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Hidden Wives Paperback – June 8, 2010
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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“Avery's captivating story set in the world of polygamy depicts the struggles of two teenage girls deciding whether to follow beliefs ingrained in them from birth. A compelling plot, authentic characters, and a genuine love story make this a great read.” ―RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)
“Though fiction, Hidden Wives reads like a first-hand, eyewitness account of polygamist lifestyle... a suspenseful page turner you can't afford to miss.” ―Irene Spencer, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered Dreams
“A poignant yet realistic tale of family love, loyalty, and dysfunction set in a ripped-from-the-headlines polygamist cult. This is no watered-down Big Love but a gripping foray into the realities of family ties that strangle. Hidden Wives is an engrossing insider's look into a world where faith is confused with religion, but where the powerful bond between two sisters and their search for justice succeeds in restoring faith in us all.” ―Karen White, award-winning author of The Lost Hours
“Hidden Wives is a compelling story that rivets the reader's attention from start to finish. With searing insight, Avery manages to capture the all too real horrors which girls and women must endure inside fundamentalist Mormon and Christian polygamist cults.” ―Andrea Moore-Emmett, award-winning author of God's Brothel
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Top Customer Reviews
The conclusion was satisfying and went in a different direction than I had originally anticipated. The last few chapters contained so many different vindicating elements and occurred so rapidly, I wish I had more content to absorb. There were a few things that I would have liked to see developed more, perhaps in an epilogue, but I enjoyed the novel as a whole so much that I cannot even find fault with the hurried conclusion after all that had transpired.
The author's apparent knowledge of the religion and its customs was impressive.Read more ›
Sara and Rachel come from such a household. They have four mothers and one very abusive father. But he is "god" of his house and his word is law.. At 16 years of age, Sara and Rachel are waiting their betrothals. Sara is dismayed to discover she must marry her own uncle. Rachel is beautiful and of course, seventeen different men receive "testments from god" that they are designated to be her husband. Thus, her fate remains in the balance. May the richest "man of god" win.
Sara find herself "buried in truth" (I'm not going to explain that terminology cause it would ruin the story) and begins to think for herself. Does she want to marry her uncle and have deformed babies? No. She wants an education. She wants to read books. She is a headstrong girl and finds herself meeting a young boy from outside the community, a black boy. Here's the deal: Blood of the Lamb community claims that black people are animals.. they are spawn of Satan. (Have you ever heard a more smelly pile of bull crap?) Irvin is his name and he begins to open Sara's eyes even more. There may be a future outside Blood of the Lamb community for her .. Will it involve Irvin?
Rachel is not quite as strong as Sara and she is completely brainwashed by this cult.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the book. I thought that towards the end it ended a little too fast. Needed to be a little longer. I wish there was another one that I could read like this one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Megan Mazon
This book is such a unique look into the polygamy lifestyle. The author obviously did a lot of research. Read morePublished 12 months ago by clare brabson
This book was well researched and enjoyable to read. I loved it.
But it was very predictable. There were no surprises.
Quite well written on a subject matter everyone wants the inside details on. However, despite it being factual, the mere sequence of events lacked credibility. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Susanna Chin
Really enjoyed this book. I was slightly disappointed when I realized it was fiction.Published 16 months ago by Delores Gregoire
Felt as though I was part of this book. At times was so real it was unsettling. Very thought provoking.Published 18 months ago by JLT
Please don't judge the entire LDS/aka/Mormon Church Members, who do live by the standards of the church, that make them the good people. Read morePublished 22 months ago by KJG