When it comes to creating spellbinding historical fiction, nobody does it quite like Gerald N. Lund. In The Undaunted, he transports readers first to the coal mines of Yorkshire, then across the ocean and the plains to the territory of Utah, where, even in 1879, there is pioneering to be done. A little- known and perhaps even less- appreciated chapter in the Church's histo...more
However, I was pleasantly surprised. I actually enjoyed it q...more
I love almost everything about this book, the storyline, the history, to drama, the danger, the lives of the many fictional and nonfictional characters. The book kept me well intrigued, enlightened and e...more
To me, the book was way too long and did not hold my attention. I nearly quit reading several...more
I have NEVER had a book suck me into it like this one did! I like reading, and there are times when I really want to finish a book, but I had to really tell myself that I needed to accomplish other things in my life besides the book! The way that Lund uses fiction with history to tell the story of the San Juan pioneers is amazing... just amazing. I was thinking of the story whenever I wasn't reading it, and having dreams about it! I didn't really want it to come to an end.
And, to think, I...more
The reason I didn't LOVE this book is...more
I hadn't heard of these 'Hole-in-the-rock' pioneers before reading this book - and found the novel very interesting - particularly the notes included at the end of each chapter, explaining the history. I also quite enjoyed...more
I found it to be silly and sappy in places and think could have been much shorter if the unnecessary bits that did not add to the plot were eliminated. Definitely too much "fluff" added for my taste. I would have preferred less romance and think the audience does not need to ha...more
In the end I found that the story just didn't move along well enoug...more
Gerald Lund is one of my favorite historical authors. He takes a fictional character/family and places them in real events that feel like they really could have been there. He also has great footnotes at the end of each chapter giving you more detail about what was fact and what was fiction in the chapter. Y...more
On the other, his fictional characters are so one dimensional, I found myself skipping over much of the inane banter between them.
Still, I learned about a little known chapter in the settling of Southwestern Utah, a truly monumental, and under-appreciate...more
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