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The Diary of Mattie Spenser Audiobook

The Diary of Mattie Spenser

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Publisher's Summary

No one is more surprised than Mattie Spenser herself when Luke Spenser, considered the great catch of their small Iowa town, asks her to marry him. Less than a month later, they are off in a covered wagon to build a home on the Colorado frontier. Mattie's only company is a slightly mysterious husband and her private journal, where she records the joys and frustrations not just of frontier life, but also of a new marriage to a handsome, but distant stranger. As she and Luke make a life together on the harsh and beautiful plains, Mattie learns some bitter truths about her husband and the girl he left behind and finds love where she least expects it. Dramatic and suspenseful, this is an unforgettable story of hardship, friendship, and survival.

©1997 Sandra Dallas (P)2012 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

“One of the bright new voices in historical fiction … Dallas's authentic period details, her colorful minor characters, and most of all Mattie herself lend charm and emotional truth to this appealing marital and pioneering adventure." (Publishers Weekly)

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    H. Hartman Los Angeles 06-11-16
    H. Hartman Los Angeles 06-11-16 Member Since 2015

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    What did you love best about The Diary of Mattie Spenser?

    The first person account


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mattie. Strong lady


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end


    If you could take any character from The Diary of Mattie Spenser out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mr Baunderant (spelling) sorry


    Any additional comments?

    Sandra Dallas is such a great writer if your are an occasional reader looking for ease of reading with full wonderful story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Cooks Houston, Texas 03-18-16
    Cynthia Cooks Houston, Texas 03-18-16

    Cynthia Briggs

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    "Journey Back in Time"
    Would you listen to The Diary of Mattie Spenser again? Why?

    No, I would not because I have too much reading to do for book club.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mattie


    What does Celeste Ciulla bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    For me when I hear something it's easier for me to visualize the people, places, etc.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book was moving throughout because Mattie constantly evaluated herself as a woman. Although she came from a somewhat coddled or protected upbringing, she was a strong women who didn't give up or in easily. She was even a good sport to live out on the prairie and suffer as she did w/ few words of complaint. Luke chose a sturdy women who didn't back down or "fade" easily.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good read/listen. It moves slowly so it's probably not the book for everyone but everything moved slower back then w/o the communication like we have today or even 100 years ago.

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    Sharon K. McDaniel 01-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing! Entwines one's heart!"

    Beautifully written & narrated. Allows the voice of the past to become your companion in the room. Will transport you in time to the point you will lose all sense of time.

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