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Westering Women: A Novel de Sandra Dallas
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Westering Women: A Novel (edição: 2020)

de Sandra Dallas (Autor)

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From the bestselling author ofPrayers for Sale, an inspiring celebration of sisterhood on the perilous Overland Trail "If you are an adventuresome young woman of high moral character and fine health, are you willing to travel to California in search of a good husband?" 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.… (mais)
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Título:Westering Women: A Novel
Autores:Sandra Dallas (Autor)
Informação:St. Martin's Press (2020), 336 pages
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The only reason I was able to get through this is because it reminded me of that game - The Oregon Trail which I LOVED. Remember how in the game, you had a travel diary? It was like reading one of those except with extra soap opera worthy dramatics. SUPER cheesy and melodramatic. It did make me want to go find that game and play it again though....

2020 Popsugar reading challenge - Western ( )
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
The only reason I was able to get through this is because it reminded me of that game - The Oregon Trail which I LOVED. Remember how in the game, you had a travel diary? It was like reading one of those except with extra soap opera worthy dramatics. SUPER cheesy and melodramatic. It did make me want to go find that game and play it again though....

2020 Popsugar reading challenge - Western ( )
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
In 1852, ministers organize a group of Chicago women to make the journey west to California, becoming wives to men there. Although they intended to take only women of the highest character, a varied group formed. Maggie, the story's central character, flees with her four-year-old daughter after either murdering or attempting to murder an abusive husband. The group also includes an unwed mother, a "lady of the evening," and other women with their own secrets which surface in the story. A remarkably able woman named Mary becomes the women's leader. The women face challenges--sometimes as the past catches up to them, sometimes from within their own group. The women bond as they journey westward. Unable to replace the men who accompanied them as far as Salt Lake City, the women continue to plunge on their own until they reach their destination. Although sad at times, this novel celebrates the remarkable abilities and determination of women. ( )
  thornton37814 | Dec 13, 2020 |
In 1852 Chicago, Maggie is running from trouble. She may have killed a man and authorities are looking for her. The fact he deserved it doesn't matter. Knowing she needs to protect herself and her young daughter, she decides to set out with a wagon train headed for California. Most of those travelling with the train are women seeking husbands. There aren't many women in California...so they are all hoping to start new lives. Some of them might not survive the 2,000 mile trek, but all are willing to risk it. Along the way, they form strong bonds and friendships as they brave the weather and wilderness together.

This is the first book by Sandra Dallas that I have read. I liked the characters and the plot. I have always marveled at the strength and perseverance of those who moved west in the early 1800s. This tale definitely brings to light the struggles, dangers and physical challenges of a wagon train journey to California. The plot centers on the characters and their thoughts/emotions as they trek across the country. The trip is physically and mentally taxing, presenting challenge after challenge. From the weather to illness, the women learn to face each new situation with courage and determination.

I enjoyed this book! I will definitely be reading more by this author.

**I voluntarily read an advanced review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
When Maggie sees an advertisement looking for young single women to travel to California via the Oregon Trail to find husbands, she jumps at the chance of a new life. With her young daughter in tow, she pretends to a widow, rather than a woman running from an abusive husband. Nearly fifty other women join the train, with a pair of pastors heading the expedition. As Maggie gets to know the other women, she realizes that most of them are also escaping a bad situation or hiding a secret. As the women trek the 2,000 miles west, they encounter hunger, exhaustion, Indians, and treacherous teamsters. Together, they are determined to overcome.

I could not put this book down. Both the characters and setting were fascinating. I loved the relationships that developed among the women, it felt very realistic. I would love to read a sequel to this book, or more from this author. Highly recommended. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Sep 30, 2020 |
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From the bestselling author ofPrayers for Sale, an inspiring celebration of sisterhood on the perilous Overland Trail "If you are an adventuresome young woman of high moral character and fine health, are you willing to travel to California in search of a good husband?" 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.

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