True Sisters: A Novel

True Sisters: A Novel

by Sandra Dallas
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True Sisters: A Novel by Sandra Dallas

In a novel based on true events, New York Times bestselling author Sandra Dallas delivers the story of four women---seeking the promise of salvation and prosperity in a new land---who come together on a harrowing journey.

In 1856, Mormon converts, encouraged by Brigham Young himself, and outfitted with two-wheeled handcarts, set out on foot from Iowa City to Salt Lake City, the promised land. The Martin Handcart Company, a ragtag group of weary families headed for Zion, is the last to leave on this 1,300-mile journey. Three companies that left earlier in the year have completed their trek successfully, but for the Martin Company the trip proves disastrous. True Sisters tells the story of four women from the British Isles traveling in this group. Four women whose lives will become inextricably linked as they endure unimaginable hardships, each one testing the boundaries of her faith and learning the true meaning of survival and friendship along the way.

There's Nannie, who is traveling with her sister and brother-in-law after being abandoned on her wedding day.

There's Louisa, who's married to an overbearing church leader who she believes speaks for God.

There's Jessie, who's traveling with her brothers, each one of them dreaming of the farm they will have in Zion.

And finally, there's Anne, who hasn't converted to Mormonism but who has no choice but to follow her husband since he has sold everything to make the trek to Utah.

Sandra Dallas has once again written a moving portrait of women surviving the unimaginable through the ties of female friendship. Her rich storytelling will leave you breathless as you take this trip with Nannie, Louisa, Jessie, and Anne. This is Sandra Dallas at her absolute best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466802247
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 93,969
File size: 612 KB

About the Author

SANDRA DALLAS is the author of eleven novels, including The Bride's House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale, Tallgrass and New Mercies. She is a former Denver bureau chief for Business Week magazine and lives in Denver, Colorado.


Award-winning author Sandra Dallas was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. She is the author of The Bride’s House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale and Tallgrass, among others. Her novels have been translated into a dozen languages and optioned for films. She is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award and the two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. For 25 years, Dallas worked as a reporter covering the Rocky Mountain region for Business Week, and started writing fiction in 1990. She lives with her husband in Denver, Colorado.

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True Sisters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
BNReaderDA More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this,some parts broke my heart.Very touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sandra Dallas has done it again with her latest book, True Sisters. The book is very well researched, and helps fill a gap in western history by telling the story of the Martin Company's disasterous and poorly planned trek to Utah from women's perspective. My only complaint is that, by trying to present multiple perspectives, the reader does not get to know any of the characters very well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book and the way it was written. I could just feel the way the women felt through the whole time they were on their trek to the (Zion land). It really showed the hardships the women went through and what they gave up for their church and family to make it to Utah.
librarianwannabeAZ More than 1 year ago
I really was fascinated with this story. I cannot even imagine pushing a handcart with the whole family's belongings in it over a thousand miles. The characters were amazing: strong, for the most part kind, committed and determined. You must read this book and know what happened generations before us! You won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read and historial novel. Just discovered Sandra Dallas and have enjoyed her books. No diappoint here
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lynnski0723 More than 1 year ago
I'll be nice and give it 2.5 stars but truly, not a book for me. It's historical fiction regarding the journey of recently converted Mormons to the Zion. They travel to the US and walk from Iowa City to Salt Lake City, pushing handcarts of their limited possessions through the heat of the prairies and the snow of the mountains. I believe the author's intension was to have a novel showing the strengths of the women in the story but truly, all the negativity within the story overshadowed it. I am not Mormon (and neither is the author) but throughout the book, I found it to be quite insulting to their faith. Granted, the novel takes place during the early years of the religion where there were many issues with it such as polygamy, but I didn't feel any of the positives of the religion were represented and I'm sure there were some even back then. After all, the religion did survive and is quite a strong faith. The other issue I found was that it seemed repetitive at times. It needed the storylines to vary a little more or just cut some of it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I would have given it 10 stars if possible. The book was enjoyable all of the way through. The courage of the people in the book was amazing. Read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good look at the desperate conditions of life on the trek for the Mormons to Salt Lake City. A good read and an interesting lesson in Mormon history, especially for anyone who is not familiar with their beliefs. I have read other books by this author and have enjoyed all of them.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not know that theLDS traveled across the country driving hand carts. They were such courageous people. The women in the story wete the true heroes. They endured such hardships and loss. After reading the story i had such anger towards the religious zealots who gave the people such false hope. And yet they continued to be so brave. An excellent historical novel. The story began slowly but then evolved into a good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book you just hate to put down. To think what the families had to go through to reach their destination. Makes a person appreciate what they have. Maybe we could do with a few less possessions.
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Sandra Dallas books and enjoyed then greatly. This one will not dissappiont you. The way it started off was a little different fron her others. I almost started to become discouraged. The story line was converting people to become Morman. it was pretty strong and almost to much, but as the story developed I understand why she took it so far with the conversions. As the story devloped I could not put it down. I very much enjoyed true sisters and loved the ending. I could tell she did a lot of resurch for true sisters and loved the way she put everything together. You really felt like you know the charecters . I love her books keep it up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sandra Dallas inspires me to write strong female heroic characters. It is evident through her writing that she strives to be historically accurate.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never heard this story before and it was very interesting to read.
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PatLee More than 1 year ago
Another great Sandra Dallas novel. I suffered along with the women on their trek. Great characters. It held my interest through every page! If you enjoy historical fiction, this book is for you!
Nanetter More than 1 year ago
I have loved other Sandra Dallas novels, but this one was a big disappointment. Read " Fire of the Covenant " by Gerald Lund instead. Like "True Sisters" it is fictional account of the Willie and Martin handcart companies. You might cry your eyes out. but you will love the spirit of human triumph captured in this book and sigh with regret, that when you get to the last page, there isn't more.