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Love Times Three by Joe Darger
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Nov 14, 2011

it was ok

Love Times Three is a “somewhat” revealing insider’s look at a modern polygamous family. I emphasize “somewhat” because the Dargers write in such a sheltered, youthful manner that you gain very little from what they are sharing. In fairness, the Dargers are upfront about the purpose of this book, explaining that they are sharing their own experiences to help stifle the misconceptions about the lifestyle—showing the world that not all polygamists are of the Warren Jeffs ilk. In this, they succeed; you will see them as an average American family. Yet, their “sharing” with the reader is so superficial that 80% of the book is the literary equivalent of an old fashioned slide show.

In a lot of ways, this book was a missed opportunity. More than polygamy, this book contained all the elements for being an inspiring essay on women leaning on each other through heartaches, or a volume on the benefits of a strong family, or a call for religious freedom. Yet, their heartaches are glossed over and summed up in a few paragraphs; family ties are just a backdrop; and a call to action is only passively touched upon in the final pages. Their experiences are so passionlessly described that the book is merely a timeline of their lives together. But again, with the authors’ purpose being to show a modern polygamous family in all their average glory, deep emotional connections were outside the scope of the book.

There are many, MANY more books available about the culture of polygamy in America. Some of them put a real face and soul on those who were/are a part of it. Others are more historically based and outline the structure among various sects that practice it. And, to be certain, there are others that are politically driven, advocating for/against legal acceptance. Love Times Three is merely the memoirs of one polygamous family in modern America.
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