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The Sister Wife: Brides of Gabriel Book One (edició 2010)

de Diane Noble

Sèrie: Brides of Gabriel (1)

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Wealthy Mormon convert Mary Rose and shipbuilder Gabriel make their way to a new Mormon settlement, where Prophet Joseph Smith's edicts about polygamy lead Gabriel to take additional wives and Mary Rose to question her faith.
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Títol:The Sister Wife: Brides of Gabriel Book One
Autors:Diane Noble
Informació:Avon Inspire (2010), Paperback, 352 pages
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BAD.

I mean, the writing was OK - nothing really bad, nothing really good, the main premise of the book was OK - girl meets boy, boy meets girl, girl marries boy, boy wants to marry another girl while still being married to the same girl .... but the religious stuff is way unrealistic and yes, I know that's exactly the point of the point, but it leaves a dry taste in my mouth (horrible pregnancy gone wrong but saved by prayer is a very good example of this one).

I just didn't like the characters, couldn't get into the characters, thought the whole romance seemed way too quick / forced, didn't even really believe there was any romance between them. ( )
  anastaciaknits | Oct 29, 2016 |
This is a very touching story of a young lady, Mary Rose Ashley, who is travelling by ship from Liverpool to America and in her journey she meets ship builder Gabriel MacKay. They fall in love and get married while still in the ship. When reaching America, they headed to Nauvoo, where Mormon prophet Joseph Smith preaches revelations he received directly from God. Among those revelations, the prophet says that polygamy not only is acceptable but also is encouraged. He orders Gabriel to marry Mary Rose's best friend, Browyn and that sets a spiritual conflict on Mary when facing this very difficult and unusual situation, that would shake her life and faith. Then there is Enid, who plans to become Gabriel's first wife regardless prior spouses...
The author was very successful and she had the sensibility to describe all the deep emotions of the characters involved in the story in a richness manner. We suffer with them, we joy with them, we learn with them. The historical aspect of this book shows a lot of research by the author on the early years of the Mormon church and how and why the concept of polygamy was introduced in the Mormonism. Without taking sides on what is right or wrong, Diane lets the reader thinks and reaches his/her own conclusions.
It is truly a magnificent romance and it deserves to be in the permanent library of any serious reader. And I am eager to read how this story will develop through the series "Brides of Gabriel".

This book was written by Diane Noble and was published by Harper Collins that were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing.

Read more reviews on my blog http://booksandmoviesreviews.blogspot.com and leave comments!
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  rmattos | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was a well written story that dealt with the early days of the Mormon church. A story of one woman's struggle to deal with her love for her family and learning to accept those things of her religion that she knows in her heart are not right. Mary Rose finds herself thrust into the sect known as the "Saints" when her and her grandfather set sail for the Americas. On board she meets and falls in love with and marries Gabe and together they both start out as new members of this sect, seeking to obey its leaders. On board Mary Rose also meets and becomes best friends with Bronwyn and her husband and child.

Now what should Mary Rose do when her best friends husband has died and your husband is told to take another wife, your best friend. Can Mary Rose really be married to a man she loves with all her heart, and have her best friend also married to this same man? The battle and conflicts she faces are very real to her, but I must say that this story angered me and left me just shaking my head at how sad these people are and how deceptive people can be. The author did a great job of making these folks seem like real people who are trying their hardest to stay true to their sect. The men that led this group of people will some day have to give an account to a holy and righteous God on how they distorted God's holy word and tried to be as important as God to these people. It was so sad to read this story, but so well done that I had a hard time putting it down; I kept hoping that Mary Rose would leave these people. There are more books in this series, but I will be honest with you, I don't know if I can read more of this family without getting really mad at the foolishness of accepting a lifestyle that is wrong for so many reasons. ( )
  judyg54 | Mar 21, 2013 |
Lady Mary Rose Ashley and her Grandfather, the Earl of Salisbury, are travelling from England to America; following their new religious leader, Joseph Smith to a new life. The Earl is convinced that Smith is a true prophet, but Mary Rose is unsure. She meets Gabe MacKay and they fall in love on the ship and ask the captain to marry them. Gabe is also unsure about following Smith and his beliefs. Smith has hired a young woman and her husband (Bronwyn and Griffin) to attend to Lady Ashley and the Earl's needs while on ship. Bronwyn is pregnant and soon goes into labor. The child is breach and it looks like mother and child will die. Joseph Smith enters the room, lays his hands on mother and child, and it seems that a miracle has occurred. The child has turned and Bronwyn has no more trouble with the birth. Both survive and Gabe and Mary Rose take this as a sign from God that Joseph Smith is a true prophet.

As Gabe and Mary Rose try to live their lives as Saints, Smith's pronouncement that the Disciples should have many wives and orders Gabe to marry Bronwyn (who's husband has died), once again causes Mary Rose to question Smith as a prophet. ( )
  wearylibrarian | Jul 19, 2011 |
I have been wanting to read this book after reading the book description. I would classify this as a historical romance. The book jumps around a bit and for some reason that was a problem for me. There were characters who were minor and I would almost forget about them only to have them reappear. Maybe these characters will play more important roles in the next books in the series. There had to be a reason for them to be mentioned. I felt very disconnected frm the characters yet I wanted to know what was going to happen to them. I am not very familiar with the history of the Mormon Church and polygamy so I cannot say if it is an accurate account. I certainly hope not. I didn't hate the book but didn't love it either. However, I will more than likely read the next installment as it ended as a bit of a cliffhanger. Hopefully when I read the next book it will all make more sense. ( )
  bookaholicmom | Apr 21, 2011 |
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