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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307590704
  • ASIN: B008SLEUGI
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 2008 when Texas state authorities raided a remote ranch and took into custody 167 children of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it dredged up awful memories for Jessop. She had escaped the Mormon polygamist sect and a 17-year marriage to one of its leaders. Because of her experience and best-selling book, Escape (2007), which chronicled her life with the FLDS, the state of Texas called on her as a consultant. She offers a keen analysis of how the situation was handled; worries about a repeat of the fatal raid of the Branch Davidian compound in 1993; the posturing of FLDS representatives; the use of her own daughter, who at 18 returned to the sect; and the legal and political wrangling in the largest custody battle in U.S. history—what went right and what went wrong—before the children were eventually returned to their parents. In later chapters of the book, she focuses on her own transformation and the hope that other FLDS families might also be able to escape. --Vanessa Bush

About the Author

Carolyn Jessop was born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a group splintered from and renounced by the Mormon Church, and was married for seventeen years to one of its highest-ranking leaders. Her bestselling account of fleeing the FLDS, Escape, was published in 2007. She lives in West Jordan, Utah, with seven of her eight children.
 
Laura Palmer is the author of Shrapnel in the Heart and has collaborated on six other books, the most recent being the New York Times bestseller Escape. She lives in New York City.

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Carolyn Jessop was born in 1968 and raised in the largest community of the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints in the US. She spent 17 years in a polygamous marriage to one of the most powerful men in the FLDS community, before escaping. She lives in Utah with her children.

Customer Reviews

All in all a very inspirational story about a woman who faced adversary and overcame it and learned something from it.
Courtney Rabideau
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the FLDS, or to anyone who enjoys a compelling memoir, or to anyone who read and enjoyed Escape!
CamilleElise
Carolyn Jessop's book entitled Escape was an interesting look at life in a polygomus cult in the middle of the United States.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Rabideau on May 14, 2010
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In her first book Carolyn Jessop details her life, her marriage to Merill Jessop, the birth of her eight children and their escape in 2003.

This book details her life after the escape. After the raid on the Texas FLDS Compound Carolyn was asked to fly down to Texas to help investigators and the CPS to better understand the mindset of the people of the FLDS. Carolyn brought her two younger daughters to show their half-siblings that they did not have to worry about the outside world. They were worried because at least 8 of Merill's daughters by several other wives were taken during the raid.

Shortly after the raid Carolyn was involved in several court cases dealing with the raid and the FLDS. One of them involved her former step-daughter who was married to Warren Jeffs when he was 50 and she was 12. Carolyn testified about abuse that she witnessed from the girls mother Barbara. Prosecutors wanted to take both of Barbara's underage children from her, but only ended up getting the daughter who married Warren removed leaving Barbara with her 11 year old son.

The other case dealt with money. After Carolyn escaped with her children Merill did not pay her any money to help support their children. Carolyn knew that he had the money and that he was hiding some, but after the escape she did not have the financial resources to go after him. After the raid she knew would be a good time to iron out the money that Carolyn felt Merill owed her and their children. Their daughter Luanne as well as Carolyn's father testified. After the case was settled Carolyn got to see her daughter Betty who had returned to the FLDS two days after her 18th birthday.

This part of the book also details how the raid effected her children.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Debra Brown on May 12, 2010
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Carolyn Jessop's book entitled Escape was an interesting look at life in a polygomus cult in the middle of the United States. Her daring escape with eight children in tow was amazing and hard to believe in our culture today. Triumph is about her activities during the Texas rescue of the FLDS children, her lessons in life that carried her into the free world and some entertaining ancedotes during her life as the FLDS Texas Bishop's youngest wife. My favorite was about Carolyn and her friends sneaking off to work out at Curves. In Triumph, Carolyn details what it took to succeed and break away from the FLDS, how she found true love with an extraordinary man, how each of her children developed into their own person and the heartbreak of her eldest daughter returning to the cult after her eighteenth birthday. She doesn't sugar coat her struggles, but really gives readers concrete tools that anyone can use to overcome adversity in their lives. A truly enjoyable well written book with grace and charm.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bibi Goss on May 22, 2010
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I think that this book surpasses Carolyn's original book, because it shows that not only did she escape from polygamy, she and her children are flourishing in the world. Her oldest son is in college and a pilot. He could not have accomplished this if his mother hadn't had the courage to leave the stifling world of the FLDS. Her oldest daughter may have returned to the cult, but her 2nd daughter graduated from high school and dreams of becoming an attorney so she can help those who can't help themselves. That says a lot. Carolyn also gives tips and tools to those who need to overcome adversity. She's believable because she's lived it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on August 24, 2010
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Carolyn Jessop told the story of her early life in and escape from the infamous FLDS cult in her previous book ESCAPE. TRIUMPH picks up a few months later. Her first book had been a success, enabling Jessop to provide for her children. Her oldest daughter, Betty, had decided to return to the cult shortly after her eighteenth birthday but the others were beginning to adjust to life in the outside world. Just when things were beginning to settle down into a more normal life the Texas Rangers raided the Yearning for Zion ranch in response to a telephone plea from a young girl who was being forced into a marriage with a much older man. Jessop was asked to assist the authorities cope with the overwhelming demands of the hundreds of children who were taken from the YFZ ranch. TRIUMPH gives a new perspective on the whole YFZ incident, one that sheds new light on this story that dominated the news for weeks. Jessop also tells more about her own family's triumphs over the past few years.

Jessop's story is quite compelling. Those who have read the earlier book, or even just heard her story from other sources have probably wondered just how Jessop and her children are managing in the outside world. On that level this book makes a riveting read. Unfortunately it does seem that this book had been a bit rushed, that perhaps Jessop and her co-author Laura Palmer could have used a bit more time to finish polishing the manuscript. At times the narrative is a bit disjointed as Jessop jumps from one thought to the next and then back again or mentions a person briefly and then reintroduces them much later. Even though this reader read the book in two or three sittings over a couple of days people and events still got a bit jumbled.

Overall though this is an excellent book, and a truly inspiring story about the triumph of the human spirt over adversity. I sincerely hope that there will be a third volume.
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