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Review – The Glovemaker by Ann Weisgarber

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Glovemaker by Ann Weisgarber. Thank you so much Ellis from Pan Macmillan for this stunning proof copy and the opportunity to take part in this blog tour!


For almost four years, men came to my cabin carrying trouble on their backs, each one haunted and looking over his shoulder . . . They showed up during the spring, they appeared in the summer and early fall. But never now, never in January . . .

Winter, 1888. In the inhospitable lands of Utah Territory, glovemaker Deborah Tyler awaits her husband’s return home after months working across the state. But as his due date comes and goes without a word, Deborah starts to fear the worst. Facing a future alone, matters are only compounded when a desperate stranger arrives on her doorstep. And with him, trouble.

For although the man claims to just need a place to rest for the night, he wouldn’t be here in the bitter month of January if he wasn’t on the run. And where he goes, lawmen are sure to follow. Lawmen who wouldn’t think twice about burning Deborah’s home to the ground if they thought she’d helped their fugitive.

With her husband’s absence felt stronger by the minute, Deborah must make a decision. A decision that will change her life forever . . .

My Review:

First of all I want to congratulate the author Ann Weisgarber for this outstanding novel, which I love and would highly recommend to all my book friends. The Glovemaker is the last book I read in February but it no doubt is one of the highlights of this month! I have never read anything that is set in Utah and is about the Mormon faith and polygamy. Therefore when I saw the synopsis, I knew reading this book was going to be a whole new experience on its own. And I was right!

The Glovemaker centres around Deborah Tyler, a Mormon wife who lives in Utah in 1888. Even though it is against the law at the time to have multiple wives, there are still many Mormon believers who practice it. Deborah and her husband lives in a small junction with a number of other families due to their different beliefs, mainly they do not believe in multiple marriages. However, this doesn’t stop Deborah and her husband harbour and help Mormon men who look for places to hide while they run from the law to save their families. One day in the winter of 1888, while Deborah awaits her husband’s return after months travelling across America, a stranger comes to Deborah’s house. What happens next and what Deborah decides to do will change her life and the lives of those in the community forever.

I do not want to give away details of later part of the book because the plot twist itself and the choices Deborah makes are the main reasons why I love this book so much. I could not put this book down! I was engrossed from the very beginning and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. It was suspenseful yet engaging.

The Glovemaker is a captivating, raw and poignant novel about the Mormon beliefs and the moral dilemma for all the characters involved; about whether you are doing the right things for the right reasons. Deborah as one of the protagonists is believable; while she could be controversial at times, I found her very endearing. The story is compelling to say the least and I found myself draw to the characters and their lives tremendously. What I also love the most about this book is how Utah and its harsh environment have become a character on its own. The remote, isolated and lonesome environment of Utah serve as the riveting backdrop for the story. The inhospitable surrounding adds to the hardship of life for those living in the community, which in turn makes the story even more engrossing and memorable.

I truly adore the author’s skilful story telling and writing. This is a book I can see myself rereading multiple times. It is eye-opening to learn more about Utah and Mormon. I truly enjoyed and loved this book! Definitely recommend it!

The Glovemaker is published by Mantle books and it is out now. Make sure you go check it out!

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