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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,246 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Dallas Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464038389
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Dubbed by Jane Smiley as a “quintessential American voice,” Sandra Dallas has won over fans everywhere and become a frequent fixture on the New York Times bestseller list. Based on nineteenth-century history, True Sisters follows four women who pin their hopes for the future on a plan devised by Brigham Young to bring emigrants to Salt Lake City. Pushing two-wheeled handcarts loaded with all their life’s belongings, the women set off on the 1,300-mile journey from Iowa City—and soon become fast friends even as perils mount around them.

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 is married to an overbearing church leader who she believes speaks for God. There’s Jessie, who is 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Solid for discussion groups.”

    Library Journal

  • “Dallas’ character exposition is strong, and the latter half becomes more gripping as the catastrophe unfolds…The focus is on strong women and the beautiful relationships they can create even in impossible circumstances. As such, this is a memorable story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers enticed by the HBO program Big Love will be particularly interested in the origins of this insular community. This fact-based historical fiction, celebrating sisterhood and heroism, makes for a surefire winner.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • New York Times Bestselling Author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Frederick | 2/20/2014

    " This book was really good and it stoked my interest in finding out more about the trip to Salt Lake. How much of the book is true and then how much was embellished. Have to do more reading and that is not a bad thing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 2/7/2014

    " Loved this book, as I do every book written by Sandra Dallas. She writes of the difficult journey of four Mormon women, coming together in different ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Cooper | 2/6/2014

    " An amazing part of American history that I had never heard about--the trek of several hundred Mormons pushing hand-carts across the U.S. to Utah. This book tells of the many trials they experienced along the way and the bonds that were forged between the women who traveled together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennie | 1/29/2014

    " I found this book disappointing. What is billed as a story about the Martin handcart company turned into an anti polygamy rant and a put down of Mormon men, especially those in leadership positions. The plot is disjointed and told from so many points of view it lacks cohesiveness. There is no sense of sisterhood except between the two biological sisters. Contact between the other women is fleeting. At times the writing is brilliant; other times it wanders so much it loses any real impact. As a descendant of pioneers on that hand cart company and of one of the rescuers, a great grandfather who is buried beside the Sweetwater in Wyoming, as well as a woman who left the group with her husband to sign on as indentured servents when they lacked the funds to go on, I found this version sadly lacking. A far more accurate and compelling novel concerning this tragedy is David Farland's "In the Company of Angels". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quenta | 1/24/2014

    " I don't doubt there was a good dose of reality in this book and sometimes, it was a little hard to take. I hope men and women loved each other better than what is portrayed. I wish there was more "sisterhood" in the story as it seemed the women could've helped each other out better. All that said, it was a great novel, entertaining and moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amyebusch | 1/13/2014

    " I love this author, but did not enjoy this book. Definitely do not read if you struggle with your testimony of the pioneers or early church history. I get that it is fiction, but I did not enjoy it at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Orlowski | 1/13/2014

    " firsy of her books and got hooked on this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci | 1/10/2014

    " Fascinating and based on the true story of the Martin company, a Mormon handcart company that met with disaster along the way to Salt Lake City. It was a relief to read a Sandra Dallas book that didn't have a horrible rape or near rape scene. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina | 1/4/2014

    " Couldn't put it down. Makes me interested in the historical accounts. Love Dallas' focus on the strength of women and their bonds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K (Karen) | 1/2/2014

    " An account of the Mormon Trail in the 1860s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 12/31/2013

    " This was really a good historical fiction book about the Mormons trek to Salt Lake City with pushcarts. Crushing hardships and loss of faith along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/26/2013

    " An excellent book about the Martin handcart company and their travels west. I am grateful that I was not a pioneer. :) I was impressed with Sandra Dallas's writing for this book - she is not LDS but I felt that she wrote a book that represents what LDS people believe and was true to the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Tweed | 2/3/2013

    " Historical fiction about the Mormons traveling by handcart train to Utah. It was interesting and a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Slater | 12/28/2012

    " Sandra Dallas is so good at word-painting relationships. This one is enhanced by its setting: Mormon Wagon train west. Dallas is always a must-read for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 11/28/2012

    " Historical fiction based on the emigration of Mormons from Great Britain as they push "hand-carts" from Iowa to the Great Salt Lake in 1856. Good characterization and well-researched, although Sandra Dallas's book, The Persian Pickle Club, is still my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madelle | 10/22/2012

    " This is the story of the last handcarts pushed from the Midwest to the Salt Lake Valley and of the difficulties they faced, not just with weather and tough terrain, but also from husbands, friends and others. We have a easy life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 6/18/2012

    " This was such a good book, but heart wrenching. "

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