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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book but at times I found it uncomfortable reading.., 4 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Amity & Sorrow (Hardcover)
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Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley for me was a good read but at times it was proven to be uncomfortable reading. It was mainly based on one woman who along with her two daughters decides her life cannot continue the way it has been. As Amaranth takes her two daughters and flees from the only home they have ever known. She drives continuous for four days and nights until tiredness overcomes her and she wrecks the car. As we follow her new life in Oklahoma she also along with her daughters looks back at the life they have been living. They knew their life was different from other families but they thought they were happy being with the man which ruled every aspect of their lives. Even Amaranth thought there was nothing wrong with her being No.1 Wife not minding there were forty nine other wives sharing her husband, that same husband who regarded himself as the messiah who collected wives the same way other husbands collected cars or even baseball cards. She thought she was lucky as she lived in harmony with all these women and their children sharing the work of the children waiting on the end of the world coming as her husband predicted.
This was a book I did find interesting as it enlightened me to why these women believed what they were told by this one man who was worshipped like a God with his fifty wives doing what he commanded. But why did Amaranth turn against this life which she was supposed to love so much, she loved two people more than anything in this world and that was her two daughters, she wanted to save them from this life she loved so much as her eyes were opened to the evil of it. This is a story of a woman who finally opened her eyes to what was going on around her as she seen how life really should be. But it also shows what makes a man want to live a life like the one he surrounds himself with fifty wives. There is also one man named Bradley who will show Amaranth what being alive is really about she will turn to him in more ways than she ever could ever have imagined.
What makes this book so special was the fact that Peggy Riley shows the innocence of the women while living in ignorance of what their daily life entailed by obeying the one man. But she also showed how the leaders of the many cults preyed on the vulnerable especially those who really needed help and support rather than a controlling figure who knew how to prey on the weak especially those who had no one to offer them support.
Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley is a book which I would recommend to all readers of those who like their books based on subjects that are a bit more delicate, especially about lives we know exist but we really do not want to think about them existing. This is certainly one book which I know I will never forget reading.
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