Book Review: Wife Number Seven


Wife Number Seven by Melissa Brown: Lipstick. Bright, red lipstick. Nothing but lipstick.
Even though it’s against our faith to wear a color that screams of sexual promiscuity and deviant behavior, I’m not allowed to protest.
But, I want to.
So badly.

You see, there’s more to me than the braid that spills down my back.
More to me than the layers of heavy fabric that maintain my modesty.
And so much more than the oppressive wedding band that adorns my finger--the same band that each of my sister wives wear.
So much more.
To protest would be sinful.
I must keep sweet, that is my duty.

So I’ll wear the lipstick. I’ll do as I’m told.
And I’ll do my best to silence the resistance within me, to push him from my mind.
If only my heart would do the same.

Jennifer's thoughts: I really liked this book... a lot, even though there were times I wanted to cry because I felt so much sadness.  This is the kind of story that makes you want to help the heroine find her way, but you can't.  All you can do is keep reading and hope that she finds it on her own. 

Brinley is wife number seven and struggles to find her place within her family and her community.  She works hard to be a good wife and sister wife, but it seems that nothing she does is ever enough.  She struggles daily with every personal decision she makes.  When she meets a man that she once knew as a boy her life begins to change.  She starts having feelings that she didn't know were possible.  Unfortunately, these feelings bring her more pain in the beginning, but eventually she realizes that this pain is what will lead her to find true happiness.

Melissa Brown does an excellent job telling this very unique story of one woman who went against what she was taught and found happiness on her own. 


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