True Sisters

Sandra Dallas

St. Martin's Griffin

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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 zealous group of emigrants headed for Zion, is the last to leave on this 1,300-mile journey. Earlier companies arrive successfully in Salt Lake City, but for the Martin Company the trip proves disastrous. True Sisters tells the story of 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: Nannie, who is traveling with her sister and brother-in-law after being abandoned on her wedding day; Louisa, who’s married to an overbearing church leader who she believes speaks for God; Jessie, who’s traveling with her brothers, each one of them dreaming of the farm they will have in Zion; and 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.



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Chapter 1

July 28, 1856
The two sisters leaned forward, their hands flat against the rear of the handcart, waiting, fidgeting, impatient. It was late in the day, and they had been ready for hours, had stood there behind the spindly cart that was piled with all their worldly goods, listening for the command or maybe the sound of the cornet that would send them on their way. Already, the horn ordered their lives, waking them at five in the morning, calling them to prayers twice a day, sounding again at ten at night for the fires and lights to be extinguished.

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Praise for True Sisters

Praise for True Sisters

"A born storyteller, Dallas excels not only at plot but also at peopling her novels with memorable individuals." —Richmond Times Dispatch

"Dallas offers a richly drawn fictional account of tragic true events." —Booklist

"Dallas tells the story of strong women and the beautiful relationships they can create even in impossible circumstances a memorable story.” —Publishers Weekly

“This fact-based historical fiction, celebrating sisterhood and heroism, makes for a surefire winner.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Whiter Than Snow and Prayers For Sale

"Whiter Than Snow is a fast and engrossing novel that will capture readers' hearts from the first few pages." --- Deseret News on Whiter Than Snow

"Her sense of time and place is pitch-perfect and her affection for her characters infectious." --- Kirkus Reviews on Whiter Than Snow

"Whiter Than Snow adds to Dallas's luster as a superb storyteller whose work is grounded in the redemptive power of kindness." --- Richmond Times-Dispatch on Whiter Than Snow

"This satisfying novel will immediately draw readers in and the unexpected twists will keep them hooked through to the bittersweet denouement." --- Publishers Weekly on Prayers for Sale

"Forgiveness and redemption are the themes of this gentle novel about hardscrabble lives." --- Kirkus Reviews on Prayers for Sale

"The idea of selling prayers conjures images of pre-Reformation Catholicism or, at the very least, stops you in your tracks to think a bit. Like the lives narrated, this novel runs the gamut of heartache, hardship, and happiness as Dallas skillfully weaves past into present and surprises everyone at the end. Fans of Lee Smith, Sue Monk Kidd, and Kaye Gibbons will love this book." --- Booklist (starred review) on Prayers For Sale


"Putting down a Sandra Dallas read is nearly impossible. This book is filled with secrets revealed as the reader learns about the lives of the characters. The secret revealed in the final pages is top-notch." ---Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado) on Prayers for Sale

"Prayers for Sale is a finely crafted tale that celebrates women and their resiliency." --- Deseret News

Praise for The Bride's House

“With a perfect blend of masterful storytelling, sympathetic and realistic characters and prose as crisp as a Colorado creek, Dallas again spins a timeless tale of love and tenacity, tenderness and redemption. And “The Bride’s House” is ultimately a story of the confines of legacy and the fulfillment that can come when those chains are broken.” --- Richmond Times Dispatch

“Putting down a Sandra Dallas novel is nearly impossible.” --- Daily Camera

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TRUE SISTERS by Sandra Dallas | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of TRUE SISTERS . A calamitous chapter in American history is illustrated by the intertwined tales of four women who survived it.
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About the Author

Sandra Dallas

SANDRA DALLAS is the author of eleven novels, including The Bride's HouseWhiter 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.

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True Sisters
Sandra Dallas


WILLA Literary Award - Winner

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250005038
ISBN10: 1250005035
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages


St. Martin's Press
April 2012
ISBN: 9781250005021
ISBN10: 1250005027
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages

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St. Martin's Press
April 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466802247
ISBN10: 1466802243
352 pages

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