Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife

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Hachette Digital, Inc., Aug 22, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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Irene Spencer did as she felt God
commanded in marrying her
brother-in-law Verlan LeBaron, becoming
his second wife. When the
government raided the fundamentalist, polygamous
Mormon village of Short Creek, Arizona,
Irene and her family fled to
Verlan's brothers' Mexican ranch.
They lived in squalor and desolate
conditions in the Mexican desert
with Verlan's six brothers, one sister,
and numerous wives and children.
Readers will be appalled and
astonished, but most amazingly,
greatly inspired. Irene's dramatic
story reveals how far religion can
be stretched and abused and how one woman and her
children found their way out, into truth and redemption.
  

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Interesting. Easy to read. - Goodreads
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It had an interesting premise, but her shattered dreams started before the marriage and continued through marriage and personally producing 13 children, along with the other six wives of the husband ... Read full review

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The sad, sad life of a woman trapped in a polygamous marriage. Trapped because she is afraid to experience change even if it can only be for the better and trapped because if it were a monogamous ... Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
CHAPTER
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN
Copyright

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

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About the author (2007)

Irene Spencer currently lives in AnchorageAlaska, with her husband of 17 years, Hector Spencer. During the 28 years of her first marriage to a polygamous husband, Irene gave birth to 13 children (all single births). She also adopted a newborn daughter, who became her ninth child. Irene has 114 grandchildren. She has 17 great-grandchildren, (four more on the way). Among her many talents, she is an accomplished seamstress who sews for family and friends, she's a great cook and bakes pastries and homemade bread, she speaks Spanish and English fluently and has traveled to 23 foreign countries and 23 states.

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