Young women--New York--Palmyra--Fiction;Mormon Church--History--19th century--Fiction.
Esther, Josie, Phoebe, Tillie and Georgie will quickly endear themselves to readers of Palmyra, the latest novel from author Susan Evans McCloud. Set in the late 1820s and early 1830s, this novel centers around the lives of these five vibrant young girls, who find themselves working out their heartaches and shaping their lives in the midst of a community that is reacting to the teachings of a young Joseph Smith and his new religion. Told through Esther's perspective, this story explores the individual thoughts and feelings that the young people of Palmyra were likely experiencing during the founding years of the Church. Each girl, though bound to each other, will discover that she must face her own beliefs. While one girl struggles to understand how anyone could believe Joseph's words, another friend readily accepts his teachings and commits herself to following the Saints. This pivotal conflict, coupled with a look at the ups and downs of young adulthood, works beautifully to tell a story of lasting friendship, enduring faith, and love illuminated by the understanding and acceptance of the Spirit. [publisher website]