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A Season of Joy (The Work and the Glory #5)

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,634 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
The popular, award-winning series The Work and the Glory continues with A Season of Joy, which literally spans the globe as it follows the story of the restored Church and the fictional Steed family through two eventful years (1839-1841). It is a season of rejuvenationas, after the horrors of the Missouri persecutions, the Saints find refuge across the Mississippi in Illin ...more
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Dec 06, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate cheesy things, and I have to admit these books have parts that are cheesy, but what makes it TOTALLY worth it is the beautiful narrative of church history. It brings a lot of emotion into the history. You would have to read 10 boring church history books to learn what you learn by reading just one of these novels. I was openly weeping during the part of this book that talked about how many people died from the malaria outbreak when Nauvoo was first being built (RIGHT after they had been e ...more
Feb 21, 2008 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This 5th volume covers a very short time period in LDS church history. The saints had just been forced to leave Missouri or face more brutal atacks. The Governer had issued the "extermination order" and they were forced at gun point to leave everything they had. They settled in Illinois and soon founded the beautiful city of Nauvoo from what was once only a swamp.

I really enjoy these books because they use real church history to tell the story of the restoration and the Steed family are really
This is my favorite volume of the series. I adore this series because the characters are deep and the historical events so powerful.
Michelle Christensen
I enjoyed reading the book this time, although it was too long and easily could have been edited down. It was nearly 600 pages and didn't cover much. In many places, the book read like a history book more than a historical fiction. This is what I was both expecting and wanting, though, so that was fine for me. As has been said before, the number of "main" characters entering the book is getting overwhelming and difficult to keep track of. I quickly read through those parts of the story. The info ...more
Jun 27, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves history, and religion
Recommended to Heather by: Library
I was very impressed with this book. Being a member of the Church and getting a greater understanding of those early events of the oppression that the early saints had to go through, but the time period that followed that really was a season of joy for the Saints, was really wonderful for me to read.

But as this book is a historical fiction novel, I also felt myself being overcome with emotion as I read the happy times that happened with the Steed family, especially towards the end of the book,
Book review: Interesting to see where everything is going. Nice (if a bit too convenient and all) that the whole family is together. Not quite sure I agree with the title for what was related in the book.

Narration review: So...we're back to mispronouncing names, are we? And I'm starting to think more and more that the narrator is making the romantic parts more barfy to me than if I'd been able to read them with my own inflections and such. (Even if Lund uses the same phrasing over and over with
Apr 29, 2009 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been getting some great books from the library, so this one sat on the shelf for a while. I forget how much I really like these books.

Book 5 starts in early 1839 and ends in July of 1841.

At this time, Joseph Smith and his companions are being shuffled across Missouri while "the bad guys" are trying to find enough evidence to convict them of anything. They escape in April. The Saints are located in Quincy, Illinois, and early in the novel they begin their move to Nauvoo. Probably the most
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Jan 15, 2013 07mckenna M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly love this book and for who ever is afraid of reading it because of its length JUST READ IT because it is well worth it the detail in it is so amazing the way Gerald N. Lund captures Nauvoo so perfectly is absolutely breath taking he gives each character detail so you can clearly capture how they look, how they feel inside, when they lived and where they are. The only flaw of this book is that a little boy dies but even that isn't bad because if you have had anyone important to you die t ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The United States of America is the country founded by seekers of freedom from oppressive governments. But did you know the Mormon Church, born on April 6th, 1830 in New York State, was forced with violence from New York, to Ohio, to Missouri, to Illinois, and ultimately west across the plains and over the Rocky Mountains—because of their beliefs? The governor of Missouri actually issued an official declaration that all Mormons were to be driven from the state or exterminated. It has always been ...more
Dec 28, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A welcome relief as a much more lighthearted read than book #4, which I'm sure was what the early Saints felt about their period of respite in Nauvoo after the persecutions of Missouri. There was one section, however, describing the loss of a young son that broke my heart as much as any scene described in any of the books thus far. Perhaps that was because it was uncomfortably easy for me to relate to, as a mother of little boys, and, during the course of reading this book, had my youngest in th ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Allyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds
I was somewhat resistant to the idea of reading these books - I didn't take the time to really see what they were all about, I just assumed that since they seemed so 'trendy' at the time, they would probably be 'light' reading or even 'corny.' I was SO wrong... and I'm SO glad that I realized that if my mom was enjoying them so much and recommending them to me, they must be worthwhile.

This series, along with the Kent Family Chronicles (by John Jakes, about the United States), made me fall in lov
Jul 23, 2008 Cordell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This entire series is wonderful. It takes a fictional family and places them in the middle of the story of the Mormons (the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) and moves them through the early history of the LDS Church tell the story of the growth of the church as well as the growth of the Steed Family. I learned a lot and it put a lot of things into context for me as well. For example after reading several books one of the members of the Steed Family who was Wealthy bought a new and wo ...more
Kerri Simpson
Jul 21, 2014 Kerri Simpson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found these books on my mothers shelf in highschool. I loved reading every single one of them. Happily I found them in our library and its been wonderful reading them again. Eventually Id like to own them on my own shelves. I love the wonderful way he put a fictional family as part of church history. The steed family are finally together even when mathew and derrick get sent to england. I loved how Will found his way home again. And was even more surprisingly moved again by Mathews wedding. Ye ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Sylvia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are great books to learn about the history and I like the character growth and development.
May 18, 2008 Hillary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book when it first came out. (I was a teenager) I stayed up all night reading. I loved it. Then I went on to read 2-4 and somewhere became bored. So until recently I decided to try the 5th book. (I actually listened to it on tape while I scrapbooked, cleaned, etc...) Maybe that is why I liked it. This book reunites all of the family members. It is usually predictable what is going to happen. Everything always seems so good. Although I'm curious to see if the author will have Jos ...more
Apr 29, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very good. It's about the Steed family, a large fictional family. Some of the other characters are Joseph Smith, the first prophet in the church, Parley P. Pratt, and many others that I can not name right now because there are so many characters that were real people in church history. It was a really good book to read and I can wait until I can read all of the other books in this series. I would recommend this series to everyone and I really enjoyed this book and I think that this ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
loved this series
Oct 27, 2008 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I liked it. This book included the sicknesses and some trials of the saints. Also the missions to england. It left me happy and uplifted like all the work and the glory books do. But this one seemed to have a little less spirirtual insight and a more fictional storyline. No really big climax, but overall I enjoyed it. The main message is that you can have a happy and joyful life, but when you have the gospel there is true real joy. It was good, a little fluffy but fun to read!
May 02, 2012 Hila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Volume 5 of the Work and the Glory series, the Steed family finds themselves settling in what will become Nauvoo, IL. Though several challenges face their family and the other Saints in the area, it is also a time of much joy and rejoicing as they are reunited with Will and the family grows through marriages and births. The period of the novel is also a time of growth for the Church, particularly in England, where the Apostles travel to preach the Gospel.
Christine Maynor
Wow, again. Another amazing book in this series. I especially enjoyed this one because I learned more about the Saints journey from Missouri to Nauvoo. They sacrificed so much and they were finally able to enjoy this wonderful city and have a much needed peace there. The Steed family continues to grow and change and that always exciting. It was also amazing to me to hear more about the Apostles going to England to preach the Gospel. It was a very well written book.
Mary Lou
Great quote from book:
"Sometimes things happen that give a man cause to hate someone else. It may even be a good reason. So he takes hate to his bosom and holds it close, like he's afraid it will slip away from him if he lets go. But it is like putting a prairie rattlesnake inside your shirt. No matter how good a reason you may have for doing so, you are going to be the one who gets bit."

I found the book very slow, but found the history interesting.
Sep 19, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
Glad to have a mostly happy book after the drama and tragedy of book four.
I was able to force myself to read through the first 6 books, the original length of the set. There were only 2 interesting characters - Will and Joshua. Everyone else was cardboard, two dimensional and entirely predictable. Very interesting to those who love reading about the early days of the Mormon Church and some of the harrowing events that happened to them as long as you don't care about characterizations or plot lines.
Tanya W
Same review for all nine books (which I read in the years 1999 and 2000). I really enjoyed this series of historical fiction which tells the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The author does a great job of creating a fictional family who knows everyone. This allows the history to be told in a way that can be more interesting than a history book, while preserving historical information.
Sep 24, 2008 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series!! It was so good. I couldn't put them down! I can't pick a favorite book because I thought they were all good. The story was interesting and it kept having drama which made it fun to read because you wanted to know what happened. The only bad thing about the book was that it was so historically accurate some people think this family is real.
Dec 30, 2008 Deanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gerald Lund does a wonderful job of researching Church history and remaining faithful to the events that happened -- but his cliches and repetitive dialogue, unbelievable characters, and storylines that bog down in too many characters made finishing the series a teeth-gritting chore. But the three stars are for all I learned -- it was maybe worth it.
Sep 27, 2015 Patti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed all these books because I love church history!
Jun 27, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
I read the series while I worked during the summer break of college. It was really a good time for me to read these because I worked at hotels at night and I needed a comforting book to read. Although there was a lot of conflict in these books, I loved the story of the families and their love and the overal theme. I loved these books!
James Biser
I continue to enjoy this series.
May 29, 2010 Mdonalds1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have actually enjoyed all 5 of The Work and the Glory books I have read so far. They are a little corny at times, but they are certainly educational and thought provoking. The coming forth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is truly a work and a wonder!
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Gerald N. Lund received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University. He served for thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, and he served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008. He is a prolific and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction and is best known for his historical novels, including The Work and the Glory series, Fi ...more
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