True Sisters

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True Sisters

The year is 1856 and a group of Mormon converts set out on foot from Iowa City to Salt Lake City, to live in the promised land. The journey, a span of 1,300 miles, is one many have successfully taken before them; however that is not the fate of the Martin group, whose trip is disastrous in many ways. The novel tells the stories of the four women in this group whose lives are forever changed and permanently linked through the events and hardships they face on the journey. The story is one of faith, friendship, courage, and survival. Each woman, Nannie, Louisa, Jessie and Anne have their own personal trials and difficulties but share some as well. Together they discover the bond between friends that makes them sisters.

There is something compelling about this book, its characters and their stories. I loved the friendships that were made between these women under difficult circumstances that could have turned them all against each other. The story places a spotlight on the strength within these women, as they discover it for themselves, never knowing they had it, never knowing they would need it. It is easy to become invested and involved with these characters because the author makes you feel as if you are with them every step of the way, though I’m personally glad I was not. Underlying beneath this story of friendship and survival is a story of faith, one that compels each character to keep moving despite their doubts or hardships. I instantly connected with Anne in a heartbreaking way. I couldn’t imagine being removed from your life, due to a faith you don’t share, by a man you love. This was an amazing story. It was interesting, compelling and kept me hooked to the end.

Book Blurb for True Sisters

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’s married to an overbearing church leader who she believes speaks for God.

There’s Jessie, who’s 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.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2012 4.00