"You have two choices. You are to marry either Alma or Amulon."
"This must be some sort of jest," she said in disbelief.
"It is no jest," her father said. "You will go to the palace tomorrow before sundown with your decision."
...Sam leaned against a tall stone building for support. The wall felt cool against her forehead. It wouldn't be a difficult decision. It wasn't much of a decision at all. Alma seemed kind. Not that she believed such a thing was possible. How could any man who served the king be kind?
"It is a time of pleasure and luxury—if you belong to the inner circle of King Noah and his decadent priests. It is a time of servitude and deprivation if you don't. And if you dare to believe the bold words of the prophet Abinadi, it is a time to fear for your very life.
In Desire of Our Hearts, LDS author Sariah S. Wilson weaves an intricate, suspenseful, and romantic narrative. Set against the backdrop of the Book of Mormon account of Alma's conversion and breathtaking escape as he leads a band of courageous believers toward religious freedom, this familar and beloved story is brimming with all the elements needed to make it a spiritual odyssey and a tender and timeless love story. "
I enjoyed reading this well written book. There were lots of different layers to the plot and enough action to keep the story moving. It was interesting seeing the familiar Book of Mormon story happen through the eyes of Sam and Alma. My fourteen year old daughter has also picked it up and can't put it down.