Well at first I got a little lost when the novel switched views. Eventually I caught on and it went much more smoothly. What you have to realize is this is not only written in two different perspectives, though it only tells two stories.
First is the authors fictional story about a boy who was kicked out of a modern day polygamous society that returns when his mother is accused of killing his father.
Next is the story of the historical Anne Eliza Young (and her family) who was the 19th (well more like 50th) wife of the mormon prophet Brigham Young. Her story is told through her memoir as well as other documents such as her brothers journal, a students thesis paper, documents from the mormon church's records, etc.
This book is pretty good with great historical facts. I feel like I know a lot more about the roots of the mormon church and polygamy. Be forewarned though it is pretty sad and just as you get into one story it will switch perspectives on you!
This is a wonderful book about a woman's life and coming of age. It is powerful and intriguing and well written. The narrator is very good giving a believable voice to the character Dinah. The narrator is easy to listen to and follow along with.
All that being said it is true that this is historical fiction about biblical times. It talks about touchy subjects. Buyer beware the characters are not always shed in a good light. There are some "unbiblical" behaviors involving sexual conduct, other gods, idols, murder, etc. While it is my personal belief that this book touches on an interesting subject that biblical characters did not follow our modern interpretation of religion, others may find this offensive. I feel that if you can be open minded and except this as historical FICTION you will enjoy the story.
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