New York Times best-selling author Sandra Dallas was dubbed "a quintessential American voice" by Jane Smiley in Vogue, and her themes of loyalty and friendship have long resonated with readers. Sandra's upcoming novel WESTERING WOMEN (St. Martin's Press, on-sale: January 7, 2020) is an inspiring, feminist twist on the epic westerns she watched growing up in the 1950's. A celebration of sisterhood on the perilous Overland Trail, this new novel is not to be missed in the New Year.
It's February, 1852, and all around Chicago, Maggie sees the postings soliciting "eligible women" to travel to the gold mines of Goosetown. A young seamstress with a small daughter and several painful secrets, she has nothing to lose.
So she joins forty-three other women and two pious reverends on the dangerous 2,000-mile journey west. None of them are prepared for the hardships they face on the trek through the high plains, mountains, and deserts, or for the triumphs of finding strengths they did not know they possessed. And not all will make it.
As Maggie gets to know the other women, she soon discovers that she’s not the only one looking to leave dark secrets behind. And when her past catches up with her, it becomes clear a band of sisters will do whatever it takes to protect one of their own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SANDRA DALLAS is the author of fifteen novels, including A Quilt for Christmas, Fallen Women, True Sisters, The Bride's House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale, Tallgrass and New Mercies. She is a former Denver bureau chief for Business Week magazine and lives in Denver, Colorado.
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"As comforting to read as a hot cup of tea."
—Denver Post on The Patchwork Bride
"Putting down a Sandra Dallas novel is nearly impossible."
—Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado) on Prayers for Sale
"As heartwarming as a homemade quilt."
—USA Today on A Quilt for Christmas
"A born storyteller, Dallas excels not only at plot but also at peopling her novels with memorable individuals."
—Richmond Times Dispatch on True Sisters
"[Dallas'] sense of time and place is pitch perfect and her affection for her characters infectious."
—Kirkus Reviews for Whiter Than Snow
"A tale of family, desire, vengeance and betrayal that more than transcends the ordinary."
—RT Book Reviews on The Bride’s House
"The author's depiction of 19th-century Denver, especially its seedier side, is vividly authentic, while the nascent bond between Mick and Beret will have readers eagerly anticipating their next encounter."
—Publishers Weekly on Fallen Women