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The Betrayal (Brides of Gabriel Series #2)

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    Whom do you turn to when no one can be trusted?

    During the inception days of the Joseph Smith's vision on how to bring his flock into the hereafter, the one element that is never to be forgotten are those that left their life to follow him. Men, women, and children abandoned home and hearth to head for the salvation they felt was coming.

    This second book is the series is Bronwyn's story and is told from the perspective of one who embraced the life and then questioned her decision. She is the second wife to Gabe her best friend's husband. Bronwyn thought she could just be his friend and support their lives as such but the passion and commitment she feels toward Gabe shakes everyone's friendship.

    The journey west was difficult but these strong women made it without complaint, survived it due to their determination, and conquered it in spite of all the naysayers. However, it was easier moving across the country in a wagon then it was to handle the changes that were being brought down upon their religious beliefs. When Bronwyn starts to take action to stop the doctrine that she sees as sacrilege the events that unfold were not to be believed by anyone. She still fights for what she knows is right and stops the ill-conceived steps being taken to move the church in a dangerous direction. One of those that are moving away from the basic beliefs is her own husband, Gabe and when she questions her love for him, she questions why she is there with him. Is escape an option when it appears the devil is at the door?

    Love may conquer all but will love be enough to carry this group on the journey they are about to take?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    The second Brides of Gabriel is an intriguing historical tale

    In 1842 Nauvoo, Illinois, Mormon prophet Joseph Smith proclaims God says polygamy is acceptable. He directs married shipbuilder Gabriel MacKay to take a second wife, recently widowed Bronwyn and adopt the Latter's daughter. Though the widow has some doubts as she loves her future husband's first spouse Mary Rose like a sister while also attracted to Gabe, she marries him with the stipulation of no physical contact (see The Sister Wife).

    However, increasingly Bronwyn falls in love with her husband who promised to protect her. The second wife struggles with her vow to her beloved Sister Wife who miscarries after a fall. Gabe kisses Bronwyn who feels divided emotionally as she wants more but cannot betray her beloved Mary Rose though she feels her treacherous heart has done so. When Enid announces to Bronwyn she will soon wed Gabe, the second wife has issues with the practice of polygamy as the number of wives per husband grows, the age of the brides drop considerably. On the journey to the Promised Land surrounding the Great Salt Lake that the Prophet saw in a vision, Gabe's first two wives want to escape the marital imprisonment, but Brigham Young has spies everywhere.

    The second Brides of Gabriel is an intriguing historical tale that once again looks at polygamy as did The Sister Wife. In the first tale, the relationships in the multiple marriage families displayed an economic underpinning to care for widows and children. The Betrayal provides a fascinating story line that digs deep into the actual practice as brides were increasingly "enslaved" young teens and no one was allowed to speak out against the Word. Americana readers will appreciate this profound tale as The Lord's Prayer inspires us to forgive the trespasses of others, but as the Brides of Gabriel know that is difficult to do.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    How do you escape a life of polygamy when you no longer accept their beliefs?

    Ensnared in a religion she increasingly questions, Bronwyn faces an impossible choice.

    When recently widowed Bronwyn becomes teh second wife to Gabriel MacKay, she promises her new sister wife and best friend, Mary Rose, that the marriage will remain platonic. But she finds herself falling in love with the man who has promised to keep her safe - even as her heart struggles with her promise to her friend. When Gabriel marries a third wife, and as the practice of polygamy increases and the age of brides decreases, Bronwyn begins to question the righteousness of this new religion.

    Even as the Saints journey to Salt Lake Valley, their new promised land, Bronwyn and Mary Rose plot their escape. But when they are suspected of treachery by Brigham Young's secret army - whose mission it is to punish apostates - the two sister wives face the most difficult decision of their lives, one than mean the life or death for those they love.

    In the second book in the Brides of Gabriel series, The Betrayal by Diane Noble, picks up where The Sister Wife left off. Now that the MacKay family is beginning to settle in their new lifestyle, Bronwyn and Mary Rose's relationship as friends and now sister wives at time is strained, especially when Mary Rose has complications during child birth and loses her child. She asks Bronwyn to step in and provide care for her and Gabriel while they attempt to build their family.

    Yet when Bronwyn is torn between fulfilling her commitment as a second wife to Gabriel, he tells her that one of those duties is to have a child. Feeling torn between her feelings to Gabriel and those to Mary Rose, she sleeps with Gabriel only to feel guilty in the process. However Brigham Young's teachings are to provide full quivers of children in each of the men's households and unfortunately this means that even the 14-year old girls now are being considered for marriage.

    This is when Bronwyn questions her faith she adopted from the church of England and what the Bible teaches versus what the prophets are telling Brigham Young. She soon realizes that she can't continue to be a part of this religion especially when Sarah is about to be married off, and if that means she has to be thrown out of the community and punished then she is going to do what's right not only in her heart but in the heart of God.

    I received this book compliments of HarperCollins Publishers for my honest review. It's an interesting read into the history of the beliefs of Brigham Young's religion and his basis for polygamy that continues in some states even today even though its against the law. They believed in restoring the Old Covenant from the Bible and that meant the taking of many wives. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars and for those of you looking for more insight in the historical basis for polygamy based religions then this is a perfect introduction for you.

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