Safe Haven by Jean Holbrook Mathews

With her family left destitute by her father’s recent death, Susanna Thayer believes her only hope is to marry life-long friend Jonathan Burnley. But Jonathan heeds the counsel of his father, an unscrupulous lawyer, to marry a cousin of greater wealth and position, and Susanna is forced to endure grueling labor in a cotton mill far from her remaining family.

When she and her best friend, Jane, become involved with the Mormon Church and are thus dismissed from employment, they use their meager savings for travel to New York, where they join a company of Saints bound for California. Yet Susanna’s efforts to build a new life are marked by continued misfortune—and continued encounters with Jonathan.

Now a wealthy widower, Jonathan offers Susanna safe haven for the future, but can she forgive him for abandoning her in the past?

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Title: Safe Haven

Author: Jean Holbrook Mathews

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: February 2013


Size: 288 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: LDS Publisher

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2 thoughts on “Safe Haven by Jean Holbrook Mathews”

  1. As I sit here in my warm home, surrounded by my many electronic devices, convenient foods and abundant blessings I am always humbled by stories like this….
    How blessed we are by the hardships of our ancestors!
    Susanna feels that life is well planned for her and that her future is a bright one.
    Then things start to fall apart and she is asked to step out into an unknown future.
    Time and time again her path is shown a different direction…but she “takes life by the horns” and tries to make the best of each situation.
    Each time she feels that she has found her “safe haven” the Lord closes that door and opens a new one which she must learn to trust.
    Filled with raw emotions, pains, trials, friendship and love Susanna is lead to a better place…one filled with the gospel.

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