19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2006
Once in a long while you will find a book so compelling you can not lay it down and this is such a book! I felt like I was pulled into the story and suffered with Fanny Stenhouse as she fought the good fight against the Mormon Church and her enemies who wanted to shut her up.. This was not an off shoot of the Mormon Church but the original Church and it is a chilling example of an organization gone astray and exploiting women to satisfy men's lust. She quotes Brigham Young and how he received from heaven the exact dogma of plural marriage and as she says so well... "with bad grammar and all." It is a must read for those who enjoy history and want light shed on the issue of plural marriage and of women really felt of this practice, no matter how hard the church will try to define it. You will never forget this story and never defend this church with it's brutal and nasty past. Thank God Fannie did get out of Mormonism, but at a great risk to her life and limb.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2006
This book is written by an educated woman who lived in polygamy in the mid 1800s in Utah. Although she was a strong Mormon, she felt that God would not make women live under such a terrible "principle", as polygamy was referred to. Because of her husband's work for the Mormon church, she was in the highest circles of the Mormon elite which makes her writing very compelling reading. She was very brave to write this book and suffered the consequences.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2004
For those interested in finding out the real truth about polygamy in early Mormonism this book is wonderful. I have read many, many books on the subject and I put this first-hand account at the top of the list.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2011
I wish I could give it ten stars!! One of the best books I've ever read. It was absorbing, tragic, and witty. The humor made it easier to get through the sad parts.