching the TLC show "Sister Wives" because it's such a different lifestyle than what I know so when I saw Forsaking All Others--The Sister Wives Series, I knew I needed to read it. I didn't know much about the Mormon doctrine back in the mid-1800's but the introductory "letter" at the beginning explained it quite well. Ms. Pittman evidently did her researched historical Mormonism and did a great job of communicating it to the reader. She was able to explain without sounding like a school lecture.

The first couple chapters seemed a little slow to me and I just couldn't get into the book. However, after I got a few chapters under my belt and became invested in the characters, I couldn't put it down! I enjoyed the comparison between being a Mormon and being a Christian and their relationships with God. Ms. Pittman's perspectives and comparisons were very well written and easily understood.

Overall, I would give Forsaking All Others 3.5 stars. I hope the next book in the Sister Wives series comes soon!

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of Forsaking All Others in exchange for my personal, honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Forsaking All Others" is a Christian historical fiction book based on Camilla, a woman in the 1800s, who leaves her Mormon husband, children, and sister wife in obedience to her Christian convictions. This book is the second in The Sister Wife Series, though this is easily a stand alone book. Allison Pittman, the author, tastefully weaves historical information throughout the novel. The differences between mid-1800's Mormonism and Christianity are explored throughout the story.

I found myself eager to read the book and follow Camilla's emotional, spiritual, and physical journey! The Mormon church has always been somewhat of a mystery to me, so this book caught my eye. I appreciated learning about the Mormon church and their teachings in the mid-1800's. This book left me encouraged and inspired to follow Christ, no matter the cost. I look forward to more books in this series.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical Christian fiction and/or wants to learn more about the early Mormon church.

I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book.
I read this book and as it progressed became more and more involved with the characters and the story line. I read the sequel
as I had to know how it all turned out. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Connie M. Thayer
5.0 out of 5 stars No greater love
The deepest love for God and the faith to leave her children in order to bring them out of the false teachings of man exalting himself
Published 17 days ago by grace beagle
5.0 out of 5 stars great couple of books
I learned some truths about the morman religion even though this and the first book are fictional, the author has done extensive research in the history of the morman church and... Read more
Published 23 days ago by tina k
5.0 out of 5 stars sequil to "For Time and Eternity"
This is the story of Camilla, caught up in polygamy, who left her husband when he took another wife. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I have read a lot of her books I think this series is my favorite. I hope she writes another one.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Forsaking All Others
This is exactly the right book we were seeking. It completes the series, having already acquired the rest. Thank you
Published 4 months ago by A. Norman Borge
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book(s).
I read the two books in this series over just a few days and would recommend doing that. It was much easier to keep track of the characters and full stories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MsJongg
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
Not only a good story but also educated me in their religous lifestyle. I read all of the series I could find.
Published 5 months ago by Pantalooon
2.0 out of 5 stars Please, dear author, do your homework
This is a copy/paste from my review
The Book of Mormon plays such an important part in the Mormon faith, it's a shame Allison Pittman, like her fictional heroine... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michelle Llewellyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Novel
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel the second in the Sister Wives series. Ms. Pittman writes well and I had difficulty putting this book down. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cathryn J. Allen
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As far as I know, I have always been a writer. Before I could put words to page, I would dictate stories to my mother. I have always lulled myself to sleep by crafting stories--a new chapter each night. When God called me to write, I was thrilled to answer His prompting. And so it was, after a long conversation with my husband, I left a 20-year teaching career to pursue a new direction. It called for a HUGE step of faith, but God has kept me and our family safe.

I count every single one of my readers as one of God's blessings in my life, and I like to think of my stories as being the first step in a conversation. Please visit my website, and send me an email. It is one of my greatest joys to hear from you!

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