For Time and All Eternities

For Time and All Eternities

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"The Mormon church may have disavowed the polygamy it became so famous for in the 19th century, but for some Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints, "plural marriage" isn't just ancient history Mormon bishop's wife Linda Wallheim is stunned to learn her son Kenneth has gotten engaged to a young woman from a polygamous family. Naomi Carter may have left the religion she grew up in, but the Carters will still be the Wallheims' in-laws once Kenneth and Naomi are married. Stephen Carter, Naomi's father and the patriarch of the Carter clan, invites the Wallheims over to the Carter family compound in the remote foothills of the mountains outside Salt Lake City. Stephen Carter wishes to extend an olive branch to his future in-laws, and introduce them to his five wives and twenty-two children. But Linda suspects he also wants to try to persuade the Wallheims that his way of life is truly righteous. From Linda's point of view, polygamy is an abhorrent practice, one that dehumanizes women and makes children vulnerable to unhealthy family structures. She and her husband, Kurt, arrive at the Carter compound braced for trouble--Linda has her eyes peeled for signs that Stephen's wives and children are unhappy or abused. Although she can't find concrete evidence of mistreatment, Linda's gut instinct tells her that something on the Carter family compound is deeply wrong. She can't quite put her finger on what--until it's too late, and one of the family members is found murdered. Afraid that Stephen Carter's unworldly, sequestered wives and children might suffer at the hands of investigating police, Linda vows to stay at the compound until the murderer is found and the survivors are safe. But even if she manages to do more good than harm with her snooping and interfering, Linda can't unsee what she has seen during her time at the Carters'--now, confronting the legacy of polygamy in her own Mormon family raises even more questions about her already shaky faith"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York City : Soho Crime, 2017
ISBN: 9781616956660
1616956666
Branch Call Number: F HAR
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 24 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Aug 06, 2017

Linda, amateur Mormon sleuth, and her Mormon Bishop husband, have been having some difficult times, as she's progressive and he toes the party line. A new proclamation demands that gays must live celibate lives, and that those raised Mormon must stay Mormon causes difficulty for the 2 youngest sons in the family. Samuel, the youngest, goes off to do his Mission, while Kenneth leaves the Mormon church and in Mormons Anonymous meets Naomi. Linda and Kurt like her very much, until they learn that she's from a polygamous family and refuse to be married in the Temple. Stephen, the patriarch, invites them to come visit so they can see their way of life is not so scary--and to convert them. Naomi wants Linda to come because Talitha, 10, is being abused, but she can't tell by whom. Kurt refuses to stay, and a member of the compound's murdered. Linda thinks she needs to stay until she can solve the murder, not realizing how much danger she's in. A lot of the book is back and forth conversation between Kurt and Kenneth, and members of the "family" and Kurt--fairly boring. When the real action comes, it gets very dangerous. Of course all's well that ends well. More learnings about another aspect of Mormon life that supposedly ended more than a century ago.

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rpavlacic
Feb 11, 2017

Linda Wallheim is a housewife. Her husband, a strict by the book Mormon bishop, often clashes with her feminist and pro-gay sensibilities and her wish the LDS church would modernize itself to make it more palatable to more people. She has also found herself an amateur sleuth, solving major crimes in the first two books of the series, "The Bishop's Wife" and "His Right Hand."

In this installment, Linda is shocked to discover one of her sons, an ex-Mormon (shocking enough) is marrying another disgruntled Mormon, one with connections to a polygamist family. She and her husband agree to meet with the other family (with five wives, two of whom have real jobs, and twenty-one children), but Linda suspects something is wrong with the family. Her worst fears are realized when one of the family members is murdered while she is at the house.

The book goes on to detail how she eliminates suspects one by one while trying to preserve her own life before time runs out. As usual, author Harrison weaves a truly suspenseful tale.

This book, more than the others, also goes into the history of the Mormon church and details some uncomfortable truths the church would prefer covered up - including the real reason the church's founder, Joseph Smith, was assassinated, and how quickly the first schism in the movement came, courtesy his first wife, Emma. One has to be surprised that Harrison hasn't been excommunicated (yet) for being so bold, but if you want real insight as to how the church came to be as well as how it has been battling the renegade polygamist "Mormon" sects for years then this is the place to find it.

There are definitely more books in the series waiting to be written and I can't wait to read them when they come out - not just how Linda handles her reluctant skills but also more about the often closed world of Mormonism.

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