Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Spotlight Post and Review: Wife Number Seven by Melissa Brown

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.
So badly.

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.

 Wow, just wow! This book was more than I read to me, it was an experience.
From the very beginning you can see that this author put her blood, sweat and tears into researching and writing this book. In my experience it was almost like we were sitting in my living room and Brinley was sharing her story with me.
Brinley Cluff is married at 19 years old with polygamist Lehi Cluff. She's innocent and naive and tries to bend herself to the rules and regulations to the other wives as well as Lehi's, since she's the last one to come into the household. She is Wife Number Seven.
She's never completely accepted by the wives, specially wife number one, Leandra, who makes her life difficult from the beginning.
While in town one day running errands, her purse is stolen by a man she remembers from her childhood. Porter becomes a very important part of Brinley's life and a game changer, making her re-evaluate all that she's been taught until this point in her 22 years, and ultimately her faith and her life.
I'm not giving away any of the plot because there are so many twists and turns that as a reader you need to get into this book and savor it. I'm not going to lie, there were times that I wanted to call it quits and move on to the next, not because the book was bad, but because it was affecting my spirit in a way I wasn't ready for. The intensity of the story and the richness and depth of the characters will have you devouring the book in no time.
This is not a romance story, even though there is some of that in the book, this is a tale of a reality that is lived by many women and girls in the polygamist community. This is a book like no other. I was appalled by some of the things I read, but it was so interesting that I kept reading until I felt "free."
Fantastic job Melissa, words can not express how much I loved this book. I hope people pick up a copy and experience this amazingly beautiful written story.


About this Author

I have always been fascinated with books----ever since I was a little girl sitting in front of my record player, following along with my huge 12x12 storybooks.

I love books---everything about them. I love reading them, being surrounded by them in bookstores and libraries, and most recently, writing some of my own.

Bouquet Toss,Champagne Toast and Unwanted stars are available in ebook on all platforms and paperback via Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Picturing Perfect was signed by Montlake Romance (a division of Amazon Publishing) and is available only on Amazon.com

A new series called "Sorority of Three" is also coming in spring of 2014!

Sorority of Three:Freshman 101 will be available April 6th.

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