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Date March 14, 2009
Name A C
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Comments hi - I just finished your book this evening. What a page turner adn an eye-opener. I was brought to tears at the last chapter when you wrote that you became a born-again Christian. Amen - I praise God for this! Thank you for sharing your story and the life that you once lived. I have been curious about this lifestyle for many years and you shed a lot of light on it as well as on this website. I am so glad that you were led to Hector. May you and your family be blessed. In Him AC




Date July 27, 2008
Name Allison Harper
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Date August 24, 2010
Name amanda
Email european_school@yahoo.com
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City Nea Moudania
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Country Greece
Comments Thank you so much for your book "Shattered Dreams", which I read this summer. I have passed it on to friends, who love it too. You have had a vry difficullt life, but I praise the Lord because He never gives His children a bigger burden than they can carry, so you must be a very strong person. Your book gave me an interesting insight into what being a Mormon means. May the Lord continue to enlighten conscientious people like you. God bless you.




Date September 30, 2008
Name Amber James
Email amberyouthmusic@gmail.com
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City Central
State SC
Country USA
Comments I was enthralled with the book from beginning to finish. How my heart rejoiced during the epilogue and I felt like I was celebrating with Irene in worshipping a loving God.




Date August 3, 2009
Name Amelia
Email MyHeavenlyMusic@gmail.com
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City Washington
State IL
Country United States
Comments Irene, Your book was incredible, I couldn't believe it. I felt like I was in the book the way you described it. I read it every night before bed and last night I fell asleep reading...I woke up from a dream this morning and I was actually in a scene from your book. It was too real for me, I can't imagine how you survived those times! God Bless you for all you endured to bring yourself and your children home to the Lord. I look forward to meeting you some day!




Date January 8, 2008
Name Amy Girl
Email pasccee@gmail.com
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State NV
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Comments Irene, I am a LDS woman who has often wondered about polygamy. In your book your life as a polygamist wife was written in such a captivating way. I kept having to remind myself that it wasn't fiction. I had never considered the heart ache, lost love, lonliness, and poverty so many women in plural marriages experience(d). It broke my heart. Verlan did seem like a man who truly tried to follow what he thought was God's will. There was just never any way he could have met the needs of each of you. Your book made me cry, but even better it made me laugh. How you sustained your sense of humor tickled and amazed me. You are full of life and I am so glad polygamy was not able to extinguish that out of you. I like to fancy myself a stong woman, but I must admit I am not. Your book was incrediable. You have inspired me to be a better me, wife, mother, sister, friend and to not complain because I've got it good. I vow to laugh more and to love more deeply. Thank you for sharing. ~Amy




Date June 28, 2008
Name Amy Sheffield
Email amy8595@mail.com
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City Kendall
State NY
Country USA
Comments Irene your book is an inspiration. I found the book to be wonderfully written and was in awe the struggles you have endured. Whatever happened to Glen did you ever want to find out? Thank you for the good read. I have many mormon friends who are very upset that I have your book and read yours and Carolyn Jessop book. I found your situation that you overcame such adversity a remarkable experience. Your truly a strong person.




Date August 27, 2007
Name Amy Stanley
Email amystanut@yahoo.com
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City Austin
State Texas
Country USA
Comments Irene, The book is great. I'm friends with Jennifer Lebaron here in Austin, Texas and she sent out an email promoting the book. I bought it this weekend and have not been able to put it down. And, I don't even like reading. It is just so differnt than how I was brought up that it is almost like fiction. I'm just now to the part where you married Verlan. I'm looking forward to reading more tonight! Cheers, Amy :)




Date October 8, 2007
Name Andrea
Email andrea98us@yahoo.com
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City salt lake city
State ut
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Comments I just finished your book, it was amazing, I am an avid reader and it was the best book I have read in a long time, your story was truly inspiring to me and I am sure to all who reads it. It is scary what religion can do to people, Thank you for telling your story, you are a brave woman.




Date July 28, 2008
Name Andy
Email andygraham@redzone.com.au
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City collie
State west australia
Country australia
Comments Just finished reading your book. I am considering passingit to a friend of mine who is a fundamentalist christian cult. The lessons are the same. legalism broken promises living in fear of hell. It is my belief that ALL fundamentalism is by nature false as it relies on the word of a book rather than listening to the heart. andy




Date September 7, 2007
Name Anita Massey
Email ant244@aol.com
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City Dunedin
State Florida
Country USA
Comments I ordered your book from Amazon.com. It arrived on Saturday and I had to finish reading it before I went to bed on Sunday!! What an interesting story. How sad that so many people on this planet do such horrifying things because of their religion. I shutter to think of all the "wives" and "children" of this lifestyle has been compromised. You are the lucky one. Is Charlotte still in this way of life?? She seemed the most pathetic of the "wivess". It seems that Susan also wrote a book. I hope that your life has been happy beyond belief since your book has been published and that you make tons of $$$ to help with your grand/great grand childrens' education and a better life.




Date March 25, 2009
Name Ann
Email awright6@uoregon.edu
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City Eugene
State Oregon
Country USA
Comments Hi Irene, Thank you for writing this wonderful book! Please always keep writing, you have a magnificent voice. I am in an independent study comparing & contrasting the extremism of the Taliban in Afghanistan & the polygamous sects of Mormanism in the USA. Your book brought a much deeper investigation into the everyday struggles that the families, but especially women & children go through. You are such a strong & couragous woman. I am so glad you are out, & speaking the truths of your ordeal for the rest of the world to know about. I very much look forward to your next book! Blessings to you & yours.




Date March 8, 2010
Name Ann Mathews
Email amathews@jerrytools.com
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City Hamilton
State OH
Country USA
Comments Books were amazing. Irene is an amazing human!!




Date September 21, 2007
Name Ann McFarland
Email suel40@hotmail.com
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City Redding
State CA
Country USA
Comments Thank you for writing your story- I could not put it down-You have a nice family and now, a great husband like you always wanted-all the best.




Date October 21, 2007
Name Anna McHenry
Email Anna.McHenry@comcast.net
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City Folsom
State Ca
Country US
Comments Your book is a testimony of your inner strength! What an empowering book for woman and the strength inside us all to persevere. I appreciate your honesty & courage to share this story. It is hard to believe that such suffering continues in this world. I look forward to meeting you. Anna




Date October 1, 2007
Name Annalise
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City Madisonville
State LA
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Comments I just wanted to say I truly enjoyed your book, and am so happy to hear that you have the love and affection you so deserved. Best Wishes to you and your family!




Date October 4, 2007
Name Annie
Email angibson@roadrunner.com
Home Page www.myspace.com/kestryll
City Madison
State In
Country USA
Comments I heard you on The Francine Show on WHAS, Loved the show and was very interested. Read thru your site. Great reading, can't wait to get the book! Take care, Annie




Date March 31, 2008
Name Annie Corley
Email equateur@gmail.com
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City Ottawa
State Ontario
Country Canada
Comments Just want to thank you for your wonderful life story. I couldn't put it down! What an incredible life you have lived. I've gotta say, you are a true inspiration. Truly amazing. Of course, now I want to know all about evil evril....




Date August 23, 2007
Name Ashley Caamal
Email ashleystan@hotmail.com
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City San Antonio
State Texas
Country USA
Comments Dear Irene, Congratulations on the success of your book! Your granddaughter, Verla, is a dear friend of mine and today I received an email from her about the publishing of your story. Although I am somewhat familiar with your family's history (from Verla) I am anxious to read your first hand account. May God bless you tremendously...I know your life will be used to bless and free many. Ashley (Stanley) Caamal




Date November 7, 2011
Name Ashley Howd
Email amnesheim@yahoo.com
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City Sioux Falls
State South Dakota
Country USA
Comments I just finished "Shattered Dreams" and I am amazed at what you overcame and went through. You are an inspiration to women everywhere!




Date October 16, 2014
Name Ashley Rock
Email ashleyrock86@yahoo.com
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City Stockton
State CA
Country USA
Comments Irene, I finally finished Shattered Dreams, which you so kindly gave me and signed! I LOVED it and have been telling my family and friends about your amazing story! It was so nice meeting you a few weeks back in Lodi. You truly are an amazing person and so filled with joy and hope. I wish you all the best! Sincerely, Ashley




Date February 24, 2011
Name Ava Viera Holland
Email katgage@roadrunner.com
Home Page Ava
City Charleston
State S.C.
Country USA
Comments Oh my darling girl- I am stunned at what you had to endure for so many years of your life.I know that now you are a great grandmother and at last leading a happy life and am happy for you. I have read both your first two books and also ones written by Susan, Carolyn and Kim. Now I am looking for the one written by Verlan. It is amazing that you were not killed by Ervil and his followers for your supposed outspoken-ness. You suffered so much and I was right there with you because I can understand completely the unfairness of it all. I could not have helped myself from speaking up either.It amazes me that you stayed as long as you did and how you helped so many others through their trials while you were suffering so much yourself. I found your letter to your now husband to be very touching when you renewed your vows. It spoke to me to be more appreciative of my life and husband and what we have together. I have found that we women can be tough when we need to be,as I have endured alot of heartache in my life also. But I admire you




Date December 26, 2007
Name Ayline LeBaron
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Comments Wow Grandma!! You amaze me. I am so proud of you. Your book is so good i could not put it down. cant wait for the next one. Love ya




Date February 28, 2008
Name Barb French
Email bfrench55@eastlink.ca
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City Dartmouth
State Nova Scotia
Country Canada
Comments Hi Irene: Just read your incredible book..(I read it in 3 days-could not put it down!~!!!)..I cannot believe you survived some of the experiences you had! After years of longstuffering, YOU DESERVE ALL THE HAPPINESS YOU NOW HAVE!!! What is the name of your new book and when will it be out??? I am anxious now to read it!




Date August 26, 2007
Name Barbara Breaux
Email bbreaux205@bellsouth.net
Home Page www.myspace.com/bayouangel205
City Carencro
State La
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Comments I would like to thank you for your tremdous courage to write your memoirs into a book. I saw your interview on Anderson Cooper 360. I wrote the name of your book down and went to Barnes and Noble the next day and bought it. It was the only copy they had l> eft. I couldn't put it down. I'm an avid reader especially when it comes to memoirs. Truly, yours in one that will stay with me forever. > > Just reading it made me thankful for all the little things I have in my life that I take for granted. Even though I don't know what its like to live a polyamist life, I do know whats its like to love someone and not have them there for you. I love my husb> and, but I never get to see him much. He works offshore on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. So I go weeks without seeing him and when he comes in he has so much stuff to take of that I feel like I'm playing second fiddle to everyone else that needs h> is attention. I'm not complaing. I've been living this life for 16 yrs now and I'm just use to it. He