The Bride's House

Sandra Dallas

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Whiter Than Snow and Prayers for Sale comes a novel about the secrets and passions of three generations of women who have all lived in the same Victorian home called the Bride’s House.

It’s 1880, and for unassuming seventeen-year-old Nealie Bent, the Bride’s House is a fairy tale come to life. It seems as if it is being built precisely for her and Will Spaulding, the man she is convinced she will marry. But life doesn’t go according to plan, and Nealie finds herself in the Bride’s House pregnant---and married to another.

For Pearl, growing up in the Bride’s House is akin to being raised in a mausoleum. Her father has fashioned the house into a shrine to the woman he loved, resisting all forms of change. When the enterprising young Frank Curry comes along and asks for Pearl’s hand in marriage, her father sabotages the union. But he underestimates the lengths to which the women in the Bride’s House will go for love.

Susan is the latest in the line of strong and willful women in the Bride’s House. She’s proud of the women who came before her, but the Bride’s House hides secrets that will force her to question what she wants and who she loves.

Sandra Dallas has once again written a novel rich in storytelling and history, peopled by living, breathing characters that will grab hold of you and not let you go.

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SOMETHING CAUSED MEN TO STARE at Nealie Bent, although just what it was that made them do so wasn’t clear. Her body was more angles than curves, and her face, too, had all those sharp planes, far too many to be pretty. She was too tall to suit, and with her long legs, she took strides that were more like a man’s than the mincing steps of a young girl. The dress she wore, one of only two she owned, was faded yellow calico, threadbare at the wrists and neck and of the wrong color to complement her pale skin. Her second dress was no better.

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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."
--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Dallas demonstrates an excellent sense of time (tracing several decades), and renders this tumultuous era well (moving from the 1880s into the 20th century)."
--Publishers Weekly
"Dallas’ straightforward, clean prose is ideal for her beautiful and powerful stories. Her latest novel ... is a tale of family, desire, vengeance and betrayal that more than transcends the ordinary."
--RT Book Reviews
"This book is a winning combination of solid historical fiction, vivid enduring characters, and an interesting story that pulls the reader right in. Sandra Dallas is at the top of her game with THE BRIDE'S HOUSE, which will appeal to book clubs, historical fiction fans, and anyone looking for an excellent read."
"I recommend THE BRIDE'S HOUSE to fans of Sandra Dallas as well as readers who enjoy multi-generational family sagas."
--Booking Mama
"A sweeping novel of family ties, long-held secrets, and the continuing search for love....  It will resonate strongly with female readers."
--Reading the Past

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Fiction review: The Bride's House | Richmond Times-Dispatch
A generational saga of mother-daughter-granddaughter has been told in so many novels that the concept could easily become a cliché.
- Richmond Times-Dispatch

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About the Author

Sandra Dallas

Award-winning author Sandra Dallas was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. She is the author of 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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The Bride's House
Sandra Dallas


WILLA Literary Award - Winner

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St. Martin's Press
April 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429977517
ISBN10: 1429977515
320 pages

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Trade Paperback
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St. Martin's Griffin
March 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250008275
ISBN10: 1250008271
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages

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