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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,446 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Dallas Narrator: Nicole Poole Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781461803836
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The New York Times bestselling author of Whiter Than Snow delivers a novel about the secrets and passions of three generations of women who live in a Victorian house in Colorado.

It’s 1880, and for Nealie Bent, age seventeen, the splendid Victorian house under construction in Georgetown, Colorado, is like a fairy tale come to life. She dreams of living in “the Bride’s House,” as she calls it, with Will Spaulding, the young entrepreneur sent from the East by his grandfather to learn about the mining business. 

Will is not the only one who courts Nealie. Charlie Dumas, a miner who lacks Will’s polish, wants to marry the hired girl, too, and although Nealie rebuffs him, Charlie refuses to give up. Ultimately, Nealie must deal with lies, secrets, and heartache before choosing the man who will give her the Bride’s House.

For the motherless Pearl, growing up in the Bride’s House is akin to being raised in a mausoleum. Her father, robbed of the life he envisioned with Nealie, has fashioned the house into a shrine to the woman he loved. He keeps his daughter close. When the enterprising young Frank Curry comes along and asks for Pearl’s hand in marriage, Pearl’s father sabotages the union. But Pearl has inherited her mother’s tenacity of heart, and her father 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. Their legacy and the Bride’s House’s secrets force Susan to question what she wants and who she loves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dallas’s straightforward, clean prose is ideal for her beautiful and powerful stories. Her latest novel moves from the 1880s to modern times as she explores the relationships of three generations of women and the house than binds them together. It is a tale of family, desire, vengeance, and betrayal that more that transcends the ordinary.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Dallas demonstrates an excellent sense of time (tracing several decades), and renders the tumultuous era well…The love lavished upon the house—the novel’s real central character—is interesting.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gasuski Suski | 2/19/2014

    " I really enjoy reading Sandra Dallas books especially when it is taking place in CO. In Golden, CO they have a museum named after her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maryann | 2/14/2014

    " I usually like Sandra Dallas's books, this one wasn't all that great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie Hastings | 2/7/2014

    " This book tell the story of 3 different women who live in the Bride's House. The author is very good at evoking the time period and the first two stories are good. The book falls flat with the third story until a big twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 1/30/2014

    " The Bride's House by Sandra Dallas is another great historical novel by Dallas set in the mining town Georgetown, Colorado. This novel revolves around the lives of 3 women, Nealie Bent, her daughter Pearl Dumas Curry and granddaughter Susan Curry. Nealie Bent, newly arrived in Georgetown, falls in love with one man and ends up pregnant and married to another man, Charlie Dumas. However, she dies in childbirth and Charlie ends up raising Nealie's daughter Pearl who he is as devoted to as if she were his own biological daughter. Charlie is possessive of Pearl and sends away Frank Curry, the only man she ever loves. However, Pearl is more fortunate than her mother Nealie and ends up marrying Frank 30 years later. Miraculously, she has a child, Susan, at the age of 50 years who ends up loving Georgetown as much as her mother and grandmother do. In the end, she finds love with a man in Georgetown as well. Throughout the story, Dallas weaves in Colorado mining history and not only the life of not miners in Georgetown, but Colorado miners in general. There are secrets in this family that are kept throughout these 3 generations of women, including Pearl's secret which is not divulged until nearly the end of the book. In all of Dallas' books, the characters are well developed and that holds true for this novel as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronda | 1/28/2014

    " A fun read. The way that Ms. Dallas connected 3 generations of women through a shared love of a home and common skills and mistakes was clever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaxmarie | 1/10/2014

    " Not as good as other Sandra Dallas books I've read, but ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/8/2014

    " Sooo good. Love Sandra Dallas. Must read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 1/5/2014

    " A great story about Colorado. From the start of mining through three generations, you will never want to put the book down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawna | 1/3/2014

    " This is not one of my favorites of Ms. Dallas' books. I did enjoy it for the most part, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathrine | 12/13/2013

    " loved it. will read again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/9/2013

    " Sandra Dallas is one of my favorite authors. I just love her writing. This one was a tad slow at the beginning but once I got into it I loved and loved how the story came full circle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 12/6/2013

    " Loved being able to see the places in the book from my visits to Georgetown and I love the connectivity between generations and histories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann Cole | 8/7/2013

    " This was a nice enjoyable read about 3 generations of women who are connected to a house built for a Bride. The story had me captivated to know what enfolded in each of these women's lives. It was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 3/3/2013

    " An enjoyable book, as are all of Sandra Dallas' - really deserving of 3 1/2 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/21/2013

    " An entertaining story about three generations of women who have lived in and the loved "The Brides House". Also the consequences of poor choices. I love books that teach about history in an entertaining way and this book did that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June Guymon | 2/2/2013

    " A beautiful historical fiction read that shows the hearts and minds of three generations of women. However, ultimately it is their humanity that makes us connect to them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 8/9/2012

    " I was so disappointed, because I've really liked some of her books. I kept thinking it would get better and it would come together in the end. The more I think about it, it's just making excuses for women who sleep around. Apparently, it's a charming family legacy. Yuck! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeani | 7/26/2012

    " I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book. However, when it got to the granddaughter of the main character,I completely lost interest. It's really too bad because I was very attracted to the story line and the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/18/2012

    " Another great book from Sandra Dallas. It had been a while since I'd read her and it was nice coming back to her prose style and characters. This one was about 3 generations of women in Colorado mountains, typical setting for Dallas. But nice touch using multi-generational stories ... liked it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adilee | 5/6/2012

    " 2 1/2 stars. I've read several books this year by this author and this one was definitely not my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linnja (Lynn) | 1/10/2012

    " I'm surprised. I really enjoyed this book. 3.5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosie | 11/18/2011

    " pretty good but not as good as her other books which were all excellent "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Callistalauren | 11/9/2011

    " It was fluffy. But, really, what did I expect? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/5/2011

    " I'm hoping it's as good as all of Dallas's others! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffani | 7/11/2011

    " I checked this book out Thursday and was done by Saturday! I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 7/9/2011

    " A good summer read- interesting characters, well researched history of mining, and loved that house was the center of it all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 7/7/2011

    " I was so disappointed, because I've really liked some of her books. I kept thinking it would get better and it would come together in the end. The more I think about it, it's just making excuses for women who sleep around. Apparently, it's a charming family legacy. Yuck! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 7/6/2011

    " With this book I have read all of Sandra Dallas' books. This book covers three generations of daughters living in the bride's house... loved each section. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 7/4/2011

    " This book reminded me of why I liked books by Sandra Dallas (especially Prayer for Sale)--she draws the reader into her stories and creates characters that you can recongnize from your own life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 7/1/2011

    " While I love Sandra Dallas and Colorado fiction, this one was not the best of her writing. Janette Oke type of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mkotch | 6/19/2011

    " Easy reading but what always impresses me is how much historical accuracy Dallas includes in her books. I love the little stories that she picks up from oldtimers and others. I always feel she is sharing herself with us - what a gift. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 6/16/2011

    " Sandra Dallas is one of my favorite authors. I just love her writing. This one was a tad slow at the beginning but once I got into it I loved and loved how the story came full circle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 6/11/2011

    " Not as good as the other Sandra Dallas books I've read. This was more of a romance that follows three generations of women. And it just ties it up a little too neat in the end. "

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About the Author
Author Sandra Dallas

Sandra Dallas is the bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction works. She received a degree in journalism from the University of Denver and was a reporter at BusinessWeek for twenty-five years, eventually becoming the publication’s first female bureau chief. Dallas wrote a number of nonfiction works early in her career, including Gaslights and Gingerbread, Sacred Paint: Ned Jacob, and Yesterday’s Denver. She ventured into fiction writing in the 1990s, beginning with Buster Midnight’s Cafe; since then, she has gone on to write many successful novels, including True Sisters and Prayers for Sale, which were both New York Times bestsellers. Her works have been translated into over a dozen languages, and she was dubbed a “quintessential American voice” by Vogue magazine. Dallas lives in Denver and Georgetown, Colorado with her husband, Bob.

About the Narrator

Nicole Poole is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, commercial voice talent, veteran soundpainter, and owner of the O. Gail Poole Collection. She is also a staunch supporter of the arts and travels around the globe with a mobile recording studio.