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The Scent of Rain van [Montgomery, Anne]
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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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5.0 van 5 sterren Don't read it in the dark 2 juni 2017
door Anna Baker - Gepubliceerd op
Geverifieerde aankoop
Very disturbing, but also compelling. Montgomery's voice is a no-holds-barred approach to a terrible truth disguised as the love of God. Just the thing for a stormy night's read.
5.0 van 5 sterren Five Stars 30 april 2017
door PHX38 - Gepubliceerd op
Geverifieerde aankoop
Anne Montgomery has a great way of mixing local knowledge of Arizona with excellent story telling!
5.0 van 5 sterren Protect the children 4 augustus 2017
door Amazon Customer - Gepubliceerd op
A Scent of Rain: Anne Montgomery

You will meet within the pages of this compelling, heart wrenching and topical novel a man that considers himself charismatic and who increasingly has become an object of worship sustained on a group of brainwashed people that have given over their will to think, decide and have a voice in their own lives and lose their own power. Coercive persuasion or thought reform indoctrinating these people with sermons, threats, promising them to go to the Celestial heaven when the time comes and taking away their worldly possessions in order to adhere to the will of one man they call their Leader or Prophet. They allow polygamy, sexual exploitation of children and the leader dares anyone to defy him. It’s like idol worship and each person within the group hopes for absolution from sins and guidance for a better life while this leader wallows in his own glory and power. Meet the people of Colorado City and learn what happens within the barricaded walls of this compound as you meet Rose Madsen a young sixteen year old teen who just wants to become a science teacher and whose mother, Bliss, is abusive both mentally and physically and is so brainwashed and destructive that living within her realm of life, Rose fears for her own. Rose’s mother wants her to get married off to one of the men in her Fundamentalist Mormon( FLDS) community. When Rose rebels or offers her own thoughts her mother’s beatings are brutal, relentless and then locks her in closet so small she can barely move and denies her food. Although there is people that work for child services, no one has been able to prove anything or taken any action thus far. Her sister Daisy, is one of many mentally handicapped children and when the leader or Prophet returns from being in jail for four months his first decree is to have every child who has a pet kill it to show their devotion to him and to right any wrongs against God. Daisy is slow and fearful and when forced to strangle and kill her pet bird Rose takes action and from there on she becomes a runaway hoping to finally be free.
Taught at home and not in a public school the Prophet seems to be the only one that these people listen to and they adhere to his rules without question.
Adan Reyes is abused by his foster care father and finds himself having to run away. Heat stroke hits him and with no food or water he might die. Adan left his friends and a successful high school athletic career. Trek, a local handyman finds him and picks him up, takes him to the local doctor and restores his health even giving him a job helping him to earn some money.
As he is working one day something happens that cause Rose to run away and Adan decides to follow her through the mountains and they both bond closely as good friends. But, when the men of the FLDA community find them someone has a gun and it appears that Adan might have shot Rose but in reality he did not. Taken into custody, fighting for his life fortunately Scott Parker and Investigator along with Trek come to his rescue even though the Sherriff wants them out of his way.
Brooke Neal is trying to find out who Andy/Adan is and learns that he is a runaway but has no idea why and if he was a victim of abuse.
The Prophet is vengeful and wants Adan eliminated and has his Marshall the man in charge dealing with that and then wanting Rose’s parents to allow her to be his next wife. When they object to it and refuse to allow him to take her as his wife what he does is shocking and the fact that he feels women of low on any totem pole and are property is sickening. Rose has spirit and wanting to be this man’s wife frightens and makes her in pain more than her wound. Belle, the nurse for the compound tries to dissuade him but every effort is fought. When his other wives show up she demands that they leave for fear of infecting Rose in some way? Polygamy is allowed and these cults of harmful and although they consider them religious of ways of life I find that so many people who think they have no way out or no way to fend for themselves fall for this brainwashing is frightening.
Logan Madsen is directed into the Prophet’s office and is told he is being banished from the compound and his children and wives assigned other parents and husbands. Distraught and frightened for Daisy, Iris and Rose, he does something out of his comfort zone and enlists the help of Parker, Trek and Chase the doctor hoping to find a solution to save his family. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from my research still practice polygamy in the same Colorado City depicted in this novel near Hurricane the small town where the main plot takes place.
If Rose is finally free and clear of Bliss she might not be considered recalcitrant and rebellious and avoid having to be perfect, clean, tidy and uneducated. She just wants to be a science teacher but if not freed of the clutches of this cult she might wind up just another chattel of this man. Imagine if our laws confined young girls and women to dress alike and look like cut out dolls in a plain pastel color and a high neck that is totally unflattering. They even have to wear their hair the same way and Rose will not adhere to it just because Bliss and the Prophet deem it so. So, how does her father stand by and not stop Bliss from hitting her with a spoon? Fumarase Defiiciency is what Daisy has caused by bloodlines within their community. Marrying relatives caused the birth defects and the Barlows and Jessops created this ideal way of bringing children into a world where they would suffer. Why? Dr. Chase Allred risks it all to prevent these genetic problems from spreading even further and has a meeting with these people to explain it to them but the reaction was anything but positive. God wants them to live this way and have their children the same way. Ignorance or blind faith? Children born with these defects they claim if a punishment from God and they have to deal with it. Daisy seems to not comprehend anything or is it no one tries to help her communicate? Rose cares for her daily needs and realizes that at some points she does understand by proving to Rose that she likes to splash the water. The love for her parakeet is proven but Prophet Eldon Higbee wants all pets killed and anyone that dares defy him will pay dearly.
Trek and Adan bond. Trek was a medic in the army and is Chase’s best friend and together they hope to take care of Adan and find out why he ran away. But, if Marshal Sterling Buttars has his say he will end Adan’s life and is supposed to be the head of law within the compound only answering to the Prophet.
Bob Wayland was the science teacher at the Public School but was fired and is missing. Eldon Higbee decided that all children should be taught at home and closed the school. While Brooke tries to find out more about him and is dealing with something from her past she would rather not have revealed.
Paths cross and Rose’s life and future are at stake as the Prophet enters her room want demands that she understand she is his wife. Beth Flake is the nurse assigned to her but what Rose does to defend herself is priceless letting readers know she has spunk and will not allow this man to defile her but will she win the battle?
A powerful ending filled with suspense, hope, the will to survive and a father who has to decide whether to cross the line and trust the people from the outside or lose everything. When the Prophet decides that he is going to take Rose the end result will shock readers. Rose is tough and Adan is loyal to her but will they both wind up back where they started? Adan escaping a foster father that is cruel and Rose a mother that is filled with hate, anger and thinks her ways are right? This book reminds readers, educators, guidance counselors, social workers, and Child Protective Services counselors that children need our protection from this abuse or any abuse mentally, physically and in this case sexually too. As an educator I can’t tell you how many times I reported abuse and was right. This book is a great eye opener for anyone thinking of becoming a member of a cult and having their freedoms taken away. A must read. The cover of the book shows a young girl with raindrops coming down. After a rainstorm the rain-washes away the both physically and poetically the fears, trepidations and uncertainty and brings to everyone the beautiful SCENT OF RAIN! Will it wash away the fears, danger and bad things that both Rose, Brooke and Adan have lived with and will it bring as a new fresh day begins a new beginning?
5.0 van 5 sterren Wow, fantastic, intriguing, disturbing look into another culture 5 april 2017
door Sandra Richardson - Gepubliceerd op
I am quite fascinated with learning about different cultures and ways of life, and find the TV programs about the FLDS, Mormons, Amish, Polygamists etc fascinating. Some people call these organisations, and refer to these as cults, where others would call them religions or "ways of life". I find the people that take part in these programs intriguing. So when I read the blurb of this book, it did immediately grab my attention. I was also interested that the author Anne Montgomery had spoken to Flora Jessop, who escaped this way of life twice and who now helps others that want to leave these communities.

The cover shows a young female kind of hiding behind her long blonde hair. This female I would say is a good representation of Rose - one the main characters in the book. The title doesn't really give a great deal of information about the book or its contents but as you finish you reading you understand why it is the title. I'd say that "The Scent of Rain" represents the fact that the rain washes things away, both physically and metaphorically within the book. The title is a way of saying that the bad things can be washed away for Rose, Adan and even to an extent Brooke and that they can start anew.

I would say this book has more than just one main character. There is 16 year old Rose, who has been born into a branch the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that still practiced polygamy and were situated in Colorado City, near a small town called Hurricane. We meet Rose as she is down at the creek, she knows she should hurry home back to her chores but cannot resist putting her bare feet in the creek and wading in the cool water enjoying the sunshine first. When she returns home she knows she will be in trouble and she is severely punished by her mother Bliss. Bliss calls her daughter recalcitrant, (rebellious & unruly) and insists her daughter should remain clean and tidy at all times and dress and behave in line with the requirements of their Prophet, Eldon Higbee. Bliss regularly quotes the following to Rose "Dirty clothes prove one harbours dirty thoughts!"
Women and young girls should dress in a certain style of dress, that is to be made in a plain pastel colour and have a high neck, cover the arms and reach the ankles. The women are told to never cut their hair but to braid and roll it up high in their head. When Rose cannot confirm with all these stringent requirements it is common for her mother to strike her repeatedly with a wooden spoon, slap and strike her and put her in a small, dark room within her mothers closet, leaving her with no food or water. Rose's father, Logan Madsen stands by as his daughters are punished, just telling Bliss "Don't mark the face, mother!" A mark on the face would reduce Rose's potential to be married. One of Rose's regular chores is to wash and dress her younger sister Daisy. Sadly Daisy is disabled both mentally and physically, she has a genetic condition caused by the inter breeding of bloodlines within their community, called Fumarase Deficiency.
The community was originally created by just two families, the Barlows and the Jessops, and with the practice of polygamy and relatives marrying relatives, it has caused lots of birth defects. Later in the book a character called Dr Chase Allred actually attempts to explain the problems and how to prevent further genetic problems to the community but is just ignored as the people blindly believe that God wants them to live and procreate in this way. Any child that is born disabled is considered a punishment from God, sort of a "cross to bear" and be hidden away. God sends them to remind them to strive to be better, to reach their goal of one day joining him in the celestial kingdom. Everyone thinks that Daisy is stupid and doesn't know what is going on around her. Yet, on at least three occasions she shows she understands what is going on around and that in her own way she can communicate. When Rose washes Daisy she loves to splash in the water. Daisy also attempts to communicate with a little parakeet that was found and put in her room. It is the little parakeet and the fact the Prophet Eldon Higbee orders all pets and animals that are not working ones or for food must be killed by the person who owns them. There is an horrific scene where Logan and Bliss demand Rose help them place the parakeet in Daisy's hands so that they can move her hands and kill the animal! I won't reveal exactly what happens but the result is Rose running away.
I love that no matter what is done to Rose throughout the book she still keeps her spirit and she certainly needs that and a whisper of hope to survive everything that is thrown at her in this book.
Another character I love is 17 year old Adan, who is also running away, but is lucky to be found dehydrated and barely concious by Trak Benally. Trak was a medic in the army and his best friend is Dr Chase Allred. Between them they care for the mystery boy who tells them he is already 18 and is called Andy. Adan has no idea about the polygamist community nearby, yet become curious about Rose when he glimpses her on a few occasions. They end up together at one point, both trying to help the other within some really scary situations, but I won't go into those.
Another character in the book who I initially disliked but then in the end felt a little pity and sympathy towards was Marshal Sterling Buttars who is supposed to be head of the law enforcement for the area. However Sterling Buttars is a member of the community ruled by Prophet Eldon Higbee. So when problems arise and the Prophet orders them to be "taken care of" Sterling Buttars does as he is told as he is afraid of not getting into the celestial kingdom, or even having his wives taken away and being banished.
Logan Madsen has two wives and they are striving to please the Prophet so that he will assign them another wife. As when you have three wives and are procreating regularly you are almost guaranteed your place in the celestial kingdom with God! Though this doesn't excuse his behaviour and turning a blind eye to the harsh treatment of his daughters it reveals what his reasoning and motivation is.
When Sterling Buttar has to kill his pet dog he begins to resent the Prophet and his orders. Then when his youngest and third wife, Bonnie is found dead with her head and face battered he cannot just hide the crime. He ends up having to face up to what has happened and eventually the shock of who has killed Bonnie!
Brooke, the new child protection officer continues to come to dead ends in all the cases she has to pick up from the last person in the job. The majority of the reports were made by a man called Bob Wayland, a science teacher at the school. However Prophet Eldon Higbee has decreed that all the children should be home schooled and it appears that Bob has disappeared into thin air. Though there are plenty of little hints as to what may have happened to him when the school closed.
I could seriously go on and on about this book, it felt like a whole book series compacted into one book! The Scent of Rain covers so much, from the cult like community of polygamists continuing traditions that are not supposed still be happening, to the "outsiders" that live in the surrounding area. Then there's the different plots within the book, of a runaway boy called Adan hiding something, a young woman called Brooke who is harbouring her own secret and has just moved to the area to take over the job of Child Protection Services, to a man undercover in the area looking into unsolved disappearances in the area. This does sound a lot and makes you wonder how it all dovetails together but it really does. Almost everything leads back to the cult like society with its secrets and what some would call strange ways and traditions.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, though did find myself on occasion being irritated when the chapters changed and we moved onto something happening with another character when I wanted to stay with the one whose story I was engrossed in. It's a shame that this is a standalone book as I would have loved to read more about both Rose and Adan. As well as learning what happened to the characters that remain in the polygamist community, and those outsiders who have vowed to help anyone who wishes to escape as well as uncovering what happened to those people that just disappeared.
My immediate thoughts when finishing the book were, that is was an intriguing yet shocking story. This author has done extensive research into the culture and ways of life of those depicted in the book. It certainly makes you think twice about the poor children born into this way of life, and the fact they have little choice but to do as they are told.
I also want to add that this isn't a book you read and switch off from. It is thought provoking, both whilst you are reading it and after finishing it. I find it incredible to think that there could quite possibly be children out there in the same sort of position as Rose right now! Then thinking about Adan and his character is also a realistic story line today. We think, or I know I would like to think we live in a civilized society but the realism in this book and many other realistic fiction books certainly proves you don't know exactly what is happening behind closed doors! The Scent Of Rain is a book that stays with you, that you continue to think about long after finishing to read it.
5.0 van 5 sterren Excellent Read 7 mei 2017
door Michelle Kidwell - Gepubliceerd op
Last updated on 29 Mar 2017
The Scent of Rain

by Anne Montgomery

Treehouse Publishing Group

General Fiction (Adult) , Teens & YA

Pub Date 28 Mar 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of The Scent of Rain through the publisher and Netgalley:

Rose Madsen has grown up in the FLDS, forced to be homeschooled by the "prophet" the local public school is closed.

Adan has not planned his escape well. Stuck in the middle of the desert with no food or water

Track Benally is driving through on his way home to visit his family when he noticed a boy laying in the Desert immediately his Army Medic training kicks in.

Rose has been taught the prophet should always be foremost in her mind so when he is arrested she has him on her mind.

Daisy is four years Rose's junior and disabled. Many think she cannot comprehend anything including their Mother butrodsecknows better.

Rose endures abuse for daring have a mind of her own, telling her parents she does not want to get married, and when they inform her she is soon to be married off, she asks them who will care for Daisy.

When Eldon Higbe is released from jail after four months over a hundred people are their to welcome the prophet Home.

Her parents tell her no one would ever want Daisy, and that they would be better off if she died.

Soon the Prophet declares they must kill all non essential animals, and that means Daisy must kill her pet.

While at the creek Rose meets the town Marshall's third wife, and she tells her of her plan to escape and asks Rose if she'd like to go along. Soon the women is found dead, murdered. Bonnie Buttars the Marshal's third wife is murdered.

It comes to light soon that the reason behind the Prophet's decree to homeschool all the children came from the cases of abuse. Fifty seven had been reported.

Rose runs off after freeing her sister's bird and heads for the caves where she finds Adan dehydrated and hungry. She is fearful of strangers but she can't leave him there to die.

Soon Rose hears a search party and she knows if she's caught she will be severely punished.

When they are found and someone tries to stab Adan Rose stands in the way and gets stabbed in the chest. Adan not carrying what happens to him goes to find help. When the medic tells her parents their daughter needs a specialist or will likely die her Mother refuses but her Father steps in and agrees to having her transferred to see a specialist.

While visiting Rose in the hospital the prophet decides that she will be his seventy fifth wife. Rose ends up being taken from the hospital by the woman determined to please the so called Prophet. Her finally determined not to see his daughter hurt More seeks help in getting her back.

The Scent of Rain is the story of a tragic, intolerable situation, but it is a story of Hope and love as well.

I give The Scent of Rain five out of five stars.

Happy Reading.

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