Monday, December 26, 2011

Review of Tristi Pinkston's Season of Sacrifice

Book Description:
A story of love, trial, and sacrifice, Season of Sacrifice takes you on the journey through the Hole in the Rock with the early Mormon pioneers. Historical fiction at its finest by award-winning author Tristi Pinkston.

Sarah Williams is a young Welsh immigrant, coming to Utah to join her sister Mary Ann Perkins and her young family. When the Perkins' are asked to join the San Juan mission to pioneer a trail through Southern Utah, they take Sarah along to help care for the children. But a six-week journey turns into six agonizing months of hard work and toil as the Saints blast their way through a cliff to bring their wagons through what would become the famous Utah landmark "Hole in the Rock." This LDS historical fiction novel is based on the life of the author's great-great-grandfather and accurately depicts the experiences of these intrepid pioneers as they sought to be obedient to a higher call.

My Thoughts:
When I drive through Southern Utah in the comfort of my heated/ air-conditioned SUV--with gas stations and fast food stops along the way--I sometimes wonder what it might have been like to be the first to forge through the barren wilderness, blasting through rock and fashioning roads to get where to a desired destination. I had some idea what that might have been like, but reading Season of Sacrifice brought it to life for me and taught me along the way. (I was amazed by the engineering feats, and found Sarah's introduction to bananas hilarious!) The descriptions of these early Mormon pioneers' struggles and triumphs were interesting in their own right, but absolutely necessary as the book continued on. Their hard life as well as their physical and social constraints lead me to a point where I could understand a little more how the people might have been able to accept some of the hardest of commandments.

The characters in Season of Sacrifice had to endure much, yet I appreciated the way these characters were written, with humor and trepidation, faith and forgiveness, and a strong love of their Savior, Jesus Christ. I have never read a more beautiful and understanding description of their sacrifice. It was thought-provoking, yet delicate. Season of Sacrifice is a book of triumph and perseverance. 

To purchase Season of Sacrifice in any eBook version, click here. In addition, it can be found at in paper and Kindle versions. If you'd like to learn more about Tristi, check out her blog--it's always great fun!