• A Place of Promise

  • The Kade Family Saga, Volume 2
  • By: Laurel Mouritsen
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (140 ratings)

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A Place of Promise

By: Laurel Mouritsen
Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
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The compelling story of the Kade family continues in this second volume of The Kade Family Saga series, A Place of Promise, written by Laurel Mouritsen.

The Kades’ two older children, Elizabeth and James, are growing into young adults in the peaceful riverside town of Nauvoo, Illinois, in the 1840s. When traitors plot to murder the Prophet Joseph Smith, James learns of their plan. Danger and intrigue mount as James strives to shield the Prophet from assassination.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth faces dangers of a spiritual nature when she begins associating with friends who will lead her away from the gospel and bring her into open conflict with her family. During a trip to Montrose, she comes in contact with a young Sauk and Fox Indian; their paths will cross again in a surprising twist of events.

As the peace of Nauvoo is being destroyed by foes from within and without the Church, brother and sister are on a collision course that will shatter their family and have repercussions for generations of Kades to come.

Join the Kades in all the color and pageantry, intrigue and suspense, of old Nauvoo. Its legacy as a place of promise will stir your heart and deepen your appreciation for the early Saints.

©2004 Laurel Mouritsen (P)2019 Laurel Mouritsen

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Still good series.

Series usually lose momentum when more than 2 books included. We'll see if this author defies the odds and maintains 4-5 star for whole series.

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I really enjoyed the it!

Kept me captivated and was an easy story to follow along. Look forward to down loading the next one in the series.

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Makes ya wonder

Makes ya wonder about the true timeline for it feels like this is a now timeline with all the politics.
Besides that, Gteat storyline... almost feels like this is IRL it's such a great piece of creative writing that draws you in and keeps you there.

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Left me hanging😔

I wondered the real reason why the LDS members have been extremely forced to leave their homes in the 1800s. I felt very sad that other non-Mormons could be so cruel as to persecute them in such a way that the Mormons had to leave behind everything they have built for their family and community. But I couldn't see in the story a compelling reason for their persecution since the Mormons seems to be very nice and upright people.

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whitewashed

One of the biggest reasons the saints were harrassed so horribly at this time was the adoption of the principle of polygamy by the church leaders.
The author has not even discussed the issue and has irresponsibly and purposely omitted it from her story. Those of us who are members currently and who fervently believe that the scourge of polygamy never was something that God approved of find it dishonest and misleading.
Polygamy was and is still a crime against women and children and even some of the men who lived the principle because they were mislead by church leadership.
the church lets its members believe that it was done to help care for women who had lost their husbands but you dont have to marry someone to provide for them. the church and its members could have cared for these families without forcing them into polygamy.

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Oops religion!

Too Slow Character under developed stayed with it till the end
wish I hadn't

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Too much focus on drama, not enough history

I'm lds and I get annoyed when a historical fiction is too sqeemish to tell it like it is. I liked the first book, but this one dragged... Started to get good, and then the plot would die off and rush into the next event. This sequel is only told from the point of view from the 2 children of Lydia and Abraham. And they didn't go into detail of the events surrounding what was really gong on. The only historical church figure they interacted with was Parley P Pratt, and this left the testimony building weak. Poligamy was intentionally ignored... And I was highly bothered by the refusal to mention it.. Especially with the issues surrounding Dr Bennett, as his gross immorality was intensified by the more sacred nature of the members choosing to enter into celestial marriage and polygamy. Perhaps the author was afraid of telling it like it was, or unable to reconcile the good and the bad in it and refused to even mention it.

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does what it says on the tin

The Kade Family Saga is LDS historical fiction, and as such, is most likely to appeal to members of the LDS church and fans of historical fiction. The description of Native Americans in this book leaves something to be desired, and the audio performance is a bit flat and includes some terrible accents. Not as bad some I've heard on audible, but still bad. If you're desperately bored and you think a family saga might hit the spot, the Kade Family Saga is undoubtedly one of your options. Three stars.

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Questionable history

An apologetic for the Mormon Church intended probably for early teens and teens. Still a nice story with questionable glorified history.

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