Here's the blurb:
Sarah Williams is a young Welsh immigrant, coming to Utah to join her sister Mary Ann Perkins. When the Perkins are asked to join the San Juan mission to pioneer a trail through Southern Utah, they take Sarah along to help care for the children. But a six-week journey turns into six agonizing months of hard work and toil as the Saints blast their way through a cliff to bring their wagons through what would become the famous Utah landmark "Hole in the Rock."
Finally settled in the San Juan, Sarah's true hardship begins when Ben Perkins asks her to be his second wife. With their faith and testimonies challenged to the core, both Sarah and Mary Ann struggle to find the true meaning of Christ-like love and obedience. Will they make it through?
I'll admit I was a bit hesitant about this book at first. Very often, biographical novels tend to drag as the reader is weighed down with facts instead of story. However, Tristi did an amazing job of bringing these characters to life. The story was exciting as the group struggled to reach the San Juan valley through the harsh land in Southern Utah. It was touching as characters fell in love. Heartbreaking when doing what was right was a sacrifice. Fascinating when I realized that these were real people and they actually lived these amazing lives.
It was so well done that I read the whole book in a sitting. I could feel the love Tristi has for her ancestors through the hours and hours of reasearch that she undoubtedly had to do in order to make this account so accurate. It was truly a "labor of love." (That's a direct quote from the author)
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history, especially Mormon history, or to anyone who just wants a great, uplifting read.
Here are the purchase links--you can even get it in e-book form.