Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: And It Came to Pass
AUTHOR: Laura Stone
PUBLISHER: Interlude Press
LENGTH: 220 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2017
Adam Young is a devout Mormon whose life is all planned out for him, by both his strict father and his church. He follows the path they’ve established for him, going off to his mission in Barcelona, Spain, and realizes that his life may not follow the trajectory already chosen for him. His mission companion, Brandon Christensen, is a handsome, enthusiastic practitioner on the surface. But as their mission progresses, they both realize they have major questions about their faith… and substantial feelings for one another.
I can’t remember how I stumbled on this book. It was either on Amazon or a Facebook post somewhere, but the cover and the blurb caught my eye and I instantly thought of “The Falls” movie and “Latter Days” movie and was all over it.
It was kind of the same? Well, with a lot more in depth Mormon details since it was in writing. The premise was pretty much the same as the first movie I mentioned, two young Mormon missionaries fall in love while on their mission. In this story, instead of being in the US, they are in Barcelona. Spain. The two main characters were likable enough, and I thought the author did a good job describing Adam’s inner turmoil, but there was just something that kept me from connecting well with either of the two MCs. It might have been the overly in-depth information on the Mormon religion and history, which I thought bogged the story down some.
I’m going to have to be honest and tell you that I struggled through this one. I had hoped for a story that would drag me in and make me love and care for the characters, but I didn’t find it. There just wasn’t any ‘fire’, in my opinion, for a great deal of the book and when things finally started picking up, it was a little vague on details and descriptors. We kind of knew what was happening when the two main characters were discovered by Adam’s father, and things started to fall apart, but it wasn’t detailed. The story didn’t really pick up until the near the end of the book, where the story moved along faster. The epilogue was good, but I would have really liked to know what was in the letter that Adam got from his family, and never found out. I think it was more a HFN ending than a HEA. The author might be intending to continue the story, but I have no information on that.
In summary, I really wanted to fall in love with the story, but I’d have to say that the book was good, average. It was not really my style. It was a little too vague on some stuff, and a little too detailed on others, and overall, it just didn’t draw me in enough. I’m afraid that my read and opinion of the story might have suffered because I was comparing it to the movies I mentioned above. Probably not fair, but hard to avoid when I’ve seen all three of the Falls movies and I’ve seen Latter Days at least five times. Others reading the book might have a totally different opinion of it than I do. I encourage you to give it a shot and see how it works for you.