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Wife Number Seven (The Compound Series Book 1) by [Brown, Melissa]
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  • Language: English
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I have an unending fascination with polygamous wives. That said, this was the first fiction I'd read about polygamists. I've only read biographies before. I was a little hesitant about reading fiction on the topic, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Brown's Brinley, Rebecca, Aspen and Porter are all incredibly well-rounded: the seventh wife craving something more than the life her birth has planned for her; the reassigned wife who loves her former husband; the sister-wife who might be more than the sweet submissive girl she seems; the lost-boy, lost in drug addiction after being kicked-out by his parents. In Leandra and Lehi Cluff, she has created a believable couple who value their position in their polygamous community above all other considerations, and who behave in a believably reprehensible manner, without being cartoonish.

Melissa Brown has created a story I wanted to read and ploughed through in two nights, desperate to find out what became of the characters, who - for that short time - seemed so real. The world of the polygamous community, the Prophet, and the Prophet's mother were so accurate and believable that they all seemed like they could have been lifted from a biography I read, without being an obvious copy of any group or person.

I also love that Brown created a realistic lost-boy. Sadly, many of the boys discarded by their families do experience Porter's problems, and the fact she made him realistic and didn't have him overcome his issues the second he met our heroine (thus becoming an expy of practically every man in romantic fiction, ever!) is something I will forever respect Brown for.

Something else I particularly enjoyed was the way Melissa Brown gave each of the wives their own identity.
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"A voice inside told me I didn't belong here, that there was another life waiting for me. And with each passing year, that voice became louder."

I am still thinking of this book days after finishing it - Brinley's story has really got under my skin. It's so different to other books by Melissa Brown, and even though I loved Picturing Perfect and Unwanted Stars, Wife Number Seven is in a class of its own. It was mesmerising, heart breaking, and had me biting my nails on more than one occasion. It's also a really beautiful story of a young woman finding herself and rising above the oppressive society she has grown up in.

Brinley lives in a Mormon compound that is strictly religious and adheres to the polygamous lifestyle. She is the seventh wife of Lehi Cluff, and also the youngest. She also happens to be the only wife yet to bear him a child. Brinley is different, she feels there must be more to life than the one she is living at the moment. She's like a caged bird, just waiting for the moment she will be able to fly away, but she's also too afraid to rock the boat. So she does as she is told, making do with her frequent trips into town to get supplies for the Cluff Household. It's on one of these trips to town when Brinley meets Porter, a man who was exiled from the community because of his rebellious behaviour, and that turns out to be the one meeting that changes Brinley's life forever.

Porters issues don't put me off, I LOVE that he isn't perfect. It's hard to say too much without giving away spoilers, but I find it refreshing to have a hero who has these issues and is facing a battle to turn his life around. Brinley coming into his life is a ray of sunshine in his dark world and she gives him something to aim for.
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Wife Number Seven by Melissa Brown
4 stars!!

“Instead, 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. My existence is a lonely one. Lehi relieves that loneliness for the twenty-four hours when I pretend I’m the only one he lays with. And I do pretend. Every waking hour.”

We have all seen it on the news, read about it and even seen it on reality TV shows but have you ever truly wondered what really goes on in these polygamist cults/compounds, well wonder no more as Melissa Brown goes there. This is a compound whereby the husbands can have as many wives as “The Prophet” deems and The Prophet receives all his instructions/visions from The Lord. Yes this does have some religion in it, but is by no means the crux of the story; please do not be deterred from reading because of the religion aspect, because this story is so much more than that.

Brinley was 19 years old when The Prophet assigned her to one of the Elders, they were soon married and she became “Wife Number Seven,” the seventh wife of the Elder Lehi. Every girl really wants to be the first wife but beggars cannot be choosers and you have to abide by what The Prophet dictates. Brinley’s home is managed by the Elders first wife and each wife has to conform to what the Elder and The Prophet expects, keep the Elder happy, the home running smoothly and birth the Elders children. Seven wives equate to a lot of children in the house, a lot of mouths to feed, a lot of laundry to do and the money has to stretch.
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