Search Results: "Sandra Dallas"


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THE LAST MIDWIFE by Sandra Dallas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Like Gracy, the novel may seem delicate but its strength is in the layers. A period piece with a contemporary soul."
In 1880, a wealthy mine owner in a small Colorado town accuses the local midwife of murdering his infant son. Read full book review >

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A QUILT FOR CHRISTMAS by Sandra Dallas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Elegant, thought-provoking and quietly powerful."
A Union soldier's wife wonders what happened to the quilt she sent him for Christmas, even as she adjusts to widowhood and creates a new life with other women touched by war. Read full book review >

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TRUE SISTERS by Sandra Dallas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2012

"This fact-based historical fiction, celebrating sisterhood and heroism, makes for a surefire winner."
A calamitous chapter in American history is illustrated by the intertwined tales of four women who survived it. Read full book review >

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RED BERRIES WHITE CLOUDS BLUE SKY by Sandra Dallas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"An only average depiction of a compelling and important topic. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
After her father, a Japanese immigrant, is arrested on trumped-up charges of espionage at the outset of World War II, 12-year-old Tomi and the rest of her family, like many Japanese-Americans, are incarcerated in an internment camp for the remainder of the war. Read full book review >

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THE QUILT WALK by Sandra Dallas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Finely stitched. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
When 10-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett's father announces that the family will be traveling from their home in Illinois to the frontier town of Golden, Colo., the reaction to the news is as varied as the colors in one of their beloved hand-pieced quilts. Read full book review >

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WHITER THAN SNOW   by Sandra Dallas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"Dallas lays on the sentimentality (and Christian overtones), but her sense of time and place is pitch perfect and her affection for her characters infectious."
Dallas (Prayers for Sale, 2009, etc.) centers her eighth novel around an avalanche that strikes the mining town of Swandyke, Colo., in the 1920s, trapping nine young children under the snow. Read full book review >

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THE DIARY OF MATTIE SPENSER by Sandra Dallas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 1997

"A modest, appealing novel with a convincing reach into Colorado's plains and skies. (First printing 50,000; first serial to Good Housekeeping; author tour)"
The buoyancy and simple, uncloying sweetness of spirit of Dallas's appealing protagonist—the young wife of a homesteader in Colorado Territory—give a bright, fresh shading to the tragedies and small sharp joys of 19th-century frontier life. Read full book review >

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PRAYERS FOR SALE by Sandra Dallas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"Forgiveness and redemption are the themes of this gentle novel about hardscrabble lives."
Dallas (Tallgrass, 2007, etc.) offers another of her signature western heartwarmers, complete with knitting circle, this time set in a Colorado gold-mining town. Read full book review >

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FALLEN WOMEN by Sandra Dallas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"A lightweight, innocuous narrative. For many readers, the resolution (when it finally comes) will be no great shock. Still, not a bad choice for a lazy, low-key weekend."
Murdered prostitutes, unsavory characters and high society provide fodder for scandal sheets—and for author Dallas (True Sisters, 2012, etc.)—in 1885 Denver. Read full book review >

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THE PERSIAN PICKLE CLUB by Sandra Dallas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A milder version of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, with more predictable twists and less engaging eccentricities. (First serial rights to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild alternate selection)"
The author of Buster Midnight's Cafe (1990) spins a tale of pioneer justice and impenetrable loyalty among farmwives in Depression-era Kansas: a down-to-earth, genuine, and, alas, dull second novel. ``Persian pickle,'' the Kansas term for paisley, has lent its name to the decades-old Harveyville quilting club in recognition of founding member Ceres Root's old habitparceling out bits of her favorite paisley fabric for use in other club members' quilts. Read full book review >

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THE CHILI QUEEN by Sandra Dallas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Dallas's sixth (after Alice's Tulips, 2000, etc.) is as satisfying as a John Ford movie, with just the right touches of humor and period detail."
Varmints and vixens . . . way out west, circa the 1880s. Read full book review >