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In 1845, Nauvoo, Illinois was a bustling city of Latter-day Saints, but an exodus was on the horizon. Mobs riddled Nauvoo and threatened to burn the city if the Saints didn’t leave. Goodbye, Nauvoo is based on the lives of three real women from a pioneer family: Martha, a young mother who wants nothing more than to see the completion of the Nauvoo temple and to keep her f In 1845, Nauvoo, Illinois was a bustling city of Latter-day Saints, but an exodus was on the horizon. Mobs riddled Nauvoo and threatened to burn the city if the Saints didn’t leave. Goodbye, Nauvoo is based on the lives of three real women from a pioneer family: Martha, a young mother who wants nothing more than to see the completion of the Nauvoo temple and to keep her family together; Lydia, who doesn’t believe she could ever let herself love again after the death of her husband Danny; and Lucy, who wrestles with her own past demons as she struggles to parent her daughters. All three women learn about love, family, and forgiveness in a town they can no longer call home.


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In 1845, Nauvoo, Illinois was a bustling city of Latter-day Saints, but an exodus was on the horizon. Mobs riddled Nauvoo and threatened to burn the city if the Saints didn’t leave. Goodbye, Nauvoo is based on the lives of three real women from a pioneer family: Martha, a young mother who wants nothing more than to see the completion of the Nauvoo temple and to keep her f In 1845, Nauvoo, Illinois was a bustling city of Latter-day Saints, but an exodus was on the horizon. Mobs riddled Nauvoo and threatened to burn the city if the Saints didn’t leave. Goodbye, Nauvoo is based on the lives of three real women from a pioneer family: Martha, a young mother who wants nothing more than to see the completion of the Nauvoo temple and to keep her family together; Lydia, who doesn’t believe she could ever let herself love again after the death of her husband Danny; and Lucy, who wrestles with her own past demons as she struggles to parent her daughters. All three women learn about love, family, and forgiveness in a town they can no longer call home.

25 review for Goodbye, Nauvoo: A historical fiction novel based on the lives of real pioneer women.

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kameo Monson

    Goodbye, Nauvoo includes some lesser-known historical facts. It touches on the sentiments after founder Joseph Smith Junior's murder. And mentions certain groups, such as the Rigdonites, who broke away from the Church after the Prophet's death. Readers learn of the hardships saints faced when selling their property as well as how they thronged to the Nauvoo Temple and feared the mobs while holding to their faith. The book flows well. Woodward did a good job of mirroring one true story with a fic Goodbye, Nauvoo includes some lesser-known historical facts. It touches on the sentiments after founder Joseph Smith Junior's murder. And mentions certain groups, such as the Rigdonites, who broke away from the Church after the Prophet's death. Readers learn of the hardships saints faced when selling their property as well as how they thronged to the Nauvoo Temple and feared the mobs while holding to their faith. The book flows well. Woodward did a good job of mirroring one true story with a fictional one--Giving the book a nice lift and creating my favorite part. When she used fiction to fill in the blanks, she chose appropriate-to-the-time situations. While reading Goodbye, Nauvoo, I was an outsider looking in. The book tells readers how each character felt, the thoughts that they had, and why. I struggled to connect to the characters because of this. A certain amount of "telling" is good, even necessary, but I prefer less than what is found in Goodbye, Nauvoo. I believe Woodward, whether accidentally or on purpose, set the characters apart from the audience in order to stay as true to her family history as possible--something she explained in the back-matter as important to her. Readers who expect that will find better enjoyment in the story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Richling

    A must read !!!! A must read !!!!! "Goodbye, Nauvoo" is an amazing historical fictional novel based on historical events in earily Mormon history in Navuvoo, Ill. In the mid 1800's persecution and the death of the Prophet Joseph and persecution forced the earily Mormon Saints to leave their beautiful city of Navuoo on the banks of the mighty Mississippi river and cross the plains in the dead of winter. Many saints suffered hardships and even death of their family members to find refuge in the wi A must read !!!! A must read !!!!! "Goodbye, Nauvoo" is an amazing historical fictional novel based on historical events in earily Mormon history in Navuvoo, Ill. In the mid 1800's persecution and the death of the Prophet Joseph and persecution forced the earily Mormon Saints to leave their beautiful city of Navuoo on the banks of the mighty Mississippi river and cross the plains in the dead of winter. Many saints suffered hardships and even death of their family members to find refuge in the wilderness of the great Salt Lake basion. Their Faith in God and maricles preserved them. This inspirational novel by Marie Woodward revels the talent of a young author with a keen understanding of earily Mormon pioneer history and a colorful and refreshing writing style. is "Goodbye, Nauvoo" is must to read. Exciting and refreshing !!!! It would make a great movie! ✔✔✔✔✔

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christine Edwards

    Too much telling! This is not a novel despite the author's desire to make it so. It is a family story with a few reasonable additions. I actually had to draw a diagram to keep the character's straight. Their personalities were so similar that the events related were quite confusing until the latter part of the book. Just TELLING what has happened does not make up for a lack of a plot line in an effort to be faithful to history.

  4. 4 out of 5

    karen

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  6. 5 out of 5

    Louis Merrill

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patsy D Forsberg-young

  8. 5 out of 5

    Luanne

  9. 5 out of 5

    John L. Bushrow

  10. 4 out of 5

    Staci or Brent Dalton

  11. 5 out of 5

    Judith Dennert

  12. 4 out of 5

    Keri

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Zupanc

  14. 5 out of 5

    Todd Holtry

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Pfeiffer

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anita Elliott

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Lankenau

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

  19. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sam Kriser

  22. 5 out of 5

    barbara

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mardi Gorham

  24. 4 out of 5

    JUNE BURCHARD

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd South

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