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True Sisters | [Sandra Dallas]

True Sisters

Based on 19th-century history, True Sisters follows four women who pin their hopes for the future on a plan devised by Brigham Young to bring emigrants to Salt Lake City. Pushing two-wheeled handcarts loaded with all their life’s belongings, the women set off on the 1,300-mile journey from Iowa City - and soon become fast friends even as perils mount around them.
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Publisher's Summary

Dubbed by Jane Smiley a “quintessential American voice”, Sandra Dallas has won over fans everywhere and become a frequent fixture on the New York Times best-seller list. Based on 19th-century history, True Sisters follows four women who pin their hopes for the future on a plan devised by Brigham Young to bring emigrants to Salt Lake City. Pushing two-wheeled handcarts loaded with all their life’s belongings, the women set off on the 1,300-mile journey from Iowa City - and soon become fast friends even as perils mount around them.

©2012 Sandra Dallas (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Karen Houston, TX, United States 06-16-12
    Karen Houston, TX, United States 06-16-12

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    "Very Moving True to History Story"
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    This brought me to tears on more than a few occasions. The strength and endurance of these women has to be admired. The reader did an awesome job with the Scottish and English accents. This one kept me engaged through out the entire novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth CHARLOTTE, MI, United States 11-02-12
    Elizabeth CHARLOTTE, MI, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspiring tale, great historical fiction!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of True Sisters?

    The strength of the women in the tale and the constant adversities.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Crossing the river with their handcarts in the below freezing temperatures.


    If you could rename True Sisters, what would you call it?

    Perserverance through Adversity


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    I especially liked the women character who was not a mormon and her story of her travels and care for her family. How she had strength in herself to go on! This is an inspirational story of America.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna United States 04-14-13
    Ronna United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Surviving nature and thoughtless leaders"

    TRUE SISTERS is a fictional account of a true event. Sandra Dallas has portrayed four women, and their families, as they take a real trip , in 1856, to cross 1,300 miles across America to reach the Mormon settlement in Salt Lake City, Utah. This group is following two others groups who have already crossed, but they are leaving too late for decent weather, and they are also going pushing handcarts which only allow them very view possessions. These handcarts also mean that everyone but the near dead, must walk the entire distance---through sickness, near starvation, frostbite, childbirth, and old age. Many will not survive the trip, but the church leaders berate anyone who wants to wait for better timing, with "you will burn in Hell because your faith isn't sufficient for you to REALLY be a Mormon!".

    Four women are featured in this story. Their companionship holds them and their families together through these ordeals, and through deaths caused by the many hardships. I found these relationships to be quit compelling, as they grow in their abilities to think and survive as best they can, and learn to determine their own futures for themselves. Not being a Mormon myself, I found that part of this book less compelling. The men seemed overbearing and quit thoughtless at times, though there were a couple of "good guys" in the end. The story of the traveling, hardships, survival, and friendships is what made this book enjoyable for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Sacramento, CA, USA 05-05-14
    Sarah Sacramento, CA, USA 05-05-14 Member Since 2007
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    "More realistic than most"
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    The people were much more believable than most LDS novels I have read. Most characters are usually good or evil, but the people in this book were a mixture of both as normal people are. I really enjoyed this book and had trouble putting it down. I also LOVED that the story went all the way to the Salt Lake Valley instead of stopping when the rescuers arrived. I would definitely recommend this to others.

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