At the Journey's End

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Reviewed by Dayna Davis, Staff Writer

At the Journey's End by Annette Lyon. Published by Covenant Communications, Inc.

"Abraham Franklin feels like an outcast in every sense of the word. As an American Indian living in the Utah Territory--and not a member of the Mormon Church--Abe faces everything from simple ignorance to outright bigotry. To make matters worse, the only woman he has ever loved has chosen to marry his best friend. It is past time for Abe to start his life over.
At the urging of his devout mother, Abe settles in Snowflake, Arizona, where he promptly meets Maddie Stratton. Maddie is at first wary of Abe, yet she detects a sensitivity and goodness beneath his embittered exterior and they soon become friends. As Maddie draws ever closer to Abe, he begins to push her away, knowing that her faith--and his lack of faith--will prove to be too large a barrier to result in happiness.

From tender matters of the heart and the anguish of a life-threatening accident to the gentle whisperings of the Spirit, author Annette Lyon completes the powerful story of Abraham Franklin, which began in the best-selling novel House on the Hill."

Another wonderful story. I thought that "House on the Hill" was enough. I was content when it ended. But with this additional story, I realize that I was wrong. It wasn't complete until now. Abe needed to have his story told and now it feel finished.

This book is really about discovery, and the misconceptions that can rule our lives until we recognize them for what they are. It's about romance and testimony and relationships. I love it when I learn about life by reading fiction, and this book gave me some new things to think about. I don't think it's necessary to read "House on the Hill" first. This story is very complete and tells you what you need to know.