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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Book Review - True Sisters by Sandra Dallas

About The Book:

In a novel based on true events, New York Times bestselling author Sandra Dallas delivers the story of four women—-seeking the promise of salvation and prosperity in a new land—-who come together on a harrowing journey.

In 1856, Mormon converts, encouraged by Brigham Young himself, and outfitted with two-wheeled handcarts, set out on foot from Iowa City to Salt Lake City, the promised land. The Martin Handcart Company, a ragtag group of weary families headed for Zion, is the last to leave on this 1,300-mile journey.

Three companies that left earlier in the year have completed their trek successfully, but for the Martin Company the trip proves disastrous. True Sisters tells the story of four women from the British Isles traveling in this group. Four women whose lives will become inextricably linked as they endure unimaginable hardships, each one testing the boundaries of her faith and learning the true meaning of survival and friendship along the way.

There’s Nannie, who is traveling with her sister and brother-in-law after being abandoned on her wedding day.

There’s Louisa, who’s married to an overbearing church leader who she believes speaks for God.

There’s Jessie, who’s traveling with her brothers, each one of them dreaming of the farm they will have in Zion.

And finally, there’s Anne, who hasn’t converted to Mormonism but who has no choice but to follow her husband since he has sold everything to make the trek to Utah.

Sandra Dallas has once again written a moving portrait of women surviving the unimaginable through the ties of female friendship. Her rich storytelling will leave you breathless as you take this trip with Nannie, Louisa, Jessie, and Anne. This is Sandra Dallas at her absolute best.

This was one of the most fascinating books I've read lately.  I've always heard stories of the handcart companies that struggled across the United States towards Utah, but Sandra Dallas really brings the stories of these pioneers to life with "True Sisters."

By focusing on the women who traveled with the Martin Handcart Company, Dallas shows how resilient and courageous these ladies were and how loyal they were to both their faith and their families.

There are periods of joy, periods of tragedy, periods of triumph and period of loss in this heart-touching story and readers will find themselves wrapped up in the drama from the first chapter on.

I highly recommend this book for lovers of historical fiction and tales of strong women.

About The Author:

SANDRA DALLAS is the author of eleven novels, including The Bride's House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale, Tallgrass and New Mercies. She is a former Denver bureau chief for Business Week magazine and lives in Denver, Colorado.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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