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...more
But it felt repetitive, and describing the same types of suffering over and over was mind numbing. Also, the author repeated certain facts about the people over and over, which became boring. The book could have been 50 pages shorter and the same plot line remain. And then sadly, after pages and pages of hardship, the ending was much too short and disappointing. After following all of the women and their situations, 2 or 3 sentences for each lady summarized their life in Zion afterward. (less)
They journeyed across the ocean and travelled by train to Iowa City where the final push of their journey commenced. They were provided with 2 wheeled hand carts to travel overland 1,500 miles to Utah and the promised land. Unfortunately those hand carts wer ...more
I learned something: On page 280 I thought I found a typo. It says, "Louisa tried to courtesy, but her wet skirts threw her off." I figured this was wrong, but in the dictionar ...more
True Sisters is based on the Martin Handcart Company, the last group to make the trek i ...more
That's why it pains me to say that I hated this book. The author's obvious negative views toward mormonism took the center stage of this novel. She was not able to keep her own anti-mormon views in check. Between her failure to write complex, interesti ...more
Based on a true episode in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Sai ...more
I've read many historical novels over the years, but I have never experienced one so well suited to the American pioneer woman's struggles. This book c ...more
The book discloses that promises were made that we ...more
If you're looking for a 'hate Mormons' novel, read True Sisters. Look elsewhere if you want an accurate portrayal of the disastrous trek taken by the Martin Handcart Co. I' ...more
This is the story of people who emigrated from Europe--England and Ireland mostly--to Utah to join the Mormon church. They were told by the young, earnest, attractive men who came to convert them of a path that would be smooth, paved with the goodness and generosity of the church and by Brigham Young and while I do not want to give too mu ...more
I was surprisingly captivated almost immediately with the historical fiction story of Mormons who came from the UK to America in 1850's and headed out in handmade carts for Utah, 1300 miles and four months ahead of them. Several of the women were not even all that keen on coming but had been persuaded by missionaries or husbands.
The sto ...more
Sandra Dallas is a wonderful storyteller and I am happy that I have found her work as an author. I will definitely look into her other work and I am sure I will enjoy her fictional novels, such as I did this one. She is gifted at creating characters and getting you to emotionally invest in their well being and futures.
As a fifth generation direct descendant of six sets of great great grandparents (between my mother and father) that crossed the plains as Mormon pioneers, I have always had a deep ...more
Ok, so... she did a fairly good job. There are little bi ...more
A journalism graduate of the University of Denver, Sandra began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. A staff ...more