I was hoping this book would be more of a memoir of the author's great-great-grandmother's life experiences after she moved to Utah from England in the mid-1800's (otherwise would have given the book 4 stars). The book is primarily an account of the origin and culture of the Mormon's, especially their relocation to Utah.
Excellent story of determination and faith.
Excellant story of a very independant woman who travels from a refined life in England to the harseness of 1800's in Utah. Her break with the Mormon Church and her escape to California. Well written and a exciting tale of perseverance.
Denton interprets a British ancestors experiences in crossing an ocean and a continent to join the Latter Day Saints in Utah. Jean Rio Baker was, by Dentons assessment, a wealthy Victorian woman who fell sway to the message of Mormon missionaries in the 1840s. Not long after her husband dies, she packed up her children and other members of her extended family and embarked from England on the arduous voyage to Utah.
Maybe it was her reality, but there seemed to be too much Mormon bashing in this book. It might have been that way, but as a biographer she certainly didnt take an unbiased view of the whole situation.
Great book, great story, very enlightening. If you like books about American Pioneer History, this is a must read ! I wish I was 1/2 as strong as this brave woman.
Very interesting true story.
A very well researched, fascinating story, filled with little-known historic detail. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
A fascinating look at history directly from a diary of a Mormon woman who's new life turns to disillusionment over polygamy and violence against nonbelievers, as well as the harshness of frontier life.
The author's Great-Great grandmother was Jean Rio Baker, who came to Utah from England. Mrs Baker and her family were converted by Wilford Woodruff, a Mormon Missionary who lied and denied being a polygamist although he was. He did not tell the Bakers about the polygamy, or the autocratic reign of Brigham Young, who took Mrs. Bakers piano and all her money. By the time of the Mountain Meadows massacre, she wanted to leave Mormonism, but Brigham Young did not allow it. He was the driving force behind this massacre. Eventually, her whole family including herself left Mormonism, except her son, William and his first wife and children, Eventually, the Mormon church would betray him for being a polygamist and he spent the rest of his life in jail. Ironically, It was Wilford Woodruff who betrayed him for being a polygamist
.Jean had a harsh life in Utah. When a Mormon man she was nursing asked her to go to San Francisco with him and she stayed their in happiness the rest of her life.