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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Western Epics; Revised edition (1974)
  • ASIN: B0006WSXJW
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,288,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By greenwinter on September 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"This is the true story of a woman who hitched a wild ride for time and eternity with a human rocket - an incredible and moving account of a Mormon family and its fight through heartbreak and laughter for an outlawed way of life.
John Taylor, the author's father, was in his way one of this country's really remarkable men. He was a Mormon and an Apostle of the Church in Utah at a time when the principle of plural marriage was going out of favor with the Church. In addition to Nettie May, the author's mother, John married five other women, had thirty-six children, and still managed to remain a heroic, beloved figure to all of them throughout his entire life. Each of the six wives lived secure in the knowledge that she was his favorite and each believed herself immensely priveleged to share, even briefly, the life of a prophet.
A magnetic, forceful, tremendously enthusiastic man, John Taylor lived through a time of change and refused to bend. When the Church abolished the practice of polygamy, he didn't. Holding fast to 'the law of Abraham,' he took three more wives and was dropped from the Church for doing so.
Nettie May knew that entering plural marriage with John meant taking on a lifetime of insecurity. For seven years after her marriage she couldn't even admit that she was married, although she had borne her husband three children. As politics changed, she was alternately a child-producing 'widow' on the underground and one of the elite of Mormondom as the respected wife of an Apostle. She had married a plunger and a speculator who even without the uncertainty of the times would have given her a chaotic married life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By granny9 on October 7, 2014
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I love this book. It is written with sensitive regard to the religion of the people in the book, and is humorous as well as deeply feeling. I recommend the reading to any who want to learn about the early history of polygamy in the LDS church.
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By bethany langford on March 2, 2015
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This was a beautiful story that had me laughing and crying from start to finish!
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