I am adding a new feature to my blog with “self-care” or “mom time” ideas. These will include crafts, hobbies, and leisurely reading suggestions for taking a little time for yourself here and there! Here is my first post in this category.
The Polygamist’s Daughter Book Review
This is an inspiring story about an amazing woman with an unspeakably painful past who escaped her father’s polygamous cult, overcame her circumstances, and created a better life for herself. She now shares her experience and the hope she found that got her through.
I “met” Anna through a very close friend of mine who also happens to be a close friend of Anna’s. She added me to the review group that Anna runs about a year ago, but The Polygamist’s Daughter ended up being the first book I got to review due to her taking a break from running reviews while finishing up her own book. I almost missed my chance to review this book because the sign up came out in the middle of my move but I was lucky enough to make the second round of advance readers!!
I received this book days after having a baby and it was a couple of days before I was able to start reading. Once I did I couldn’t put it down. Even my husband commented on how quickly I read it. Even with all the tasks of caring for a newborn, I got through it in just two or three days.
Anna shares heart-wrenching memories from her childhood. She and her siblings and other family experienced things that nobody should have to go through. It is mind boggling how adults can accept such a life but there is a vast amount of mental abuse and manipulation involved in cults like the one from which Anna escaped. The writing itself is engaging and the story flows seamlessly, making it hard to put the book down even though the story itself is so sad and painful.
It is not an “easy read” so don’t misunderstand me. The content is hard to digest and can be triggering for many who have experienced trauma in their own past. Be prepared to work through your own issues while reading this book.
One thing that struck me is how much grace flows through Anna’s writing. Even when discussing people who treated her horribly or situations that no child should ever have to experience I felt hope, love, and grace shining through the words. I could feel her love and care for her family members and her desire to see them also escape the mental and physical bonds that held them.
Anna blesses us all by combining her gift of writing with her past experiences and sharing the hope that can be found even in dark circumstances.
The Polygamist’s Daughter will be released March 21 but you can go ahead and pre-order a copy from Amazon to get it as soon as it is released. It is currently on sale for over $5 off the cover price, nobody knows when the sale will end so order today!
If you pre-order Anna’s book you are also invited to join her Facebook pre-order book club where the author herself will offer Q&As, prizes, live videos and more. (See the group description for instructions to join.)
I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, all thoughts and opinions are mine alone.