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Friday, April 27, 2018

A House Divided: A Novel By Diane Stringham Tolley-Blog Tour Review


Product Details

  • Title: A House Divided: A Novel
  • Author: Diane Stringham Tolley
  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Bonneville Books (November 14, 2017)
  • Genre: LDS Historical Fiction/Book of Mormon/Religious
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462120865
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review

Book Synopsis
Hannah thought reaching the promised land would mean an end to her problems, but it was only the beginning. With her loved ones divided and her people in danger, Hannah's faith is now faltering more with each passing day. Can she find the courage to stand by her convictions? Or will the conflicts from their past lead the Nephite people into a war against their own family?

My Review
The second book in this series picks up where the first one left off. I loved the first book where we got to know Hannah and her struggle being the wife of Lemuel. In this book we see the continual rise of conflict between the Nephites and the Lamanites. I love seeing the Book of Mormon come to life in novels such as this. There is much to be learned from Hannah's example of having hope, faith, and relying on the hand of the Lord to guide your life. She suffered a lot physically and mentally during her marriage to Lemuel.

 This story is so beautifully written, along with many scriptures laced throughout it's pages. I would suggest to readers, even those familiar with the stories from the Book of Mormon, to read the first book in the series, Daughter of Ishmael: Promised Land, Broken Hearts, before starting A House Divided. Even though it could be read as a stand alone, reading the first book gives you greater insight into what kind of woman Hannah is and how she could endure so many hardships so well. There is some violence and mildly graphic content from war battles and animal attacks. This book is appropriate for adults and older teens.  

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The men moved close and carefully picked up the young man, who, such a
short time before, had been full of life and promise.
It was a saddened group who began to make their way back to the village.
Nephi had risen to his feet and was staring off into the trees.
Hannah paused beside him. "Is that all there is to this life, Brother Nephi?
Pain and suffering?"
He looked at her. "There is pain, yes, Sister Hannah. And suffering to be sure.
It is sad that we need the opposition to remind us of our duty. To turn our
hearts to our God." He sighed. "But much of our suffering is brought on by the
choices of men. The evil choices of men.

About the Author
Diane Stringam Tolley was born and raised on the great Alberta prairies. Daughter of a ranching family of writers, she inherited her love of writing at a very early age, penning her earliest published works in Mrs. Hainsworth’s grade six class. Trained in journalism, she has written countless articles, short stories, plays, and songs. She is the published author of thirteen novels and e-books. Her thirteenth, Daughter of Ishmael, was released early in 2017.
Author Residence: Alberta, Canada

LINKS:
-https://www.dianestringamtolley.com/
-https://twitter.com/StoryTolley
-https://www.facebook.com/diane.tolley1


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