Thank You very much to the publisher – Treehouse Publishing Group and the author for the review copy.
Release date: 28 03 2017
Price*: Kindle £2.70 (GBP)/ Paperback £2.84 (GBP)
Kindle $3.41 (USD)/ Paperback $9.12 (USD)
Pages: ~ 386
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: I learned a lot about Fundamentalist Mormons and their lifestyle.
Description of the book: Rose Madsen will do anything to keep from being married off to one of the men in her Fundamentalist Mormon (FLDS) community, even endure the continued beatings and abuse of her mother. But when her mentally handicapped baby sister is forced to strangle the bird she loves at the behest of the Prophet, Rose frees the bird and runs away.
Adan Reyes will do anything to escape the abusive foster care system in Phoenix, even leaving his good friends and successful high school athletic career behind him. Ill-prepared for surviving the desert, Adan hits the road only to suffer heat stroke. Found by a local handyman, he catches a glimpse of a mysterious girl-Rose-running through town, and follows her into the mountains where they are both tracked and discovered by the men of the FLDS community.
With their fates now intertwined, can Rose and Adan escape the systems locking them into lives of abuse? Will Rose be forced to marry the Prophet, a man her father’s age, and be one of the dozens of wives, perpetually pregnant, with no hope for an education? Will Adan be returned to the foster home where bullying and cruelty are common? Is everyone they meet determined to keep them right where they belong or are some adults worthy of their trust?
How this book made me feel: Since my teenage years I was interested in learning about various religious groups such as Scientology, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons etc. I was raised as a Catholic, (I am not religious though) and unfamiliar religions scared me, that is why I wanted to know more about them. I used to read articles about all the fake prophets who still fool people, that is why I was interested in reading this book. I wanted to learn more, and I did indeed.
The protagonist in this book would be Rose, a young girl living in Fundamentalist Mormon community which is run by a “Prophet” and polygamy is a norm. Women have only one purpose – reproduce. This story is told from multiple perspectives, including other characters, and sharing their point of view, and their feelings. This writing style was an absolute joy to read. I had a chance to get to know different characters, and have an insight into different people’s minds. I LOVE THAT! Some of the characters were really annoying, I have a low tolerance for stupidity, and some of the character’s actions and words made me really mad. HOW CAN YOU BE THAT STUPID??? The characters are very well selected and have their unique personalities, I couldn’t relate to them, but I loved reading about them. It would be really hard to pick a favourite for me, they all had interesting qualities, which I liked.
The narrative in this book was constantly changing. I was glued to the book to find out, why Adan ran away from his home. The suspense was very well kept throughout the book. There is a lot of shocking and absurd events happening in this novel, so if you want to read it, be prepared. 🙂 I really liked the research the author done for this book, I don’t know how close it is to the truth, but sounded pretty much close to what I read in the newspapers. Even though I really enjoyed the plot, some of the parts were a bit too slow for me. It did have short chapters and different stories, so, it was an enjoyable read.
The writing style is pleasant and the language used is easy and understandable. The whole story is set in a small town in the US but has very picturesque scenery with mountains, and small-town lifestyle. The ending rounded up the story very nicely and I really liked it. So, to conclude, this novel has plenty of not always likable, but very absorbing characters, and a very interesting story to tell, so if you like books about small communities, with a very different way of living, give this book a go, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂
About the author: Anne Butler Montgomery has worked as a television sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, amateur baseball umpire, and high school football referee. Montgomery teaches journalism at South Mountain High School in Phoenix and is a foster mom to three sons. When she can, she indulges in her passions: rock collecting, football officiating, scuba diving, musical theatre, and playing her guitar. Montgomery’s novel, The Scent of Rain, was awarded a 2018 Bronze Medal for Best Regional Fiction/West-Mountain at the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Her novel A Light in the Desert will be released on November 6, 2018. Nothing But Echoes is slated for publication in the spring of 2019.
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