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The Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery - Guest Blogger Book Review

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Rose Madsen will do anything to keep from being married off to one of the men in her Fundamentalist Mormon (FLDS) community, even endure the continued beatings and abuse of her mother. But when her mentally handicapped baby sister is forced to strangle the bird she loves at the behest of the Prophet, Rose frees the bird and runs away.

Adan Reyes will do anything to escape the abusive foster care system in Phoenix, even leaving his good friends and successful high school athletic career behind him. Ill-prepared for surviving the desert, Adan hits the road only to suffer heat stroke. Found by a local handyman, he catches a glimpse of a mysterious girl--Rose--running through town, and follows her into the mountains where they are both tracked and discovered by the men of the FLDS community.

With their fates now intertwined, can Rose and Adan escape the systems locking them into lives of abuse? Will Rose be forced to marry the Prophet, a man her father's age, and be one of dozens of wives, perpetually pregnant, with no hope for an education? Will Adan be returned to the foster home where bullying and cruelty are common? Is everyone they meet determined to keep them right where they belong or are some adults worthy of their trust?

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Jennifer's Review
It’s a good book that I enjoyed reading. 
It’s about different people, but mostly about a girl named Rose who hates her life and runs away. She soon meets up with another runaway boy named Adan. Together, the two of them try to escape the town of Hurricane. 
The town is one of polygamy and is ruled by a guy who calls himself “The Prophet.” He controls everyone in the town, makes them do bad things, wear what he says, wear their hair a specific way, etc. 
After Rose and Adan run away, they are caught. What is their punishment? Who is the Prophet? 
If you don't like or believe in Polygamy, hate people who rule over others or are forced to do bad things, don’t read this unless you can control your feelings. I know I got mad and cried over some parts of this book. This book is so good you can’t put it down. I know I couldn’t. 
5 stars!

Author Bio
Anne Butler Montgomery has worked as a television sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, amateur baseball umpire, and high school football referee. Her first TV job came at WRBL‐TV in Columbus, Georgia, and led to positions at WROC‐TV in Rochester, New York, KTSP‐TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where she anchored the Emmy and ACE award‐winning SportsCenter. She finished her on‐camera broadcasting career with a two‐year stint as the studio host for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Montgomery was a freelance and/or staff reporter for six publications, writing sports, features, movie reviews, and archeological pieces. Her novels include: The Scent of Rain, Nothing But Echoes, and A Light in the Desert. Montgomery teaches journalism at South Mountain High School in Phoenix, is a foster mom to three sons, and is an Arizona Interscholastic Association football referee and crew chief. When she can, she indulges in her passions: rock collecting, football officiating, scuba diving, and playing her guitar.

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review The Scent of Rain, Jennifer.


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