Children of a Northern Kingdom presents a compelling and poignant historical narrative that sheds light on a lesser-known chapter of Mormon history.
In this remarkable historical novel, Elaine Stienon weaves a tapestry of adventure, resilience, and faith, immersing readers in the tumultuous world of a group of non-polygamous Mormons who find themselves on the run following the assassination of their revered leader, Joseph Smith Jr., in 1844.
Rusty Manning, a skilled blacksmith, and his wife Marie are among the individuals who embark on this perilous journey.
Marie’s brother, Gabriel Romain, a respected physician, becomes the group’s driving force, guiding them to Wisconsin and ultimately to Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.
Stienon paints a vivid picture of the challenges faced by this group of Mormons during their years on Beaver Island.
The once-hopeful journey takes a surprising turn when they reach Beaver Island, nestled in the embrace of Lake Michigan. Here, James Strang transforms himself into a self-proclaimed king, plunging the community into a world of uncertainty as the practice of plural marriage introduces discord and controversy.
Amidst the breathtaking beauty of Beaver Island, readers will witness a dance of emotions where hope and despair intertwine.
Children of a Northern Kingdom shines a piercing light on the struggles endured by these resilient pioneers, painting a vivid portrait of their endurance in the face of adversity. Through Stienon’s skillful storytelling, the intricate dynamics of the community unfold, revealing the fragility of relationships, the strength of convictions, and the profound impact of a shared faith.
One of the novel’s most poignant aspects is the separation and eventual reunion of Rusty Manning with his wife and family.
It serves as a reminder of the enduring power of love and the lengths individuals will go to protect and preserve their familial bonds.
Through its well-developed characters, immersive setting, and poignant storytelling, the novel captivates readers and provides a deeper understanding of the struggles faced by this group of Mormons. It is a compelling tale of survival, love, and the unyielding determination to find a place to call home.