Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife

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Center Street, Sep 2, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
424 Reviews
Irene Spencer did as she felt God commanded in becoming the second wife to her brother-in-law Verlan LeBaron. When the government raided their community-the Mormon village of Short Creek, Arizona-seeking to enforce the penalties for practicing polygamy, Irene and her family fled to Verlan's family ranch in Mexico. Here they lived in squalor and desolate conditions with Verlan's six brothers, one sister, and numerous wives and children. This appalling and astonishing tale has captured the attention of readers around the world. Irene's inspirational story reveals how far religion can be stretched and abused and how one woman and her children found their way out, into truth and redemption.

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Interesting. Easy to read. - Goodreads
Very hard to read from a woman's point of view. - Goodreads
Great story, the author is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
Wow! What insight to another world. - Goodreads
Irene Spencer is a talented Author and writer. - Goodreads
My only grip is that the ending was fast and short. - Goodreads

Review: Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife

User Review  - Rhonda Mcanulty - Goodreads

This was a pretty good book. Easy to read, true life, and a little dark, my kinda book. Read full review

Review: Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife

User Review  - Barb - Goodreads

I have never experienced such strong emotion from a book. Such disbelief, anger, and despair that a religion could foster such ideas and result in such horrible living conditions. I wanted to scream and shake some sense into Irene. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Irene Spencer currently lives in Anchorage Alaska, with her husband Hector Spencer. During the 28 years of her first marriage to a polygamous husband, Irene gave birth to 13 children (all single births). She also adopted a newborn daughter, who became her ninth child. Irene has 121 grandchildren. She has 49 great-grandchildren. Among her many talents, she is an accomplished seamstress who sews for family and friends, she's a great cook and bakes pastries and homemade bread, she speaks Spanish and English fluently and has traveled to 23 foreign countries and 23 states.

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