Rated of 5
by Elyse G. (Creswell, OR)
"Wives" is an interesting and different story, and all the more intriguing being based on real people.
Unfortunately, I found the writing to be just average - no memorable passages here- and the characters somewhat one dimensional. There is very little range of emotion shown, and motives aren't always clear. We don't really get to know the characters very well, beyond their devotion to one another.
There are some interesting dramas in the story, the abduction, the search, the trials for bigamy. But all were merely sketched out. I would have liked more about the family's life with the Maori, for instance. And the end was a let down - everything is resolved, but it ended abruptly as if in the middle of a paragraph.
This is a book I might suggest picking up at a used book sale or borrowing from your library, but certainly not one I would pay $5 or more for.