For Time & Eternity

For Time & Eternity

by Allison Pittman


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All Camilla Deardon knows of the Mormons camping nearby is the songs she hears floating on the breeze. Then she meets one of them—a young man named Nathan Fox. Never did she imagine he would be so handsome, so charming, especially after Mama and Papa’s warnings to stay away. Though she knows she should obey her parents, Camilla can’t refuse her heart. But even Nathan’s promises cannot prepare her for what she will face in Utah.

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ISBN-13: 9781414335964
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Series: Sister Wife Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 8.54(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.90(d)

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For Time & Eternity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Chey More than 1 year ago
The story line is captivating, realistic, heartbreaking, you will laugh and cry. I highly recommend this book!
Gertt More than 1 year ago
For Time and Eternity has the makings of a good story, however, it only skims the surface, lacking depth and growth of character. Nathan so strongly embellished his faith, if anything, after seven years, Camilla should have been more surprised that he hadn't taken a second wife then that he going to. I would like to have seen Camilla's character grow, not only spiritually, but emotionally, into an attractive, spirited, woman, instead of staying plain and dowdy always fading into the background. Nathan was suppose to be charismatic, but I found him weak, immature, and not very likable. For all his faults, at least Tillman was strong and able to handle his lifestyle and he treated Rachel well, while Nathan barely tolerated Camilla after his second marriage. We never know if Nathan cared so much for Camilla that he had to distance himself from her in order to go on with his plans, or if he just lost interest in her and like Tillman and the other 'saints' lusted for someone younger and prettier in his bed. It was hard to believe that the beautiful, fashionable, Amanda, coming from wealthy Victorian England Society, would be 'so excited' about becoming the 'second wife' to a poor carpenter, like Nathan, no matter how handsome and supposedly charming he is. If she is who she says she is and marriage was her plan, not only would she not welcome a plural marriage, she would have her sights set on someone handsome and rich, who could give her a gracious home in the city and the lifestyle she was accustomed to. I didn't find Amanda sweet or simple, I found her shallow and secretive. I would liked to have seen more character background and development; to know more about Nathan and Rachel's childhood and their early relationship with Tillman, Nathan's age, if he truly loves Camilla, his feelings about Amanda, if he is happy with his decision and where his life is headed, as well as Amanda's thoughts and feelings. As strong as Camilla's feelings are regarding the Morman Religion and beliefs, she would have done whatever was necessary to protect her daughters from this lifestyle, even if it meant holding back her true feelings until she could find a way out.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Allison Pittman in her new book, "For Time & Eternity" Book One in The Sister Wife series published by Tyndale gives us an insight into the Mormon culture in a brand new and unique manner. In 1850 Iowa at the Deardon dairy farm and Camilla Deardon hears the Mormons singing from their camp nearby. Even though she is a Christian and her father warns her to stay away from them it is the music and the sound of the familiar songs that draws her to their camp. It is there that she meets Nathan Fox and falls in love with him. Despite what her parents have to say Camilla leaves her home, marries Nathan and makes the trip with him and the others to Utah. This is a story about a marriage between what starts out as a couple then grows when the decision is made that Mormon men are allowed to marry more than one woman. Camilla now has to learn to share her husband with other women who are also his wife. This is a story about the conflict between the Christian faith and Mormon beliefs. This is a frank exploration of a belief system that many of us know very little about. If you are like me you know about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, you know that Mormons come to the door to evangelize and you know that their headquarters is in Utah. Outside of that my education in things Mormon was very limited. Ms. Pittman is an accomplished writer who knows how to deliver true to life dialog and create characters that you fall in love with. Ms. Pittman has done an excellent job of research and show all points of view very fairly. This is an excellent read and a thought provoker. And it is only Book One in this new series. Book Two is due out in Summer 2011. Until then we have this first book. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Glass Road PR and Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Molly_E_Buuklvr81 More than 1 year ago
Stunning. Beautiful. Breathtaking. Incredible. I could go on and on with descriptions of this book. Allison Pittman is not a new to me author, but I must say that this book, this breath taking start of what is sure to be a wonderful new series, is her best book yet. There aren't enough words to describe what I felt as I read this book. In For Time and Eternity, Pittman introduces us to Camilla and Nathan. You see, they are Mormons. When I read that, I was really anxious and curious to see if this book was like some of the others I have read about the Mormons and multiple marriages. Alas, I was surprised! It was NOT like those was better! I fell in love with Camilla and Nathan and felt their struggles through out. They were brave and courageous with their feelings and decisions. I prayed for them through out as if they were a part of me. This is most definitely a story that will go a long way. Their may be some out there who don't agree with this style of writing about the Mormons. But that is their opinion. I, on the other hand, loved this story, and was so glad to read a novel with the same concept of some of the others that I have read on this subject, but with the skill and tender care that Pittman put forth in creating this amazing new novel. I give this novel a shining 5 star review. It's unique and full of inspirational messages, along with the breathtaking love story of Camilla and Nathan. Please, I encourage each of you to give this novel a try. You may find that you are like me, and will anxiously await the release of book 2 in this series, though sadly, that won't be until 2011.
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From my book review blog, Rundpinne."For Time & Eternity is the first book in Allison Pittman¿s The Sister Wife Series. I have been fortunate enough to review other works by Pittman so it was with eagerness I began For Time & Eternity. Pittman takes the reader back to 1850 Iowa where young Camilla Deardon is being raised in a devoutly Christian household and yet is lured to the sounds of singing, which would be the Mormons making their way to Salt Lake City. Pittman captures the emotions of the time, the fear of the Mormons as well as misconceptions that existed during that time in history. Rather than focus on the Mormon progression, Pittman focuses on Camilla who defies her parents to be with Nathan, a Mormon who is heading to Utah. Pittman does a superb job at conveying the thoughts, perceptions and misperceptions of Christians and Mormons. Her story line is solid and her characters are well crafted. Pittman¿s writing style is beautiful and strong, easily making the reader feel as though they are in the 19th century with Camilla and Nathan. My heart went out to the Deardon family and to Camilla. I will need to wait until the release of the next book in the series, Forsaking All Others in 2011 to find out if my hopes for Camilla come true. For Time & Eternity is a novel I would recommend to anyone looking for a good story steeped in history."
cleoppa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me, this book was a strange mixture of like and dislike despair and hope. It really is a story about a personal spiritual journey, as much as it is a romance and a physical journey. But you don't really realize the strong spiritual element until much later in the book. Actually, the book is kind of slow until the tension starts building and she is spiritually awakened. However, I felt like I was just beginning to think "this book is getting good" when it ended, rather abruptly, to be honest. **warning spoilers** Actually, the ending felt rather like cheating. Camilla had come to a point where she'd fully awoken to her own spiritual convictions. She was in a very difficult situation, by any means. She was surrounded by Mormons who did not look kindly on non-Mormons. She still loved her husband. She was obligated to her children, for both their spiritual and physical well-being. In that society, their physical well-being could not be guaranteed if she took them with her. So, the tension was building when it abruptly stopped and the problems were solved. While I do not think the ending was unrealistic for the time period, as fiction, I felt like it was an easy out and rather cheating. ADDITION: OK, so I've just learned that there is a sequel to this book starring Camilla. So apparently she didn't die in an easy out at the end. So... I guess I take away that criticism. Since the book was just getting good as the tension mounted, I think I might look up this sequel.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
The story of Camilla Deardon is expertly documented as she leaves her Christian roots behind to follow the love of her life into the unknown territory of the Mormon Church. This novel is very well researched, and is an education into the mores of the Mormon faith. Character development is excellent, and the comparisons in the beliefs and practices in the Christian faith as compared to those of the Mormon church are precise. The beliefs of the Mormon faith are depicted in a factual manner, and wrapped into a fictional story that is believable and distressing at times. The author did a magnificent job of presenting facts with a very tactful technique, and I appreciate the education that I received from a beautifully written tale of spiritual battle. I am anticipating for the arrival of the sequel to this book! Disclaimer: I obtained a copy of this book with no expectations for a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.
PatLee More than 1 year ago
This was a compelling story, well-documented and engaging.  It and the second in the series are excellent.
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
Before reading this book, I was not very familiar with the Mormon religion. I knew they had their own book of faith, but I had no idea about some of the details of their religion that Pittman wrote about. She did a great job comparing Christianity and Mormonism in a non-judgmental way. I have already read this book twice because I wanted to revisit Camilla's story. I thought there were several great lessons in this book for readers. First, listen to your parents' wisdom. They might be harsh, but they want the best for you. Second, focus on the truth so you will not be deceived by a lie. What is most interesting about this book is that Nathan is not a bad man, he is simply deceived by a lie and can not open his eyes to the truth. The characters with their flaws are so well-written that even after the book is finished, you still carry them with you and think about them. Don't forget to read the next book in the series after you finish this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the writing style but I did not like the story and especially did not like the ending. Although I enjoy christian romance, the focus of this book became promoting one religion over another, not for me. 
SuNooksie More than 1 year ago
Exceptionally good, impossible to put down, gut wrenching, gotta have the sequel must read!!!
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
For Time and Eternity by Allison Pittman is the first book in the Sister Wife series. Camilla Deardon is smitten by Nathan Fox from the moment she lays eyes on him and he swipes the cheese and milk she was bringing to her teacher. Although her parents have warned her to stay away from the Mormons who are camping outside of her small Iowan town, she can't stop thinking about this young man who is the first person to treat her as though she has true value. She runs away, almost without meaning to, and baptized one day into the religion and the next day married to Nathan. Six years later their marriage is still filled with joy and passion, until the Mormon leaders question his faith because he's only taken one wife. Camilla is forced to face something most wives would not bear, but her newfound faith in the true God will carry her through. Pittman's writing is incredible, and I am a big fan. She pulls the reader so completely into her world, it's hard to remember that these are fictitious characters; when I lifted my head from the page, I half-expected to see Camilla and Nathan. Her dialogue and characterizations are terrific. Even though this isn't a suspense novel, techinically, Pittman creates taut suspense and dread with each turn of the page. I am incredibly grateful to Pittman for including the first chapter in the next book in the series, I don't think that I could have slept otherwise! This is a must-read for any fans of historical fiction.
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I have lived now nearly forty years with my choices, and sometime hence I will die in His grace. That is the hope no man can steal from me. Not again. All Camilla Deardon knows of the Mormons camping nearby is the songs she hears floating on the breeze. Then she meets one of them - a young man named Nathan Fox. Never did she imagine he would be so handsome, so charming, especially after Mama and Papa's warnings to stay away. Though she knows she should obey her parents, Camilla can't refuse her heart. But even Nathan's promises cannot prepare her for what she will face in Utah. (excerpt from back cover). My Review: In the book, For Time and Eternity, Allison Pittman introduces us to the Sister Wife series of books. This one transports you back into the life of Camilla Deardon, the fifteen year old only daughter and child to her parents, who are very religious in their Christian up bringing. Being simple farmers their lives consist of raising their daughter in the way of the Lord, by faithfully requiring her to spend time each night reading a chapter of the Bible. Upon completing her reading, she has to pick a verse from that chapter and carefully write that scripture in her journal with quill and ink, making sure the ink is dry before closing the book. She then must tell her parents what she learned from the chapter, and what her scripture choice is, why she chose that one, and what does it mean to her as a Christian woman growing in the way of the Lord's teachings. Her father is very stern and it appears through the beginning chapters that the relationship between the mother and father appears strained and challenging. Even her mother admits to Camilla, he isn't quite the same man she fell in love with. Her father is over protective when it comes to Camilla and sternly warns her against associating with the Mormon people that are camped on the outskirts of their property line. On the way to school one morning, Camilla meets Nathan Fox whose boyish good looks and charms lure her to allow him to carry her heavy load of cheese and bread to school. When she warns him that she shouldn't be talking to him, he casually disappears into the woods, still carrying her load of cheese and bread. He waves to her thanking her for the generosity of helping the hungry people of his camp to eat well tonight instead of gruel. Over time she finds herself wanting to spend more time with Nathan and only after her father's repeated warnings to stay away, she finds something mysterious about the feelings she has for Nathan. When Nathan's people catch wind that something dangerous and deadly are about to happen to them, he decides to pack things up and head off to Zion. He invites Camilla to join him as his wife even confessing his love to her. Will she go or will she remain with her family and their teachings of what she knows to be the truth? I received this book, compliments of Glass Road Publications for my honest review. Seeing things from all the perspectives of each of the characters portrayed in the book, gives the reader insight into the differences between the Christian religion and the Mormon ways. It let's the reader draw their own conclusions as the story takes off and for me is just another clear indicator of the reason why I hold on to my own Christian faith! What a great read and I would encourage others to give this book a chance. I would rate this a 4 out of 5 stars
Momto4Monkeys More than 1 year ago
The year is 1850, Camilla was warned to stay away from the people that made camp just outside of her father's property line. Would she listen to her father's orders or follow her heart? This is the very first historical Christian romance novel that I have read, and I must say, I really enjoyed this novel. The author Allison Pittman was able to put me right out of my little world and into the pages of this wonderful story. I was very curious of how this story would go especially considering the fact that I had been baptized Mormon back in 1999 and have since left the Church of the Latter Day Saints. The story is about a young Christian woman, Camilla Deardon who has been warned by her parents to stay away from the Mormon camp that has settled just outside of her families property line. She finds herself being escorted on the way to school by Nathan Fox, who is a charming and handsome Mormon. Knowing that she shouldn't be associating herself with those kind of people, especially since her father demanded her to stay away from those demon people, she soon finds her heart longing to see more of Nathan. She is willing to drop everything and everyone in her life, to be with Nathan. She leaves her life behind her and goes to Utah.... but is she ready for what the Mormon teachings have in store for her? Can she share her heart and her children with another woman? I am looking forward to reading more of The Sister Wife Series and will be waiting patiently for this release of the next book the summer of 2011. (Just wish I didn't have to wait that long...)
byElizabeth More than 1 year ago
This book is my favorite read this year. Seriously, I loved it! It was one of those books that I carried around the house with me...every few minutes mattered. When I heard that PIttman was writing a book based on the history of the Mormon church, I was instantly intrigued. Two words consumed my mind...Plural marriage!&#160; I have a huge fascination with this culture of plural marriage. Not because I'm, but because I am so curious about how people, real men and real women, go about making these decisions. I devoured For Time & Eternity. I'm not going to go into super detail of the story line so NO BIG SPOILERS here...but I do want to go into the way I was emotional reeled in with the writing and characters.&#160; Camilla Deardon is a young girl at the outset. She knows that she is supposed to stay away from the Mormon camp but when she meets Nathan Fox, she can't. Imagine being a lonesome 15 year old girl who suddenly is being charmed up & down, backwards & forwards by an attractive young man who has an entire family (his church) to offer. Everyone seems happy & cheerful, unlike her household where her father is unyieldingly strict and her mother is just a very dutiful mother, nothing more, nothing less. The companionship she feels with Nathan and the people he introduces her to were unlike anything she had ever experienced. ...and they are on their way to ZION. What Pittman does so well is that you fall in love with Nathan along with Camilla. You know she shouldn't let him dupe her but you can't help but keep pushing her toward him. He's handsome, charismatic, and completely smitten with the Mormon prophecy. She has never met someone so passionate about spirituality. Can you blame her near instantaneous love for Nathan and what he says he can provide her with? can't. Camilla is also so likable...sweet, naive, and longing to belong. Camilla does go against her parents and runs away with Nathan. I was so invested at this point I couldn't put the book down. The story moves forward rapidly here and she has been married for several years and has two daughters. She seems happy and still as in love as the day she met Nathan. Plural marriage is running rampant at this point and while she does not appreciate the practice, she also assumes that it won't touch her life because she and Nathan are so in love. But, when Nathan and Camilla go through a devastating loss they both seem to reflect on their emotions, spirituality, and perspective...just as we all do in real life. As they consider their future they are suddenly on different planets, neither really understanding the other.&#160; The wonderful thing about this story is that you can really put yourself into Camilla's, and even Nathan's, shoes. Camilla believing whole-heartedly that plural marriage is not right and you want to fight for her. But, Nathan is so lovable and charmingly handsome, you can see yourself swooning, lost in his gaze. You feel his loss, his hurt, and love for Camilla as much as you feel Camilla's righteous anger about plural marriage. Pittman's writing is spot on. She owns the craft! As the reader, you'll have huge emotional reactions to names like Evangeline, Brigham Young, Rachel, and...AMANDA. Beautiful. Sweet. Innocent. Amanda. And with that I will let you figure the rest out. I HIGHLY recommend this book. Extremely well-written. Well-rounded characters. Believable and superb story-lin
mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
The story begins in Iowa, set during the Mormon exodus toward Utah. The story doesn't cover the journey and the hardships of the trail but instead it is the story of a young Christian girl, who, against her parents wishes, runs away with the young Mormon man whose eyes speak of promise and passion. The history of the Mormon church is one that is tarnished, as is the history of Christianity. This is a religion that I have heard some bad things about, but have never really tried to find out anything about them. I do know that their head quarters are in Salt Lake City Utah and that they own all the rights to all the information about everyone. I have done quite a bit of genealogy and have to go through and pay to use their site to get what I needed and then they kept my info and resold it to others. In the midst of that epic struggle of man and God is the age old struggle of man and woman a woman who is asked, expected and encouraged to share the husband she loves with all her heart, with another. Pittman delivers there as well. This part I had heard about and don't think this is in the will of God our Maker. This book was sent to me for review by Tyndale House Publishers.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1850, just north of Kanesville, Iowa, Camilla Deardon hears the singing of those camped nearby her family's dairy farm. She knows nothing of these Mormons, but recognizes their songs as those she sings at church. However, her parents forbid her making any contact with the outsiders; her mom going so far as to tell her to stay away from the kitchen window. When she meets handsome Nathan Fox of the Mormon encampment, Camilla believes she is in love. He loves her too and vividly describes Zion in Utah. Though it hurts to break the Commandment of Honor Thy Father and Mother by disobeying them, she marries Nathan. They move to Utah and seem blessed with children, but Camilla cannot adapt to the Mormon way of life especially after her first male is born and sharing her spouse with her sister-wife. While she considers leaving her beloved husband and children, Nathan fears he lost salvation when he failed to get his Hawkeye wife to convert. This is a profound Americana historical in which the fully developed characters over time challenge their belief systems and that of others. Readers will obtain a better understanding of the roots of Mormonism and why other Christian groups feared them and treated the members as pariahs. Allison Pittman provides a deep look at religion in mid nineteenth century America in Iowa and especially Utah. Harriet Klausner