The Polygamist's Daughter reads like a well-written suspense novel. Except, the story isn't fiction. This memoir details the life of Anna LeBaron, the daughter of Ervil LeBaron, who had thirteen wives and more than fifty children. Growing up, Anna and her family evaded the FBI by constantly moving in the middle of the night, and even fleeing to Mexico at one point because several of her families members were wanted by law enforcement. Anna knew her childhood was different than other kids', but it wasn't until she was older that she realized how different her family was. Anna writes of a childhood characterized by hunger, emotional abuse, and constantly being overworked.
The Polygamist's Daughter is about more than the hardships Anna's family endured; it's a story of redemption. Anna life has been filled with hurt, terror, disappointment and more, but that's not where she ends her story. Anna writes of her conversion to Christianity and recognizing the truth of God's great love. The Polygamist's Daughter is the story of a life changed by God.
While reading this memoir, I found myself rooting for Anna's story to have a happy ending. I kept waiting for the climax where suddenly her life was instantly improved. You'll likely be the same way as you venture between the pages of this riveting, heartbreaking true story. Anna writes with Leslie Wilson to compose a memoir permeating raw emotions that leave readers desperate to know the end of Anna's story. This is an excellent read for adults.
The Polygamist's Daughter will be published on March 21, 2017. It's currently available for preorder.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.