Karen Peterson Mosley
The Strength of the Hills
A dream. A voyage. A frontier. Young Madelaine Cardon dreams of three strangers bringing a message to her Alpine home in Italy. When the men arrive ten years later, she faithfully accepts their teachings and with her family embarks on a harrowing journey to the western frontier of America. This true story tells of violent Atlantic storms, cholera epidemics, threatened abductions, near drownings, and stampedes, as the Cardon family clings together, trusting God to bring them to their new home. Along the way, Madelaine meets the ambitious and handsome Charles Guild, a weaver from Scotland, and together they face their future in the unsettled wilderness. From the Great Salt Lake Valley, the Cardons spread out to homestead from Idaho to Mexico, Utah to Wyoming, facing the ever-present challenges of pioneer life and missing the sister left behind in Italy. Johnston’s Army, The Great Move South, the Civil War, polygamy, and the coming of the railroad bring new trials testing their courage and resolve. Madelaine’s story is filled with romance, heartache, motherhood, lawlessness, apostasy, prejudice, death, hardship and deep yearnings for her new dreams to be fulfilled.