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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Believers in the Crucible Nauvoo by Alfred Woollacott, III is an inspiring, historical novel that explores the life of a woman of faith. Naamah Carter has had her share of suffering and devastating loss as a child. However, her life takes on a new direction when she listens to Joseph Smith’s testaments. But her family still continues to be despised by those in her community. This book tells the story of her spiritual odyssey to Nauvoo, inspired by the message of the prophet. In this new adventure of faith, she faces the greatest challenge of her life — should she choose Brigham Young and live in a marital situation contrary to her beliefs or follow her heart.
The reader is introduced to the dynamics and the historical context in which the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints was born. The author explores the martyrdom of Joseph Smith and his succession by Brigham Young, creating a powerful spiritual climate that underlines the elements of a nascent church. I was captivated by the portrait of Naamah Carter, and how her humanity comes across in the narrative. The themes of faith, family, and suffering are beautifully developed and it is interesting to notice the part that faith plays in the story. Alfred Woollacott’s work is brilliantly plotted and the reader is left in no doubt that the work is well-researched. The characters are compelling and readers will love how these characters fit into the setting. The Believers in the Crucible Nauvoo is fast-paced and the conflict is strong, deftly developed at multiple levels. It is, indeed, an engaging and fascinating read.