I just finished reading The Undaunted. 800 pages. Well worth it.
In fact, I couldn’t put the book down. I had so many plans for the weekend. They all got pushed aside as I delved into this fabulous book.
It starts with a 6-year-old boy working in coal mines in England. It follows him as he emigrates to Utah as a teenager. When he is in his early 20s, he begins a challenging pioneer journey in southern Utah.
In the late 1870s, a group of missionaries/pioneers set out to find a shorter route from Escalante, Utah to the southeastern corner of Utah, near what is now Bluff, Utah. These families set out on what they thought would be a 6 week trek. It took 6 months, because they had to build wagon roads through challenging terrain.
It’s a fabulous book filled with historical facts and people (woven into the story with the fictional characters), faith, perseverance, and love.
The author has a great website with photos of the pioneer route landmarks at: http://www.undaunted-thenovel.com/