I have mixed feelings about this book. I've read other Christian books and have enjoyed them but this one was a bit more preachy than others I've read in the past. It in a way overpowered things so that the story faded into the background. Oh this thing happened but it isn't part of the story beyond a brief mention. Something bad happens but it just gets mentioned instead of being part of the story. The aftermath of what happens is just mentioned and isn't part of the story. The family goes to a new location.
I think it would have been better if the mother and daughter weren't both named Eliza because they kind of seemed like the same person. Sprinkled throughout the book are diary entries from the mom Eliza. I read them for a while but finally I reached a point where I just stopped and once I was over halfway through things weren't as preachy and the story shined through a bit more. There was so much potential but this story just fell flat for me because the focus was so much on preaching that the story just didn't get a chance to shine through. I also found it strange that married couples weren't using their first names. I'm pretty sure that once you've married and had kids you can use first names even if you're living in the 1800s.