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So last night I finished reading True Sisters by Sandra Dallas I like Sandra Dallas I ve met her personally in Houston at the International Quilt Festival I ve enjoyed her books Fun reads, many have quilt stories in them like the Persian Pickle Club and Alice s Tulips When I heard she d written a book about the Martin Handcart Company, I immediately ordered it Hardback, full price, well,.com price I was excited to read it I inserted it into my list of books I must read now pile, r So last night I finished reading True Sisters by Sandra Dallas I like Sandra Dallas I ve met her personally in Houston at the International Quilt Festival I ve enjoyed her books Fun reads, many have quilt stories in them like the Persian Pickle Club and Alice s Tulips When I heard she d written a book about the Martin Handcart Company, I immediately ordered it Hardback, full price, well,.com price I was excited to read it I inserted it into my list of books I must read now pile, right at the top and got started That was several weeks ago I really tried to like the book I made the effort, but I just kept putting it down It doesn t usually take methan a month to finish a book It s usually something I do in a day or two So why was this book so hard to get through Sandra Dallas wanted to write a story about the Mormon women who came west in the Martin Handcart Company She wanted to tell how brave and strong they were I immediately thought of Wallace Stegner s comment about how the Mormon pioneers were stalwart, but the Mormon women were amazing in the preface to Gathering to Zion Having read 100s of Nauvoo and Pioneer journals in the last year, I was interested to see how she would portray these women Unfortunately, she elevated the women characters in her book at the expense of the men There were several women in the story who s lives we followed across the plains and through the snow and horrors of starvation and bitter cold There were a few tender moments, but I found myself frustrated with her portrayal of the men these women walked beside Each one had major character flaws Every single one was exposed in undesirable ways, even to the last sentences of the book It was as if the only way she could write to elevate the women was by creating flaws for the men It was unbalanced, unrealistic and uncomfortable They were bull headed, rude, lustful, impatient, and unkind They were or created the problems in every instance It wore on me I kept putting the book down, not caring to read on, but I finally did, last night And then I wanted to tell people, Read the Actual Accounts The story you find there is completely different than what Dallas tries to tell in this book Besides that, I never once really felt the cold I ve read the real thing, in their actual handwriting, or in transcriptions painstakingly made They say the book is usually better than the movie I say the journals are always better than the books Such was the case here Don t bother with this book, read the real thing Hugely disappointing Boring Degrading I concur with what one reader said historical inaccuracies, and the obvious bias against Mormons in the name of creating a novel The author ignored all of the uplifting, miraculous moments on the disastrous Martin Handcart trek in favor of a predictable and historically inaccurate polygamy plot She chose to dwell on the heart breaking moments of the trek, adding some very unlikable characters as the leaders, creating an over all depressing book. I had a very hard time reading this book It was well written as far as a fictional novel goes I suppose I struggled with the authors point of view on the LDS pioneer women who made the trek across the west to Zion As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints this is not a correct view of the sisters who made this journey My spirit felt offended for them I have read journal accounts for one of the families she depicts in her book The sister laid next to her husband who had I had a very hard time reading this book It was well written as far as a fictional novel goes I suppose I struggled with the authors point of view on the LDS pioneer women who made the trek across the west to Zion As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints this is not a correct view of the sisters who made this journey My spirit felt offended for them I have read journal accounts for one of the families she depicts in her book The sister laid next to her husband who had passed away sometime in the night for the most of the night because she did not want to wake the others The way the author handled it was so unemotional and the spirit was just missing from this book IMO She also portrays our leaders badly as well IMO No one was excommunicated for choosing to stay in winters quarters It bothers me that people are going to read this book thinking it is an accurate portrayal of our Pioneer Sisters and of our church and leaders This book is a work of fiction with very little historical fact IMO You ve got to hand it her, really It is a tricky subject and to take on something like this is pretty daring, I thought As someone who was just on this very trail, last summer, I thought I would be super critical of this book I think she did an admirable job She tried to explain their suffering as well as their faith I learned something On page 280 I thought I found a typo It says, Louisa tried to courtesy, but her wet skirts threw her off I figured this was wrong, but in the dictionar You ve got to hand it her, really It is a tricky subject and to take on something like this is pretty daring, I thought As someone who was just on this very trail, last summer, I thought I would be super critical of this book I think she did an admirable job She tried to explain their suffering as well as their faith I learned something On page 280 I thought I found a typo It says, Louisa tried to courtesy, but her wet skirts threw her off I figured this was wrong, but in the dictionary it does say it can be spelled this way and also as curtsy Just have to say one thing I know it s difficult for others to understand polygamy, but she missed something terribly moving and meaningful She talks about the saints arriving in Salt Lake and the possibility that the older men will be there to snatch up the available women Nothing could be further from the truth Brigham Young told the members that every person was to be cared for and brought to a home to be nurtured and fed and rested until they were better and able to survivie on their own Men and women met the saints as they arrived not to watch for their next wife, but to perform a beautiful act of Christian charity While some marriages, obviously, took place, there were many people who were cared for as if they belonged in the family where they stayed They wanted to be of service and they were and I m proud of them for it Hmmm I am still processing how I feel about this book My negative thoughts are the women were portrayed without animation Just flat faced, opressed women with the inability to think for themselves The men were portrayed as overbearing, unkind, pompous leaders of their families I realize that men weredomineering in those times, and womensubmissive but this was excessive,and possibly demeaning,to these people who suffered so much for their beliefs I was also surprised at some Hmmm I am still processing how I feel about this book My negative thoughts are the women were portrayed without animation Just flat faced, opressed women with the inability to think for themselves The men were portrayed as overbearing, unkind, pompous leaders of their families I realize that men weredomineering in those times, and womensubmissive but this was excessive,and possibly demeaning,to these people who suffered so much for their beliefs I was also surprised at some of the author s writing The Word of Wisdom was practised at this time There were very possibly people who chose not to follow all of its teachings, but I question the rescuers bringing coffee to them Whiskey was a great pain reliever, and was used for that purpose by many people at that time I guess one of my biggest concerns is the fact that the writng seemed short on some research and understanding The polygamy aspect was over the top talk about foreshadowing Hit the reader with a ten foot club My biggest concern was the writer s comment in her acknowledgement section To refer to the handcart usage as a scheme, is to ridicule and demeen someone who cannot defent themselves My own ancestors led several handcart companies to the Salt Lake Valley after the Martin handcart company These were successful, and yet they were not mentioned in this section Uninformed readers wuld be left with the impression that this was the end of handcart companies If someone asked me if they should read this book, I would say, with a very large grain of salt For you can t believe much in there Yes, I am a Mormon And grateful for it Being a Mormon I am well aquatinted with the pioneer parts of church history I found myself comparing this book to Gerald Lund s book, The Fire and the Covenant Both books are excellent, and evoke an array of emotions within me I cry while reading about the horrific conditions these early saints endured, and I feel guilty for snuggling in my warm bed, while my food cooks in the oven I enjoyed the story of these women and their families , and how their lives intertwine I am impressed that Being a Mormon I am well aquatinted with the pioneer parts of church history I found myself comparing this book to Gerald Lund s book, The Fire and the Covenant Both books are excellent, and evoke an array of emotions within me I cry while reading about the horrific conditions these early saints endured, and I feel guilty for snuggling in my warm bed, while my food cooks in the oven I enjoyed the story of these women and their families , and how their lives intertwine I am impressed that the author a non member is able to accurately depict their lives and situations, while guessing at what their feelings might be I felt that the author left out many of the positive aspects of this journey, but focusedon the criticism It brought to mind a quote I once read Some years after the Martin company made their journey to Salt Lake City, a teacher in a Church class commented how foolish it was for the Martin company to come across the plains when it did The teacher criticized the Church leaders for allowing a company to make such a journey withoutsupplies and protection.An old man sitting in the classroom listened for a few moments and then spoke out, asking that the criticism be stopped He said, Mistake to send the Handcart Company out so late in the season Yes But I was in that company and my wife was in it We suffered beyond anything you can imagine and many died of exposure and starvation, but did you ever hear a survivor of that company utter a word of criticism Not one of that company ever apostatized or left the Church, because everyone of us came through with the absolute knowledge that God lives for we became acquainted with him in our extremities difficulties I have pulled my handcart when I was so weak and weary from illness and lack of food that I could hardly put one foot ahead of the other I have looked ahead and seen a patch of sand or a hill slope and I have said, I can go only that far and there I must give up, for I cannot pull the load through it I have gone on to that sand and when I reached it, the cart began pushing me I have looked back many times to see who was pushing my cart, but my eyes saw no one I knew then that the angels of God were there Was I sorry that I chose to come by handcart No Neither then nor any minute of my life since The price we paid to become acquainted with God was a privilege to pay, and I am thankful that I was privileged to come in the Martin Handcart Company quoted in David O McKay, Pioneer Women, p 8 emphasis in original.All in all, it was an enjoyable piece of historical fiction I think we all know about the westward migration via wagon train, but how many of you have heard of the Mormon Handcart pioneers Converts to the Mormon faith were encouraged to make the 1,300 mile trek west to Zion on foot with handcarts the were pushed pulled Those handcarts couldn t carry a very much in the way of supplies, but they had been promised there would be supply stations along the wayRighto.True Sisters is based on the Martin Handcart Company, the last group to make the trek i I think we all know about the westward migration via wagon train, but how many of you have heard of the Mormon Handcart pioneers Converts to the Mormon faith were encouraged to make the 1,300 mile trek west to Zion on foot with handcarts the were pushed pulled Those handcarts couldn t carry a very much in the way of supplies, but they had been promised there would be supply stations along the wayRighto.True Sisters is based on the Martin Handcart Company, the last group to make the trek in 1856 a group that started much too late in the season and didn t heed the warnings to stay put and start again in the Spring Or should I say those that gasp dared to question the elders were threatened with the horrors of being labeled as an apostate and shunned by their fellow church members I m not going further into story detail, but if you must go and spoil yourself there s plenty on info on the web about the Martin Handcart Company I love pioneer history, so this was right up my alley, especially with the focus being on strong female characters, all coming from different walks of life There are a lot of POV switches at the start as the character s backgrounds are set up, and it can be confusing at times The advance copy I had didn t have a character list, but if the finished copies don t have a character listing, I d recommend taking notes to refer back to as you go along, especially if you make the mistake of putting it down for a few days like I did All in all a very compelling read, but events do get a bit grim on the trail so this story is not going to suit every reader Reviewed forVine This is one of my favorite authors, and she happens to be a local author here in Denver This is based on a true event of the trek of Mormons across the country to Salt Lake I loved her description of the characters and the experiences they had along the way, which really helped the reader feel for what was happening to them The tragedy of what happened to the Donner Party was doubled for this group I would definitely recommend this if this subject appeals to you. (Read Book) ⚞ True Sisters ß 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 , 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 , 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 GodThere s Jessie, who s traveling with her brothers, each one of them dreaming of the farm they will have in ZionAnd 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 UtahSandra 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 Excellent, well researched book One that lines up with my maternal family history with my Mormon ancestors as recent as grandparents In fact, Sandra Dallas was gentle and kind in her depiction and skimmed over the harsher aspects Well done, as always