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Gabriel's Daughters wrestles with issues of polygamy, homosexuality, and modernity through the lives of the large, loving, and polygamous Martin family. The story is told primarily through the eyes of Zina Martin, a young girl who, upon discovering she is impregnated by her "sterile" teacher—and will soon be married off to a man three times her age—escapes the enclosed pol ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Jolly Fish Press
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Spunky N Sassy
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, 5-star
Sweet N Sassy Book A Holics Rating: 4.33

~~~~~~~~~~Dee's ★★★★✰ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Here we have a look into Polygamy and how it affects the lives of sisters raised in that environment. When we first meet Zina, she is sweet, kind, modest, hard working and very naive as a sixteen year old student totally unfamiliar with the ways of the outside world. People pass through her life leaving their mark upon her heart and soul. When bad things happen, she doesn't bitch, fight or accuse, she just takes a deep
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Dee Krull
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that I read it in three days. It is about the life of a young girl that could be anyone in today's world; but it happened to a young innocent girl who was brought up in a polygamist family. She is a normal, inquisitive sixteen year old who likes to draw and daydream about the perfect life, but her life is not perfect.

Her name is Zina and at sixteen, she is still in school which is unusual in Gabriel's Landing, most girls her age are already married, pregnant or have a
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Colleen B
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gabriel’s Daughters is really a fabulous story about how all of the people you meet touch your life in some way. They make you who you are… and help guide your way. Some will be positive encounters… some will be negative. But every incident leaves you with a choice of how to move on.

I really fell in love with Zina. It was amazing to me to think of her setting out on her own at 16. Running away made her so real for me… finding it easier to run than face disappointing her family. But then, she pro
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Anne
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I hate it when I close the cover on a book and sigh. There goes my friends, off into the world of fiction, and I am left with the eternal question, What happens next? Whether it be Mr, Darcy, Lord Peter, Inspector Gamache, I always have the letdown.
So, it was with much pleasure that I was able to reconnect with Joshua Martin, of Gabriel's Landing, and continue with the story of his remarkable family. Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys, the initial novel in the series introduced us to Joshua, his wi
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Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This book was moving. It spoke of a type of life that most of us cannot even begin to imagine. The lack of freedom, complete lack of freedom, would drive most of us beyond sanity, as we don't realise that freedom even comes down to walking outside and breathing fresh air.

This book shows us a life where decisions and choices are not something that are left for you to decide. You are told what to do, and you follow...or there will be consequences. When our main character find herse
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Laura Frost
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ll admit it. I LOVE watching Sister Wives. Something about seeing another lifestyle that occurs right here in my own town makes me giddy. I like seeing the ups and downs of their lives. It personifies the happy side plural marriage in a way text books could never do.

Gabriel’s Daughters does the same thing for me, but shows more of a whole picture. Yeah, there are some good sides, but we get to see the nitty gritty as well. Zina has a hard life. She just doesn’t fit in the strict polygamous com
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Anna
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a sequel to "Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys" and contains spoilers, so if you plan to read both read this one second.

Zina is innocent, naive and sensitive, and after being impregnated by a High School teacher her shame and impending marriage to her father's friend drive her out of the sheltered polygamist community she grew up in. This book unfolds Zina's journey through her innocent eyes as she learns about the world and most importantly herself.

I enjoyed reading about this family
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Amanda Morgan
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This story of a teenage girl who revolts against her polygamist upbringing is interesting, if not entirely believable. Zina, who finds herself in a secret sexual relationship with her teacher, ends up pregnant and abandoned by the teacher when he decides to move across the country for a different job. Zina decides she cannot stay home and marry her father's best friend and end up in a polygamist marriage with a man more than twice her age. She ends up hitch-hiking in the middle of the night just ...more
Shaunda Wenger
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gabriel's Daughters. The story is blended perfectly together, from the opening quotes that precede each chapter to the details that are embedded in each scene. I loved the descriptions in some passages so much that I went back and reread them, just for the experience of reading great writing. If you enjoy character-driven stories, then I highly recommend this book. The food and cooking that are served up within the pages are an added bonus. This book was an inspiring ...more
Mk
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was interesting to me as an outsider looking in on a faith that is very different than mine. It was well-written and kept me engaged but it wrapped up a little too neat and tidy for my taste. I really liked all the characters and am interested in going back to read Jensen's other book with some of the same characters.
Benji Brue
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

I enjoyed this book very much. The circumstances were unique for this day and age. I liked the writing style because it didn't over elaborate with details. Instead I was allowed to use my imagination to figure out a lot of the scenarios. I would have enjoyed a longer scene with Joshua and Zina. This was a very engaging enjoyable book.
InD'tale Magazine
The first half of this book is absolutely enthralling, captivating and hard to put down!

Read full review in the 2015 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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I am co-author of a literature-based cookbook, The Book Lover’s Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Great Works of Literature and the Passages that Feature Them (Wenger & Jensen, Ballantine, 2003), and an award-winning novel, Don’t You Marry the Mormon Boys (Bonneville Books, 2007). Gabriel’s Daughters was released in January 2015 by Jolly Fish Press.

Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys won the gold meda
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