Author: Gerald N. Lund
Series: Fire and Steel #1
Genres: LDS Historical
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: November 28, 2014
Publisher: Deseret Book
Life could not be more promising for the Eckhardts. They finally have a son, Hans Otto Eckhardt, the male heir they have longed for and a child of such brilliance and promise that his success seems certain. But as youthful Hans’s ambition takes him away from his family and their small Bavarian village, the winds of unrest in Europe are about to erupt into the greatest war the world has ever known.
At the edge of the lawless, western frontier in America, the Westland family struggles each day to survive. Harassed by Indians and plagued by cycles of drought and floods, life is dangerous and difficult, but young Bill Westland is determined to make a home for himself and his future family in the inhospitable land he has come to love.
United only by their determination to weather the storms of life together with their loved ones, the two families are destined to ultimately cross paths and become inextricably intertwined.
This book is often pitched as a World War I historical fiction…
and it is…but it is also oh. so. much. more!
It is about a family that will live during the most difficult times in history.
They are the Eckhardt family and after three daughters they finally have a son.
A son who turns out to be brilliant.
A son who is doted upon.
A son who is given the chance for an education beyond the normal peasant child.
But Hans is also young and foolish and caught up in the unrest that is descending upon the world.
Choosing to go to the battlefront instead of the University will change young Hans perception of the world and of mankind.
As this book is so appropriately titled this family will go through a fire so unquenchable that they will either become stronger like steel or they will break and shatter.
Follow the Eckhardt family as they first-hand witness “an explosion of technology”– electricity, the telephone, the automobile…
And as they battle to live through the “War to End All Wars.”
AN AMAZING BOOK!
AN AMAZING TIME IN HISTORY!
DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS ONE!
I really liked this beginning of a new historical fiction series by Gerald Lund and can’t wait for the next book! I learned a lot about this period of history and I also really enjoyed meeting this new fictional family who feels very realistic. I’m very interested in where this story goes next and the crossover it will have from his Only the Brave book.