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Zion's Call (Legacy of Hope) (Volume 1)

by Jeremy Maughan

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After a stint at sea, Howard Egan finds himself in Salem, Massachusetts. While there he runs into an intriguing young lady and decides his time might be better spent in Salem. Taking a position making ropes, he soon sets forth a great future for himself. Things change though when some Mormon missionaries come to town. Howard becomes the bodyguard for the Mormons, but this puts him in a difficult position. Everything he has carefully planned may be destroyed for some men he hardly knows. Will it all be worth it?

I love historical fiction, so I was excited to read this book. There was a great story mixed with some real historical things. That made for a really fun story. I did feel a little thrown into things at the beginning though. I feel like the introductions could have been a bit smoother. Once you get to know everyone though and their backgrounds, things fall into place. I thought Howard had a very compelling story. He wanted to make a better life for himself, and he worked very hard to get there. He also was a man of great conscience. He did was he was supposed to, and he did it to the best of his ability.

Of course in all this there was a love story as well. Howard is immediately taken with a girl, but he has to work to get her for sure. Her name is Tamson, and she's a girl with a sharp tongue and a very clear idea of what she wants. Howard will work just as hard to earn the girl of his dreams as he will for the life of his dreams. Things get a bit complicated with Tamson becomes a believer in the Mormons that Howard has been a bodyguard for. Overall this was a fun story with a lot of good historical context. It was a very good read.

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From the Back Cover In the spring of 1834, Howard Egan, tired of working as a sailor, chooses to start a new life in Salem, Massachusetts. Howard takes a job in a rope factory and starts to become a prosperous businessman. He also intends to marry a good woman. When he meets Tamson Parshley for the first time, Howard believes he has found that good woman. He just didn't expect her to be so beautiful—or so harsh. Howard soon finds himself entangled in a life or death struggle involving a Mormon missionary named Erastus Snow and a powerful anti-Mormon businessman named Edward Clark, a man powerful enough to summon an anti-Mormon mob at the snap of his fingers. Assigned as Erastus's bodyguard, Howard is duty bound to be at the minister’s side as he preaches his new religion, a religion and faith that complicates Howard’s duty and his business dealings. But Howard and Tamson vow to not let the Mormon Church or Erastus come between them and any hope of love. Howard soon finds himself struggling to fulfill his duty to Erastus, win Tamson’s love, find an answer to his faith—and stay alive as anti-Mormon fervor threatens Salem’s peace

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