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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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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.

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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.

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Not accurate

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints - I feel Sandra Dallas did not do a very through study of the Martin Handcart Company or the Church itself. Very narrow minded. I’m sure as in any religion there were over bearing and domineering men. However this is not the way most men were. Most men did not even practice polygamy, and those who did were very loving and kind to their wives and children. She portrayed the leaders of the church as cruel and self centered, this also was and is not the normal for leaders in the church.
I feel it was very one sided and not in the least a accurate historical writing of the handcart company or the Church. If the readers of this book would like to read an accurate account of this handcart company they should search church history books.

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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.

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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.

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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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Heartbreaking and emotional and honest

It was so eye opening to see the struggles of this handcart company. I loved seeing it from a different perspective.

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Loved the Audible, Not the Language

The book was very interesting and true to life with what the Pioneers experienced. They are doing a book club in our Ward this month, so suggested this book as an option. I listened to it in the afternoon and found my husband liked it too. The only negative was some of the language, which was true for the events, but that bothered me. Our RS Presidency suggested it initially, but hadn't read it yet, so I am guessing after they started to read it, they rethought it and suggested a different book. I think because it was an audible and narrator spoke loudly, the language really stood out. Since many of the people reading it are LDS, that would be something I would rethink if I was the author. Maybe she could state there was bad language, etc. but leave the actual language itself off. That is why I couldn't give it 5 stars.

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very good but very sad

This is one of those stories I found my self having to take a break from at times it is full of hard times throughout the trip on foot and the loss of many lives it was heart braking.

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From a Mormon

As a descendant of a handcart pioneer I cannot express my gratitude for Sandra Dallas' fair and detailed account of their faith and frustrations. I cannot imagine their trials and fortitude when compared to my own. One of our hymns sings of "blessed honored pioneers". Ms. Dallas has honored them with this story. Thank you for respecting our religion, our heritage, and their stories. This is a beautiful tribute to them.