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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Friday memes...September 18

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City Reader
The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice

Check out the links for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Participants don't select their favorite, coolest or most intellectual books, they just use the one they are currently reading.

I'm reading---

Book: True Sisters by Sandra Dallas

Book Beginnings: July 28, 1856. The two sisters leaned forward, their hands flat against the rear of their handcart, waiting, fidgeting, impatient. It was late in the day, and they had been ready for hours, had stood there behind the spindly cart that was piled with all their worldly goods, listening for the command or maybe the sound of the cornet that would send them on their way.

Friday 56: She had so much to learn to please her husband, so Louisa was satisfied at the rare words of approval. There was no further talk of food until they reached camp and the women took out their bacon, rancid now, and meager ration of flour and prepared a dinner tht all of them hoped would not be their usual fare in the valley.---from page 156.

My thoughts: The book is historical fiction about the western migration of Mormons seeking the land they call Zion, in Utah territory. It is pitiful what these poor people had to endure including a high death rate from starvation, exhaustion, and exposure to the elements.


  1. Yes, it's awful what people went trough in those times.
    My Friday memes

  2. Their life was so hard, I guess that's why the life expectancy was so short. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the weekend.
    sherry @ My Friday 56

  3. I really liked the beginning, but then the F56 really wasn't my cop of tea. I don't like how she is so focused on her husband. But then I read that this was about Mormons and then it made a bit more sense! Maybe I should read it, just to learn more about them but I don't think that this would be one for me! Thanks for sharing :) Have a great weekend!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  4. An interesting time in U.S. history. Thanks for sharing.

    My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/09/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings.html

  5. I can't imagine how difficult it must have been back then. We tae so much for granted now.
    Here is my 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/09/19/the-friday-56-37-eating-sarah-by-jaret-martens/

  6. I am glad to live now instead of back then.

    1. The maddening thing about the trek across the plains by these Mormons was they knew they left too late in the season but they thought God would save them. They really put their lives in peril.

  7. You can just feel the exhaustion in the excerpts - especially the 56. It's amazing how tough people can be when they really need to be but I'm with Bea. I'm glad I live now instead of back then!

  8. Sounds like a fascinating story. I'd like to know more about the daily lives of women as they traveled west. Rancid bacon -- ewww.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: The Merry-Go-Round.

  9. I hope they didn't eat that rancid bacon! LOL

    What a journey...I am intrigued and haven't read anything by this author, but I might have to try this one.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “CROOKED RIVER”

    1. They had to eat everything they could get their hands on. Rancid bacon is better than nothing.

  10. Sounds like an epic story.

    Happy weekend!

  11. Love historical fiction and this cover.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings


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