Before the Dawn Author:Dean Hughes When the bishop calls Leah Sorensen to be Relief Society president, her first impulse is to assume he's joking. "They'd all vote against me if you put my name up," she tells him, "and I'd vote with them." She's prickly and proud, a farm widow who doesn't get along with the town women at all. Why would the Lord want her? Because it's 1932, th... more »e depth of the Great Depression, and, as the bishop tells Leah: "You lost your husband and you didn't give up. You know how to survive hard times, and some women in our ward don't. I'm not looking for a nice church lady right now. I'm looking for someone with some grit, and that's what you've got." But will frit be enough when the opposition begins?« less
I enjoyed this work of historical fiction. Some of Leah's struggles remind me of my grandmother's. I like the way Dean Hughes weaves historical fact with the story of a reluctant, newly-called Relief Society president. The ending is a little pat, though. Mr. Hughes does like happy endings.