Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys
Don't you marry the Mormon boys;
If you do your fortune it will be,
Johnnycake and babies is all you'll see.
-- Old Western Folksong
When Andy McBride met Louisa Martin, he knew he had found the girl for him. There was only one problem: polygamy -- a lifestyle that Louisa could not escape and Andy would not embrace.
As medical students at the University of Utah, Andy and Louisa fall in love -- but can a mainstream Mormon and a Fundamental polygamist overcome the cultural barriers between them? Both realize that their choices will not only affect their own lives, but will also have an impact on their family, friends, and even their communities. Fearing that the sacrifices required of them would be too great, they go their separate ways.
Yet for Andy in Kentucky and Louisa in Utah, life does not go as they'd planned. While Andy is serving as a country doctor and trying to bury his pain, Louisa is coming to terms with the fact that all is not as perfect in her tight-knit community as she'd believed. As doctors, each will have to choose between keeping the peace in their communities or doing what they know is right. And someday, both will have to face their past and decide if they can make the sacrifice to be together.
Set in the red hills of southern Utah, the cosmopolitan center of Salt Lake City, the Smoky Mountains of Kentucky, and the lake-studded country of Finland, Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys is the heartfelt and engaging story about the power of love and acceptance in an ever-changing and often surprising world.
Published: November 2007
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By Camille, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Janet Jensen writes about a secretive society in a way that is both fair and thought-provoking. I loved the insights into a polygamous community and the fact that Ms. Jensen showed the bad and the good.
The hero and heroine are people I would want as friends. When their babies are kidnapped I couldn't stop reading until they were safe.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend it to anyone, in fact I bought a copy for my mom!
By Lucy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The book jacket's summary of Janet Jensen's debut novel, Don't You Marry The Mormon Boys, describes a story about two people from different backgrounds and belief systems (Andy is mainstream LDS and Louisa was raised in a polygamous fundamentalist community) who fall in love at medical school but face overwhelming obstacles in an effort to be together. , That was the story I was expecting and found myself disappointed with the story I was actually given. Andy and Louisa do, in fact, face these obstacles, but it is never the focus of the story. In fact, were it not for a few flashbacks to medical school, there is no mention of these two main characters together in the same chapter, much less the same plot for the first 200 pages. Andy does his rural, family practice medical thing in Kentucky, which seems a completely unnecessary setting to me (unless the far fetched and wholly irrelevant ending was somehow important to the story of Andy and Louisa's journey....which it is not), and Louisa returns to her polygamous community to realize that her eyes have been changed to the situation around her after eight years of living away from it. , In the end, I'm not sure what the point is, or was supposed to be. Andy and Louisa seem more like conduits for the author to expound on the quirks and habits of rural Kentucky and polygamy than actual characters. The part of the story where they are actually together and communicating and conflicting only warrants 40 or so pages. Then the story jumps tracks and heads off in an entirely new direction - one I won't mention because it will seem like I am reviewing another book. I felt like it was a different book. , I guess I feel mostly disappointed because I didn't get the story I was promised. I didn't get Andy and Louisa's story. Not really.
By Teri, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I absolutely adored Janet's debut novel about Andy McBride and Louisa Martin, a couple who come from two different, but somewhat close religious backgrounds. Louisa comes from a Fundamentalist Polygamous upbringing and Andy comes from a mainstream LDS family and when they come together during Med School, they fall in love. From going back and forth with each of their lives, we get to know the two well. Since I am descended from a long line of Polygamous ancestors, I know and understand 'The Principle.' Janet has a compassionate understanding of polygamy, so this novel brings this misunderstood subject to a better understanding. , I was impressed with how Janet weaves the storyline around a trip to Finland with some interesting tidbits about the culture. The story takes place in Utah, Kentucky, Finland and Las Vegas and we see a lot of humorous scenes unfold with ingenious outcomes. This novel brings together a great array of characters and very funny scenarios. We see love, tolerance, forgiveness abound. The scenery is breathtaking by the gift of Janet's way with words. I really enjoyed the small town country doctor storyline. This novel should be made into a movie, as it would be Oscar-worthy. I look forward to the sequel with much anticipation.
By Heather, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were fun and the plot was great. I look forward to reading more books by Janet Kay Jensen!