Thursday, January 13, 2011
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.
I received this ARC from Simon & Schuster. I loved this book. It's story sucked me right in. Ms. DeStefano's world building was wonderful and I immersed myself in the pages of this lovely book. Rhine is taken away and forced into a polygamist marriage with a man that she doesn't know, let alone love.
She becomes a good 'sister wife' to the other girls. I thought Rhine's strength and resolve were amazing. I wished I'd felt a little more invested in her relationship with Gabriel. I liked his character but wasn't pulling for them until towards the end.
I'm looking forward to the other books within this trilogy. I can't wait to see where the next one takes us. 1 The cover is lovely on this book as well. I would recommend this book and am giving it 4 1/2 kisses!