The Polygamist’s Daughter
Anna LeBaron is the daughter of a man who had over 50 children. Her dad, Evril, was a wanted man because he killed anyone who tried to leave his version of Mormonism–a cult-like child-bride-marrying version of the faith. Anna, her siblings, and the wives Ervil kept adding to his ‘stable’ were constantly on the run. Somehow, Anna survived and shares her story in The Polygamist’s Daughter.
Moving around the southwest US (and in and out of Mexico), Anna’s childhood is a blur of relatives, distant relatives and adults that continue to move in and out of her life. For much of that life, she lives under the radar and below the poverty level. She subsists on a lot of refried beans and tortillas. It is not until her teenage years when she is able to live with a sister that she starts to get a semblance of a normal teen life, with a job and responsibilities. But even when she has a little freedom, the darkness of the cult and the ‘paybacks’ within this segment of faith have a tendency to rear their ugly head–causing Anna and her family pain and suffering.
This book will be available in your favorite format on March 21, 2017. Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. If you WOULD like to support this blog, at no additional cost to you, you can buy via the following links: Kindle Paperback Audiobook
Who would read this: People interested in stories of freedom, those who have read Carolyn Jessop’s books, Elissa Wall’s memoir, or the memoir by Ruth Wariner. Anyone interested in reading about a person’s systematic thought process from a life in virtual chains to that of freedom.
Time to Read: This took about 5 hours… It was a lot of deep, heavy reading. But definitely worth it.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Funny Story: This book doesn’t come out until March 21, but I am ready to buy it as a gift for people NOW.
Final thoughts: Definitely worth a read if you are a fan of reading about this type of thing. The first line talks about her father having over 50 children–that’s DEFINITELY an eye-catching start to a book.