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Praise for The Last Midwife, Due to Be Published September 29, 2015

In 1880, a wealthy mine owner in a small Colorado town accuses the local midwife of murdering his infant son. Gracy Brookens is put on trial, forced to defend not only herself, but everything she represents. On one side are the local doctor and the undertaker who reject Gracy as a superstitious, untrained quack; on the other, generations of mountain women who pass down knowledge of herbs and other folk remedies in addition to birthing babies. The trial polarizes the community and portrays the age-old struggle between progress and tradition. While the tension and “legal thriller” aspect of the novel are well-paced, its true strength lies in a deep commitment to setting and time period. The mining town way of life is clearly hard, but Dallas’ characters live with dignity and maintain their senses of wonder at the beauty of the natural world. Gracy herself is refreshingly human, and the poor mountain people she helps are expertly sketched to be interesting, believable characters rather than mere types (with the exception of the wealthy Halleck family). As one might expect, the women carry the story, but the men, though perhaps more flawed, are still significant and sympathetic. Dallas (A Quilt for Christmas, 2014, etc.) clearly spent time researching midwifery practices of the time period, and the details of childbirth, both successful and complicated, are unflinching but also show great respect for women like Gracy who truly have a calling. This is a novel that celebrates women: their unbreakable bonds, their unselfish love for their children, their incredible capacity to endure. Like Gracy, the novel may seem delicate but its strength is in the layers. A period piece with a contemporary soul. —Kirkus

News about True Sisters

Sandra Dallas has done her historical homework to create True Sisters, a first-rate novel about a heartbreaking disaster—the Mormon handcart ordeal. There is no harder story in the entire epic of America’s hard road west. Her lively and unpredictable characters, women, men, and children, rejoice, suffer, perish or endure—and grow. She reminded me of why I am so jealous of novelists, who can bring the past alive in ways far beyond those who must follow rules and regulations that bind and limit historians. True Sisters mercilessly, unsparingly, and accurately recreates a time, a place and a tragedy that captures the contradictions and consolations of faith.
– Will Bagley, author of The Pioneer Camp of the Saints

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Molly Pesce talks with Sandra Dallas, author of the latest Barnes & Noble Recommends selection, Prayers for Sale.
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Northwest Book Lovers, June 18, 2011
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The Denver Post, May 7, 2011
Novelist Sandra Dallas shares her Bride’s House altered state

Lesa’s Book Critiques, May 6, 2011
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Bookreporter.com Review of The Bride’s House, May 2, 2011
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Booking Mama, April 29, 2011
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Reading the Past, April 23, 2011
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