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Belle o' the Waters

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Mascot Books
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Paul Bennett
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it

Belle Waters is about to celebrate her fourteenth birthday, and she is terrified. The fear of marriage looms large for her, and every other girl who was born into the Mormon settlement of Salt Lake in the 1850s. She knows it is her duty to marry and bring Heavenly Father’s children into the world, but she’s not interested in tying the knot with anyone—especially not the Prophet, an old man with a number of wives and counting. But when the US Army invades Salt Lake intent on arresting the Pr
Nancy Hill
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Compelling read. Women writing their personal histories is essential to balancing the inaccuracies and skew to male history. I encourage and teach women to use every means available to them to tell their stories and the stories of their mothers and grandmothers. This is how we learn and reclaim both voice and action.

This is the story of women having to make the best lives possible for themselves based on, and in spite of, decisions made by men.

Yes, this is a novel. But it is also a cumulative b
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Larter has crafted a compelling story, built upon the bones of real events that occurred in the territories now known as Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho. Coincidentally, when I picked up this novel, I had just finished reading Fawn Brodie’s history of Joseph Smith, No One Knows My History, so the important background information about the Mormon emigration from Nauvoo to the Great Salt Lake region was fresh in my mind.

This novel goes beyond the facts and fables of early Mormon faith to probe the minds
Margaret Rodenberg
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in the 1850’s American West, this well-written novel is a coming-of-age story for its main character, Belle. In a broader sense, it’s about an isolated patriarchal community where religion is a tool for tyranny and worse. Both aspects are fascinating and beautifully told. In addition to the Mormon patriarch’s whims, the community (mostly courageous sister-wives and their children) struggles against the wild and unforgiving landscape. Friendly Native American women and non-Mormon pioneers als ...more
Lorelei Brush
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
We meet Belle as a Mormon woman in her fifties who discovers a diary she wrote in the months before turning 14. Most of the remaining story is her backward look at those months in her teens, which were crammed full of adventures. Belle is the oldest child in a family with more than 20 children among the four sister-wives of her father. In the early months of the diary, the family lives in Salt Lake City, but they leave, at the request of the Prophet, to settle in Idaho and build a new community. ...more
Connie Carpenter
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is based on a true historical event. The event took place on September 11, 1857. It is called the Mountain Meadows Massacre. I was not familar with this event so I started to do a little research of my own. The Mountain Meadows Massare per the LDS website is: “On September 11, 1857, some 50 to 60 local militiamen in southern Utah, aided by some American indian[s], massacred about 120 emigrants who were traveling by wagon to California. The horrific crime, which spared only 17 children ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book that held my curiosity clear through to the end. It features an different sort of people, the Mormons, in a time period where women didn't have the rights we do today. Your heart goes out to Belle, who seems hopelessly caught in the unfairness of a culture that gives her no voice. Yet, through her heart wrenching journey, an empowering message shines through. ...more
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Raima Larter is a writer and scientist based in the metropolitan Washington DC region. A former college professor and government scientist, she is the author of numerous short stories, two novels, and the popular science book, "Spiritual Insights from the New Science: Complex Systems and Life," published by World Scientific in 2021. Her first novel, "Fearless," was published by New Meridian Arts P ...more

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