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5.0 out of 5 starsThe Cabin
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2015
If this book had a high of 10 stars I would rate it with all 10. When I first started reading this book 3 I thought I lost something along the way but soon enough you realize that Jake is the grown son of Emma and Ike from book 2. Well written and I liked it. I hope you enjoyed all the twist and turns as much as I did. There are times I dislike reading reviews where some people talk about the way a sentence is written. Good grief just read the dang story. It's not like you are in school being an English teacher correcting every little word. And for some to be so critical I don't see You writing any good stories. Enough said. GAB
This book is based on the concept of plural marriages in a splinter group of the Mormans and from all I can gather about plural marriages it pretty accurately portrays how difficult it is to be one of many wives. Nancy ran away from home when her father told her she had to become the 4th wife of her cousin who was old enough to be her father. She felt that when a man has more than one wife it might be pretty nice for the man, but for the woman, not so much. Or as she says, "I saw my mother's face when daddy would go spend the night with another wife."
The Cabin has one of the most despicable villains I have ever read about and also has one of the most terrifying scenes I have ever read in a book. I literally stopped breathing for a little while as I read what Abner did to Nancy because she refused to marry him. To call him a snake would be an insult to snakes! I was waiting and hoping that Jacob or Lucas (Nancy's father) would just put him out of his misery.
This was a very exciting story that forced me to read it in three days! The characters aroused strong feelings in me, such as admiration, sympathy, disgust, hatred, amusement and affection. Although I know nothing about renegade Mormons in 1930, the author brought them to life and made them totally believable, showing both the good and bad side of a culture that I hope doesn't exist anymore. I must explain. The most despicable custom was forcing girls as young as thirteen years old to marry much older men who most of the time already had two or three other wives of varying ages. And, it was legal for these men to viciously beat their wives if they didn't produce a baby. Nor could they go to school once they were married. The heroine of the story, 18 year old Nancy, refuses to marry her abusive older cousin Abner who already has three wives, one of whom is Linda, her younger sister. Thus, the story begins. Nancy, against all odds, tries desperately to break away from an oppressive life with no future, only pain. This story kept me on edge. There was one terrifying event after another and a beautiful love story that kept me hoping that Nancy and Jake could find happiness. The story was emotionally stirring, the dialogue fit the characters and setting, and the ending was full of satisfying surprises. I was breathless at the end.
I won't tell you much of the story, only that I found it to be an easy read, and that I loved The Cabin; I love the entire series! I have to say that Jessica and Akecheta were my favorite characters. I read these books one right after the other and in the beginning of each, I sorely missed the characters from the previous book. The series moves through generations to include a mix of cultures and ethnic backgrounds which also carried on into The Cabin. The Cabin started with newly introduced characters of the Mormon faith, practicing polygamy, but moved swiftly to the story of the actual cabin providing insight as to how the owner was related to the characters from previous books, focusing a great deal on the Native American culture. I only wished they hadn't moved forward through the generations so quickly. Having said that, I have never felt so many emotions as I did while reading this series, but there were many, to include my surprised indifference when Abner got his due in The Cabin. I can say with certainty that I will reread this entire series again. I can hardly wait until April for the next book!
I really enjoyed Nancy and Jake. Nancy was a very spirited woman that first lived in an environment that strongly discouraged independent thinking. When her father, who believed in plural marriages told Nancy she had to marry Abner who already had multiple wives. He had a reputation for being mean and abusive and Nancy absolute refused to marry him. Instead, she ran away into the forest and found the cabin of Jake, a single man who lived very simply and who, apparently, had little worldly possessions. He was a kind man and agreed to take Nancy in. When Abner discovered their whereabouts and Nancy told her father and him that she and Jake were married, he told them he would kill them. Abner beat Jake and set their house on fire. To see if he succeeded in his attempts to do away with them, you'll have to read the book... .you'll love it!
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Cabin (The Manhattan Stories)
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2014
Oh, how I love this book. I read it in one day I didn't want to put it down! From the moment I saw it on the Amazon book site I knew it would be great! I loved Jake and Nancy from the start. The writing of this book was excellent and charming! Like I said I read it one day from time to time gasping and other times crying. I love the fact that Nancy found love from this strange man and he found love with a unwanted guest in his life. Jake had shut himself off from the world a thought he would never love again!!! But these two strangers find love with one another! When the last pages were coming I would look to see how much longer I could hold on to this story! I wish there was a squeal!!! These characters will live in my heart with affection! This author Donna Mabry is new to me but she wrote a lovely book! That I recommend highly
I loved this story, it was so heart warming reading about the love that grew between Nancy, a Mormon and Jake a man living alone in a cabin. Nancy runs away from her home - terrified of being forced to many a brutal man, as his forth wife. She meets Jake and he takes her in with compassion. This is a complicated yet endearing story. I felt like I was right in the pages experiencing the joys and fear. Well written and never boring or dull.