Wife Number Seven

Wife Number Seven

4.8 11
by Melissa Brown
     
 
Lipstick. Bright, red lipstick. Nothing but lipstick.
Even though it's against our faith to wear a color that screams of sexual promiscuity and deviant behavior, I'm not allowed to protest.
But, I want to.
So badly.

You see, there's more to me than the braid that spills down my back.
More to me than the layers of heavy fabric that maintain my modesty.

Overview

Lipstick. Bright, red lipstick. Nothing but lipstick.
Even though it's against our faith to wear a color that screams of sexual promiscuity and deviant behavior, I'm not allowed to protest.
But, I want to.
So badly.

You see, there's more to me than the braid that spills down my back.
More to me than the layers of heavy fabric that maintain my modesty.
And so much more than the oppressive wedding band that adorns my finger--the same band that each of my sister wives wear.
So much more.
To protest would be sinful.
I must keep sweet, that is my duty.

So I'll wear the lipstick. I'll do as I'm told.
And I'll do my best to silence the resistance within me, to push him from my mind.
If only my heart would do the same.

Editorial Reviews

USA Today Bestselling Author - Renee Carlino
A captivating story about the strength and power of true love, Wife Number Seven will change the way you look at plural marriage. Melissa Brown smoothly weaves a story of sacrifice, obligation and the intense power of young love.
USA Today Bestselling Author - Tiffany King
Wife Number Seven is easily one of my favorite books. The writing is flawless and effortless, flowing into a beautifully crafted story that will captivate you.
Bestselling Author - Beth Ehemann
I knew Melissa could write sweet, swoony romance but I had NO clue she could do this. Every chapter was a puzzle piece that held important information to the unfolding of this story. While some questions were answered with each piece, new ones squeezed my brain. Once I started, I could NOT put it down
USA Today Bestselling Author - Erin Noelle
A romance like nothing I�ve ever read�Melissa Brown unveils the secret thoughts and desires of one young woman trapped in the life of plural marriage and her personal pursuit of happiness. Eye-opening and heart-clenching, Wife Number Seven is one I couldn�t put down.
USA Today Bestselling Author - Tara Sivec
Melissa Brown has hit this one out of the ballpark! I read this in one sitting because I could NOT put it down. It was dark and scandalous and so different from Melissa's other books that I was blown away.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781500416089
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/08/2014
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
920,072
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Brown was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She attended the University of Illinois and is the mother of two fantastic kids. She�s an avid reader who enjoys making handmade gifts for her family and friends, as well as baking and painting.

Melissa is a huge fan of actor Henry Cavill and the TV show New Girl. She speaks fluent movie quotes from the 1980s and �90s.

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Wife Number Seven 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Melissa Brown's "Wife Number Seven" is the amazing first book in the Compound series. I love the story and the background and the characters! Amazing writing! I couldn't put it down. The sexy scenes are very hot, and in just the right proportion for the storyline. I went right online and bought "His Only Wife" as soon as I finished the last world of this one and I can't wait to find out the rest of Brinley and Porter's story. I also wonder what will happen to Aspen in #2!
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Luckily, Wife Number Seven is the first book in a series (though there don’t appear to be firm release dates on upcoming books) because I WANT MORE! I feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface with this first book. I can’t wait to read more of Brinley’s story. And I’d even love to read spin-off books about some of the other wives. There’s so much potential here! And while this is the first book by Melissa Brown that I’ve read, it certainly won’t be the last. I loved her writing and was easily drawn into the story. You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I'll admit, I had some reservations when accepting this book for review. I've just never been all that interested in polygamy or religion themed books. BUT, I decided to take a chance and I'm so glad I did. I completely consumed this book in a few hours. I literally couldn't put it down.  Brinley was the seventh wife. She was raised in her community to be dutiful and compliant. She didn't love her husband nor did she love the life she lived. But yet, she stayed. She played the part, but she knew there was more to the world than what she was confined to within the walls of her home. Sure, she had access to the world outside and while it fascinated her, it also scared her a bit too. Because, that's what she was taught to do.  When Rebecca joins their family, things change for Brinley. She saw a woman completely devastated by being ripped away from her husband, just because the Prophet saw it to be. Brinley and Rebecca form a friendship where they confide in each other. While Brinley did what she was told, she also had her own secrets. Secrets that would destroy her and bar her from the only home she's ever known.  One day, Brinley was assigned to run errands into town. She jumped at the chance, because she had "things" she needed to take care of. On her way home, she was mugged. Not only did she lose her husband's money, but she lost her secret and a secret she was keeping for Rebecca. The thief was someone she knew, so she was determined to get the purse back before she was found out.  The thief was a guy who had been banished from the community. Porter wasn't a bad boy, he was just a typical teen experimenting, but that's just not allowed. And even though Porter wasn't part of her community anymore, Brinley feared that her secret would still be revealed. When she goes to get the purse back, something happens to her when she sees Porter. There is a definite connection between them that can't be ignored.  I want to touch on her relationship with Porter a bit. I really liked Porter. What made fall for him though was the way he saw Brinley. He saw her as a treasure and he treated her that way. Porter had his own struggles though. He was a drug addict and the way that affects their relationship may leave some readers questioning Brinley's actions with him. Honestly, it did with me at first. What I had to keep in mind was that Brinley is new to understanding the outside world. She understood how drugs made Porter behave and treat her, but she couldn't truly understand. All she saw was a man she was falling in love with. Don't get me wrong, she does ultimately lay down the law about the drugs with him and I loved her for it. It saves him and their relationship. But, he had to work for it. And Porter lays down his own ultimatums with Brinley too and it made me respect him. He wanted Brin completely and she had to make some difficult decisions to show him she was all in.  The supporting characters were just as intriguing as the main characters for me. Aspen is one of Brinley's sister wives and has always been there to guide Brinley in their home. They weren't necessarily "friends", but Aspen did support Brinley. What shocked me was how Aspen stood up for Brinley, even though it went against her firm beliefs. That was a turning point for me with her. I saw Aspen as something more then. And I want to know more about her. I think she has a good story to tell.  I don't really want to say too much more about the story, because once Porter comes into the picture, Brinley's motivation to change comes faster. I was completely fascinated by the family dynamic and Brinley's story. Naturally, I could see more of Brinley's perspective and was rooting for her to leave the community. I understood her struggle and fears though too. She was naive to the outside world in a lot of ways. Including dealing with the issues Porter had. The only question that I had was the impact her choices had on her biological family. I understand that there is a distance between the family once she was married, but I was still curious.  Overall, I'm so so glad I read this book. It's been a while since I've been excited about a book and even more exciting because religion and these types of lifestyles aren't really my thing. What I found was a book about a woman who was living her life the best she knew how, but she had questions and desires. She wanted love. She wanted to feel loved. She wanted passion. She wanted her own life. And she found that with Porter.  I've enjoyed reading Brown's books, but I will say that this is her best book to date. It was insightful, exciting, passionate and completely consumed me. I haven't stopped thinking about it and I'm craving more! I'm thrilled that Aspen is getting her own book. I can't wait to dive in! If you're like me and tend to steer clear of books like this, I do suggest you give this one a try. It was fantastic! Quotes: ~With one last kiss and promises to see each other again, I was on my way back home. Feeling hopeful rather than afraid. Feeling resistant rather than compliant. Feeling empowered rather than imprisoned.-Loc 1499 ~"...I want to make you feel everything. I want to worship you, your body, your heart."-Loc 1897 ~"That place...it's my hell. But I'd go into hell for you, Brin, no questions asked. I'd do it again and again to make you mine."-Loc 1940 ~"And you," he murmured, placing a hand gently behind my neck, "are my heaven."-Loc 2751 ~"I love you in a way that I didn't know I could," I finally said, and Porter smiled and released a sigh. "And I love you in a way that I never will again."-Loc 2765
JoBlogs More than 1 year ago
"A voice inside told me I didn't belong here, that there was another life waiting for me. And with each passing year, that voice became louder." I am still thinking of this book days after finishing it - Brinley's story has really got under my skin. It's so different to other books by Melissa Brown, and even though I loved Picturing Perfect and Unwanted Stars, Wife Number Seven is in a class of its own. It was mesmerising, heart breaking, and had me biting my nails on more than one occasion. It's also a really beautiful story of a young woman finding herself and rising above the oppressive society she has grown up in. Brinley lives in a Mormon compound that is strictly religious and adheres to the polygamous lifestyle. She is the seventh wife of Lehi Cluff, and also the youngest. She also happens to be the only wife yet to bear him a child. Brinley is different, she feels there must be more to life than the one she is living at the moment. She's like a caged bird, just waiting for the moment she will be able to fly away, but she's also too afraid to rock the boat. So she does as she is told, making do with her frequent trips into town to get supplies for the Cluff Household. It's on one of these trips to town when Brinley meets Porter, a man who was exiled from the community because of his rebellious behaviour, and that turns out to be the one meeting that changes Brinley's life forever. Porters issues don't put me off, I LOVE that he isn't perfect. It's hard to say too much without giving away spoilers, but I find it refreshing to have a hero who has these issues and is facing a battle to turn his life around. Brinley coming into his life is a ray of sunshine in his dark world and she gives him something to aim for. There were so many twists and turns in this story, I was never sure who Brin could trust. There were her other sister wives, in particular Aspen and Rebecca, and then there was also Jorjina, The prophet's mother. They were the only ones that Brin felt remotely close to, but she still needed to be on guard and watch what she said so most of the time she just had to smile and 'keep sweet.' I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book, worrying about Brin getting caught, and if she did what would the consequences be? I could not read this story fast enough, and now that I've finished, I want to read it again. Easily one of my favourite books this year.
sharonc06 More than 1 year ago
Wife Number Seven by Melissa Brown is awesome.  Melissa Brown's tell the story of Brinley wife number seven in the polygamist community.   I was drawn in  by the story.  This is one woman's journey to self discovery.  Is she truly where she belongs?   I found Brinley's character be strong minded however still so unsure of her own self.   In her world you don't question you accept and as woman you are always to stay sweet!  If found this story to be riveting. This books was hard to put down.  I love the way Melissa Brown told this story.  If you are looking for a new book to read this the one you need to pick up.  This is a five star must read! 
PaigeTurnerCG More than 1 year ago
A wonderful and emotional page-turner! This story is completely captivating. From the first page to the last I felt immersed in Brinley's world. I could feel her conflicting emotions, her heartbreaks and her joys. I was fascinated by her life inside The Compound. The pacing of this novel is perfect. It never slows down and it keeps the reader guessing throughout the entire story. There are parts of the story told from other characters' perspectives which gives the reader a glimpse into what they are thinking as well as what motivates them. I really enjoyed this because it adds another dimension to the story.  The unique setting and wonderful character development make this book a 5-star read. I highly recommend it!!
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BrandeesBookEndings More than 1 year ago
If you have ever read a Melissa Brown book or if you have read my reviews, you would know that Melissa in the past has written light romance stories – that I have called the perfect chick flicks. You know the kind of movies you cuddle up to watch with the happily ever after. I can say that when I heard about this book, I was really excited to see what Melissa would do with it.  SHE DID NOT DISAPPOINT!  My first thoughts upon completion were FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!!!  I loved this book and once I started, I COULD.NOT.PUT.IT.DOWN.   For readers that like to know, this book does NOT have a cliffhanger and is a stand-alone book (at least right now – Maybe with enough begging she would write a series). Romance with a twist…. Polygamy!!!  I now have a better understanding of this culture – Melissa has enlightened me.  It was like being a fly on the wall, but on the insides of a polygamy compound. “I had my secrets. A voice inside me told me I didn’t belong here, that there was another life waiting for me. And with each passing year, that voice became louder.” You can tell Melissa certainly did her research on this topic – if I did not know her better, I might actually think she has lived in this type of environment – and that could not be further from the truth, but she certainly pulled it off for me in her writing to believe this story. Melissa’s writing is flawless, heartfelt, emotional and just fantastic.  Talk about taking a plunge out of your comfort zone and growing as an author, kudos to Melissa! If you want a unique and original type of romance, and just want to be wow’d, this is the book for you!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book deserves 500 stars. I just finished it and am still shaking, but I'm going to try and write this review without sounding like a rambling idiot. I am going to be completely honest right now and admit that even though Melissa Brown is one of my best friends, I haven't yet read all of her books. I liked Bouquet Toss a LOT and I LOVED Unwanted Stars, but the way I feel about Wife Number Seven doesn't even COMPARE to either of them. Wife Number Seven is the story of Brinley Cluff, the seventh wife of Polygamist Lehi Cluff, and the intense struggle going on within her. While she's trying to be the devout, obedient wife the prophet calls for her to be, she can't ignore the calls, or screams, from the outside world. One chance encounter with a former sect member that was exiled years ago, changes her life forever. I knew Melissa could write sweet, swoony romance but I had NO clue she could do this. While there are sweet, swoony moments within the book, this ain't your momma's romance. I knew about the basic plot for this book months ago and there were twists and turns that even I didn't see coming. And when I say twists and turns, I mean...TWISTS AND TURNS. Every chapter was a puzzle piece that held important information to the unfolding of this story. While some questions were answered with each piece, new ones squeezed my brain. I was sitting straight up in my chair willing my eyes to read faster so that I could find out exactly what the hell was going to happen. The spins and suspense in this story reminded me of Tarryn Fisher's writing. Once I started, I could NOT put it down. I cannot recommend this book enough. Put it on your TBR and read it the day it comes out. Then PM me so we can chat b/c I will be talking and thinking about this one for a LONG time.