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Oh, I really wanted to like this book I guess this book is an accurate depiction of Mormonism if your neighbors are all pedophiles, misogynists, fanatics and spouse abusers Otherwise, no, this is not an accurate depiction of Mormonism.I don t want to simply discount the book for going too far in one direction at one point, the main character even looks at her own grown sons and wonders how many of them are abusing their young wives wow but, the plot is also convoluted and some interestin Oh, I really wanted to like this book I guess this book is an accurate depiction of Mormonism if your neighbors are all pedophiles, misogynists, fanatics and spouse abusers Otherwise, no, this is not an accurate depiction of Mormonism.I don t want to simply discount the book for going too far in one direction at one point, the main character even looks at her own grown sons and wonders how many of them are abusing their young wives wow but, the plot is also convoluted and some interesting plot lines are simply dropped, or left unresolved.Like many of the reviewers before me, I really got the sense the author was just trying to cram in every shocking tidbit about Mormonism she could to the detriment of the story The frequent pedantic explanations repeatedly brought the narrative to a screeching halt.There are so many important positions and contributions by and for women in the LDS Church unfortunately, this book diminishes all that In my lifetime experience in the LDS church, I have never met a bishop s wife that felt such a need to insert herself into every facet of the member s lives However, the scale of unintentional comedy reached a crescendo when the heroic bishop s wife ran into a house surrounded by police and swat team members becauseonly the Bishop s Wife could save the day Like many reviewers have already pointed out, the doctrinal points were sometimes accurate, sometimes out of context, and sometimes just wrong Blood ON the moon Extending a hand to a spirit a myth or legend DC 129.I was saddened to read Sarah Beth s review of this book this was really creepy and terrible and I hope mormonism isn t really like that Yes, it was creepy and terrible, and, no, Sarah Beth, Mormonism isn t really like that [[ Free Epub ]] ☋ The Bishop’s Wife ⇫ In the predominantly Mormon city of Draper, Utah, some seemingly perfect families have deadly secrets Linda Wallheim is a devout Mormon, the mother of five boys and the wife of a bishop But Linda is increasingly troubled by her church s structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in her ward One cold winter night, a young wife and mother named Carrie Helm disappears, leaving behind everything she owns Carrie s husband, Jared, claims his wife has always been unstable and that she has abandoned the family, but Linda doesn t trust him As Linda snoops in the Helm family s circumstances, she becomes convinced that Jared has murdered his wife and painted himself as a wronged husbandLinda s husband asks her not to get involved in the unfolding family saga But Linda has become obsessed with Carrie s fate, and with the well being of her vulnerable young daughter She cannot let the matter rest until she finds out the truth Is she wrong to go against her husband, the bishop, when her inner convictions are so strong Inspired by a chilling true crime and written by a practicing Mormon, The Bishop s Wife is both a fascinating look at the lives of modern Mormons as well as a grim and cunningly twisted mystery Warning this does contain a few spoilers Sorry.Early I m only a few pages in, and already I have comments This book can t seem to decide if it is for people familiar or NOT with LDS culture it explains about Relief Society and cultural halls, and takes a stab at temple marriage, but rolls right past Stake Presidents and High Councils and calls the Word of Wisdom ridiculously high standards Update The book still can t decide on its audience And the funeral home scene should be majorly s Warning this does contain a few spoilers Sorry.Early I m only a few pages in, and already I have comments This book can t seem to decide if it is for people familiar or NOT with LDS culture it explains about Relief Society and cultural halls, and takes a stab at temple marriage, but rolls right past Stake Presidents and High Councils and calls the Word of Wisdom ridiculously high standards Update The book still can t decide on its audience And the funeral home scene should be majorly summarized The doctrine in the book is kind of messed up A lot of it is correct enough to mostly sound right, but wrong enough to give the wrong impression I have a problem with that I realize this is a murder mystery, not a doctrinal book, but authors should be faithful to their world Also, the author seemed to be going out of her way to address unusual factors or viewpoints, rather than staying mainstream Mormon mainstream, I mean , but there wasn t a literary reason to do so, so it didn t add anything to the story, regardless of audience In fact, it was quite distracting.Early The characters so far include the politically ultra liberal Mormon, the feminist Mormon, the controversial headed for excommunication Mormon, the potentially murderous Mormon Yes, these all exist in real life, so I m not complaining about that part of it but where s the large proportion of average Mormons Update Also the abusive fathers plural and the keep a secret by burying the body in the backyard Mormon Again, those are NOT typical where s the large proportion of average Mormons Actually, those aren t even typical for non Mormons, either On anitpicky level, there s a random Samuel sandwiched between two sentences on the first page, and two farther along, as well as the occasional missing space that crams two words together.It really bothered me that a certain character, who had been abused by her father, wasconcerned that her four abortions to hide the consequences had created fertility problems than she was by the fact that she had had four FOUR abortions Considering that abortion is a big no, not absolute NO in Mormon doctrine, it SHOULD have at least bothered her.The ongoing internal conflict regarding Georgia was never resolved in any way.The plot seemed overly complicated You thought she was killed But there is the video But what about the other neighbor But the phone call But But But While the murderer was caught sorry, spoiler , I still didn t like the way the book ended Or middled That SHOULD be a word, right I m afraid I can t recommend this book, although I do think that the problems I have with it could be fixed or at least improved in the author s next book.I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway, but got no other compensation for my review My opinions are entirely my own This is a fairly enjoyable tour guide through Mormonism, and an absolutely hot mess of a mystery. I absolutely loved this book Full disclosure I am a Mormon However, like the main character, I am a convert and was not born and raised in the faith But, unlike Linda, I am unmarried and childless.I m sure some people thought that there was too much background about the Church in the book I m not one of them The author needed to project just how distinct Mormon culture is from mainstream America This culture is important to the book This book brings up troubling images and places them in I absolutely loved this book Full disclosure I am a Mormon However, like the main character, I am a convert and was not born and raised in the faith But, unlike Linda, I am unmarried and childless.I m sure some people thought that there was too much background about the Church in the book I m not one of them The author needed to project just how distinct Mormon culture is from mainstream America This culture is important to the book This book brings up troubling images and places them in the frame of a patriarchal culture and how a woman is identified in Mormon life I thought this book was wonderful on a non mystery level I loved the characters and the tapestry of layers in the book In many ways, for me, the mystery was secondary and was a vehicle to help the author explore some theme in Mormon life Some of these themes are hard to discuss in the Mormon world But they need to be In this mystery, the setting is as integral a part of the story as the plot and characters Written by a practicing Mormon, The Bishop s Wife takes place in a mainstream not polygamous fundamentalist Utah Mormon community, which the author acknowledges will seem like a foreign country to many readers me included because of its distinct worldviews and unique organization Main character Linda Wallheim is mostly devout, but not without some troubling questions and opinions about her church s s In this mystery, the setting is as integral a part of the story as the plot and characters Written by a practicing Mormon, The Bishop s Wife takes place in a mainstream not polygamous fundamentalist Utah Mormon community, which the author acknowledges will seem like a foreign country to many readers me included because of its distinct worldviews and unique organization Main character Linda Wallheim is mostly devout, but not without some troubling questions and opinions about her church s structure, politics, and penchant for secrecy She s an almost empty nest mother, increasingly at loose ends, and her husband is their ward s bishop, an honor and responsibility that rotates among member men When he s called to assist a family after a young wife goes missing in suspicious circumstances Linda gets deeply involved in the mystery, driven by a lingering grief from her past Was it murder Could there have been abuse Or did the woman run away, abandoning her husband and child to start a new life outside the confines of the community There are actually two ominous and gripping mysteries in The Bishop s Wife, one decades old and one new, and the thoughtful treatment of the subject matter gives the storyemotional depth than the average whodunit Mormon perspectives on community, gender roles, motherhood, family, the afterlife, and life purpose are seamlessly woven into the plot and make this an extra interesting novel First, let me start out by saying this was a good story, and the writing is compelling My criticisms of it are not with the quality of the story, and I like that a work based on a Mormon i.e a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, sometimes LDS for short protagonist is published for a non LDS audience Some criticize books published by Deseret Book and other LDS publishers as being too vanilla, with happily ever after endings where everyone or nearly everyone ends up First, let me start out by saying this was a good story, and the writing is compelling My criticisms of it are not with the quality of the story, and I like that a work based on a Mormon i.e a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, sometimes LDS for short protagonist is published for a non LDS audience Some criticize books published by Deseret Book and other LDS publishers as being too vanilla, with happily ever after endings where everyone or nearly everyone ends up choosing to live righteously My only complaints are with how she sometimes portrays our culture I am a Mormon , and the inaccuracies about her portrayal of the Church and some of its doctrines are glaring She seems to seek out every controversial doctrine in the history of the Church, and this almost makes the book read like an anti Mormon tract although, ironically, that is one of the things that leads people to investigate the Church and leads to many being baptized.This book purports to be written by a practicing Mormon, and that may be true, but several things in the book made me wonder how devoutly she practices her religion For example, she mentions that the counselors in the First Presidency the highest leadership of the Church, consisting of the President of the Church and two counselors are elected, which is simply not true They are chosen by revelation and inspiration, as are the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles See this video forinformation.She also says that it is regularly mentioned in General Conference bi annual meetings where leaders of the Church give messages to address the whole world and all members of the Church about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and topics of current interest that we are counseled to grow as much of our own food as we can I have rarely heard in 45 years of being raised in the Church such counsel even peripherally, the closest thing I recall being that we should have a year s supply of food storage for our families to prepare for a possible emergency.The protagonist seems to mistrust all men and thinks Mormon culture is patriarchal and that the males are dominant and controlling I am reluctant to criticize that, because I am a man, but there are millions of LDS women who seem to like being a part of the Church One thing I do know is that the men of the Church are often counseled against such domineering behavior, and the scriptures unequivocally state and we are frequently reminded by General Conference talks that when a man behaves with unrighteous dominion that he loses the Spirit.She also refers to the wife of the bishop the ecclesiastical leader of a congregation who also has oversight to help with the temporal needs of members of his ward congregation as the mother of the ward I not only have I never heard this, it simply hasn t ever been the case in any situation I ve ever been in, and I ve lived in 16 wards in my lifetime and visited countless others.Characters in the book also focus on questionable fringe doctrines such as that the Ten Tribes of Israel are under the ice at the North Pole or about polygamy returning or being practiced in the afterlife and disregard or downplay important things such as fasting prayer for a person in trouble and marriage in the temple vs secular marriage She also cites some statistics that seem inaccurate such as that about 50% of young men don t serve missions and that the emphasis on their service has been reduced in recent years This is simply not true, as record numbers of missionaries are now serving, and the increase is nearly 30,000 missionaries worldwide since October 2012 Other things that are unusual are the numbers of meetings in the bishop s office at his home, which may have been done for the sake of the story but rarely happen sharing of confidential information by the bishop with his wife which does happen from time to time, I m sure, but which is discouraged, and most bishops adhere to this principle speculation by a character about whether to include a discussion of the Twilight books in a workshop about domestic abuse because the author is Stephanie Meyers, a Mormon and most particularly, a statement that even the Apostles had begun to admit that homosexuality had a basis in genetic predisposition and was not a lifestyle choice something that I can t say I ve ever heard before, and even if that is true, they don t excuse the behavior and have counseled that like all temptations to sin, it can be overcome through faith and prayer and the love of others.Read the story it is a decent work of fiction but if you have questions about the LDS church or its doctrines, visit www.mormon.org and chat with a representative online This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I really struggled with how to rate this book, so here are my pros and cons.Enjoyable I really liked Linda, the main character, both her descriptions of the world around her and her internal narrative I am not Mormon, so this was a window into a new faith community for me Of course I d never make the assumption that any one voice could speak for an entire community This is a cozy mystery, with the darker aspects of life held at arm s length, even though they are at the heart of the story I really struggled with how to rate this book, so here are my pros and cons.Enjoyable I really liked Linda, the main character, both her descriptions of the world around her and her internal narrative I am not Mormon, so this was a window into a new faith community for me Of course I d never make the assumption that any one voice could speak for an entire community This is a cozy mystery, with the darker aspects of life held at arm s length, even though they are at the heart of the story I found that I really needed that right now It was also nice to have the narrator in a mystery be a person with a loving family So rare Frustrating While I appreciate what the author was trying to do with the sub plot of Linda s ongoing sorrow about the death of her infant daughter, it didn t work for this reader If the deceased daughter s sub plot is stripped away, I don t see that it alters anything in the story or the way I feel about Linda I d love to see Harrison write a book that focuses on such a death she has much to say on the subject What else bugged me The writing was uneven Descriptions of Mormon belief and custom were not as smoothly woven into the narrative as I d have liked And the sub plot with the death of Tobias first wife did not work at all for me I will definitely read Harrison s other mysteries She s a good writer, that is clear I suspect that in this, her first adult mystery, she needed some time and space to work out her main character and how she wanted to describe the setting and religious context So three stars, and looking forward to reading Linda Wallheim is the bishop s wife A mother of five boys and the surrogate mother of her ward in Draper, Utah She s used to late night phone calls, visits, and responds to the call for help When her friend, Carrie, disappears, leaving behind her young daughter and husband, Linda fears for the worst Carrie s husband, Jared, is acting strangely, and Linda is determined to get to the bottom of where Carrie has gone.I read this book on the plane ride back from BEA Book Expo America this year, Linda Wallheim is the bishop s wife A mother of five boys and the surrogate mother of her ward in Draper, Utah She s used to late night phone calls, visits, and responds to the call for help When her friend, Carrie, disappears, leaving behind her young daughter and husband, Linda fears for the worst Carrie s husband, Jared, is acting strangely, and Linda is determined to get to the bottom of where Carrie has gone.I read this book on the plane ride back from BEA Book Expo America this year, and I was riveted.This book is about a Mormon woman, but it s unlike any other book about a Mormon woman that I ve ever read before Long ago I gave up on LDS fiction, and part of me is convinced that it s impossible to write a compelling narrative about a person with intense, pure faith At least, I haven t found it yet.What sparkles in this novel is the fact that Linda is unabashedly questioning This causes tension with her husband, children, and members of her ward And it s so completely real that I found myself really wanting to be friends with Linda Mette has moved us past the illusion of a perfect woman and a perfect family to a study on how to be faithful and questioning Linda confronts questions about the LDS church that aren t comfortable And they don t have easy answers At times, Linda is judgmental and wrong But, she s also kind and strong.I m not sure how other Mormons will react It may be difficult to see the culture from an outsider s view Mette is a practicing Mormon, but this narrative readslike someone on the outside looking in However, there will be some translating involved for readers not familiar with the vocabulary of Mormons It s a difficult balance to work out how much explanation to give non Mormons while also not bogging down the story with too much detail.The book isn t perfect It suffers at times from a cohesive narrative, and it s just not quite as tight in the plot as it could be.However, on apersonal note, it resonated with me It was a book that was at once entertaining and thought provoking It gave me a little glimmer that perhaps there are some other Mormon women out there like me As a practicing Mormon, I felt Harrison did a great job of detailing Mormon culture and doctrine without evangelizing I appreciated that the bishop is a good man, and the bishop s wife is a woman who has been through her own struggles The bishop s wife sometimes can barely keep up with all the drama and mysteries around her But she does, and does it quite well under the circumstances This is a rather brave book Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA