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Publisher's Summary

This is an epic of independence and devotion, of hardship and fulfillment, of a woman so strong that knowing her could change your life.
When 10-year-old Dinah Kirkham saw her father leave their Manchester home in the middle of the night, she asked when he would be back. “Soon,” he replied. But he never came back. On that night in 1829, John Kirkham laid the foundation of his daughter’s certainty that the only person Dinah could ever really trust was herself.
From that day forward, Dinah worked to support her family, remaining devoted to their welfare even in the face of despair and grinding poverty. Then one day she heard a new message; a new purpose ignited in her heart, and new life opened up before her.
©1984 Orson Scott Card (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Card’s magnum opus deserves a wider readership than it has hitherto enjoyed. Best known for his fantasy fiction…Card does an excellent job of depicting the Dickensian horrors of England undergoing industrialization in the early 19th century as well as the early trials of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints as experienced by his heroine…Not just for the LDS faithful…this ambitious novel will appeal to anyone interested in a sensitive examination of the roots of religious feeling.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“Orson Scott Card is a powerful storyteller with the gift of making mundane things sparkle…an engrossing epic.” ( Los Angeles Times Book Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joan on 02-15-11

"A Woman of Destiny"

I have read every single book written by Orson Scott Card, and this is Card at his best. Though I was first drawn to his works through my love of science fiction, it was his religious writing that kept me coming back for more. I myself am not a member of the Latter-Day Saints, nor am I affiliated with any other religion; however, religious writing (both fact and fiction) fascinate me, especially when presented by a sincere adherent and from a personal point of view.

"Saints", formerly published as "A Woman of Destiny", is a wonderful example of fiction that puts forth some of the doctrines of a faith without proselytizing, without becoming pedantic, and without necessitating any previous knowledge of said faith. In addition, it offers a well-written and -conceived story about a single woman's struggle with the trials and vicissitudes of life during the Industrial Revolution in the early nineteenth century-- the injustice, political and personal, inherent in being an impoverished woman during this time, and most of all, her endeavors to find faith in God, to find happiness, and to find happiness in her faith.

As usual, Card displays his astonishing understanding of the female mind, and Dinah Kirkham is a strong, believable character. I have long hoped for an audio production of this novel-- yes, I have read it in traditional paper format and I am still buying the audio version, as I have with so many other books by Card-- and if the narrative cast is any indication, this will be an excellent listen. Whether you are using member credits or paying full price, "Saints" is definitely worth your time and your money.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Rhonda Harrison on 02-20-15

Long winded

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I was unaware that this was a Mormon story. Since I enjoy history, I liked the historical setting of the book. When I discovered that it was a fictional accounting of the early Morman church I was interested in how the story would sell their ideas, in particular polygamy. It was enlightening. I didn't feel the book particularly preachy. If it were, I would not have finished. I gave the story 2 stars because everything could have been said in a much shorter story. It droned and many chapters could have been combined. I didn't finish the book anxious for more, feeling a kinship with the characters. I was relieved when it ended. I didn't feel that I received anything valuable for my 20+ hours of listening time. I probably would have given the story a 3, possibly 4 stars if more substance was packed into half the time.

Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

I might.

What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

Multiple voices, some more pleasant than others.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes. It's important for people to have a belief in something greater than themselves. We may not all believe the same things, but the basic need for something greater is inherent in us all.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By sarahmoose2000 on 03-31-11

How much is too many?

A young family are abandoned by their father in Manchester. The children are sent to work and gradually make their way in the world.

A mormon preacher converts siblings Dinah and Charlie and their mother; and they set sail to America to live with other converts. They have to go back to the basic life they escaped, then deal with polygamy and prejudice.

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