For Time & Eternity (Sister Wife)
Tyndale House Publishers (2010)
Reviewed by Tiffany Schlarman for Reader Views (08/10)
From the moment Camilla meets Nathan Fox her heart is bound forever with his. Camilla is unfamiliar with Nathan’s religion and doesn’t see how it differs from her own. If anything, Nathan’s beliefs seem warmer and more open to God. Camilla doesn’t understand her townspeople’s fear and her parents’ fear of the Mormons camped in Kanesville. When she is suddenly forced to choose between her family and a new life adventure with Nathan, Camilla’s choice is one that will forever change her life, her love, and her relationship with God. Led under false pretenses, Camilla soon discovers why everyone was fearful and guarded concerning the Mormons’ beliefs.
This book was very easy to keep reading. The author tells the story through Camilla’s own voice and thoughts. It’s as if the reader is right with Camilla every step of the way. Her style was refreshing and intriguing making the book a joy to read. The weight of the story was quite opposite the style of writing. This was an emotionally heavy read. The style of writing makes the reader one with the book and, in turn, makes the subject matter even closer to the heart. For me the story was addicting yet draining. I have not read a book like this in a while. The Mormons’ beliefs are quite different from my own as a Christian, a woman, a wife, and a mother. Each of these parts of me was emotionally affected by this book yet I could not put it down. It is the first novel in the Sister Wife Series and ends in a cliffhanger style, leaving the reader ready for the next novel. I appreciated the sneak peak of book two in the series, it kept me from going crazy with wonder.
I personally enjoyed the different approach to Christian fiction the author uses. She weaves a tale of faith in the midst of sharing another religion that seemingly looks the same at first to Camilla until she realizes where her personal beliefs and convictions differ. I thought the book was honest, respectful and Godly. The subject matter was emotionally heavy for me but overall “For Time & Eternity” was a wonderful read. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars due to re-read value. As much as I enjoyed this book, I feel I could not be able to re-read it because of its heaviness. This gave me reason to choose 4 starts over 5.