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Paperback Details
  • 02/2019
  • 978-0-9600215-0-5 B07P25TT3D
  • 318 pages
  • $13.99
Ebook Details
  • 02/2019
  • 978-0-9600215-1-2 B07P25TT3D
  • 278 pages
  • $9.99
The Gates of Eden

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY ...

When Josephine Bell discovers how quickly one can descend from middle-class Victorian comfort to the slums of Liverpool, she makes a fateful decision.

Seeking escape from desperate poverty, the girl joins a community of kindly strangers and embarks on an epic journey across a treacherous ocean and into the North American wilderness, pulling a two-wheeled handcart over the Rocky Mountains to a remote desert kingdom.

In her new home, a Mormon settlement in the Utah Territory, Josephine is pressured into a polygamous marriage with a man almost four decades her senior. She struggles to find her own path amidst a backdrop of rising violence and haunting tragedy. 

The Gates of Eden explores the timeless mysteries of faith and doubt, fear and love through the eyes of a girl on the cusp of adulthood.

Reviews
LeCheminant’s intriguing debut follows converts to Mormonism trekking across the U.S. in the mid-1800s. In 1855, missionaries in England have gathered new “Saints” from the destitute of Liverpool. Sixteen-year-old Josephine Bell and her mother, Elizabeth, lost everything when Josephine’s father died in debt, and the two converts board a ship to America, survive typhus and dysentery on board, and land in New York. After a suffocating train ride to Iowa City, their next task is to travel 1,300 miles to Utah with nothing but a handcart meant to hold all of their worldly possessions—Josephine becomes known as a “handcart maiden”—but they find the promised land is not quite as promised: Josephine is forced to marry a man who already has one wife, and who’s “old ’nough to be [her] grandpa.” But Brigham Young and his apostles are determined that polygamy is sacred, and they’re willing to fight federal troops in order to protect the religion and its tenets. LeCheminant’s story is ambitious, though sometimes weighed down by a plodding pace. This often fascinating novel will be appreciated by historical fans, particularly those seeking a look into the early days of Mormonism. (Self-published.)
IndieReader

The Gates of Eden is a sweeping tale rich in historical detail … LeCheminant is a gifted storyteller, her prose elegant and finely crafted.  

Jane Parnell, author, Off Trail: Finding My Way Home in the Colorado Rockies

The author’s stunning imagery and command of Mormon history lend power to a gripping story. I was mesmerized.

San Francisco Book Review

… well-researched, beautifully written historical novel … Don’t miss this fine book.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 02/2019
  • 978-0-9600215-0-5 B07P25TT3D
  • 318 pages
  • $13.99
Ebook Details
  • 02/2019
  • 978-0-9600215-1-2 B07P25TT3D
  • 278 pages
  • $9.99

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