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Daughter of Ishmael by Diane Stringham Tolley
How does a woman, raised in the righteous home of a temple attending father end up watching her children, painted in the blood of their victims, dance around a roaring fire?
In only one generation, some of the daughters of Ishmael and the sons of Lehi turned from the truths they had been taught from babyhood and gave themselves completely to the influences of evil. And their children and their children’s, children’s children paid a heavy price for those choices.
Daughter of Ishmael explores that premise.
It tells the story of Hannah, faithful third daughter of Ishmael, raised happily in the home of an honourable man. A woman wholly committed to her Saviour. A woman who understands Nephi’s love of the scriptures and commitment to the gospel and secretly longs for such a husband, but finds herself given in marriage to his older brother, Lemuel.
Through the women’s eyes, Daughter of Ishmael follows the family of Ishmael as they commit themselves to Lehi and find their faith tested in the wilderness. Recounts their struggles there with deaths, births and apostasy. Tells of their time in Bountiful and the building of a ship. And their suffering below decks on the Great Irriantum when Laman and Hannah’s husband, Lemuel battle the Lord Himself in their drive to defeat Nephi and take control of the family.
Even their arrival in the Promised Land isn’t without its challenges as they settle. Pride, envy and greed are planted along with the crops and Hannah finds herself more and more in the breach, wanting with all her heart to follow the righteous principles that are so much a part of her, but thwarted constantly by the actions of her husband and brother-by-marriage.
When the final split becomes necessary, Hannah is torn between the faithful branch of the family she yearns to follow and the husband and son she is wholly committed to.
Will she stay and endure the weight of a hundred, hundred generations of sin? Or do the unthinkable and leave her family to follow her prophet?