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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Belonging to Heaven by Gale Sears-Blog Tour and Giveaway


Title:Belonging to Heaven
Author: Gale Sears
Publisher: Deseret Book
Published Date: April 2013
Genre: Historical Religious Fiction
ISBN# 978-1-60907-159-2
FTC FYI: I was given a review e-copy in exchange for an honest review.










Book Description:Belonging to Heaven
Descended from the Hawaiian royal line, Jonathan Napela became one of the first—and most influential—converts to the Church in Hawaii. A man of intelligence, social status, and wealth, he used his considerable position to further the gospel in his native land. He developed a lifelong bond of brotherhood with Elder George Q. Cannon, helping to translate the Book of Mormon into Hawaiian and establish a gathering place for the Hawaiian saints in Laie, Oahu. But when his beloved wife, Kitty, was stricken with leprosy, Jonathan made the defining decision of his life. He would leave his life of privilege to become her caretaker and spend the rest of his life on Molokai, the island of lepers. To those who suffered similar heartbreak and banishment, Jonathan’s self-sacrifice became their lifeline. Based on true story, this is an extraordinary novel of a man who chose love in the face of death.


Excerpts from Belonging to Heaven
"She stepped out of the cooking house and moved into the yard. "My heart is full of joy today. My feet and fingers wish to talk of this joy." Slowly she began to sway, her feet moving smoothly over the packed ground, and her gnarled fingers floating through the air, painting pictures with each movement. "I will tell the
story na wai 'eha. The four waters of Maui." She began to chant:

"Fed by the tears of heaven and the hidden pools of"
"the mountains"
"Oh, life-giving waters"
"You flow down to the children of the land."


"Catherine Keliikuaaina Richardson walked beside his son in regal splendor. Her brown hair hung in waves down to her knees. She wore a white holoku in the style that was part missionary and part Hawaiian. Long sleeves covered her arms and a high collar came up to cover her neck.The soft fabric hung loosely from a square yoke that was edged with white ruffles. On her head she wore a wreath of bright yellow 'ilima flowers woven with ferns and the golden tail feathers of the o-o bird. Her golden brown skin glowed in the morning light and the sight of her drove reason from Waaole's head."



My Review
 Once again Gale Sears has written a beautiful story full of heart and rich history. This time the story is about the early Hawaiian Saints, highlighting the life of Jonathan Napela, a son of Hawaiian royalty. We learn about the LDS church's early experience in the 1850's, in the Hawaiian Islands (then known as the Sandwich Islands). I love reading about Elder George Q. Cannon and his mission to the Sandwich Islands.

Reading about the courage of Jonathan, and his excitement about the gospel was inspiring. He faced a lot of opposition from his native people as he listened to and accepted the gospel in his life. There are many moments in this book that will bring you to tears, especially when it comes to the awful disease of leprosy. 

Gale has been blessed with a gift to be able to write such engaging works of historical fiction. I am always swept up in the culture and the lives of the people she writes about. I highly recommend reading Belonging to Heaven, which is a book full of stories of faith, love, compassion and endurance. 





Author Gale Sears
Gale Sears is an award-winning author, known for her historical accuracy and intensive research. Gale received a BA in playwriting from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in theater arts from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of the bestselling The Silence of God and several other novels, including The Route, Christmas for a Dollar, Autumn Sky, Until the Dawn, and Upon the Mountains. She and her husband, George, are the parents of two children and reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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