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Jumping Off Places

Laura Stratton Friel

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ISBN 10: 1555178324 / ISBN 13: 9781555178321
Published by Council Press, Utah, 2004
Condition: Very Good + Soft cover
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Title: Jumping Off Places

Publisher: Council Press, Utah

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed & Inscribed By Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Nell Baker is not the kind of woman a man can put down. The Scarlet O’Hara of Mormon literature, Nell Baker is a woman who knows what she wants and sooner or later, figures out how to get it!

Freeing herself from a bland engagement, Nell meets Tom Mortenson, a Mormon, and is instantly intrigued. Tom baptizes Nell and marries her. In her heart, Nell doesn’t believe much of what Tom preaches, but she does believe in her love for him and his love for her. What begins as youthful flirtation blossoms into full, mature love through separation, sacrifice, and many unforeseen hardships.

As Tom follows Brigham Young to the valley of the Great Salt Lake, Nell grapples with her unforgiving family, a new baby and her longings to be taken care of by a now-absent husband. Finally, reaching a point of no return—the Jumping Off Place—Nell loads up her covered wagon, and heads west, with two rough guides, a nanny goat, and her small daughter.

Jumping Off Places is an epic journey of a headstrong woman with a love as big as the Nebraska sky, and a will to match the mighty Missouri, as she heads west to build a new life with the man she loves. Nell Baker Mortenson is a pioneer woman unlike no other, before or since. "Jump off" with Nell and Tom and enjoy this unforgettable adventure!

About the Author:

Laura Stratton Friel is a lifelong resident of Utah, where she has a deep historical heritage. Raised on a farm in Cedar City, she attended Southern Utah State College, earned a BA in English from Brigham Young University, and a Master’s degree from the University of Utah.

Laura spent most of her adult years in Salt Lake City where she and her husband of forty years raised three sons, Stat, Aaron, and Jared. Laura also worked as an English instructor during that time. Though she is now "retired" in Ivins, she writes, travels, enjoys outdoor recreation, and teaches English at Dixie College. She loves her family and friends.

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