on July 19, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance
Lipstick. Bright, red lipstick. Nothing but lipstick.
Even though it’s against our faith to wear a color that screams of sexual promiscuity and deviant behavior, I’m not allowed to protest.
But, I want to.
You see, there’s more to me than the braid that spills down my back.
More to me than the layers of heavy fabric that maintain my modesty.
And so much more than the oppressive wedding band that adorns my finger--the same band that each of my sister wives wear.
So much more.
To protest would be sinful.
I must keep sweet, that is my duty.
So I’ll wear the lipstick. I’ll do as I’m told.
And I’ll do my best to silence the resistance within me, to push him from my mind.
If only my heart would do the same.
I started Wife Number Seven yesterday morning and refused to go to bed last night until I finished it. This story was so interesting (it may be my sociology background) and so unique that I just immersed myself into it. Brinley is the youngest wife in her polygamous family. She is not your typical wife who will literally do anything for her husband and is completely invested in the relationship. Deep down, Brinley knows there is much more to life beyond the compound walls. It isn’t until a chance encounter in town that she realizes that the polygamous lifestyle is not her true following and that her husband is not who she should be with. Can Brinley overcome the hurdles that are associated with The Church of the Latter Day Saints and finally be free? Can she fly?
From the get-go, I was completely saddened by what Brinley was forced to do. I knew from school and documentaries that girls are married off when they are young, in Brinley’s case she was married to her husband at 19. Obviously it is a loveless marriage and to be honest, her husband made me physically disgusted. When an 8th wife is added to the the family, Rebecca, does she learn what true love is and how she eventually wants that for herself. You could tell from her experiences throughout her life that she is very naïve and that she didn’t learn much of anything from her mother. But, on the other hand, Brinley is more intelligent than one would think. When a certain secret is revealed to the reader, I almost yelled out loud, “go girl!” It’s obvious that she has always been convinced deep down that this was not the lifestyle she was supposed to end up in so she takes certain steps to ensure that. She knows that there is a true-love out there for her and that she will be someone’s first and only wife. The only small thing that bothered me was the insta-love factor that happened throughout the story. But, to be honest, I think after being sheltered for her entire life that it was realistic for her. Oh and the epilogue needs a bit of a mention. It was incredible and really showed how far Brinley went to overcome her past. Yep, there were total tears throughout the last part!
I also want to mention that I loved the extra layers of the story that Melissa added. To be honest, there is another storyline that is absolutely heartbreaking. Literally, I cried for Rebecca, Brinley’s Sister Wife and the issues she was handed. There was also a lot of conniving and drama associated within the sect and that does not surprise me at all. I have to hand it to Melissa, I think she did a tremendous job with researching the Mormon religion and I can literally say that I walked away from this book with new information I didn’t already know. The characters are very realistic to their religion/upbringing even with their dialect and their naivety with the outside world and how different we really are. I mean, the things that Brinley had no idea about, was just sad. I could never imagine growing up so sheltered.
If you are looking fora book to fully immerse yourself with and come away with a great story, then definitely pick this one up. As you can tell, I never mentioned who her love interest is because I want the reader to experience it for themselves. Melissa Brown has always been a go-to author for me, but she totally outdid herself with this book. Lastly, I need to mention how much I loved the cover of this book and how significant it was to the story.