Soda Springs

Soda Springs When Tessa Darrow discovers her father burning his Civil War uniform she has no idea how his secret will devastate their family and drive them from their home in North Carolina The family journeys al

  • Title: Soda Springs
  • Author: CarolynSteele
  • ISBN: 9781462117000
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Tessa Darrow discovers her father burning his Civil War uniform, she has no idea how his secret will devastate their family and drive them from their home in North Carolina The family journeys along the Oregon Trail until tragedy strikes, leaving Tessa and her father to build a new life in Soda Springs, Idaho This sweeping story illuminates an oft forgotten era in LWhen Tessa Darrow discovers her father burning his Civil War uniform, she has no idea how his secret will devastate their family and drive them from their home in North Carolina The family journeys along the Oregon Trail until tragedy strikes, leaving Tessa and her father to build a new life in Soda Springs, Idaho This sweeping story illuminates an oft forgotten era in LDS Church history Filled with life and passion, it s a thrilling read for history buffs and romantics alike.

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    1. I often think when I read books, such as this, that I would love to live in a simpler time. These people are hardworking and life is full from sunup to sundown--busy with surviving and taking care of basic needs. Our time now is filled up with so many distractions, but in the 1860s, life was hard, yet very satisfying. Soda Springs captured me heart and soul. I loved reading about the sudden decision that Henry made to move his family from their "posh" plantation in North Carolina to Oregon and t [...]

    2. Historical Fiction becomes a favorite genre when I can learn about events in history that I do not know about.Soda Springsis set in a small settlement of people who were a splinter group from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The story itself is not overly religious but takes a look at apostasy and the effects of polygamy on a family.Tessa is a in her mid-teens when she and her family leave their plantation home during the time period of the Civil War. They leave suddenly just aft [...]

    3. At the beginning of this book, Tessa Darrow was 13 years old and lived with her family in North Carolina. One day, her father burned his Confederate uniform and the next morning announced that they were leaving for Oregon. She was sad to leave her home but really had no choice. She experienced profound loss along the way and she and her father finally made it to the small town of Soda Springs, Idaho. Their relationship was strained as Tessa was trying to deal with what happened along the way and [...]

    4. Soda Springs is an historical fiction/romance. It was published by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media. The book has 284 pages. This is Carolyn Steele's second novel. Her first is Willow Springs, also published by Cedar Fort.Teaser: When Tessa Darrow discovers her father burning his Civil War Confederate uniform, she has no idea how his secret will devastate their family and drive them from their home in North Carolina. The family journeys along the Oregon Trail, but tragedy strikes, leaving Tessa [...]

    5. I had the privilege of reading an Advance Review Copy (ARC) of Soda Springs and found the storytelling lyrical, enjoyable, and the characters multi-dimensional. I felt as though I’d spent several seasons in the company of Tessa Dare and her father, Mrs. Holt, and the others in the settlement near Soda Springs. The story is primarily Tessa’s, and it fits nicely into the book categories Coming of Age and Love Story.The book description on includes: “This sweeping story illuminates an oft-fo [...]

    6. 3.5 starsSODA SPRINGS is the story of Tessa who loses almost everything as a girl and faces difficulties and a very different life from what she thought she would have as she becomes a woman. Her family travels the Oregon Trail, but this story doesn't focus so much on their trail experience as it does on what happens when they arrive at their destination. The historical setting felt authentic and I couldn't help rooting for Tessa that she would find happiness and love. It was an interesting stor [...]

    7. I enjoyed reading this book, and appreciated the bit of history of the western U.S. that Carolyn Steele so skillfully put in as well. Tessa Darrow is an extremely likable character, and I found myself rooting for her in all her adventures and misadventures. From the beginning of the story until its very satisfying conclusion, I followed Tessa hoping that everything turned out well for her. Her father was a character I didn’t like quite so much. But he was believable, and ultimately sympathetic [...]

    8. This is exactly the kind of book that I like to read! It's historical fiction with a touch of romance. I read Carolyn Steele's first book, Willow Springs, and knew that I would enjoy this one, and it was kind of fun that I grew up not that far from Soda Springs and have been there many times. It was fun to learn more about the history of the area.I was sucked into this story rather quickly. I loved the character of Tessa, and the way that her childhood was abruptly taken away captured my attenti [...]

    9. Soda Springs was an interesting place to visit. Some of the characters were actual people but most were fictitious. Author Carolyn Steele vividly paints a picture of the people, their lifestyle and the landscape. The plot was very realistic yet at times became a little much for me to handle. Tessa and her father suffered much because of his decision to head west and their relationship was often strained. At one point in the story, Tessa was offered a marriage proposal by a man twice her age who [...]

    10. I was almost late getting my kids to school as I just wanted to keep reading, it is one of those page-turning books. I loved the pace of the book, the story moved along nicely but it pulled back just enough making me want to keep reading to hurry and find out what happens next.As I read, I found myself transported back in time and wondered what life would really be like living as a pioneer. I love the honest feel to the story, everything doesn't work out perfectly and it feels real. It is a clea [...]

    11. I loved this book!! I've also read Willow Springs by Carolyn Steele, I enjoyed it, and felt that the character and plot development in Soda Springs was on point and very well crafted. I can't wait to see what Carolyn does next!

    12. OK pioneer romance story. It is set in the early days of Soda Springs, Idaho. The main reason I read it is because that is where someone I know grew up. I assume it is fairly accurate historically. It seemed to drag a bit in the middle, but it ended up neatly.

    13. This was a cute, light, easy ready about a lesser known off shoot of the LDS religion. I found it entertaining and fun.

    14. This story had a lot more going for it than I expected. A little civil war drama, pioneer pains along the Oregon Trail, settling in the west, polygamist issues, struggles of making a town from nothing, and the Morrisites, a group who followed Joseph Morris and his claims of visions, being an angel himself, and setting a date for the 2nd coming of Christ. While this is a novel, I had previously not heard of the Morrisites and enjoyed the history lesson Carolyn Steele researched for the readers. I [...]

    15. This book was filled with drama and tragedy right from the beginning.When the Darrow family, mother, father, and 2 girls leave North Carolina, they leave with much sadness. Their goal is to go to Oregon but so many things happen along the way that when they get to Soda Springs Idaho they pretty much have to stay, temporarily anyway. The book centers on their time there. Many twist and turns. I enjoyed it for the most part tho' I felt it was a little slow at times. I learned some things as I had [...]

    16. In the interest of full disclosure, I need to say that I started this, read about 16 pages, and decided I did not want to read it right then. Thinking it was a case of right book, wrong time, I held on to it, assuming I would just pick it back up but found myself bypassing it again and again. So, it is a DNF.

    17. 3 1/2 stars. It was interesting to learn about the Morrisites. I hadn't ever heard of them. I have actually drunk water from the spring in Soda Springs and I have to say it didn't taste all that great. :)

    18. Two reasons I'd recommend this novel--one, it gave insight into the Morrisites a break off group from the Mormons. Secondly, it portrayed life on the Plains realistically--romance was practical with long courtships, duty and family were a priority and hardships were real and sometimes deadly.

    19. The first book about the early pioneers who fell away from the LDS religion I've ever read. Learning about why and what happened to them was fascinating. Deseret News review here: deseretnews/article/86

    20. Good story about a little known aspect of LDS history. Morrisites? Never heard of that little splinter group. The book was good, and an interesting look at the Oregon Trail and western life

    21. Historical fiction book during the Civil War and a 14 year old girls view of the hardships of these changes.A well-to-do family struggle as they travel by wagon from the middle states to Idaho

    22. LDS Romance historical fiction. Set in Soda Springs, which is close by, and which is also why I read it. Cute story. The pioneers who settled that area were very hard-working!

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