Carolyn Jessop was born into a sect in Utah known as the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints. Aged eighteen, she was forced to marry a man thirty-two years her senior, who already had three wives. For seventeen years, Carolyn lived as the property of her husband Merril, constantly watched and financially dependent. If she ever refused to submit to her husband on any matter, she was branded a troublemaker, and she and her children suffered When Warren Jeffs became leader of the 10,000-strong community in 2002, ...
Carolyn Jessop was born into a sect in Utah known as the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints. Aged eighteen, she was forced to marry a man thirty-two years her senior, who already had three wives. For seventeen years, Carolyn lived as the property of her husband Merril, constantly watched and financially dependent. If she ever refused to submit to her husband on any matter, she was branded a troublemaker, and she and her children suffered When Warren Jeffs became leader of the 10,000-strong community in 2002, preaching that he was Jesus Christ incarnate and marrying ever-younger girls to older men within the sect, Carolyn became desperate to leave. Finally, when she discovered that her twelve-year-old daughter had spent three days at Jeff's home, she knew she had to do everything in her power to flee. "Escape" is the shocking true story of Carolyn's extraordinary life in the cult - and her struggle to free herself and save her eight children from its terrifying clutches.
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This is a compelling inside look into an abusive polygamist society. Carolyn Jessup's courage and determination to escape abuse of herself and her children is an inspiration to anyone in difficult circumstances.
Feb 8, 2009
Big Love, Big Heartache
Carolyn Jessop was raised in a poligamist family. She was married at 18 to a 56 year old man with three other wives. She proceed to have eight children in her marriage. She was dominated in this family by a sister wife and her husband. Her life and her children's were placed in danger by her uncaring husband. She was mistreated repeatedly, as were her children. When Warren Jeffs became the 'Prophet' Carolyn realized she must get herself and her children out of the situation. This is a fascinating look at a secretive cult lifestyle. The book is fascinating and hard to put down. Highly recommended.
Feb 1, 2009
We read this for our book club last month and it was so hard to put it down. The courage this woman had and the life she use to lead was so depressing! Great story, must read.
Jan 18, 2008
Gripping, well writen, fantastic read
When I saw this book in my local bookstore I was drawn to it immediately. I purchased it but didn't expect very much of the book, something boring and mildly interesting. Man was I wrong!
"Escape" is the story of Carolyn Jessop. From her early childhood; where she was born into the world of the FLDS, to her marriage to one of the more powerful men of the faith, to her eventual escape. It's incredibly well written and extremely gripping story. Her journey is incredible and gives you a great inside look at a group of people that are otherwise unknown and secluded.
Once I picked up the book I could not put it down, I've reread it twice since I purchased it three months ago and I still cannot believe the story. I highly recommend for anyone that is interested in strong women, or cults.
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