The ground trembled beneath Fred's feet. The wood in his hands vibrated, and a shower of pebbles fell around his shoulders. A rumbling went through the earthen walls, reverberating throughout the entire tunnel.

A massive explosion boomed, sending a searing heat over Fred's body. The force of the blast threw him across the tunnel and smacked him into the wall. Heavy rocks and broken beams collapsed on him.

The lanterns had gone black, making the tumbling rocks and cries for help seem even louder. The air was thick and hot. It choked back any cry coming from Fred's throat. He tried to move; his body wouldn't obey. He needed to cough, but couldn't get enough air through the strangling smoke and coal dust. Rocks and debris pinned his legs, which had gone numb. The sensation slowly crept uneasily up his torso.

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General Book Information

Historical Romance
Trade Paperback
Covenant Communications
$15.95, 336 pages
ISBN 978-1-59811-694-6
First Printing March 2009

Tower of Strength

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It was 1877 when Tabitha Hall Chadwick left Manti as a young bride. Now, nearly seven years later, she returns as a widow with her young son to make a new beginning. Tabitha's strained relationship with her mother–in–law adds more difficulty to her life as a single working mother. Yet with a stroke of courage, Tabitha makes two purchases that become her passions: the local newspaper and a traumatized horse.

As she struggles to meet the challenges of her new roles, Tabitha welcomes the friendship of Samuel, a recently widowed British immigrant. Working together to train the abused horse, the two discover a second chance at love. But when Samuel is critically injured during the construction of the Manti Temple, Tabitha faces the pain of old wounds and the risk of new ones.

Weaving themes of loss and renewal, this poignant tale explores a vital choice each of us must make: to seek safety in isolation or to embrace the painful yet beautiful complexities of life and love.

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Author's Notes

As is typical for me, I didn't have any idea for a story or characters when I began my research into the Manti Temple for the book that would become Tower of Strength.

For my historical fiction, the location, events, and time period play as much a role as the actual story and characters—the location almost becomes another character itself. As a result, I can't know what the book will be about until I get to know the setting.

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As the title suggests, Tower of Strength is a powerful read. Tabitha is a woman readers will immediately connect with, becoming caught up in her journey to find a second chance at life. Annette Lyon deftly weaves a tale of loss and new love set in a historically vivid era and delivers a novel you won't be able to put down.
—H.B. Moore, Author of Abindai

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The author standing beside a historical marker for the Little Fort in Manti, Utah—one of the stones that made the huge walls.

Historical Notes from the Book