Amity & Sorrow- a review



Amity & Sorrow

by Peggy Riley

published by Little, Brown and Company


I read a copy of this book that  I borrowed from the library.


A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she’s convinced will follow them wherever they go–her husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can’t imagine what the world holds outside their father’s polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife. At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley’s abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family. An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, AMITY & SORROW is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own.  (from Goodreads)

My Review

I usually enjoy books about cults/polygamy, so when I saw this book making the rounds on book blogs, I got excited to read it-plus it has a pretty cool cover.  When I saw it in the library a few weeks ago, I gave a little happy dance and grabbed it up.  I liked the beginning of the book a lot, but after awhile I was a little creeped out by Sorrow.  That girl should not be allowed to roam free without some serious psychological help!  I did however like the other characters, especially Bradley.  I wanted to like Amaranth more, and feel sympathy/pity for her, but after awhile, I was like” Lady, your daughter is NUTS!  Keep her away from other people!!”  The writing was very good, the prose quite lyrical.  I did enjoy this book, only a little less than I had thought I would.


3 out of 5

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12 thoughts on “Amity & Sorrow- a review

  1. Sorrow is totally a crazy person. That’s what cult brainwashing does!!! It was like a warning sign to me, and it sounds like to Amaranth, too, about cult life. (For some reason I just thought thug life when I wrote cult life. . . oy!). But yeah, Sorrow is DISTURBED and kind of scary!

    Thanks for the shout-out!!!! 🙂 Fab review!

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