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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

Critic Reviews

“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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Good book. Liked the lessons learned.

I liked this book. Even though at one point near the end you feel like you have been left hanging. It finally gives closure to the storyline. I really liked the way the author portrayed the main character through her journal and thoroughly enjoyed the writing and speaking style of Mattie. There are sad parts and hard times in the book but I like the feel overall and the message I take away is that you just have to keep going in life and look for the positive in your experiences and hopefully learn from your mistakes. I think it portrays true love and forgiveness rather well. I think there is nobility in being able to forgive and love again. (The part I didn't like about the book was how much Mattie talked about "the marital act," but I guess it was important to the storyline. Just seemed out of character for the time period.)

The narrator had a pleasant voice but there was not much feeling in her reading. No emotion portrayed at all. I felt that lack of emotion really took away from the story, but still enjoyed the story very much.

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Mattie

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

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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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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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