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#The Ash Family by Molly Dektar–Review 4-Stars-#NetGalley

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Nineteen-year-old Berie was on her way to college when a charismatic man, she met, changed her mind. Bay represented everything that Berie was looking for, freedom, saving the environment, and belonging to a family. Even though Beri’s mother worked, scraped, and sacrificed to send her daughter to college, Berie followed her new friend Bay, instead. 

Beri was told she could stay at the Ash farm for three days or for the rest of her life. When Beri decided to stay on, she was accepted into the Ash family and given a new name. It was a culture shock, at first, for Beri, when she was required to relinquish her possessions, work long hours on the farm, and bathe only once a week. But, once Beri, aka Harmony, had the new routine down, she felt good. And, the longer Harmony stayed, the more comfortable she became with the leader’s strange thinking, and the Ash family’s backward way of doing things. It was all wonderful until Harmony realized that when people left the farm, they usually didn’t survive. 

I enjoyed this book and found the storyline fascinating. I am always amazed at how easy it is for some people to accept a cult’s teaching and then become trapped in that lifestyle. A friend tried to help Harmony escape, but it was the Ash family’s leader who had Harmony’s loyalty. 

Thank you,  Simon & Schuster and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Molly Dektar is from North Carolina and lives in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College, where she was awarded the Himan Brown Award and the Brooklyn College Scholarship for Fiction. She is a graduate of Harvard College and was the recipient of the Louis Begley Fiction Prize, the David McCord Prize for the Arts, and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for Creative Writing. The Ash Family is her first novel.

 

 

*Fortney Road* by Jeff C. Stevenson* 5-Stars

Fortney Road

Fortney Road is a true and emotionally charged story depicting the horrific abuse that members of the Church of the Risen Christ, were forced to endure during the 1960’s and 70’s in Ohio. This poignant account of individual experiences while living and working on Larry Hill’s farm is both compelling and incredibly disturbing.

The founder of the Church of the Risen Christ, Larry Hill, claimed that he received messages and visions from God to prepare his followers for the Great War. Before potential followers could join Larry Hill’s church he carefully screened them. Once he accepted them, though, they became his chosen flock and trapped under his rule. Fear and intimidation kept his members from leaving the farm. Although Larry Hill preached fire and brimstone sermons against drinking, drugs and adultery, he carried around with him, his own supply of alcohol, and freely indulged in unlawful sexual activity.

Weekly meetings were held to announce member’s infractions and to dole out punishments. Mental, physical, and sexual abuse were the norm on Fortney Road farm.

This book clearly exposes the horrors of being trapped in a religious cult. I had to put the book down several times to ease the horrendous mental pictures that played in my head. But, it’s a story that needs to be told. Kudos to Jeff Stevenson for crafting such an extraordinarily well-written, and well-researched book. Warm thank you’s to everyone who bravely came forth and told their stories. Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover