Westering Women by Sandra Dallas
Published: January 2020 – St. Martin’s Press
Finished copy courtesy of the publisher
From the bestselling author of Prayers for Sale, Sandra Dallas’ Westering Women is 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 postings soliciting “eligible women” to travel to the gold mines of Goosetown. A young seamstress with a small daughter, she has nothing to lose. She joins forty-three other women and two pious reverends on the dangerous 2,000-mile journey west.
None are prepared for the hardships they face on the trek or for the strengths they didn’t know they possessed. Maggie discovers 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. (publisher)
My take: Westering Women is the story of a group of women who left Chicago in 1852 and headed to California with the goal of finding a husband. They were warned by the ministers leading the group that it would be an arduous journey. Almost to a woman the challenges didn’t worry them as much as the hardships they left behind in Chicago. At least, that’s what they thought at first.
Sandra Dallas put me in the story as part of the group and it was easy to feel the harsh environment of the experience. She brought to life several women who assumed leadership roles and faced obstacles head on. I appreciated the Acknowledgements that included her sources for the Overland Trail. Westering Women is a good story and I recommend it to fans of historical fiction about the American West.
11 thoughts on “Westering Women by Sandra Dallas”
I bet my book club would love this.
I haven’t read historical fiction, or Western tales, in ages, but this description and your review made me want to go there. Thanks for sharing.
I do enjoy if that’s the right word – books like this. I have read some Jane Kirkpatrick books that explore the same thing.
It’s been a while since I read a book by Sandra Dallas, but I have certainly enjoyed others in the past. Love the sound of this one and am planning on reading or listening to it.
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Sounds good…..thanks for sharing your thoughts about WESTERING WOMEN. I have it but haven’t read it yet.
ENJOY your new books….I just started THE BORGIA CONFESSIONS. It’s ok…lots of historical facts I never knew about.
Have a great week, Mary.
This is a book I have been eyeing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Oh, I bet I would love this.
I haven’t read many ‘westerns’ since I was a teenager, and they were only made popular then by the many television programmes from the same genre.
Those programmes have long since disappeared from our screens and I guess I have never recently given much thought to the books either.
Perhaps I need to give the modern day telling of these stories another try!
Thanks for sharing your lovely review 🙂
I’ve had Prayers For Sale on my wishlist forever it seems. Maybe I should add this one too. Have you read Prayers For Sale?
I am just about finished as I write this. I couldn’t help but noted the similarity to an old movie from the 1950s called Westward the Women. Some similar plotlines, but still different enough. I’ve enjoyed it.
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