First off, this is an epic historical story that is more than a tale of romance. This is the tale of cultures, struggles, the heart, and the soul. Yes, it has a strong religious theme. It is the difference in religion that is the pivotal part of the story. The two try to live with the differences but find that even love cannot always bridge that gap.
It spans the majority of the lives of this couple and and into the lives of their children. I enjoyed the story, but it did get to be a little tiresome as the reader was taken into the lives of their children. I felt that it was as personal as it had been with the two main characters and at times rushed.
But the story was still very good. Is this book religious? In a sense, yes. It is about the struggles these two people have in regard to their own religions: Each feels strongly about their own.
In the end, this is a book about the Morman church, but it is done in a way that is only slightly proselytizing in one section. The rest lovingly compares the religions and points out all the good they do. If you like historical fiction especially one that spans more than one generation, give this story a look. I received this book during free download days with no expectation of a positive review. Feb 24, Charissa rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the story of Tom Callahan, Katrina Hansen and their families over several generations.
He is a Catholic Irishman running from the law and she is a newly converted Norwegian Mormon traveling with her family to Salt Lake City. This was very long, but I liked it for history it went over. The Callahans brought it to life in a colorful, engaging story packed with factual history, great plot lines, and authentic settings. I liked the book at first, maybe through the second and third books, but then the 4th and 5th were tedious to me and I was ready to end the story.
One complaint I do have is that it leaned heavily towards promoting a certain religious sect and I got tired of that being pushed on me as a reader when I don't believe in this particular sect and what it teaches. It is best read by those who believe in it. This rambling saga tells the story of an Irish immigrant and his Norwegian immigrant wife through four generations. I was immediately taken by the brash Irishman and his strong, loving wife.
Their story was both informational and entertaining. It's a good read. This series is amazing! The author has a knack for making the characters come to live in a way where you can see and hear them perfectly. You begin to anticipate what is going to happen and I personally couldn't put the book down until I knew whether or not I was right. If you love historical fiction or a good love story, you'll love this series.
A beautiful love story. Obviously, it was written to encourage Mormons. I have Mormon friends and they are wonderful, cleancut people. It was very noticeable that the Book of Mormon was considered the ultimate source of truth. My Mormon friends say that the Book of Mormon is helpful to explain the Bible. Serious study of the Bible shows that the Book of Mormon is not supplementary,nor complimentary to the Bible.
May 18, Nancy rated it liked it. Books 1 through 3 were really good. A great family story and their lives throughout out historical moments. I would have rated 4 stars, but in books 4 and 5, it felt as if the author had grown tired of writing the series and was rushing to finish. Details events seemed rushed and just skimmed over. What a wonderful author. This is a series about a family that overcomes much in their life time. It starts in Ireland and goes all over the world. Starts in the 's and goes through to the 's. This book is LDS historical fiction which covers several generations of this wonderful family.
The series contains 5 books and I looked forward to each one. It covers many events ob history. Oct 19, Estott rated it it was ok.
A good read for the intended audience, but that isn't me. I only got through the first book- nicely written, but it didn't pull me in enough to want to read more- and from what I gather of the succeeding volumes there a lot of arguments over the merits of Mormonism- which holds no interest for me. Jan 23, Jo Notary marked it as to-read Shelves: Are you an author? Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography.
Learn more at Author Central. Popularity Popularity Featured Price: Low to High Price: High to Low Avg. Threads of Honor Oct 05, Available for download now. Triple Diamond Aug 08, The Complete Series Jul 26, The Callahans Book Two Feb 15, Upon the Isles of the Sea Oct 05, Threads of Honor by Gordon Ryan For the second time in his young life, the son of Thomas and Katrina Callahan finds himself immersed in front-line battle, torn between his duty and the love of a beautiful woman who desires only his safety. The conclusion of The Callahans will leave you enthralled as the children and grandchildren of a once-young Irish immigrant and his Norwegian bride leave their mark upon the world.
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He lived and worked in six foreign nations and a dozen or more states, including Alaska. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I enjoyed reading this very much. Return to Book Page. Tom and Katie's son, in an effort to prove his worth to his father, has joined what President Woodrow Wilson is calling - the fight to make the world safe for democracy-. Set against turbulent events in world history and filled with vivid scenes as well as tender emotions, Reunion takes the reader around the world. The Callahans Book Two Feb 15,
Jul 25, Kevin Bowser rated it really liked it. By the time I began the fifth book in the "Callahans" series, I had become fully and emotionally to Thomas and Katrina Callahan. I have lived with them through their first glimpses of each other on their Atlantic passage to America. I wondered if they would ever find one another and be together through wanderings in Alaska and in Mexico. I was a witness to happiness and tragedy. I rejoiced when they finally found one another and were married and began a family. I have been with them through the By the time I began the fifth book in the "Callahans" series, I had become fully and emotionally to Thomas and Katrina Callahan.
I have been with them through the tragic loss of a child that fateful night the Titanic went down. I have seen the many events that have built the family into what we see through the entire series of books.
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And now, in The Reprisal, we see Tom and Katie approaching the end of their time. War has come again. And it has swept their family up into it again. This book focuses a great deal on Tommy and his experiences leading up to WWII and the tragedy that comes upon him. But even from tragedy can come something beautiful and lasting. I will not spoil this book for you by providing the details. But, I found the ending of this book to be a fitting conclusion to the story as laid out in the five books of the series. There were many readers who have taken exception to the excessive references to Mormonism.
As an Evangelical Christian from a mainline Protestant denomination, I did not find the references overbearing. Did the author seem to be proselytizing from time to time? But my faith is strong and I am not persuaded to follow Mormon teachings. I am however persuaded that this was a fine story and worthy of the nearly entire year it took me to weave these 5 books into the nearly 60 that I have read so far this year.
Jan 23, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was the saddest of them all, partly because it came into history as I know it. More familiar landmarks in time, so I could predict happenings. Still a very moving novel, summing up 73 years of the Callahan's life. At this point they have grown grandchildren, and can look back over a very fulfilling life. I feel as if I was a part of that, which always makes me happy when reading a book.
Feb 25, Judy Bullard rated it really liked it. This completed the series of the Callahan family. I enjoyed reading this very much. I would recommend it to LDS readers. I really liked the historical accounts.