Hidden Wives

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Sara dreams that she and her sister, Rachel, might escape their abusive father and his four wives, who constantly vie for power in their overcrowded household.  Sara wishes to choose her own path in life.  To go to school, to get a job, to marry of her own free will.  She wants the same for her beloved sister.

But that is not Sara’s destiny, nor Rachel’s.  Trapped in a secret, polygamous cult, the fifteen-year-olds are overdue to be married to husbands ...

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Sara dreams that she and her sister, Rachel, might escape their abusive father and his four wives, who constantly vie for power in their overcrowded household.  Sara wishes to choose her own path in life.  To go to school, to get a job, to marry of her own free will.  She wants the same for her beloved sister.

But that is not Sara’s destiny, nor Rachel’s.  Trapped in a secret, polygamous cult, the fifteen-year-olds are overdue to be married to husbands selected by their Prophet.  Sara—too smart and willful for her own good—is terrified when she learns she will be sealed to her already-married uncle.

For Rachel—a stunning and loyal beauty—the Prophet has a different plan.  Sixteen men, including some of the most powerful elders of their Church—seek Rachel’s hand.  But a forbidden love is blossoming for Rachel, one that will change her forever and threaten the entire community.

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This undistinguished debut by the pseudonymous Avery (two sisters who were raised in a fundamentalist Catholic community) focuses on a horrifically oppressive Utah religious sect.Young female members of Blood of the Lamb, like sisters Sara and Rachel Shaw, are generally wedded by the age of 15, “assigned to be sealed for all time and all eternity in a celestial marriage.” Male members, by contrast, can only attain the highest level of heaven by taking at least three wives.Prophet Silver, the movement’s leader, decrees that Sara must marry her father’s half-brother, and singles out the attractive Rachel for his own special attention. Both girls, after exposure to the outside world, consider leaving the community. The violence, sexual abuse, and the predictable consequences of inbreeding aren’t for the faint of heart, but readers should also be prepared for more melodrama than drama. Betty Webb does a better job with the contemporary polygamy theme in Desert Lost. (June)
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“Captivating . . . compelling . . . a great read.”

—RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)

“A suspenseful page turner you can’t afford to miss.”

—Irene Spencer, New York Times bestselling author

“A poignant yet realistic tale of family love, loyalty, and dysfunction set in a ripped-from-the-headlines polygamist cult.”

—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

“Rivets the reader’s attention from start to finish. With searing insight, Avery captures the all too real horrors which girls and women must endure inside fundamentalist polygamist cults.”

—Andrea Moore-Emmett, award-winning author of God’s Brothel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765326898
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 791,302
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 5.68 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mari Hilburn, an attorney, and Michelle Poche, a screenwriter and journalist, are sisters who write novels under their joint pseudonym, Claire Avery. 

They grew up in Chicago in a cult that combined Catholic fundamentalism with socialism—and plenty of guilt.  When the sisters were in their teens, their father, fearing that the end was near, moved—along with twenty-five other families—to the Ozark Mountains.  There, they lived in a bomb shelter and attempted to raise chickens and grow enough food to survive the coming nuclear holocaust. 

Moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area after high school graduation, the sisters earned degrees in Psychology and Journalism.  Michelle moved to New York and Europe to work as a fashion model, while Mari pursued a career as an attorney in private practice.  Now full- time novelists, Mari lives near Chicago while Michelle lives in Aspen, Colorado.

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

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    Hidden Wives Review

    I received an advance review copy of HIDDEN WIVES. I could not put it down. I read it in one sitting, something I haven't done in about ten years. There was so much tension in every chapter, and the characters were so compelling and richly drawn that I found myself worrying about these two teenage girls growing up in this bizarre and predatory polygamist cult. This story stays with you long after you finish the last page. I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    Gut-Wrenching! Phenomenal Writing!

    Claire Avery's Hidden Wives presents a piercingly emotional landscape through Sara and Rachel, two sisters coming-of-age in The Blood of the Lamb community - a fundamental polygamist sect in Utah. At 15 and 16-years-of-age, Sara and Rachel are bordering on spinsterhood. Most "girls" receive their marriage confirmations as early as 13-years-of-age through the "law of placing." The more wives a man has, the more likely he will attain the status of a god in the afterlife. It does not take long for the reader to realize the caustic effect of this practice: bride shortages. With the shortage of brides comes the unspeakable acts of child marriages, incest, rape, and violence. One of the most difficult parts of the book to read was the birth of a child as a result of an incestuous relationship - absolutely heartbreaking. Yet it is in these most mordant moments that we also see unmitigated acts of kindness, forgiveness, love, and authenticity. The most liberating and pivotal moments in the novel for me, are when Sara decides to take books from the local supermarket and return them after she has read them. I envisioned Sara reading Jackie Collins, Candace Bushnell, and Jennifer Weiner. It is through this small act of defiance that Sara sets herself apart from the rest of her community. She begins to question status quo and realizes that there is an entirely different world that exists outside the Blood of the Lamb Community. While this act of defiance almost costs Sara her life, it also leads her to meet a young black man who suffers from echolalia. I had not realized what this was prior to reading this book and think the writers are brilliant in their creation of this character. When I first began reading the dialogue between the characters...I thought the repetition of last parts of sentences would be quite distracting...it was actually some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read. By the time I made it three-fourths of the way through the novel, I was tense, grinding my teeth, holding my breath....I think the readers needed the "bat" scene. I am even appalled at my own reaction to the scene in the book...I literally said out loud, "one more time for the cheap seats in the back!" I am mortified to even admit I said this, but there you have it...a genuine emotional response that shocked even me! I am so thankful to have come across this book and have been able to think of little else since completing it this morning at 4 AM. I recommend this book to EVERYONE; it truly is one of those books that will stay with you long after you have read the last word. Life-changing, gut-wrenching writing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

    Not just "women's fiction" - both men and women will love this book!

    Claire Avery is exceptionally talented at crafting plot and suspense. Hidden Wives is the story of three teenagers - Sara, Rachel and Luke - who live in a polygamist Mormon community that marries young girls to older men, and drives adolescent boys out of the community to eliminate sexual competition. Within that story, there are elements that make this book a great read for readers with very different literary tastes: deep characters who undergo fascinating evolution and development as the story progresses; gripping suspense and adventure that subjects the main characters to peril (and creative escapes) at every turn; and a well-researched look at the rituals and theological beliefs of one of the major separatist cults in the United States. Pick up this book... you won't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

    Hidden Wives

    I got caught up in the flow of this book, like driftwood in the strongest current of a rain swollen stream. I love the humanity of the characters, and before I knew it, I was tumbling through the rapids of their horrible and brave journey with them. The enduring and soulful love of the two sisters in the book, Rachel and Sarah, reminds me of how much I love my own sister and would absolutely step in front of a train for her if I had to. I cared about them because they care. And when they emerged onto the bank in calmer waters, I felt redeemed and hopeful. This was more than just a great read. I now have some new friends, and a little more faith in humanity.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Well written

    Really enjoyed this.

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  • Posted August 4, 2012

    I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it. I al

    I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it. I also could not put it down and couldn't wait to see what would happen next to each of the characters. I have been interested in reading the stories of women escaping from the cult of Polygamy and even though the characters were fictional, it told a story of what other books have shared of the control that the men in that cult have over the women and girls growing up there.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Incredible Read!

    Secret weddings, forbidden love, sister wives, incest, mystery, and suicide are just some the ingredients that make this novel so fascinating and a "must-read". Claire Avery (two sisters) are not from the fundamentalist LDS church, but they certainly have done extensive research into this unspoken sect of the LDS faith. Woven with the history of Joseph Smith's religion (Latter-Day Saints) and a contemporary story is what makes this book magical. I could not put this book down and connected with both sisters, Rachel and Sarah. Rachel is the more devout follower of the faith, while Sarah begins to question a faith that chooses her husband at 15 years old and determines her future. Rachel represents women who do not challenge their faith, as she strives hard to be a model for others. She views her struggles and questions with the faith as not being enough of a believer and thus accepts whatever is chosen for her. However, Sarah wonders what life is like outside the walls of their secluded community and begins to see the world differently as she exposes herself to books (which are forbidden to be read).

    Luke and Irvin are minor characters in this intriguing story, however their impact in the lives of these sister's is monumental. Will Sarah marry her uncle? Will Rachel marry the Prophet or run away with Luke? Will the sister wives ever escape? These are questions that as a reader I had. While giving each character opportunity to develop and for the storyline to progress, this book leaves no stone unturned.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Good quick read!

    This is a great read. Gives you a peak into a life unfamilar to most. It was an interesting read and left you really caring about these girls.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

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    Compelling and heart-wrenching!

    A review copy of this title was provided by the author.

    I absolutely LOVED this book. It was such a heart-wrenching story. From the very beginning I was wishing for those girls to get out of there.

    Rachel and Sara were great characters. Although Rachel was a bit dense, or I guess I should say brainwashed, she was such a compelling character. Sara, right from the word go showed so much intelligence. Her want to get away, but not leave her sister behind really made me heart ache for her.

    The writing was beautiful, not in a poetic kind of way, but in that it was so simple, yet so compelling. Even though what happens in the story is hard to read I didn't want to put it down. There's a certain finesse to this book that makes it hard to put down (even when you have homework or sleep to get to).

    The subject matter was difficult to read, but I think it's something that needed to be written. I think TV has sensationalized the polygamist lifestyle, and there's a much darker side that doesn't really come through in these shows. The abuse, incest, and brainwashing that occurred in this book was disgusting, for lack of a better term. I know that not all polygamists and compounds condone or practice this kind of behavior, but I'm sure that there are some (of both) that do, and that is a scary thought.

    Such a compelling and heart-wrenching tale. I was hooked right from the beginning!

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    Could not put down!

    I was so captivated by the 2 young girls and their unusual family life that I couldn't put the book down and read it in about 4 hours. The story reaches far beyond the scope of the polygamist community it takes place in. Any person who has found themselves feeling trapped in a situation that seems out of their control can relate and feel inspired by this book.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

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    A Gripping Debut Novel

    Hidden Wives provides an amazing inside look at, not just the workings of a polygamist sect, but the incredible bond that can form between sisters, a bond that survives amazing adversity. For those who have ever wondered about the inside workings of a cult or polygamist sect, it is all here. Though some readers may find the ordeals the characters face, difficult to read, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to rediscover the triumph of the human spirit.

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

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    "Hidden Wives" is s must read

    Two teenage sisters, a polygamist sect, and many horrible secrets fill the pages of "Hidden Wives." Rachel and Sara live in a home with their father, his wives, and other children, part of Blood of the Lamb sect. Rachel is determined to live the Principle, but Sara has her doubts due to her pending marriage to her uncle. Neither girl wants to defy the church, but something isn't right. Is Rachel really so beautiful that she causes men to lust after her? Is Sara really so rebellious that she deserves the punishments she endures? Can they escape before it's too late? Come meet Sara and Rachel, along with their family, Prophet Silver, Luke, Irvin, and Ernadine as their story unfolds before you.

    I want to thank the authors for giving me the opportunity to read this book. It read like something right out of today's news. The story was so compelling, the situations so real, that I couldn't put the book down. I needed to know what happened to these young women. No one should ever have to live this way. While this book is good for anyone to read, reading groups will find this book especially enjoyable. It is full of discussion topics like: polygamy, incest, rape, interracial relationships, child abuse, and suicide, which will keep the discussion going long after the book is finished.

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

    A review of the Gripping "Hidden Wives"

    Claire Avery has developed a artfully compelling tale of two sister protagonists who live in the shadows of Utah's secret Blood of the Lamb cult. The novel is an intense page turner with many dark aspects that will shock the reader. Despite this, there is a powerful, full current of redemption and hope at the close of the novel. This work of fiction is so skillfully crafted and reads like an insider's account to such hostile oppression, based in the name of God. I struggled immensely to tear myself away from this powerful tale, for even a moment. This book will definitely move you in some way and gives a great voice to the victims of polygamy everywhere.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

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    Hidden Girls and Gems

    Amazing, amazing novel -- so many thoughts running together. Will have to dry the tears before I write this review.

    Okay, I have had time to write the review now. You can also find the review posted at The Daily Dose: http://dailydose-fantasyromance.blogspot.com/2010/06/hidden-girls-and-gems.html.

    I picked up this book because I found the authors fascinating and after reading the blurb on the back of the book at the tea, I was definitely curious. We're all aware of extreme religious sects and we see the stories in the news. We're always genuinely horrified when we learn just how bad things were for the women and children in the sect or cult, so don't be surprised by just how horrible life seems to be for Rachel and Sara. It is so far beyond my own personal experience that I was clenching my fists at times and wishing I could tear into the pages to help them.

    This book is not for the faint of heart. The violence can be insidious and intense, although scenes of utter brutality are in direct opposition to wild moments of compassion, concern and caring. We spent a lot of time in the heads of both Sara and Rachel. We see this world through their eyes. We share their pain as they fight against the conditioning and teachings they've had drummed into them their whole lives.

    While I wish to give nothing away, there are two moments, so spectacularly emotional, that I was driven to tears. I wanted to stand up and shout, "Swing it again" at times and I wanted to just pull them close and give them a hug. When I was done with this book, I was torn between laughter and tears; tears for all the pain and laughter for the triumph.

    When I was done, I went into the next room and gave my daughter the fiercest hug, so grateful for so many things. I honestly do not think I would have picked up this book if I hadn't met these lovely authors, which would have been a true tragedy.

    Over the last few days, I've had time to absorb the story and share my feelings about reading it with a few friends. Recovered from the emotional journey, I am tremendously glad I read it.

    I would recommend this book with only the warning that it will get brutal, it will get hard and you will feel your insides curdle, but hang in there - because you will also experience gratitude, genuine relief and fierce pride in these wonderful sisters.

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