I found this book to be both timely and relevant. With the recent revelations of the Duggar family coming to light, and the Quiverfull Movement in particular, the story this novel tells is extremely relevant to situations occurring today.
In this novel, we are introduced to a family in the throes of an extreme type of fundamentalism; where TV., dancing, reading certain books, and most of all asking questions regarding faith are all forbidden. The book revolves around three sisters, Grace (the oldest) is the most fervent and “godly”, praying and reading her bible at all times; Jory (the middle daughter) and the one most likely to “act out”; and the youngest, Frances, who seems to be the least affected by their odd lifestyle, probably due to her age.
This is a family in a series of crisis’s; while dealing with a chronically depressed wife, Oren, the father, seems to be unable to deal with the problems of raising daughters who begin questioning his harsh rules. When Grace comes back from a missionary trip to Mexico pregnant, the family begins to fall apart. The story hinges on the fact that Grace believes that she was impregnated by God; and as such has an obligation to keep and raise her child. Due to the need to hide the circumstances that Grace is pregnant and Jory has been in “trouble”; the girls are thrown out of the family home and sent to live in the outskirts of town by themselves. Because of this hiding away, Jory is forced to go to an unfamiliar school, and the girls have to learn how to take care of themselves.
There are so many points here that I really found upsetting during the reading of this book. What kind of parent throws a pregnant 17 year-old out of the house to basically take care of herself and her younger sister? What kind of parents raise their daughters in such a manner? Due to their upbringing, the girls are extremely susceptible to all kinds of dangers which eventually lead to a bad ending.
I highly recommend this book, and should you read it, as I hope you do, please leave some comments on what you thought of it. The themes Brelinski brings up deserve to be talked about.