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    Sandra Dallas(Author)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Whiter Than Snow and Prayers for Sale comes a novel about the secrets and passions of three generations of women who have all lived in the same Victorian home called the Bride’s House.

It’s 1880, and for unassuming seventeen-year-old Nealie Bent, the Bride’s House is a fairy tale come to life. It seems as if it is being built precisely for her and Will Spaulding, the man she is convinced she will marry. But life doesn’t go according to plan, and Nealie finds herself in the Bride’s House pregnant---and married to another.

For Pearl, growing up in the Bride’s House is akin to being raised in a mausoleum. Her father has fashioned the house into a shrine to the woman he loved, resisting all forms of change. When the enterprising young Frank Curry comes along and asks for Pearl’s hand in marriage, her father sabotages the union. But he underestimates the lengths to which the women in the Bride’s House will go for love.

Susan is the latest in the line of strong and willful women in the Bride’s House. She’s proud of the women who came before her, but the Bride’s House hides secrets that will force her to question what she wants and who she loves.

Sandra Dallas has once again written a novel rich in storytelling and history, peopled by living, breathing characters that will grab hold of you and not let you go.

"a winning combination of solid historical fiction,vivid enduring characters,and an interesting story that pulls the reader right in. Sandra Dallas is at the top of her game with THE BRIDE'S HOUSE...an excellent read."--bookreporter.com Award-winning author Sandra Dallas was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. She is the author of Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale and Tallgrass, among others. Her novels have been translated into a dozen languages and optioned for films. She is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award and the two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. For 25 years, Dallas worked as a reporter covering the Rocky Mountain region for Business Week, and started writing fiction in 1990. She lives with her husband in Denver, Colorado.

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  • PDF | 384 pages
  • Sandra Dallas(Author)
  • St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (April 26, 2011)
  • English
  • 3
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Mercedes J. on May 11, 2011

    I have read all of Sandra Dallas's novels and am very rarely disappointed. I absolutely loved this book. I'm a huge fan of generational sagas anyway, so when I saw Ms. Dallas had written one I was thrilled. I had many mixed emotions about the characters while reading this, but by the end I had come to love every one of them...including the Bride's House itself, which is a major character here. This is the story of a beautiful house fit for a bride, and the three woman who lived in it. While very different from one another, they tend to make the same mistakes in life, and look to one another for help finding the answers.Nealie Bent is a teenager in 1881 who ran away from her abusive father in Missouri, and ended up in Georgetown, CO (she decided to live there because she liked the name George). At first I didn't really like Nealie. I thought she was rude to Charlie and, even though she had made her feelings very clear to him, I felt she sometimes lead him on. Like if Will wasn't around, then Charlie would have to do. However, once I took into account Nealie's terrible upbringing, and the fact that she was only 16-17 years old, I lightened up a bit about her behavior. And my heart broke for her at the end of her story.Pearl is Nealie's daughter. She has spent her whole life in the Bride's House with her father Charlie. While in Nealie's story I loved Charlie, I began to lose patience with him in Pearl's. I understand a father looking out for his daughter and wanting to make sure that a man wasn't marrying her soley for her fortune, but Charlie ruined every romantic prospect Pearl ever had. I found it incredibly selfish of him to want to keep her all to himself. Fortunately Pearl starts to feel the same way and takes matters into her own hands.The final story is that of Susan, Pearl's daughter. They year is 1950 and Susan is 18. While she lives in Chicago with her parents, she spends every summer in Georgetown at the Bride's House with her mother and grandfather (Charlie). Susan has secretly loved Joe Bullock, a Georgetown native, for most of her life. While I liked Susan, I could not for the life of me understand her friendship with Peggy. What a horrible girl she was! I understand that she was jealous and that her family had so much less, but still. Susan was a smart girl...I can't believe she put up with her! In the end, Susan's story is remarkably similar to that of her mothers and her grandmothers, though she has no idea how much. In fact, neither will you since there's a huge surprise at the end of the book!Overall, I absolutely recommend this, as well as any other Sandra Dallas novel (save for maybe Tallgrass...I just didn't take to that book). She's a wonderful storyteller, and her characters all have such warmth to them. I thought this was an excellent book, and was definitely sorry to see it end. I want to know so bad what became of Susan and HER children! How long was the Bride's House kept up, and did anyone continue living in it, or did it lay vacant...slowly decaying. Oh well, guess well never know. Either way though, GREAT book, and I can't wait for the next one (as usual)!

  • By Guest on September 8, 2011

    My friend and I were in Georgetown last week and found out where the Bride's House was located. We drove by it - very pretty home. Very charming town. And by the way we both loved the book! I've read several of Sandra Dallas' books - enjoyed them all.

  • By Joanna M on February 12, 2012

    At sixteen, Nealie Bent is determined to make a new life for herself. She's just arrived in Georgetown, Colorado, having selected the tiny mining community at random as she fled her abusive father back in Missouri. Now, Nealie is working as a hired girl for Mrs. Travers' boardinghouse, helping serve meals to the miners.One in particular, Charlie Dumas, is completely smitten with Nealie. Hardworking and honest, all Charlie wants is to marry Nealie and provide her with the kind of home she never had. But Nealie doesn't even want to consider Charlie -- not when there's someone like Will Spaulding around.Will is the grandson of a mining mogul, out West for the summer to learn the industry hands-on. He thinks Nealie is pretty and enjoys spending time with her, particularly delighting in buying her trinkets and teaching her things she's never been able to experience before.But as Mrs. Travers had warned Nealie, the story doesn't end well. At that point, Nealie is more than happy to accept the protection that Charlie Dumas is still willing to extend.The story then moves forward, focusing on Nealie's daughter Pearl. Smart and privileged, Pearl's biggest handicap is her overprotective father Charlie. Still, Pearl is determined to live her own life, no matter the cost.Finally, the trio of women concludes with Susan, Pearl's daughter, who is 18 in 1950. Despite having grown up in Chicago, Susan has spent summers in Georgetown her entire life. She has always adored returning to the tiny community, waiting all year to see her childhood friends, her grandfather Charlie, and of course, the beloved old Bride's House which has been in the family ever since her grandmother Nealie was brought there as a teenager.But of course, Susan has problems of her own, chiefly her unrequited love for Joe Bullock, a local boy she has known all her life. Susan can't wait for fall, as she plans to attend the same university that 20-year-old Joe has been attending. Yet Joe has other plans for himself, which don't seem to include Susan.These three women's lives span the better part of a century, and while everyone's stories are different, there is also much in common, which they often don't realize at first. Dallas, once again, creates believable characters and an intriguing story.


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