I find myself able to relate to these characters on more than one level. For example, the love of books that Sara has :-) and there seems to be subtleI find myself able to relate to these characters on more than one level. For example, the love of books that Sara has :-) and there seems to be subtle humor in Hidden Wives that is enjoyable while taking on such a serious issue. There are a couple of disturbing episodes in this book and I feel overall the author(s) handled things very well.
Quotes that stood out... Chapter One: "Walter Merrick has received testimony for her hand. I prayed about it and God ordained that Sara will belong to Brother Walter."
"She would become a mother to her cousins and a wife to her uncle."
Chapter Two: "Wives, imagine your body as an acre for a man to sow his seed. Your duty is to bear the fruit of your husband's seed."
Chapter Three: "My dad bought a trailer. Beulah will live there while they start construction on a set of four duplexes. I guess he's planning for the future expansion on his wife collection."
Chapter Five: "We're not a cult. We're a big family." "A big family that has sex with one another."
Chapter Six: "So, if I have this uncontrollable urge to blurt out the temple secrets, does it mean somebody will kill me or would I have to do all this to myself?" "No, someone will do it for you."
Chapter Seven: "I would never share my wife with another man, so what right would I have to expect her to share me with other women?"
Chapter Eight: "She heard Ruth's screams as she rounded the corner of the Hogan's driveway. She had never been present at the birth of a baby before. They tended to keep the unmarried girls away from those events. Hearing Ruth's anguished cries, she now knew why."
Chapter Nine: "I can call the police or your parents. Which do you prefer?" Sara cleared her throat and croaked, "The police."
Chapter Fourteen: "Passing the gift shop, Sara stared at the brilliant assortment of balloons trumpeting GET WELL, and IT'S A BOY. She wondered if they had one that said, HELP!"
Chapter Sixteen: "They're going to figure out what to do with Mother Esther's body over eggs and biscuits?"
Rachel and Sara looked at each other. "What's happening to us?" Rachel's voice was barely above a whisper. "Same thing that's always been happening, only now people are dying."
Chapter Twenty: "Her hands shook as she removed the sacred undergarments. Without them she was not protected from the evils of the outside world, but in reality, they hadn't protected her from the evils within."
note: The author sent me a free copy of this book. Thank you Claire Avery!...more
I waited and waited for an audiobook to become available through the Boulder Public Library. I listened on audiobook while walking in Boulder - I enjoI waited and waited for an audiobook to become available through the Boulder Public Library. I listened on audiobook while walking in Boulder - I enjoyed the story, even if it wasn't one of my favorites. Recently, The Daily Camera (Boulder's Newspaper) did move it's operations from Downtown, just like the book said, I guess I should be watching for a new multi-use building :-)
A lot does happen in this story to affect Alan Gregory's family: new neighbors and thoughts of moving from Spanish Hills. Looks like book Nineteen will also be taking place in Boulder (many stories take the characters on investigations away from home). Book Nineteen will likely be released in the Fall of 2011.
There were a lot of penises in this book, but I guess that's to be expected - Is the rock formation "Devil's Thumb" or "Devil's Dick" ? It's all in the way you look at things - some people can look at the same thing and see differently. Personally, I always thought of the formation as a snag tooth :-)
If you love reading Stephen White's Alan Gregory Series, come join us in the Stephen White - Alan Gregory Group on Goodreads. I'm the moderator....more
I didn't realize until after I had finished the book just how old this book is! 1968! Geez! I noticed some things were a bit dated like singing the "DI didn't realize until after I had finished the book just how old this book is! 1968! Geez! I noticed some things were a bit dated like singing the "Dawnzer" song (Star-Spangled Banner) every morning at school. Also, Mrs. Quimby shopping for fabric and patterns to make clothing for her family. On this same shopping trip she bought a replacement cord for the toaster. Ha! Ha! Today, mom would probably just buy a new toaster and would not be making her own clothes. I knew it was old but I didn't know it was 42 years years old - she's looking good for her age! There is a movie coming out soon based on this book - it'll be interesting to see if they set the story in 1968 or 2010. In this book, Ramona wants a dollar for her tooth that fell out in 1968 - she must think that baby tooth is made of gold! (but she's just in kindergarten :-)
I like this series much better than Junie B. Jones, but there were still some names/words that I skipped over or changed as I was reading at bedtime :-)
A couple of favorite quotes:
"Everybody wanted to know how Mike Mulligan went to the bathroom."
"That black isn't scribbling. It's smoke coming out of the windows." "And why is smoke coming out of the windows?" gently pressed Miss Binney. "Because there's a fire in the fireplace and the chimney is stopped up," explained Ramona. "It's stopped up with Santa Claus, but he doesn't show in the picture," Ramona smiled shyly at her teacher. "I wanted to make my picture interesting."...more
I read book two first and I think this first book was the better of the two. Hoping to read MockingJay (book 3) ASAP. I am actually listening to theseI read book two first and I think this first book was the better of the two. Hoping to read MockingJay (book 3) ASAP. I am actually listening to these on audiobook and the wait list rather long at the library....more