When three young women escape a polygamous splinter group hidden in Idaho’s vast wilderness of 1896, their flight may free them from the horrors of forced marriage and abuse, but what they discover about the religious sect and the connection with their own lives and family secrets is even more disturbing.
Brenda Stanley is a television news anchor and reporter who does an on-going feature series called “Idaho Gems” for the NBC affiliate in Eastern Idaho. She has been recognized for her writing and reporting by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Hearst Journalism Awards, The Idaho Press Club and the Society for Professional Journalists. Brenda is an author of six books that have been sold to publishers. Three are novels and three are cookbooks. She has written a newspaper column titled, “Tales of the Dinner Belle” for five years and has written numerous magazine articles. Brenda is an adjunct professor at Idaho State University in the Mass Communication department. She is a graduate of Dixie State University and the University of Utah. She is the mother of 5 grown children, including two sets of twins (born 20 months apart- yes, 4 kids under the age of 2). And she is now a grandma of seven. Brenda and her husband Dave, a veterinarian, live on a small ranch near the Snake River in Blackfoot where Dave is convinced she is starting her own petting zoo.