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Teresa's Reading Corner: For Time & Eternity by Allison Pittman

Friday, September 10, 2010

For Time & Eternity by Allison Pittman

Synopsis from Goodreads:  In an effort to escape her stern, legalistic upbringing, Camilla Deardon runs away from home with a handsome young Mormon man, Nathan. Married in the church, they raise their daughters and hope for more children. But their lives take a sudden turn when her husband, whom she loves deeply, is designated for special honor by the church elders. Nathan is given the honor of taking a second wife and soon a new “sister wife” comes into their home. 
Camilla is heartbroken and remembers the faith of her childhood. She begins to question this revelation and is charged with unfaithfulness to the Mormon teachings. She enters a struggle for her life when elders call for blood atonement for her disobedience. Forced to abandon her children, she leaves them in the care of a Paiute Indian woman who shares her faith. Camilla knows they’ll be safe until she can return for them.

About Allison Pittman:  Allison is a former high school English teacher who has penned several books including her new release For Time & Eternity.  She is currently co president of a Christian writers group in San Antonio, Texas where she makes her home with her husband and their three boys.

My thoughts on  For Time & Eternity:  Reading this book was quite the experience for me.  I nearly put it down several times.  Pure curiosity about the outcome kept niggling me to carry on.

Its not that it was a bad book.  The characters were extremely well developed and the story well written.   I think it had to do with my own frustration with the choices that the characters made and my own beliefs.

I don't know much about the Mormon church or their teachings so I am curious to know if the beginnings  of the Morman church that are portrayed are historically accurate?  Did the women within the community really dislike the idea of their husbands taking a second wife?  If so, why did so many of them allow it.  How could the religious leaders treat Camilla as they did?  

I don't know how to classify this book because usually I ask myself if I liked the story and did it make me think?  In this case, I didn't really care for the story but it certainly made me think.  

I don't have a strong sense of who might like this book as I'm still processing how I feel about it.  I'm certain that this one will remain with me for awhile.

Disclosure:  I received my copy of For Time & Eternity from the publicist in order to participate in this Blog Tour.  The thoughts and ideas expressed here are entirely my own and were not influenced in any way.

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At September 10, 2010 at 7:54 AM , Blogger Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

You should read The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. It is about the Brigham Young and the founder of the Firsts, the Mormons and the 19th Wife who fought against all of it. Very absorbing and hard to read at times but really well written.
Great review.

At September 10, 2010 at 8:21 AM , Blogger Juju at Tales of said...

While it doesn't sound like it's for me, I did love your honest review. I think I would find this sort of read difficult as well.

At September 11, 2010 at 4:17 PM , Blogger toothybooks said...

i'm not a fan of religious books and such, so i'll probably skip this one. but i can understand your reasoning behind the review. i hate it when the characters make frustrating decisions.

At September 15, 2010 at 9:56 AM , Blogger Kim said...

I don't usually pick up Christian books either (don't know why) but I am a Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS). Polygamy is not practiced in our Church today. A good thing for me as I am a one-man woman. If you really are interested, you can check out this link for an Official answer on polygamy and other comments:

At September 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM , Blogger Teresa said...

Thank you for that resource Kim. I'll look into it. The novel led me to believe that the wives were often against it so I'm interested to see how that evolved.

Michelle, I might have to pick that one up to satisfy my curiosity as well.

Thanks for the comments guys!

At October 1, 2010 at 2:42 PM , Blogger Victoria ObSEUSSed said...

Just found you on the Book Blogger Hop. I saw this post and I'm Mormon so I noticed it. We do get married in a temple for "Time and Eternity" so those words were noticable. I don't think I could read this book. I have a hard time when authors write fiction about a historical event. I would rather read a real journal of a woman who experienced polygamy instead of a fictional story. Thanks for your honest review. Victoria, I blog at


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