The Chili Queen: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - Emma's brother is seeing her off to Nalgitas to marry a man she has never met. It isn't often that addie is drawn to anyone as a friend, but Emma seems different somehow. But once emma enters addie's life, the secrets that unfold and schemes that are hatched cause both women to question everything they thought they knew.
When emma's prospective fails to show up at the train depot, Addie breaks all her principles to shelter the girl at her brothel, The Chili Queen. And emma seems like a lost soul to Addie-someone who needs Addie's savvy and wary eye. With sandra dallas's trademark humor, and pathos, charm, The Chili Queen will satisfy anyone who has ever longed for happiness.
The Chili Queen: A Novel #ad - The chili queen is the winner of the 2003 Spur Award for Best Western Novel. Life may have been hard on addie French, but when she meets friendless Emma Roby on a train, all her protective instincts emerge.
Alice's Tulips: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - Alice bullock is a young newlywed whose husband, has just joined the Union Army, Charlie, leaving her on his Iowa farm with only his formidable mother for company. But no town is too small for intrigue and treachery, and when Alice finds herself accused of murder, she must rely on support from unlikely sources.
Rich in details of quilting, adversity, and the realities of a woman's life in the nineteenth century, a dramatic and heartwarming tale of friendship, Civil War-era America, Alice's Tulips is Sandra Dallas at her best, and triumph. Equally talented at sewing and gossip, and not overly fond of hard work, the rigors of farm life, Alice writes lively letters to her sister filled with accounts of local quilting bees, and the customs of small-town America.
New Mercies: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - Nora bondurant is running away--from her husband's death, from his secrets, and from the ghosts that dog her every step. As nora becomes more and more enmeshed in the community and in her family's history, she learns surprising things about the life and death of her aunt: kinship isn't always what it seems, loyalty can be as fierce as blood relations, and every day we are given new mercies to heal the pain of loss and love.
The silver and china is still dented and cracked from Yankee invaders. When she receives a telegram informing her that she has an inheritance, Nora suddenly has somewhere to run to: a house named Avoca in Natchez, Mississippi. Nora's aunt amalia bondurant was killed in a murder/suicide, and the locals are saying nothing more--except in hushed, honeyed tones.
New Mercies: A Novel #ad - Natchez, mississippi, in 1933 is a place suspended in time. Now, she's learning that the lure of Natchez runs deep, and that, along with Avoca, she's inherited a mystery. And the houses have names. And memories.
The Diary of Mattie Spenser: A NovelSt. Martin's Griffin #ad - No one is more surprised than mattie Spenser herself when Luke Spenser, considered the great catch of their small Iowa town, asks her to marry him. Dramatic and suspenseful, this is an unforgettable story of hardship, friendship and survival. As she and luke make life together on the harsh and beautiful plains, Mattie learns some bitter truths about her husband and the girl he left behind and finds love where she least expects it.
Less than a month later, they are off in a covered wagon to build a home on the Colorado frontier. Mattie's only company is a slightly mysterious husband and her private journal, where she records the joys and frustrations not just of frontier life, but also of a new marriage to a handsome but distant stranger.
The Persian Pickle ClubSt. Martin's Griffin #ad - For queenie bean, a young farm wife, a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, a highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, and putting their quilting skills to good use. When a new member of the club stirs up a dark secret, the women must band together to support and protect one another.
. In her magical, memorable novel, Sandra Dallas explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad. It is the 1930s, kansas, and hard times have hit Harveyville, where the crops are burning up, and there's not a job to be found.
Prayers for Sale: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - Nit spindle is just seventeen and newly married. It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country and Nit and her husband have suffered greatly. The harsh conditions of life that each have endured create an instant bond and an unlikely friendship is formed, one in which the deepest of hardships are shared and the darkest of secrets are confessed.
Hennie notices the young woman loitering near the old sign outside of her house that promises "Prayers For Sale". Sandra dallas has created an unforgettable tale of a friendship between two women, one with surprising twists and turns, and one that is ultimately a revelation of the finest parts of the human spirit.
Prayers for Sale: A Novel #ad - She and her husband have just moved to the high country in search of work. Hennie doesn't sell prayers, never has, but there's something about the young woman that she's drawn to. Hennie comfort is eighty-six and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado.
Fallen Women: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - Along the way, beret not only learns the depths of Lillie's depravity, but also exposes the sinister side of Gilded Age ambition in the process. Detective mick mccauley may not want her involved in the case, and the investigation soon takes her from the dangerous, but Beret is determined, seedy underworld of Denver's tenderloin to the highest levels of Denver society.
Sandra dallas once again delivers a page-turner filled with mystery, intrigue, and the kind of intricate detail that truly transports you to another time and place. When beret discovers the sordid truth of Lillie's death, she makes her way to Denver, determined to find her sister's murderer. From the ballrooms and mansions of Denver's newly wealthy, to the seamy life of desperate women, Fallen Women illuminates the darkest places of the human heart.
Fallen Women: A Novel #ad - It is the spring of 1885 and wealthy new york socialite Beret Osmundsen has been estranged from her younger sister, Lillie, for a year when she gets word from her aunt and uncle that Lillie has died suddenly in Denver. What they do not tell her is that Lillie had become a prostitute and was brutally murdered in the brothel where she had been living.
True Sisters: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - There's nannie, who is traveling with her sister and brother-in-law after being abandoned on her wedding day. 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 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.
True Sisters: A Novel #ad - Sandra dallas has once again written a moving portrait of women surviving the unimaginable through the ties of female friendship. 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, set out on foot from Iowa City to Salt Lake City, and outfitted with two-wheeled handcarts, encouraged by Brigham Young himself, the promised land. Her rich storytelling will leave you breathless as you take this trip with Nannie, Louisa, Jessie, and Anne. 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.
HardscrabbleSleeping Bear Press #ad - Natural disasters such as storms and locusts threaten their success. The us government offers 320 acres of land free to homesteaders. 2019 wrangler award for outstanding juvenile book winner2019 spur award - Western Writer's of America FinalistIn 1910, the Martin family moves to Mingo, after losing their farm in Iowa, Colorado, to start anew.
Do the martins have what it takes to not only survive but thrive in their new prairie life? Told through the eyes of a twelve-year-old girl, this new middle-grade novel from New York Times-bestselling author Sandra Dallas explores one family's homesteading efforts in 1900s Colorado. But while the land is free, farming is difficult and it's a hardscrabble life.
Hardscrabble #ad - . All they have to do is live on the land for five years and farm it. And heartbreaking losses challenge their faith. So twelve-year-old belle Martin, along with her mother and six siblings, moves west to join her father.
The Patchwork Bride: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - It’s a tale filled with excitement, heartbreak, disappointment, and self-discovery—as well as with hard-earned life lessons about love. Working as a biscuit-shooter, Nell falls for a cowboy named Buddy. In her search for a soul mate, Nell will run away from marriage twice more before finding the love of her life.
When buddy breaks her heart, she runs away. Another stunning, emotional novel from a master storyteller. From sandra dallas, comes the patchwork Bride, the best-selling author of A Quilt for Christmas, the irrepressible story of a runaway bride. Ellen is putting the finishing touches on a wedding quilt made from scraps of old dresses when the bride-to-be—her granddaughter June—unexpectedly arrives and announces she’s calling off the marriage.
The Patchwork Bride: A Novel #ad - . She sees a future together, but she can’t help wondering if his feelings for her are true. With the tending of june’s uncertain heart in mind, ellen tells her the story of Nell, a Kansas-born woman who goes to the High Plains of New Mexico Territory in 1898 in search of a husband.