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September Dawn [Paperback]

By Carole Whang Schutter (Author)
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Pages   276
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.98" Width: 9.01" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 8, 2007
Publisher   AuthorHouse
ISBN  1434300226  
EAN  9781434300225  

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On September 11, 1857, the first act of religious terrorism in the United States took place in Utah when a group of fanatical Mormons massacred a prosperous wagon train of 120 settlers from Arkansas and Missouri on their way to California. Driven by a despotic Brigham Young who thundered chilling messages of Blood Atonement from the pulpit, the faithful committed polygamy, murder and castration in the name of God. Based on one of America's most horrific historical events, this is the story of the improbable romance between two nineteen-year-olds from starkly different worlds, the son of a Mormon Bishop, and the daughter of a Christian pastor. In a beautiful, pristine valley called Mountain Meadows, Jonathan, tormented by the execution of his beautiful mother by a lecherous Apostle, falls in love with beautiful, spirited Emily. Ordered to spy on the wagon train by his father, Jonathan tames a magnificent wild black stallion and wins the heart of the girl who has captured his. The tension builds to a crescendo with the growing conflict between Jonathan and his father Jacob. Fanatically wedded to the cause, Jacob believes in the righteousness of the atrocity commanded by the Prophet and the leaders of the Mormon Church. Another victim of the tragedy is Jonathan's beloved brother, good-natured Micah, who self-destructs in the process of becoming a mass murderer. In the midst of the massacre, Jonathan must choose between his brother and his faith, or Emily. As Jonathan races to save Emily before September Dawn, the reader is left breathless with heart-pounding anticipation as the scope and magnitude of their love amidst the searing fire and ashes of the Mountain Meadow Massacre dramatically, and unforgettably, unfolds.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Great Read, Awesome movie!  Feb 3, 2008
What a story! I am so glad that it got to be told. This story confirms the unneccessary evils humans create and the abominations that took place in the name of God. I was drawn into the story from the very first line and clutched at the hem of my dress in the anticipation of knowing what happens next. Not only is "September Dawn" a well-written and well acted story it is a testimony for those silenced that day.

I recommend this book and movie to everyone who has suffered prejudices and oppresion in their life and those who'll love to suppport and understand what it feels like to be hunted down for something you strongly believe in. September Dawn is a powerful, heart-wrenching and beautiful love story between a boy and a girl in the midst of one of the most shameful atrocities humans have ever commited.

Thank you Carole Whang Schutter, for sharing this must-be-told story with the world. You are a truly gifted writer.

Bernice Angoh, Author of Lemonade Street and
Editor-in-Chief, Ladies' Success Magazine.
WOW  Jan 31, 2008
After reading the book September Dawn, by Carole Whang Schutter I find myself mystified and horrified by the events in the book. Although a work of fiction, many of the events, people, accounts, meetings, and speeches were based on actual events.
The early Mormon religion and its followers slaughtered innocent women, men, and children, all in the name of God. How misled they were. It is eerily haunting how the events of this account happened on September 11th, 1857: a reminder of another horrific act of terrorism in our beloved country that was to occur 144 years later. I find the act of using God, in any form or religion, to further such brutality as this cowardly. It is not in God's name to do such things, and it only brings shame to those who choose to do it. I am ashamed to admit, but readily do, that I knew nothing of the Mountain Meadow Massacre before reading this book.
This was a very well written and researched book. I found the plot flowed well, and was not difficult in any form to follow. The characters, every single one, were believable and relatable. The way the author chose to jump from character story telling to the events was a superb decision and only added to the assault on my emotions. The only fault I can find with this book is the terrible and overwhelming sadness it left me with.
From J. Kaye's Book Blog  Jan 29, 2008
The Fancher-Baker wagon train travels from Arkansas and Missouri through Utah on their way to California. They'd stopped to rest their cattle and horses in a valley called Mountain Meadows. Little did they know, this valley is within the Iron County Military District of the Nauvoo Legion, the popular designation for the militia of the Utah Territory. The author goes to great lengths detailing the hostility of the Mormon people towards the citizens of Missouri as well as the federal government, giving the reader a glimpse into the mindset of the characters.

In the middle of this aggression romance blossoms between the son of a Mormon Bishop and the daughter of a Christian pastor. Both believe in true love and its power to overcome all obstacles giving the story a western day Romeo and Juliet feel.

Based on actual events, "September Dawn" is politically and emotionally charged. In the author's note, Carole Whang Schutter says "Every major world religion has bloodied its hands because people are flawed. Through the ages, religious radicals have justified horrific deeds by piously announcing that their crimes against humanity were done in the name of God." I couldn't agree more.

"September Dawn" is also on DVD. If you like the Hallmark channel, which I do, you'll enjoy both the book as well as the movie. If possible, read the book first and then watch the movie.
Love and hate  Jan 14, 2008
September Dawn is first and foremost a love story, but running a close second is the story of religious fanaticism. I knew how the book would end, but still, I had to read it for the experience - for the telling of the tale. It's beautifully written, and there were many times when my heart would swell in my chest and my eyes filled with tears.

Love never fails....And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
Forbidden love, horrible atrocities, and the power of forgiveness  Jan 6, 2008
A novel of forbidden love, fanatical beliefs, and forgiveness, "September Dawn" by Carole Whang Schutter is a story that will stay with you long after you've read the last page.

Two nineteen-year-olds brought up with very different sets of beliefs fall in love, and nothing--not religion, not their families, not threat of danger--can keep them apart.

Fifty years after the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the present day family sits down to retell the love story of Jonathan Samuelson and Emily Hudson. Jonathan is the son of a Mormon bishop, and Emily, the daughter of a Christian pastor. They are drawn together from the moment they meet, but suspicious and vengeful church leaders lead a massacre that forever separates the two lovers, and somewhere in the distant future, someone must learn to forgive what happened on that fatal day in September.

Traveling through different periods of time was the most challenging part of reading "September Dawn". The story begins fifty years after the date of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, but quickly goes back to two weeks before the massacre occured to show the reader how the people of the wagon train met up with the Mormons in Utah. The story continues to travel through time, going back and forth between present day and the two weeks the wagon train remained Utah, and moving further back in time to earlier dates important in Mormon Church history to provide the reader with a well-rounded idea of how the Church was formed and what led to the Mormons' distrust of the Gentiles. With all this backstory, it is easy to lose the true focus of the novel--which is the unfolding relationship between Jonathan and Emily. I believe this format is much better suited to the film version of this story where the visual aspect of events can help keep the viewer involved.

Once the backstory was out of the way, "September Dawn" engaged me so deeply that I never wished to put it down. And the ending was so moving and unexpected, that I couldn't help but cry.

Overall, this is an excellent read. As a lover of history, I enjoyed getting that full picture of what led up to the Mountain Meadows Massacre, but the parts I enjoyed most dealt with Jonathan and Emily's fierce love for one another that survived many years after the horrible events that separated them.

With "September Dawn" Carole Whang Schutter brings you a love story that surpasses all odds and touches upon the power of forgiveness.

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