Is it possible to escape polygamy? Find true love? Well-behaved women don't ask these questions. Not in my world.
My name is Elizabeth Hyde. Actually, no. It’s Grant. In the real world, I’m Elizabeth Grant.
My husband’s name is Hyde, and he has three other wives. No one can know that. Obviously.
In the strict religious community I was born into, women have clearly defined roles. They’re homemakers and caregivers. They rear children. But I don’t have any children, which means I have something of a ticket to the outside. Big families need money, and it’s time for me to get a job.
And I’m loving this job. Being a medical assistant might not sound impressive to most people, but it’s a lot more exciting than making dinner for a family of twenty.
I have to admit, the job isn’t the only thing that excites me.
Lately, I’ve been getting close to Evan Adgate, the doctor who runs the medical center. He’s my opposite in every way: funny, smart, wealthy, educated. It’s no wonder the man turns heads. Heaven help me, he turns mine.
But Evan and I can never be together. We can never be anything. No matter how many talks or dinners we have, my secrets will always be a barrier between us. It’s better if we keep things professional.
Now I just have to keep telling myself that.
The Favored Wife by Amy Pennza
Brittany's rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoy stories that are like this. A polygamist woman goes into the outside world and falls for someone that's not her husband and she doesn't know what to do about it.
I couldn't seem to put this book down. There are scenes of domestic violence, so trigger warning for that. This book was very well written. The overall plot was well thought out, the characters are all dynamic and you can't help but root for the main character. Elizabeth reminds me a little bit of myself. She has a huge heart and will do anything to help others, even if it puts herself at risk. She is starting to find out that there's more to life than having scheduled sex with a man that has three other wives and she finds out what true love feels like.
I don't have much to say about this book other than I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. I think we were given a rather accurate, though it's not completely detailed, representation of what it is like to be a member of a polygamist family. There are lots of moving parts and many different feelings.
I give this book a five star rating and a big recommendation.
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