Book Review: The Faith by Amanda Tilbrookcategories: Book, Gay and Lesbian, Fantasy, Polygamy, Alternate World, Alternative World, Sexuality, Love, Family, Romance
Amanda Tilbrookabout this book: The Faith is a romance with a twist, which examines the way we look at sexuality, love and family.
It follows the lives of one family, the Trevelyons, exploring each of their motivations for marrying into a family that practises polygamy and the challenges and rewards such a lifestyle brings.
When I wrote The Faith, I wanted to explore the idea that love and marriage doesn't necessarily have to go hand in hand with monogamy so I started to imagine a world where polygamous relationships were the norm, the sort of people that would choose such a life and how it would effect their every day lives.
For a long time I just wrote down the occasional scenes that came into my mind and didn't think about doing anything with them. Then one holiday I sat down at my computer and wrote the first draft of The Faith. This first draft only took me a couple of weeks but since then, taking the advice of many friends and the sometimes very harsh comments of my family, I have edited and redrafted the story numerous times.
When I wrote The Faith I always intended to stop at the one book but as I was writing I started to think more and more about the characters, imagining what happened to them as their lives progressed. Now every time I write what I think will be the last in the series, I find I have more I want to say about these characters.
I hope that this book gives the reader something to think and talk about.
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A good read which will get you thinkingInitially I found this book a little hard to get into as many characters are introduced in the early stages of the story; however, I persevered and I was really glad I did. The Faith raises many questions about love, marriage and relationships - the lifestyles portrayed are interesting and make you question your own beliefs. It is interesting to discover more about the characters as the story progresses and their motivations for being in the "marriage". The end left many questions unanswered so I am looking forward to soon starting on the sequel. [by CT]
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