Blog Tour: The Prophet Calls

Born into a polygamous community in the foothills of New Mexico, Gentry Forrester feels lucky to live among God’s chosen. Here, she lives apart from the outside world and its “evils.”


On her thirteenth birthday, Gentry receives a new violin from her father and, more than anything, she wants to play at the Santa Fe Music Festival with her brother, Tanner. But then the Prophet calls from prison and announces he has outlawed music in their community and now forbids women to leave.


Determined to play, Gentry and Tanner sneak out. But once they return, the Prophet exercises control from prison, and it has devastating consequences for Gentry and her family. Soon, everything Gentry has known is turned upside down. She begins to question the Prophet’s teachings and his revelations, especially when his latest orders put Gentry’s family in danger. Can Gentry find a way to protect herself and her family from the Prophet and escape the only life she’s ever known?


This realistic, powerful story of family, bravery, and following your dreams is a can’t-miss debut novel from Melanie Sumrow.

Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for letting me be a part of this wonderful tour!

This is one of those stories that can truly only exist in the United States in the 21st century, and the way Melanie Sumrow handles these sometimes difficult subjects is just so well done.

Gentry is one of those great middle-grade girl protagonists that I think quite a few girls can relate to. She’s smart, she’s brave, and she loves her family more than anything, even more than music. She’s raised in a vaguely Latter Day Saints-ish polygamist cult. That’s…really the only way to describe the world she lives in. She has three moms, one dad, and a whole passel of brothers and sisters. The only siblings that really pertain to this story, though, are Tanner (her older brother who is also an amazing fiddler), Meryl (Gentry’s half-sister who is practically perfect in every way), and Amy (Gentry’s closest sister who has Downs syndrome). Amy is the closest thing Gentry has to a best friend, and Gentry is fiercely protective of her. (There is some ableist language in regards to Amy, but it’s always challenged.)

There are a lot of problems in the compound where Gentry grew up. There’s daily phone calls from the Prophet, the head of the cult, from his jail cell. The Vulture, the Prophet’s brother, runs the compound, and boy howdy, do these men twist religion to fit their own ideals. Like how they deserve fourteen wives, some of them barely entering puberty. And how the other men deserve less, because they’re not as pure. Or something.

There are so many things I want to tell Gentry about the outside world, and some of those are things she discovers on her own when she and Tanner sneak out. Like how dogs are not trained to attack them, and golden retrievers just really love pets.

This is one of the most subtle “challenge the patriarchy” books I’ve read for this age range. And the way Sumrow challenges this particular lifestyle and belief system without actually denouncing the religion is a perfect balance.

Wonderfully executed, especially for a debut, The Prophet Calls is a quick read that can lead to engaging conversations. I give it 4.5 out of 5 fiddles. 

You can enter the giveaway for one of three copies of The Prophet Calls here! (US entries only, sorry!)

More info on the book:

Pub. Date: November 6, 2018

Publisher: Yellow Jacket

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 288

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

 

More info on Melanie Sumrow:

About Melanie:

Melanie Sumrow received her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and has maintained a long-term interest in studying world religions. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a lawyer for more than 16 years, with many of her cases involving children and teens. Melanie lives in Dallas with her husband, her daughter and one very spoiled dog.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/29/2018- Oh Hey! Books.– Review

10/30/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

10/31/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

11/1/2018- For the Love of KidLit– Interview

11/2/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert– Review

 

Week Two:

11/5/2018- mall3tg1rl– Review

11/6/2018- Patriotic Bookaholic– Review

11/7/2018- Margie’s Must Reads– Excerpt

11/8/2018- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

11/9/2018- LILbooKlovers– Review

2 thoughts on “Blog Tour: The Prophet Calls

  1. Fascinating book you chose to read here Ley! I probably wouldn’t have gone there but it sounds masterfully balanced. I really can’t take religion bashing so I like that it was about the lifestyle (which is scary to me) and not about religion hating. ❤️ Great review!

    1. Thanks so much! I liked how the author chose to make Gentry think about how the few outsiders she interacted with were nice, despite being “sinners”. It’s definitely well done!

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