Friday, May 6, 2011

The Bride's House by Sandra Dallas

Women of three generations--Nealie, Pearl and Susan--will occupy the Bride's House over the years in the small mining town of Georgetown, Colorado. In 1880, Nealie Bent falls in love with the home as it's being built and dreams of living there one day. Later, Pearl lives there with her over-restrictive father who will not allow her to spread her wings and grow. In the mid-20th Century, Susan spends her summer in Georgetown, but her family's fortunes at times bring her pain similar to her grandmother's (but in the opposite way). With The Bride's House, Dallas has written another historical novel focusing on how women's lives are shaped by the times in which they live. Once I got into the novel, I had a hard time putting it down. One of her best.

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