Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka

Sister WifeSister wife by Hrdlitschka, Shelley

This is told from the point of view of 13 and 14 year old sisters in a plural marriage community called Unity and a teenage girl named Taviana who is brought to Unity by elder Jacob when he found her living on the street. Each girl gives her perspective on life in Unity. When she turns 15 Celeste will be assigned other eternal husband. She keeps having misgivings, due to a mutual crush on Jon, a boy nearer her own age. Although she was more obedient before Taviana came, she is questioning in her mind her faith’s traditions. After her younger sister Nanette happens on Celeste and Jon kissing, she tells their father, who confines her to the house. Jon leaves Unity on his own, knowing he will be told to leave, begging Celeste to come with him. Celeste struggles with her decision whether to stay with the only life she knows or look for freedom to live by her own choice. The author describes how Celeste comes to a path for her life in a completely realistic way consistent with the character she has created. Although fiction, this book gives an understanding into a topic that pops up in the news periodically.

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