Book review: 'Band of Sisters' a good story too simply wrapped up

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  • Gracie Boise, ID
    Feb. 9, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    I haven't read the book but I understand something about abusive relationships, myself. They're exceedingly more complex than people who don't experience them can imagine--or that even the abused wife can process properly while standing so close to the trees that she can't take in the whole forest, so to speak. If I hadn't read the comment from Heather Moore, I wouldn't have any desire to read the book at all. With luck, others will take a chance on it based on Moore's response.

  • Heather Moore Lehi, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    I had a different reaction to this book. The husband with his addictions is right on the mark with those I know--many times one addiction fuels another in a vicious cycle. I have personally been in the situation of struggling with finances, losing a job, and pregnant... so I definitely related there. Marriages can be complicated and full of hope one moment, then full of despair the next, where I think that a bouquet of roses does take you back to those swoon-worthy days, even if it's only for a few hours or a day. I remember re-reading the part where the wife meets with her bishop. The bishop makes it clear that the husband is NOT willing to change. That's the whole key, as well as the wife getting the answer through prayer of whether or not to leave her husband. Author Annette Lyon navigates this with a lot of sensitivity. I didn't see any of the solutions as simply resolved. In fact, although the novel wrapped up on a good note, the main message was that "together" they could bring each other comfort. No quick-fixes.