The 19th Wife tells the history of the lives of the followers of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, but especially that of Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of Brigham Young. The historical facts of the Mormon faith and beliefs are perfectly blended with the fictional account of life during the settlement of Salt Lake City and also the story of Jordan Scott and his mother in the present.
I was completely ignorant to the history of the Mormons. I knew nothing of their church and beliefs until reading this book. Of course, I knew about the polygamy as most everyone else does and I watch Big Love, but that was it. It was interesting to read about the beginning, about the Prophet Joseph Smith and how he and his followers converted so many to their church. How polygamy was introduced to their followers and became part of their doctrine.
The whole book was intriguing and well put together. I read it all in less than a week's time, reading it at every opportunity. It was very well researched and very well presented as a whole. The present day storyline blended perfectly with the story of Ann Eliza and brought the tale full circle.
This was my first book by the author but am now very interested in reading more by him.