#TBT Book Review: Shattered Dreams, My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife by Irene Spencer

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Category: Biography

Published: 2007

Read: 2013

Score: 3/5

Synopsis: Irene grew up in a fundamentalist Mormon family- the thirteenth of thirty-one children- so it was no surprise that she found herself, at sixteen years of age, in a plural marriage, sharing her husband with a half sister.
Enduring abject poverty, living in isolation, and suffering the neglect of a husband with divided loyalties created unbearable conditions. Yet Irene managed to overcome these obstacles to seek a life that she believed would be better for her and her children. She made a bold step into the “outside world” and into a freedom she never knew existed.

Review: This is a hard story to read but also an inspiring one. You get the whole story from start to finish. From when she is a young girl being courted to the marriage to the sister wives and then to getting out to a world she never knew about. Scary stuff but very good to read.

She is married to this man for a long time, and they move all over the place because of the fact that Pylogomy is illegal. You read about how one man tries to feed all kinds of people and children. How there is no time for anyone and you feel so alone and isolated it breaks your soul.

Irene grew up in this family and to her it was normal but it’s really interesting to see the change in her attitude over the years because of how she is treated and how it helps her get the strength to leave and start a life for yourself.

It’s inspiring to see how people can change, despite the odds and how much they have been brainwashed.

This is a hard read, I can’t get around that. I will not be able to read it again but I am happy I did in the first place. It brings you in to a world that we only hear about via the television and it’s never correct. If you like bio’s this is a book for you. If your interested in this lifestyle and people involved this is also a book for you.

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