Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Beginnings/The Friday 56 - 3/3/2017

Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!  Also, I will now also include a brief synopsis.

The Polygamist's Daughter

A Brief Synopsis:  "My father had more than fifty children." So begins the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. With her father wanted by the FBI for killing anyone who tried to leave his cult--a radical branch of Mormonism--Anna and her siblings were constantly on the run with the other sister-wives. Often starving and always desperate, the children lived in terror. Even though there were dozens of them together, Anna always felt alone. She escaped when she was thirteen . . . but the nightmare was far from over. A shocking true story of murder, fear, and betrayal, "The Polygamist's Daughter" is also the heart-cry of a fatherless girl and her search for love, faith, and a safe place to call home. 

Beginning of the Book


At the age of nine, I had forty-nine siblings.

I didn't play hopscotch with my school friends at recess or watch The Brady Bunch on television with my siblings. My mother didn't pack my school lunch and my dad didn't give me a hug at the door, wishing me a good day. Instead, my parents who were on the run from federal authorities, abandoned me in Mexico for about a year, leaving me with a family I didn't know.  A family that included a man named Rafael.

Page 56

"Do you know how to make coffee?" he asked

"Yes." I said, I had never made coffee in my life. But my father had just spoken to me for the first time. I would do anything he asked

I am 76% done with this.  I got it as an ARC through NetGalley and it will be published later this month.  I'm hoping to finish this tomorrow by the end of the day, but we'll see since I hoped to be done with this, but got very little reading done on Wednesday, since I wasn't feeling well.

What do you think?


  1. One of fifty kids! Sounds like an incredible story.

    I hope you feel better.

  2. This sounds like the kind of book that would both make me angry and very sad - my heart breaks for what she went through. Here's my Friday meme

  3. Harrowing. I'd need to psyche myself up to read this. But I think I could. Well done, it sounds amazing. Today I'm sharing an oldie - 1984 by George Orwell.

  4. Oh, this one does sound like a page turner. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “A SEPARATION”

  5. Sounds fascinating. This week I am featuring Justice Calling by Annie Bellet. Happy reading!

  6. I agree with Maria. Stories like this bring was too many negative feelings in me. Thanks for sharing with us! I'd love for you and your readers to check out my BB and 56 . . .

  7. Sounds like a good read to me. :-) Happy weekend!

  8. Sounds like this is a fascinating look inside cults. I'd have to be in the right mood to read it, however, because it also sounds like it could be depressing.
    My Friday post features The Other Daughter.

  9. Oh, I want to read this!

    Thanks for posting on BBOF!

  10. I'd love to read this. I watched a documentary about it and couldn't believe this was going on and nobody was helping these people. Quite tragic but I bet there's some uplifting moments in this memoir.

    My Friday 56 from Odds and Ends