From highly acclaimed, award-winning author Christopher Meades comes a magical, provocative tale of forbidden love and one girl’s struggle for liberation
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, unknown world–and, along the way, brilliantly illuminates complexities of faith, identity and how our origins shape who we are.
The wolves are closing in on Hanna. And not just the ones that live in the woods near her home.
She has never been beyond this place. The only ones who leave are the boys as they mature. Clearhaven doesn’t have new residents and there is only one church. She never has questioned her life before, but as she matures and is to be wed, she begins to notice more.
Why does shes have 4 mothers and 14 siblings? Why is her father marrying her off to an old man?
Hanna’s mother tells her she is special. She is meant for more than this life. That she fell from the sky and landed unscathed. And she did and has. Her father is a cruel man and if she refuses to go through with the wedding, he will just take it out on her siblings.
Then she meets Daniel. Daniel, who has taken her to other places and the man she loves. Will she have the strength she needs to take what she wants?
A very well written book with interesting characters and the effects of cults and brainwashing.