No Greater Love (A Banner is Unfurled #5)
November 1838: The scattered members of the Johnson family struggle to survive the upheaval that somes in the wake of Governor Boggs's extermination order, fighting disease and poverty, and persecution and chastisement even as they and the other faithful Saints mourn the plight of the imprisoned Prophet and fear his imminent martyrdom. Back in Kirtland, Johnson family patr...more
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published September 2012 by Covenant
(first published 2012)
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I got quite caught up in this, the last book in the series. Ezekiel being my great to the 5th grandpa, and Joel Hills my great to the 4th grandpa on my father's side. Joseph Ellis is my great to the 3rd (?) on my mom's side. Much of it was like reading a story where you had cheated and read the last chapter first—I knew what was coming, but exactly how my ancestors were involved—and how that involvement played out—kept me up and reading to the finish: a 5 hour reading marathon. Work may be diffi...more
As you know I don't get many things 5 stars, but this one is very special and close to my heart. It is about my people and not just my religious group MY ANCESTORS. I am the great-great-great-great granddaughter of Ezekiel and Julia Johnson. The story is of course fictionalized but based on facts. I am in awe. My mom and I are in a race to read them. I do not give it 5 stars because of the family connection, but the story is actually riveting and inspiring! There are many times I heard myself sa...more
I was glad to find out what happened to the family members - but I think if I had read -"with tears in his/her eyes" one more time I would have wanted to slap someone. But, that's just me, I guess there are only so many ways/times to express the pain and sorrow that was felt so often for so many of the characters in this book. Like other books I've read, it was the "telling" how I should feel - oh there are tears, I should be sad, rather than letting the narrative evoke the emotion in me -- that...more
The first half of the book was a little hard for me. Maybe it was because I read the first four right in a row and then it was a couple years before I could read the fifth one. Additionally, the first half felt so sad, so much sorrow, challenges, death. But I guess that was the reality of what they all went through, especially when there were so many family members. But as I got more into it, I really enjoyed it. What a great finish to the Johnson Family story. I was sad for it to end, but felt...more
This was a really good Historical Fiction with great notes telling where she got her information and what was directly quoted. My biggest problem was she was constantly shifting between the main characters and there are a lot of them. This was the last of the series and it really tied things up so that you aren't left wondering what happened to one of the characters as the fourth book did.
Read the entire series in just over 2 weeks which helped keep the story flowing and remember all that has occurred. A great story and depiction of this historic and great family. The characters became real to me and I felt like I knew them. I also learned more about other historic figures from that time. Great read and I recommend this series.
I loved this book and the whole series. I am a descendant of Ezekiel Johnson through his son Joel Hills Johnson. I was happy to learn of things written in family journals and diaries. The Johnsons went through much tribulation and heartache but kept on in their faith. Even, Ezekiel grew to have faith in the gospel, which is precious to me.