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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Irene Spencer Narrator: Laural Merlingto Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spencer writes grippingly…in this brave and honest book.”


  • “Nothing short of astonishing….Emotional and shocking.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Laural Merlington narrates this unforgettable…book with…intelligence and sympathy.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julia | 2/1/2014

    " easy read. definitely something to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marci | 1/25/2014

    " So this is a heartbreaking book about poverty, control, and a world paradigm filled with religious shoulds and shouldn'ts. It was interesting to compare her belief system as a fundamentalist Mormon to my belief system as a Mormon. What was delightful about this story was how much humor Irene managed to fill her life with. She was a woman who could think on her feet and I loved her fiery temper and her insistence that she was worth something. I do not comprehend how she managed to raise her 13 plus her sister wives' children as well. I can hardly manage my own four so the number seems absolutely astonishing. Well written and I would recommend it to friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joyce | 1/15/2014

    " Very interesting look into the life of a plural wife. Takes the veneer off the picture painted by the "reality" show "Sister Wives". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deauxboys_girl (gabrielle20) | 1/13/2014

    " Irene was correct. She is a true pioneer. The poverty and suffering was all so sad. The timing of her leaving her husband and his death made me doubtful that she left before he died. And if it was not for that and all that gypsy talk I would of given this book five stars. Also, I didn't like all the other premonitions (baby dying, husband dying) in the book. I like memoirs to stick to solid facts. "

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About the Author

Irene Spencer is public speaker, avid traveler, and author of many books. She comes from four generations of polygamy. As the second of ten wives, she was the mother of fourteen of her previous husband’s fifty-eight children—during her twenty-eight years in a polygamous marriage. Irene and Hector J. Spencer, her faithful husband of twenty-two years, travel to spread their love between all of their children and loved ones. Although she had only a ninth-grade education, Irene earned her GED and took a creative writing class at University of Las Vegas. Irene serves as a keynote speaker for “rescue missions,” church congregations, women’s centers, and other groups and events throughout the country.