Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife

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Center Street, Aug 22, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
417 Reviews
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
Very hard to read from a woman's point of view. - Goodreads
Great story, the author is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
Wow! What insight to another world. - Goodreads
Irene Spencer is a talented Author and writer. - Goodreads
My only grip is that the ending was fast and short. - Goodreads

Review: Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife

User Review  - Diane Dinapoli - Goodreads

I read all 3 of her books. Took bad it took her so long to get out of the FDLS. Read full review

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Account of a plural wife of a Fundamentalist Mormon. Narrator relates her experiences of her 28 year marriage. She speaks of the loneliness of a plural wife ,vying for the attention and affection of ... Read full review

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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