Monday, March 19, 2012

True Sisters-Sandra Dallas

True Sisters

Sandra Dallas

St. Martin’s, Apr 24 2012, $24.99

ISBN 9781250005021

In 1856, The Martin Company is the last of the groups equipped by Brigham Young to enable Mormons to come to the promised land of Zion by using two wheel handcarts. A diverse group, many pray dreams of a new spiritually guided life will come true. Jilted Nannie, accompanies her brother and his wife, praying to find a mate of her own. Married to a pompous church patriarch, Louisa believes God tells her what to say to others. Non-believer Anne does not want to go, but her converted spouse left her with no other option. Finally Jessie and her siblings look forward to a farm of their own.

The Martin party leaves Iowa City on their thirteen hundred mile trek to Salt Lake City very late in the season. Additionally, the handcarts are not designed for the wear and tear of the arduous journey. Three companies have completed the trip, but in Wyoming, the band is tested by a blizzard that leaves many dead and others losing extremities to frost bite.

Based on a real tragedy, True Sisters is a fabulous historical fiction tale that tells the story of the catastrophe through the eyes of the four women who bond during the calamity. The storyline starts off by introducing the readers to the prime quartet and their respective family members, but quickly accelerates into a harrowing thriller. Fans will relish this strong story of a sisterhood that comes together as the deadly disaster due to arrogant male disregard for safety leaves all stranded and facing death.

Harriet Klausner

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