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The Bride's House

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Whiter Than Snow and Prayers for Sale comes a novel about the secrets and passions of three generations of women who have all lived in the same Victorian home called the Bride’s House.

It’s 1880, and for unassuming seventeen-year-old Nealie Bent, the Bride’s House is a fairy tale come to life. It seems as if it is being built pr...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Tara Chevrestt
I was really quite riveted by this story. I can't say I turned the final page having learned anything or had food for thought or cried, but I was entertained.

It's about three different women during three different times in the same house, the Bride's House.

Nealie's tale begins in 1880.. She falls in love with one man, marries another, but still ends up in the Bride's House. There's a bit of a moral in this part. "The grass is not always greener on the other side" kept popping into my head.

The s...more
Julie
I was so disappointed, because I've really liked some of her books. I kept thinking it would get better and it would come together in the end. The more I think about it, it's just making excuses for women who sleep around. Apparently, it's a charming family legacy. Yuck!
aspasiacat
Rating: ****

Review: So, what happens when you get an advance copy of a book in the mail from a publisher and it just happens to be the The Bride’s House by Sandra Dallas? Well, of course you sit down to read the back cover and then you are so intrigued you sit down to read a few pages. The next thing you know you have finished the book – in one night. That is what I did. Although I was already a big fan of her books I found the style of writing to be different than her other books – wonderful in...more
Rosanne
As I began to read "The Bride's House", I was concerned that it would be a book that wasn't very good. I am so glad that I stuck with it. I knew Sandra Dallas from Prayers For Sale and was excited that I would have the opportunity to read her new book. Part I didn't seem like I was reading something from Sandra Dallas. As I got through to Part II, I was completely on board and anxious to read the rest.

The book opens with Nealie Bent who has just moved to Georgetown, CO fleeing from a terrible ho...more
Heidi
This book was fine to read, but not anything great. It was not very profound, not a great plot either. It was fun, and light reading, although really predictable. I liked the setting, because it is close to home and familiar to me, which was fun and I want to go see the actual places in the book now. The story is basically about 3 generations of women that all keep secrets and all made the same mistakes. Maybe if they had been more open and honest about their lives, they could have prevented the...more
Rachel
I've enjoyed most of Sandra's books so far, this one, did not stand up to the others. My least favorite thus far. I wouldn't spend the money or have this one on my book shelf at home.

I am feeling like the more recent her books, the more she feels she needs to put more detailed intamacy in them that quite frankly, isn't needed. I felt like her older books were more wholesome and now these more recent ones are turning trashy.

I did enjoy the three generations stories and the twist and secret at th...more
Julia
I was really looking forward to Sandra Dallas's latest novel. I have mostly enjoyed 3 other novels by her. While this book was O.K. (2 stars means its O.K.) and a fast read, it really wasn't so great. I kept thinking it was a bit "korny" as I was reading. It tells the story of 3 generations of women who all seemed quite shallow in their relationships and life.

It seemed that to keep the readers interest, the author would throw in a "tragedy", but then pull back on it, so it wasn't too bad. Inste...more
Kari
I won this book through first reads, and I absolutly LOVED it. I almost didn't enter for this book, and now I'm wondering why I had doubts. This book tells the story of three generations of women, and the trials of life and love they endure.

Nealie, who had experienced more heartache in her short years then most people do in an entire life time is the first. Her back story kind of broke my heart. But the upside is that she experiences true love, and to me she truly embodies the saying "better to...more
Joyce
The Bride's House by Sandra Dallas is another great historical novel by Dallas set in the mining town Georgetown, Colorado. This novel revolves around the lives of 3 women, Nealie Bent, her daughter Pearl Dumas Curry and granddaughter Susan Curry. Nealie Bent, newly arrived in Georgetown, falls in love with one man and ends up pregnant and married to another man, Charlie Dumas. However, she dies in childbirth and Charlie ends up raising Nealie's daughter Pearl who he is as devoted to as if she w...more
Ariel
I wanted to get my hot little hands on a copy of this book when I first saw that it was up for early review. Alas I was not picked and disappointed I waited patiently for it to come in to my library. I loved the Diary of Mattie Spencer and this looked like a similar historical fiction work. The premise of this book is that there are three generations of women from the same family that inhabit a house called the Bride's House in Colorado. It is so named because the first woman Nealie was a bride...more
Diane
I like Sandra Dallas and feel her books are a great escape. This one, follows three generations of women in a Colorado home, nicknamed The Brides's House, purchased in 1880. Georgetown is a mining town and Nealie is a hard working, uneducated servant who is easily swept off her feet by a mining investor. One third of the book (the best third, I thought) is her story. The second third, Pearl's story, is also interesting and the characters are mostly realistic and finely crafted. The book fell apa...more
Cassie
I'd give it a 2.5/3... The main characters were intriguing and lived a plausible life in their individual eras. The story line was well thought out and connected within one another in a smooth context. The twist at the end was an unexpected climax, and segued to a lovely finalization. However-- I was very disappointed (and shocked) by the strong sensuality/sexuality in certain spots. There were no foreshadowing reviews as far as I could see. Embarrassed to have to skip past those parts. The book...more
Lisa
Once again Colorado's Sandra Dallas has written a wonderful historical novel. The Bride's House is set in Georgetown, Colorado. It's the story of three generations of women who live there. It starts out during the 1880s mining boom and bust and continues past the two wars - with three strong-willed women: Nealie, her daughter Pearl and then granddaughter, Susan, as well as, the other main character - Bride's House. It's more than three love stories. It is a history of the area, of women, and it'...more
Book Duo
Once again Colorado's Sandra Dallas has written a wonderful historical novel. The Bride's House is set in Georgetown, Colorado. It's the story of three generations of women who live there. It starts out during the 1880s mining boom and bust and continues past the two wars - with three strong-willed women: Nealie, her daughter Pearl and then granddaughter, Susan, as well as, the other main character - Bride's House. It's more than three love stories. It is a history of the area, of women, and it...more
Kathryn
I have enjoyed everything Sandra Dallas has written. This book was not exception. The story of a house and the generations of women that have lived there, all related, all with similiar stories. At times I felt I wanted the story to move a bit faster as the details of the some days were a bit drawn out. Then the story would move on and I was pleased how the story progressed. It is so interesting how amny of the same issues of today were the same issues of a 100 years or more. The discretion with...more
Carole Roman
Sandra Dallas has a way with the written word. She suspends your reality taking you the the old west where you can identify with people you hardly know, or even understand. Her tale of hardships and the American spirit is an inspiration to read and the sheer courage of the women she writes about make me feel so proud of the people that built this country. So, it was a surprise to find myself not liking any of the characters in the book. While they were all too human, and she is so brilliant in h...more
Kathy
Using the comforting shelter of a home, Dallas tells the less than expected story of three generations of women who lived in the house. Each shared life altering events that are more common than our society admits. The story is filled with human emotion, experiences and candid revelations about life through a woman's eyes. I loved the story and was fascinated by the Victorian link each shared. I especialled liked the unique way the history of all three women was preserved and revealed.
S.B. Lerner
This was pure escape...a guilty pleasure...one page followed the next and the hours passed easily in a Colorado mining town, with conflicts arising out of rivals for the affections of a simple girl. Actually, there are three stories. It's a kind of family saga, but each one functions on its own, with some 'secrets' revealed at the end that tie them all together. Good historical detail, sweetly sentimental. I like this kind of book once in a while.
Jean
A disappointment. Sandra Dallas's historical research is first rate, yet the storyline of three generations of "good" women who find themselves to be unwed mothers is tiresome and too coincidental. Making an "off-child" the secret legacy that binds the family females seems somewhat twisted. Shallow male characters with their guile and/or gullibility only add to the reader's frustration.
Shalane
I've read a couple of Sandra Dallas's books and really enjoyed them, but I could not get into this one. It was hard that the story spanned three generations, but mainly I just didn't like the characters. I had no interest in their stories because I thought they were unlikeable. Disappointed.
Emily
This was a great escape book for me. Plus I loved reading about Georgetown, Colorado! That was a plus. In addition to some strong female characters. I thoroughly enjoyed his book.
Abby
Three generations of women in a small Colorado mining town. I loved the parts about Nealie and Pearl, but Susan's section read like Sweet Valley High.
Amy
Sandra Dallas always writes interesting easy-to-read stories. This one, although not great literature, I gave 4 stars because it is set in Georgetown, Colorado of which I am very familiar. Reading it reminded me of all of my summers in a small mining town in the mountains. Dallas really captured the flavor of such places. An added bonus, is that I have walked/driven by the actual Bride's House in Georgetown many, many times. We noticed that someone had bought it and was fixing it up. At the end...more
Glenda
The Bride's House is a novel about the secrets and passions of three generations of women who have all lived in the same Victorian home called the Bride’s House.
It’s 1880, in Georgetown, Colorado, and for seventeen-year-old Nealie Bent, the Bride’s House is a fairy tale come to life. It seems as if it is being built precisely for her and Will Spaulding, the man she is convinced she will marry. But life doesn’t go according to plan, and Nealie finds herself in the Bride’s House pregnant---and ma...more
Denise
The Bride's House begins in 1880 with Nealie, a young woman who has escaped her abusive father by fleeing to the mountains, to a small mining town called Georgetown. There she finds herself falling in love and dreams of living with her husband in a beautiful, grand house called the Bride's House. But willful and naive, Nealie ends up living in the Bride's House under very different circumstances than she expected. The story continues through three generations of women who live in the house, conc...more
Kimberly
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Brenda
I loved this book! It is another of the old west type books. A bride who ends up with the wrong man pregnant and in the house of her dreams. This is the story of three generations of women and their stories of how they came to live and grow with their children in the book "The Bride's House". This book is set in Georgetown in the Colorado High Country. I loved reading when the book was over how the author came to write this story. I was out and about with my hubby and he kept interrupting my rea...more
Tonya
Sandra Dallas NEVER disappoints! In this multigenerational saga, 3 women unknowingly make the same mistakes in love. All three women are lovable characters, Nealie grew on me the most though. Her spirit came through the pages and stuck with you the whole time, thinking her daughter and granddaughter had a piece of her.

Nealie's mother passed away and her father was meaner than a rattlesnake so she just took off. When she arrived in Georgetown Colorado she knew not a soul. However, Lidie Travers w...more
Carol
Nov 06, 2011 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women, Colo. history buffs,
Loved it! As a fellow Colorado resident, I know many of the places Sandra Dallas writes about including Georgetown (the setting for The Bride's House), making her books a lot more fun. Like some of her earlier books, she does a great job of incorporating Colorado history, especially the grimy exuberance, noise, danger, and recklessness of the mining camps, and mountain life into this story.

However, what I like most about Sandra Dallas books are the women she creates to people her stories, and B...more
Ashley
This was not my favorite Sandra Dallas book. I can't decide between 2 and 3 stars. I didn't mind the first half of the book for the most part, but the second half I really started to dislike it. Well, not even the second half even. Just the Susan chapter through the end of the book. Like the book, I'll separate my review into three parts so as not to spoil the entire thing at once.

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Award-winning author SANDRA DALLAS was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. Sandra’s novels with their themes of loyalty, friendship, and human dignity have been translated into a dozen foreign languages and have been optioned for films.

A journalism graduate of the University of Denver, Sandra began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. A staff...more
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