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Section 132 Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Helga Zeiner is a German born Canadian author. She left her hometown Augsburg at age 18 to explore the world. In the following 14 yearsshe has lived and worked in Australia and Asia. Her amazing experiencesin those foreign countries are woven into her all thrilling novels.
She now lives with her husband on a country estate in the wilderness of British Columbia, devoting all her time to writing.
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The characters in this novel are fantastic. I didn't like all of them, some I downright despised, but the descriptives were fantastic. Each character was completely believable and each action they performed felt true to their own identities. I LOVED reading about the women in the polygamist family. While I have read many books on escapees from polygamy, it was nice to read of characters that had some good things to say about the practise, without them preaching the path - even in the midst of their horrific existence.
However, I found the end of this book a little too unbelievable, while the characters remained true in the first half of the book, towards the end, everything was tied up just a little too neatly. I really don't think that these women would have reacted the way they did being in the environment they were born into. (I'm finding it hard to say much on this without causing a SPOILER ALERT).
Even with me not liking the end of the book, I would still recommend this book to read though, if only for the start and middle since the characters are truly what make this book.
First of all, I really don't know that much about FLDS, but I do know they wear underwear. All the time. (Especially, one would think, in Canada where it gets really cold.) I could hand wave away the sister-wives not wearing the special underwear, but not the eldest son, so superficially the sect was FLDS, but I think the book would have benefited from more research in that area.
The part of about the real estate guy was just not compelling to me. I started to skim his parts and then skip them all together. There should have been more of a connection between that part of the story and the FLDS part of the story earlier, or it should have been trimmed way, way back. He should have known about the access to the land he bought and who owned the neighboring parcels before he signed the purchase and sale.
Martha/Lillian was okay as a protagonist, and most of the women were not unbelievable, but the Bishop needed a mustache to twirl and some scenery to chew on, he was such a caricature. The GateKeepers part of the action also seemed to lack connection in the first half (and really only started to pick up when the protagonist started eavesdropping.
If not prepared, they can be a target to be easily influenced toward another's choice; perhaps not the best one. This book is an excellent example of how the mind is 'controlled' / broken, starting at birth! I could hardly fathom what I was reading!! How sad this is still in existence today in America! This is NOT religious freedom! Read this book and draw your own conclusions.
Thank you for this book, that opened my eyes to how blessed I am to live in a place where women are free to choose.
I have read a few books on polygamy and it seems like this one has been well researched - although I am not an expert by any means.
Another reviewer mentioned the ending was tied up a little too prettily and I could agree with that. These women have been traumatized for years, and grown up in that culture. There would be no easy adaptation to a different life.
This book did spark an interest for me in the young boys that are thrown out of the communities as they are reaching adulthood and seen as a threat to the older men.