Book Rating (out of 5):
3.5 stars? 3.75 stars? Maybe 3.85? I can’t decide. Not quite a 4 star book for me, but close. So, so close.
I received this ARC at BookCon from Harper Collins. I kept walking by and being intrigued by the title and the cover, and eventually, I decided to stand in a very long line to snag a copy.
This is a story about Hanna, the daughter of polygamists. The polygamists have built their own town in the woods where they worship the Creator and live by their own set of rules. We meet Hanna 10 days before her 18th birthday. On that day, she will marry one of the other men in the town. We quickly discover who she will marry and that this is due to some wheeling and dealing between her father and this man. We also learn a lot about the men of the community and how they power broker. A lot happens in those 10 days and when faced with the imminence of her marriage, several people are forced to face their fears.
I wish I could tell you why I can’t give this book a full 4 stars. But if I did, I’d be in spoiler territory. But that part of the book is what tainted it for me. I’ll say this, there is one fantastical (is that even a word?) element to this story. Just one. And for me, it was unnecessary. It didn’t add to the story. In my opinion, it distracted from it. At one point, I thought (hoped) there might be an M. Night Shyamalan-style twist associated with this discovery. But nope. At least not in the way that I was thinking.
If you take that one part out of the story, then this probably would have been a 4 star book for me. I was intrigued by the town, by Hanna, and her family dynamic. Though some of her back and forth (will she or won’t she) as she neared her wedding was a bit annoying, it made total sense. And Meades writing really draws you into her fears, her struggles and her desires. I couldn’t put the book down once I got into it.
It’s a really good book and I want others to read it if for nothing else than to see what they thought of the “twist.” If you read it, I demand you comment and tell me what you think!
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