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A Different Tale Of 'Sister-Wives'
Thank you for inviting me to this showcase.
I was born in Germany and left my home country when I was only eighteen. After spending the next 20 years working in exciting and exotic places like Sydney and Hong Kong, I eventually settled in Canada.
Leaving my family home as a very young, single girl proves that I have been quite adventurous. I have also always been fiercely independent. So the notion of a girl becoming the youngest sister-wife to one of her father's friends seemed ludicrous when I heard about such a case for the first time. After researching into it, I discovered that this sensational story was true. I researched even more, found out a lot about the family dynamics inside of a polygamous community - and eventually wrote my novel Section 132 using the true case a basic anchor point.
I have to admit, while researching and writing this story, I found out things that went way beyond what my usually vivid imagination dreams up. What goes on behind the closed doors of those polygamous sects has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the contrived and construed productions of TV reality shows like 'Sister-Wives' or 'Big Love'. Don't believe for one second that sister-wives are a happy bunch of equals.
Although my novel is fictional, I have been told by many polygamy insiders who have read it, that my research has been impeccable, and that I have managed to capture the twisted world of this cult in all its horrid decadence.
I have also been told by readers outside of this life-style that the novel is a page-turner. That makes me happy. As a writer of suspense novel, it is the biggest compliment when people tell you that they were exhausted because they couldn't stop reading all night. I very much hope you too will soon belong to my wonderful circle of sleepless readers.
~ Helga Zeiner
Author of Section 132
'Imprisoned In A Polygamous Sect'
A Thrilling, Fact-Based, Page Turner
About The Author
Helga Zeiner is a Canadian and German citizen At the age of 18, Helga completed her arts degree at the Art School of Bavaria, and then left Germany. She lived and worked for two years in Australia, and twelve years in Hong Kong. Since 2004 she has lived with her husband Manfred in the wilderness of British Columbia, about 5 hours north of Vancouver. There they own over 500 acres which they have developed into a gated cabin community, the Rainbow Country Estate. For as long as she can remember, Helga has been writing novels, usually in her spare time. Today most of her time is devoted to writing, but she also manages the land development company, is politically active, enjoys outdoor sports and loves smoking cigars.
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Section 132 by Helga Zeiner
Publisher: POW WOW Books
Publication Date: July 1, 2011
Format: Paperback - 458 pages / Kindle - 623 KB / Nook - 1 MB
Genre: Suspense Thriller
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
My Book Review:
Lillian was born and raised in an extremist offshoot sect of the American mainstream Mormon Church, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), where polygamy is practiced. When she was thirteen, she was sent to Mountain Glory Ranch, one of the sect's compounds in the remote wilderness of British Columbia, Canada, to become the child bride of a Bishop. Lillian becomes the Bishop's fourteenth wife, is given the new name of Martha, and is forced to live in the compound with the other thirteen sister-wives and their fifty plus children.
The Bishop, Brother Jacob, was sent from America into exile in British Columbia ten years ago, when the Elders from the secret society called The Gatekeepers wanted to teach him a lesson about respect and profitability in the sect. But Brother Jacob takes matters into his own hands and thinks he is above the leadership of The Gatekeepers, so they cut him off financially and continue to shun him as an outcast until he changes his squandering ways. Life in the remote wilderness of British Columbia is full of hardships for the Bishop and his family. Determined to do things his way, Bishop Jacob reigns over his submissive family using The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Section 132 of The Doctrines & Covenants that governs the covenant and eternity of marriage and plurality of wives.
When Lillian/Martha has had enough of living in isolation, poverty, and silent submission to her dangerous husband, she tries to rebel and escape from the compound. But her life is in danger, Bishop Jacob practices the religion's controversial doctrine of blood atonement, a sacrificing offering of a life, in other words murder.
Land developer Richard Bergman purchases 2,000 acres of pristine wilderness adjoining the Bishop's compound, and plans to develop the land into an idyllic subdivision community of cabins called Rainbow Estate Country Cabins. When Richard goes to the Bishop to inform him of his development plans, he finds out about the secret sect community, and struggles with the decision to mind his own business or further investigate what goes on in the compound.
Two worlds collide ... can Lillian/Martha escape from the horrors of the lifestyle that was imposed upon her, or will the Bishop continue his practice of blood atonement and sacrifice Lillian's life? Will Richard investigate further into the sect's activities, or will he be stopped by the Bishop? Can he help Lillian and the other women and children, or will he mind his own business?
Section 132 is the harrowing fictional but fact-based story of an extremist Fundamentalist Mormon (FLDS) sect's practice of a polygamist lifestyle. Masterfully written in the third person narrative, this suspenseful story focuses on the alternating perspectives of Lillian/Martha, the thirteen year old sister-wife and Richard Bergman, the land developer, to create a captivating page turning tale that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. The author has extensively researched this subject, and the reader will ride a roller coaster of emotions as the story unfolds in a fascinating yet horrifying fashion. The story is rich in detail and vivid descriptions, the author easily transports the reader into the world of the fundamentalist sect. From the scenic wilderness of British Columbia, to the behind the scenes descriptions of what goes on behind the sect's compound walls, the reader will feel a range of emotions that will make you pause and contemplate about reality of the FLDS lifestyle.
The author has created an extensive cast of characters who are realistic and complex people, who will either anger you or pull at your heartstrings. These characters are brought to life in a powerful fashion by the author, their strengths, weaknesses and flaws are intriguing, and leaves the reader to really wonder about their lifestyle. You can't help but feel for the sister-wives and their children, how they must live a submissive lifestyle dictated by zealous men and religious doctrines. While I will not pass judgment on this lifestyle, I personally can't imagine living that kind of lifestyle. The characters and their various actions throughout the story make this a powerful and compelling read.
Section 132 is a thought provoking and powerful story that will captivate you from the star,t and will resonate with you long after the last page has been read.
RATING: 5 STARS *****