Peggy Riley is a writer and playwright living on the North Kent coast.
Reading the synopsis for this book made me very curious how someone would write out a story like this. I must say the story is written very very well and I enjoyed it a lot. Every time I hear about cult groups like this I wonder how people get to do things like this. Looking from the outside everybody says they must be insane and how can they accept living like that. In this story Amaranth, the mother, is the first wife. She has been with Zachariah from the start and she believed in what their original plan was, taking care of woman who where in need of a family. I really admired the way this part of the story was worked out making her choices believable and acceptable. What I really admired too was the behavior and reactions of both Amity and Sorrow. They never lost their part, their ignorance, their trust in their old life and the rules. It was so real for them you could feel their fear and questions popping from the pages. I liked Amity a lot, she really had to struggle between the life she knew and her new experience. I did not really like Sorrow. I feel her behavior made it difficult to connect to her.
This book is very raw and some parts described are very shocking but it did make the story stronger and real. It is not a light sunny afternoon read.
Amity & Sorrow
Author: Peggy Riley
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Format: eGally (hardcover ISBN)
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