Monday, July 5, 2010

"Hidden Wives" by Clare Avery

Two teenage sisters, a polygamist sect, and many horrible secrets fill the pages of "Hidden Wives." Rachel and Sara live in a home with their father, his wives, and other children, part of Blood of the Lamb sect. Rachel is determined to live the Principle, but Sara has her doubts due to her pending marriage to her uncle. Neither girl wants to defy the church, but something isn't right. Is Rachel really so beautiful that she causes men to lust after her? Is Sara really so rebellious that she deserves the punishments she endures? Can they escape before it's too late? Come meet Sara and Rachel, along with their family, Prophet Silver, Luke, Irvin, and Ernadine as their story unfolds before you.

I want to thank the authors for giving me the opportunity to read this book. It read like something right out of today's news. The story was so compelling, the situations so real, that I couldn't put the book down. I needed to know what happened to these young women. No one should ever have to live this way. While this book is good for anyone to read, reading groups will find this book especially enjoyable. It is full of discussion topics like: polygamy, incest, rape, interracial relationships, child abuse, and suicide, which will keep the discussion going long after the book is finished.