I was invited to review The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff for TLC Book Tours. This book is a fictionalized account of the 19th wife of Brigham Young, one of the founders of the Mormon church. Ann Eliza Young was exceptionally brave standing up to her husband as well as the church in a time when a woman was expected to do as she was told. This mixes the main story with historical reference documents and a second story about a current day mystery involving a different 19th wife in Utah who is arrested for murdering her Mormon husband. There were times when I found it difficult to switch back and forth but that is probably due to the fact that I tend to read for about 10 minutes each night before I fall asleep.
Historical fiction is honestly not something I am typically drawn to and I previously knew nothing about the Mormon church, but this book is very well written and the author has clearly done his homework. I found it difficult to determine what was truth and what was fiction which I think shows he did a good job. If you like books on history or religion then I'm sure you'll enjoy this book.