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Faith and Betrayal by Sally Denton
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Jul 11, 08

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Recommended for: Anyone interested in American history and religious cults
Read in May, 2008

I love books about religious cults and this one was no exception. Fascinating true story about a wealthy English woman who was recruited by the polygamist branch of the Mormons to leave England and settle in the Western part of the US during a period of time in England and in Europe when many people were rejecting traditional religions and looking for a way to have a more direct relationship with God. Mormonism offered that connection although the recuiters failed to provide the people they recruited with impt. details -- like that they believed in multiple marriages and were anti-women. Story tells of woman's trip via boat with her family across the Atlantic, her steamboat trip down to New Orleans, her arduous journey via wagon to UT, her ultimate disillusionment with the religion, the loss of her fortune to the polygamist leaders, and her ultimate decision to flee for CA.

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