Reviewed by Dayna Davis, LDSFiles.com Staff Writer

Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys by Janet Kay Jensen. Published by Cedar Fort.

Andy McBride and Louisa Martin meet in Medical school and fall in love, but soon realize that they can never have a future because of their backgrounds. Louisa is from a polygamous family that expects her to return home after school and attend to her community's health needs. Brokenhearted, they both go their separate ways after school is over. But true love is not easily dismissed.

What a unique, interesting book! I think almost everyone is a bit fascinated by polygamy. The author has obviously done a lot of research into polygamy and what the goals of a polygamous family are or might be. There were a lot of characters in the book and I had trouble sometimes keeping track of them and who was who. My only real problem was with the sister of Louisa. The author brought her up, explained her and then neglected to do anything else with that information. That bothered me because there was no purpose in her being in the story if she was not going to be used for anything. I'm sure it was an oversight.

What I liked about the book was the topic, it is truly unique, (this is certainly not a predictable love story) and the examples in this book of taking risks and helping someone else, regardless of personal ramifications. I think that sometimes we know we should do something to help someone else - but we're too scared that there may be problems - so we let the opportunity pass by. This book was a great illustration of the difference it can make in someone's life when we take the opportunities to serve others as those opportunities come. You won't be able to put this book down!

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