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River of Light and Shadow

The Whitlock Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Gryphon Corpus
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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After mob violence threatens their lives, they flee to the wilderness

During Missouri’s Mormon Wars of the mid-1800s, the Whitlock family seeks to escape mob violence on the state’s western frontier by hiding in the rugged north Missouri wilderness where the Hill Spring Trail crosses the Chariton River. Here, in constant fear of discovery, David Whitlock meets and falls in love with Suzanna Shattuck, the independent and spirited daughter of a nearby settler.

Drawn together by love, divided by different worlds

As David and Suzanna struggle with their growing passion for each other and with the differences that separate their families, two other figures move inescapably toward each other and the young couple. In Jefferson City, legislator Jacob Randall champions the cause of Missouri's outcasts while Sheck Rogers, a self-appointed Mormon hunter, roams the state murdering and mutilating those he suspects of belonging to a church against which the Governor has issued an extermination order. 

In this entrancing historical novel of love, fear, courage and redemption, two young lovers seek to find themselves and each other in Missouri’s untamed wilderness. 

Their families struggle to survive the politics and passions of one of the nation’s most tumultuous periods. River of Light and Shadow touches the deepest recesses of the heart while provoking, inspiring, and teaching in ways that characterize the best historical fiction.

©2013 Kent A Farnsworth (P)2019 Kent A Farnsworth

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A gentle romance blooms in a turbulent time

Set against the violence of Missouri's "Mormon troubles" of the 1830's and 40's, this book follows a family that chooses to leave the community of the Latter-Day Saints and make it on their own in the woods. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is more of a background than a topic for the book, and is treated respectfully by the author. The pioneer way of life seems well researched; I feel like I know how to build a sod house now. The romance between the main characters is passionate but sweet. The reader did a good job of differentiating the voices of the characters and bringing the story to life. Gryphon Corpus is new to Audible, but I predict she will become a favorite.

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Great historical novel

I had already read this book. Enjoyed the audio very much. I look forward to more audio books by this author.

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Learned some things

This is a historical romance set in Missouri in the mid 1800s against the backdrop of the Mormon wars. I learned some things about this historical event and felt the book was well-researched. This is the story of Suzanna and David. David is a Mormon whose mother and father left their home to make a home in the wilds of Missouri. He meets and is attracted to Suzanna who while not opposed to the Mormons, her family is. Hence, their meeting and romance begins and is followed throughout the book. The audiobook was good but at times, I found it difficult to keep the characters separated in my mind by their voice. Overall, I enjoyed the book and the story and look forward to reading/listening to other books by this author. I received a copy of this audiobook at my request and have left this review voluntarily.