"My name is Flora Jessop. I've been called apostate, vigilante, and crazy bitch, and maybe I am. But some people call me a hero, and I'd like to think they're right too. If I am a hero, maybe it's because every time I can play a part in saving a child or a woman from a life of servitude and degradation, I'm saving a little piece of me, too.
I was one of twenty-eight children born to my dad and his three wives. Indoctrinated to believe that the outside world was evil, and that I resided among the righteous, I was destined to marry a man chosen for me by the Prophet. I would then live in harmony with my sister-wives, bear many children, and obey and serve my future husband in this life and throughout eternity. But my innocence didn't last long. While still a child, I understood that the church of the righteous was nothing but a church of lies.
When I was eight years old my father sexually molested me for the first time, raping me when I was twelve. I tried to kill myself. Beaten, molested, taunted, and abused by family members alleging they only wanted to save my soul became a daily routine, I ran from this abuse more than once in my early teens--even attempting to cross the desert on foot. My family hunted me down. I thought government agencies would provide me safety if I reported my father. Instead, police and social services colluded with the FLDS to return me to my family and I ended up back inside polygamy, right where I started."
Flora goes on from there to tell the dramatic true story of how she ultimately escaped and has been fighting against frustrating obstacles with hard fought successes in rescuing women and children from the FLDS. It's a story you can't put down.
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Unique & raw story, best FLDS memoir
I have read many other FLDS memoirs (Escape, The Witness Wore Red, Stolen Innocence, etc) and this one is by far the best. Flora's rebellious spirit and her unusual path make her story fascinating -- she went from FLDS wife to drug-addled stripper to child advocate. The story is raw, real, authentic and fearless in a way that the other books are not.
great performance by Eve Bianco as usual...she can even voice men and little kids in a way that doesn't sound silly. She is a great storyteller without being annoying or overly dramatic. She definitely does the story justice.
Couldnt put it down
This book is all about extreme reactions, it's just incomprehensible that some people actually live this way.
Flora tells the story of her life and that of her community with such candid and honesty leaving herself and others naked and exposed, as you are immersed in the story you can not stop yourself from being angry and hurt for these women and children forced into this life.
This brutally honest book opens a window to a different world, one that exists just outside our windows. It is and important read, as well as an engrossing one, It is however very graphic and may not be suitable for some people (should definitely be considered as a "Triger".