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Wife Number Seven

(The Compound #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,501 ratings  ·  575 reviews
Lipstick. Bright, red lipstick. Nothing but lipstick.
Even though it’s against our faith to wear a color that screams of sexual promiscuity and deviant behavior, I’m not allowed to protest.
But, I want to.
So badly.

You see, there’s more to me than the braid that spills down my back.
More to me than the layers of heavy fabric that maintain my modesty.
And so much more than
Paperback, 286 pages
Published July 19th 2014
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Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 'Keep Sweet' stars!!!

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Melissa Brown has officially ‘wowed’ me. I’ve read several of this authors books and I’ve enjoyed them all, but this was on an entirely different level. Original, captivating and refreshing- equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. I devoured this, read it cover to cover. Polygamy is a topic I’ve always found interesting and Melissa does a great job writing about it.

Brinley is a twenty two year old woman. She is married. She is the seventh wife to a man over twenty
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)


5 stars!!


Just WOW!!! Saying I loved this book would seriously be an understatement!! For such a unique and atypical story, I’m going to style my review differently as well – it’s split into 3 sections but reads as a whole. Based on the type of reader you are, however, feel free to stop at whatever section you want.

It’s hard to find words to describe such an inspirational and breathtaking story. Part of me wants to stop right here and do this:


But I can’t.
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
4.5 Be Sweet When You Want Stars

Cue the violins :)

This was my first book my Melissa Brown, and to say that I'm impressed is just skimming the surface of my feels right now. You know that feeling you get when you read a story that's so well written and so fresh? Well that's the feeling I have right now. Wife Number Seven, was like sitting down with Brinley and having a good chat. Not once did I feel like a was someone looking in while reading this book, I actually felt like I was a part of the st
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

"I deserve a man who will love me, protect me, and cherish me. A man who would climb through my window to give me a way to communicate with him. A man who will put me first.”

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This book was absolutely captivating. I've read other books by Melisa Brown, and they were good, sweet romances. Nothing wrong with them, but Wife Number Seven is on a completely different level.

Brinley is the seventh wife of Elder Lehi, a respectable man within her community. Brinley is a part of an ex
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

"Our duty is to produce children our husband for Heaverly Father.
It is not to fornicate or indulge our desires."

Wow this book was amazing!!I don't think 5 stars are enough for this book!!I'm so impressed!This is not your typical romance so be prepared!!

Do you know about Mormons??It's a religious and cultural group of people who have a unique view of cosmology, and believes.The men have more than one wives.This was so new for me.As a Greek I didn't know how is it a man to have more than on
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You're here on this earth to be you. That's all."

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I accomplished nothing but reading this book today it was completely addicting. Melissa Brown did a fantastic job telling this story.

Brinley Cluff is the seventh wife of a Lehi Cluff, who is twenty-five years her senior. Lehi is a prominent member of their sector of the FDLS which practices plural marriages as a requirement to a blessed after life. Brinley lives in a large home within this sector's Colorado compound. This life i
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

What a unique story!! I love stories that take me on journeys that I’ve never been on before and this was absolutely one of those. Wife Number Seven was captivating and unconventional. The beautiful writing drew me in and the unique story kept my attention from the first page until the last.

The story is about Brinley, the seventh wife in a polygamist family. Bound by the customs of their ways and the beliefs of their faith, her life was fully planned out for her

I started and finished this yesterday, couldn't put it down! The best advice I can give for this book is go in with as little knowledge as possible. There are reviews out there and thankfully they stay pretty vague. I won't get into any details aside from what the blurb alludes to, but I'll try and paint a realistic picture.

POLYGAMY. Ever since the notion of sister wives became mainstream it's been discussed through many channels. I'm morbidly fascinated by it all but never
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars


Wife Number Seven focuses on 22 year old Brinley, she is the seventh wife of Lehi Cluff. She is part of a religious community practicing polygamy, and has spent her entire life within the compound. Living by strict religious rules and values, as a woman her main goal should be to please her husband and procreate. But Brinley has a secret, (view spoiler) and finds herself que
Amy | Foxy Blogs
BIG LOVE of this one!

Wife Number Seven
had elements of the HBO show Big Love. As a fan of that show I knew this book would be right up my alley.

Poly marriage is fascinating because as a woman I couldn’t imagine sharing my husband with other women. I’d be jealous and catty. Plus living with a bunch of women under one roof would be a challenge in itself. I know my patience would be tested and there wouldn’t be any ”keeping sweet” going on in any household that I had to share with a bunch of wo
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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In some ways, this is kind of like a romance version of THE 19TH WIFE. Our heroine, Brinley, is a member of a commune of FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saint) Mormons, and the youngest wife of this creepy old man named Lehi. Brinley is just aware enough to know that something about their commune is off, but she is so deeply entrenched in the religion that she feels like the problem might rest with her, even as she repeatedly sneaks off
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ by: Lady Vigilante (Feifei)

3.75 "If I read another Prophet book this year, I'm gonna croak" Stars!

Wife Number Seven
I enjoyed but didn't LOVE. It may very well be a timing thing for me more than anything, considering how many books similar to this trope that I've read lately. I didn't DISLIKE the book, for sure. That being said...

Taking place within a strict Mormon compound, Brinley is the seventh wife of Lehi. He's more than twice her age; she doesn't love him; she doesn't lust him...she survives but all for her faith in
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Melissa Brown Fans, Romance
Recommended to Wendy'sThoughts by: Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
5 Impressive Stars Period
* * * * * Spoiler Free
Readers, I think, are curious by nature. We want to know things, experience them in our minds and heart. We will pick up a book that has a glimmer of information on the back, giving us a taste, an inkling of what is inside... and then dedicate hours to see what it holds for us.

I loved the HBO series, Big Love. It was so well written and acted. I was captured by all of it and watched it religiously, no pun intended...

When Warren Jeffs, the former pre
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
This book deserves 500 stars. I just finished it and am still shaking, but I'm going to try and write this review without sounding like a rambling idiot.

I am going to be completely honest right now and admit that even though Melissa Brown is one of my best friends, I haven't yet read all of her books. I liked Bouquet Toss a LOT and I LOVED Unwanted Stars, but the way I feel about Wife Number Seven doesn't even COMPARE to either of them.

Wife Number Seven is the story of Brinley Cluff, the seven
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
Brinley is part of a community where everybody listens to the prophet’s words and polygamy is normal. Brinley is Lehi’s seventh wife. She does what’s expected from her. She helps around the house and with the children. Brinley loves to shop in the outside world. On one of trips outside the compound, she runs into Porter. Porter will turn Brinley’s life upside. He will make her want other things in her life.

Brinley is sweet, reliable, loving, insecure, a little feisty and a little wild. The compo
It's just me Shelly B
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Did I like this book? YES

Typically I hate long dramatic inner monologues but in this book I WANTED AND needed them!!! I wanted to KNOW how these people thought and processed this nonsense! I mean why do you think this is normal!!!! That statement is a little "judgy" of me but DAMN I can't help myself!!!!

Did I want MORE from this book? YES

I needed a 900 page book and only got about 250 pages.........I wanted every detail and thought!!!! However I'm a "long book whore" so this is a me problem!!!

Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jill by: Didi

3.5 stars

Definitely one of the better new-adult romances I've read with the setting in a modern-day Mormon church which believes in the doctrine of plural marriage - one husband, many wives.


Married for three years from the age of nineteen, Brinley is unhappy with her life and her role as wife number seven. Out shopping one day, she has her bag stolen. She recognises the thief as Porter Hammond, an outcast, former member of their church.

The romance between Porter and Brinley that follows is what

★★★★★ 5 Stars!

This was a unique, thought-provoking, touching and beautiful story...loved it!

My advice to everyone:

Full review to come (maybe).
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of Wife Number Seven (okay, I begged for it after I read the synopsis). Melissa Brown has hit this one out of the ballpark! I read this in one sitting because I could NOT put it down. It was dark and scandalous and so different from Melissa's other books that I was blown away. I was on the edge of my seat through practically the entire book, hoping Brinley would get the life she wanted. Melissa did an amazing job with Brinley's character - I felt every ounce of her fear and the ...more
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing


Wow. What an emotionally charged book! To say that I loved this book would be a COMPLETE understatement...i'm OBSESSED with this book.



Brinley was such an amazing character. She is the seventh wife of a nasty man named Lehi Cluff. I was so glad this book was written from her point of view so that we can see what goes on in the mind of this sheltered girl. Brinley was brought up believing that everything and everyone outside of her cult-like community is sinful.

"When you were raised to think that
S.M. West

This is my first Melissa Brown book and I am in awe! What an absolutely amazing and beautifully original read. I was completely engrossed and read this in mere hours. I could not put it down.

I can’t begin to talk about the story without giving too much away. What I will say is that it’s a story about Brinley, a young woman, who does not belong in her current life. As she seeks her new life and waits for her inner voice to grow from a whisper to a scream, she encounters, Port
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this unique, yet powerful story!


Brinley lives in a religious community where women cannot choose who they marry, but they are appointed to a man by prophet, community leader. Brinley was chosen to be the 7th wife of Lehi Cluff. Brinley has been Lehi's 7th wife for three years and every day Brinley is more sure that she doesn't belong in their community, and in the Cluff household. She questions her faith even more after meeting Porter, a boy who used to live in thei
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
"I’m wife number seven. My husband shares my bed one night a week. And although I don’t love him, not in the way I’d always hoped I’d love the man I’m bound to for eternity, I find myself dreading the moment he walks out my bedroom door every seven days."

Brinley is 22 years young, married at the age of 19 to a man considerably older than her.Brinley was raised in the life of Polygamy. Her mother was one of several wives. Being a wife who procreates and follows her husbands rules and the rule
*I gave this audiobook a B+ for both the story and narration at AudioGals*

Narrated by Bridget Haight

For those of you who watched the HBO Series Big Love, Wife Number Seven is a similar tale, but even more focused on the not so pretty side of polygamy/compound living, with a hint of suspense and a true romance weaved in between. The heroine is a young wife (a seventh wife) who begins to question the legitimacy of the religious and polygamist ways that she was born into. Longing for the freedom to
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

This is the story of Brinley. A girl who has grown up in the world of polygamy.
Chosen to be the new wife for an older husband. A man with already 6 wives and over 25 children.
Brinley knows its important to her faith to accept her new husband. Because of the other wives, time with him is short and life within the complex is lonely. She has her sister wives but she finds it hard to express herself at times and to talk to anyone about her feelings.
This is the only life she knows until a visi
Andrea Randall
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wife Number Seven is groundbreaking. Period.

Not just for Melissa Brown, who will blow your MIND with a new stone overturned in her talent, but for the independent author community as a whole. Beyond that. It goes beyond that. It's groundbreaking on every level.

Have you ever wanted to be the fly on the wall of a polygamist compound? Admit it, you have. I know you have. Because I have. I've read the online articles and tuned into the reality shows, too. Wife Number Seven, while fiction, gives you
Willow Aster
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Something completely different from Melissa Brown and I'm so excited for everyone to read it! Twisted, bold, heartbreaking, and heartwarming all within this book... ...more
Angie **loves angst**
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2014
This was very unique. Very different from anything I've read before. Totally enjoyed it. I'm on hiatus from writing reviews, maybe I'll add some more thoughts on this later. ...more
5+ Stars!

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Married at 19 to a man that she will never love, Brinley is trapped to the life that surrounds her. This is what she knows, this is what is expected. As the seventh wife to Lehi, a man in his fifties, she spends her days 'keeping sweet' and trying to fit in with her fellow sister wives. Brinley cherishes her moments of freedom, and is always first to volunteer to run into town for errands. She is also keeping a secret. She needs to head to town at least once a month to visit the pha
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jul-2014
OMG this story was amazing! Seriously one of the best reads so far this year


I just got this picture via Whatsapp: (This made me think of this book) hahahahaha!

This book was soooo amazing! I really enjoyed it from the first page to the last page.

I haven't read something like this before.

Let's get one thing straight, I would never be WIFE nr 7! I will kill all the other wives and my husband hahaha! (I don't like sharing)

Brinley - I just loved her from the start!
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