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Name: Cathy

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Comment: This book reads more like Sam is writing a personal email to you, from the heart.

If you are looking for insider information and gossip on Meri and the rest of the family, don’t bother buying this book. That’s not what it is about. It is simply Sam’s story of boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl split up, boy still loves girl.

The book pads out the blog posts and gives more background on what was happening at different times and why.

I enjoyed reading the book and I do wish it had ended differently as I would love to see Meri and Sam happy together

Time: January 24, 2016 at 12:00 am


Name: My Review

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Comment: This is my review of “Almost Meri’ed.” I had “Sister Wives” recorded on my DIRECTV list and one boring night in November, I decided to watch the last episode of the season. I had not watched previous episodes for a while because I wasn’t thrilled with the show. But I always liked Meri Brown, out of all the adults. I found out about her “affair” from this episode. I thought that part of the show was very stilted and creepy; as though it was scripted and she was forced to talk about things that she was uncomfortable discussing. I started looking online for information and that took me on a roller-coaster ride. I found the “” blog…and a 24/7 Twitter war. Yes, I am aware of the “catfish” controversy. And I’m not a fan of the posting of Meri’s voicemails on the blog. But it’s not my blog or my experience.

I honestly like the ebook (and most of the blog). I think the author is a natural story teller and a talented writer with a unique style. It doesn’t matter to me WHO the author is – I’m not getting caught up in the “catfish” issue. The pain and love from the friendship was real to this person and the writer did an excellent job of expressing this. After you read the book, come back to this paragraph:

…This is not a tell all book. It’s a love story. It’s my love story. She went on national tv and tried to sum up 6 months of our life together into 10 minutes of talking about me. 10 minutes of things that were both false and defamatory. I’m not trying to hurt her. I’m trying to free her. Free her from the marriage she doesn’t want anymore. Free her from the lies and secrets she has to hold on to. Free her from the Meri that doesn’t say anything when inside she’s screaming the words. This isn’t a way to get revenge. It’s a ticket out of a life that no longer matches her heart…

This concern has a broader, provocative message. We live in a country where everyone should have choices and equality. Yet many of us have at some time in our lives, been trapped in bad relationships or circumstances. I hope Meri Brown can escape from the constrictions of the reality show that “pimps” the awkward social dynamics of that family. I hope she will escape the self-doubt and the tyranny of that cult-like marriage. And if any reader identifies with this story; I hope they will find the strength to get out of a bad situation and not waste another day of their life.

Time: January 24, 2016 at 3:25 am


Name: Julie

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Comment: I really loved the book and what appealed to me the most were the emotions that Sam shared throughout the book about all of the experiences that he and Meri had together. When he cries it made me feel like crying. It really is a trapped life that Meri lives in and I think the emotions of the affair shoved that fact aside as they grew more and more in love with each other. I have read most of the blog and waited patiently for a week to get this book that I preordered. When I did I read it all in about 3 days reading about 2-3 hours a day. I couldn’t put it down. It was that good. Sam’s agony over why Meri just shut him out of her life was heartbreaking. Here is what I think happened. I think somebody important to the show and the family’s future got ahold of her and basically told her that if this didn’t end immediately her show would and thus their houses and the future and stability of all those kids. And she couldn’t have that. Just my two cents on that! There was only one disappointing part for me and that was no pictures of Sam and Meri together. On the blog it was mentioned that there would be and although I would have bought the book anyway without expecting them it was kind of a bummer. Otherwise, excellent writing and I would still give it five stars. Great job, Sam. You’re going to change somebody’s life out there for the better. I just know it.

Time: January 24, 2016 at 5:15 pm


Name: Amy

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Comment: I thought the book was not well written however the content was meaningful. I hope some day Meri can find happiness. I was surprised the “younger sister wife” is really so kind. I feel bad for all of these sister wives.


Name: Rebecca

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Comment: I have read the book Almost Meri’ed and came to several conclusion:

1) Polygamy does NOT work at all. If it did, Meri wouldn’t have been so desperate to leave Kody and marry Sam. Sadly, Meri returned to the same situation that she bad mouthed on the voicemail she sent to Sam. I guess she enjoys her misery or maybe prefers to get TLC money. That house won’t pay for itself.

2) Love is DIVIDED for the women. The Brown women only have 1/4 of a husband. On the other hand, Kody has MULTIPLE loves. 4 women. If one doesn’t want to be intimate, one week, he has 3 other wives to fall back on to meet all his needs. If Kody doesn’t want to be intimate with one, poor woman will have to wait until the next time it is her night.

3) Polygamy makes women lonely and single moms. The women handle the majority of the parenting. Poor Meri only had one child and now her home is empty. She only gets her husband at night once (maybe twice) a week. She doesn’t get his full attention, etc.

Now don’t get me wrong, if the women are happy being miserable in their polygamous relationship (which really does not seem so on their reality tv show) with Kody, so be it.

Which leads me to the book.

It was a beautiful love story that could have ended with Meri being happy with her own husband rather than sharing a man with 3 other baby mommas.

I truly feel sorry that Meri couldn’t find herself a monogamous man to spend the rest of her life with. Sam would have been perfect for her. He is young, religious, rich, and very handsome. Oh and did I mention he is MONOGAMOUS?! All the things that Kody is not!!!!

I do wish Meri all the best as she flirts with yet another man online. Maybe she will finally be able to get the monogamous relationship she so crave.


Name: Mike

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Comment: My wife had sent me the Almost Meri’ed book because we were discussing polygamy and if it should be legalized. She thinks the book is proof that women do not truly desire to be in a polygamous relationship (what woman would want to share her husband?).

What man would want to put up with 2 or more in-laws, women bitching, and being responsible for so many women and children? Meri got kicked in the stomach by Janelle when she was pregnant, where was Kody when his second wife was assaulting his first wife and unborn child?

As a man, I give my all to my wife and child and wouldn’t allow anyone to harm them. I see Kody as a gigolo who just can’t keep his d*ck in his pants because it is quite obvious watching their show and reading this book that Kody doesn’t truly care for any of his wives. He lusts after Robyn because she is new and still able to give birth to his children. When Robyn gets old and can’t bare anymore children or if Kody adds a younger wife to his harem, he will start to treat Robyn like he treats his older wives.

Also what woman stands around agreeing that her husband deserves a young, hot wife? Now I understand how Kody can walk all over them and use religion to bring other women into the house. No self-respecting woman would ever allow it. And maybe that is why Kody doesn’t truly love them. If the women cannot respect themselves or show strength, a man will always take what he want and Kody wanted polygamy. Whether his first wife, Meri, wanted it or not.

Meri’s attempt to find a man who is monogamous shows she is not all that into polygamy. Kody is getting older which means it will get harder and harder for him to sexually satisfy all his wives even if he takes Viagra.

Personally, I pity the women who were suckered into polygamy. According to the book, Meri has started to see what polygamy truly mean going into old age. In a monogamous relationship, when children leave home, a wife have her husband. They are together and neither are lonely. In polygamy, Meri’s child has left but Meri only gets Kody one night a week. Which means 99% of the time she is lonely.

IMO; she should have tried harder to leave instead of staying with Kody. Sam seems like a stand up kind of guy who was willing and able to give Meri what she needed emotionally as well as physically.

I am guessing either Meri is too lazy, too scared, or simply believes she is stuck in polygamy for life. I really wished she gave Sam a chance to show her what a real man can do for her and how great monogamy is. Maybe one day she will get the chance to experience monogamy.

P.S. I was wondering how polygamy work on holidays. Valentine’s Day passed. I gave my wife flowers, jewelry, took her out to eat, enjoyed a walk along the sea side, and had great sex (like we do almost every night of the week).

Does Kody sleep with all his wives on Valentine’s Day or just Robyn?


Name: Angela

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Comment: I read your book in a few days and I thought it was very interesting and well written. I couldn’t put it down. Alot of the information you put in the book is really hard to deny that their in fact was a relationship between Meri and you. It was beautiful and tragic all at the same time. The only thing that was disappointing was the fact that there was not any pictures of you and Meri together as was promised before the book was released. I fully admit that I am curious about whether or not there was an actual physical relationship between you and her. Most of the messages do indicate that there was definitely was a relationship but there was not any pictures that had the 2 of you together in it. Other than that I thought it was a good read. It didn’t answer all of the questions I had but it was definitely worth the $6.

Time: May 19, 2016 at 5:54am

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