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
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.
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.
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.
The strength of the women in the tale and the constant adversities.
Crossing the river with their handcarts in the below freezing temperatures.
Perserverance through Adversity
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.
"Fascinating historically accurate tale of the women who survived the handcart trail to Salt Lake City, the promised Mormon Zion."
Such an interesting recounting of the horrific challenges met by the women of the early church of Mormons, pulling and pushing handcarts across the country during the fall and winter. Astonishing courage and faith.
Being a member of The a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 55 years, I found this story unappealing. I have enjoyed Sandra Dallas' books very much, but this one was terribly one sided on the side of women. The negativity of the characters and blanket portrayal of the men as being self-righteous, selfish and cruel towards the women was offensive. As in any age, I'm sure there were indeed such men, but there were, by and large men who were kind, loving and solicitous towards their wives. I am a descendant of such a man who was a member of the Martin handcart company and have read the journals of him and his wife. In summary, if the reader desires a more accurate account of the Mormon pioneers, True Sisters is not it.
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