Hanna has never been outside her secluded community of Clearhaven. She has never questioned why her father has four wives or why she has fourteen brothers and sisters. And in only one week, on her eighteenth birthday, Hanna will follow tradition and become the fifth wife of a man more than twice her age.
But just days before the wedding, Hanna meets Daniel, an enigmatic stranger who challenges her to question her fate and to follow her own will. Then her mother tells her a secret--one that could grant Hanna the freedom she's known only in her dreams. As her world unravels around her, Hanna must decide whether she was really meant for something greater than the claustrophobic world of Clearhaven. But can she abandon her beloved younger sister and the only home she's ever known? Or is there another option--one too fantastical to believe?
With lush, evocative prose, Christopher Meades takes readers on an emotional journey into a fascinating unknon world--and, along the way, brilliantly illuminates complexities of faith, identity and how our origins shape who we are.
3/5 stars (liked it)
I liked Hanna right away and knew she did not belong in this community. I felt bad for her brothers and sisters and sister-mothers because the father Jotham and how he treats everyone badly. In this story we see Hanna grow and learn to believe in herself and question things around her. Most of that is in part to Daniel. I wish we had learned more about Daniel and his past, although things were mentioned. Overall I liked the book and really liked how it didn't end quite how I thought it would have.