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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Don’t let the title of this book fool you: Mormon Erotica is really about loss of freedom, a loss that forced a younger Sadie to become an ex-Mormon. So when Sadie and her college sweetheart, a long divorced but practising Mormon, 45-year-old Jim Maxwell, suddenly run into each other again, Cupid shoots an arrow at both their hearts again. But the problem is Jim really isn’t free to love Sadie: not only is she no longer a member of the church, but she’s written an “erotic” “pornographic” book about Mormons. His devout sister Kelli, his bishop, his ex-wife, and the Mormon community in his ward are scandalized when a photo of Jim and Sadie locking lips surfaces on Facebook. Tongues start wagging; Jim’s bishop comes a-calling to “help” him with his problem. And all Jim feels is fully alive, and in love, for the first time in 12 years! Interestingly enough, the only one who is cheering for him is his teenaged daughter who keeps a diary; her reflections contrast the impact of the traditional Mormon restrictions on young women with the current generation’s more liberated thinking. But as Jim becomes more deeply involved with Sadie, he too must confront the difficulties he and Sadie might face if they marry. What does he decide to do? Readers will enjoy finding out!
I loved this book. Mormon Erotica by Donna Banta is, by far, one of the most enjoyable and most informative books I’ve read this year. I started and finished it within a few hours. It kept me riveted like the best thrillers do…except Mormon Erotica is anything but a thriller. It’s humorous and eye-opening, yet in some respects, annoying. Why annoying? It’s always annoying, at least to me, and obviously to the author, to observe families whose religious beliefs dictate their every decision, including whom to love and marry, and put control of their lives into other people’s hands. I stated that Mormon Erotica is informative. It is for those who don’t know much about how and why Mormons live as they do, go on missions, spend hours in church related activities every weekend and believe strongly in the afterlife along with their place in Heaven. Mormon Erotica helped me understand my own Mormon relatives a little better than I did. I can only say thank heaven they’re not quite like the Mormons in this book! Enjoy!