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On the long journey between England and the U.S. in 1841, Lady Mary Rose Ashley falls in love with Gabriel MacKay. Her grandfather has become a saint, a follower of the new religion founded by Joseph Smith, and he's leaving his wealth and estates for a life in their community. Mary Rose has serious doubts about Mormonism, as does Gabriel, but after witnessing a miracle performed by Brigham Young, they become believers. But even though she has embraced her grandfather's faith in the fledgling church, Mary Rose is overcome with jealousy and a sense of betrayal when the Prophet orders that her beloved husband, Gabriel, take a second wife—her best friend, recently widowed Bronwyn Carey. This evenhanded, carefully researched treatment of the history of the Latter-day Saints includes a nonjudgmental look at the beginnings of polygamy. The Sister Wife is the first in Noble's Brides of Gabriel series, which, given the popularity of Big Love—the HBO television drama about a Fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah—should be a big hit with readers. --Shelley Mosley
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ISBN-10:  0061962228
ISBN-13:  978-0061962226
Author:  Diane Noble
Publisher:  Avon Inspire
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         Sister Wife tackles an interesting and challenging history. Polygamy isn't a comfortable subject, but, as it was a practice in the early Mormon years, and the endless possibilities for stories makes it rich ground for novels, the topic makes for a page turner. After a slow start that contained a few too many cute scenes with lots of relationship building and a lisping child, the story took off and became compelling. Heavy topics, both spiritual and relational, …
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