Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Whiter Than Snow: Book Review & Giveaway

About The Book:


Whiter Than Snow, Sandra’s ninth novel,opens in 1920 on a spring afternoon in Swandyke,a small town near Colorado’s Tenmile Range.  Just moments after four o’clock, a large split of snow separates from Jubilee Mountain high above the tiny hamlet and hurtles down the rocky slope, sweeping up everything in its path including nine young children who are walking home from school.  But only four children survive.  Whiter Than Snow takes you into the lives of each of these families.  Ultimately, each story serves as an allegory to the greater theme of the novel by echoing that fate, chance, and perhaps even divine providence, are all woven into the fabric of everyday life.  And it’s through each character’s defining moment in his or her past that the reader understands how each child has become its parent’s purpose for living.  In the end, it’s a novel of forgiveness, redemption, survival, faith, and family.

About The Author:

Award-winning author SANDRA DALLAS was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine.  Sandra’s novels with their themes of loyalty, friendship, and human dignity have been translated into a dozen foreign languages and have been optioned for films.


A journalism graduate of the University of Denver, Sandra began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week.  A staff member for twenty-five years (and the magazine’s first female bureau chief,) she covered the Rocky Mountain region, writing about everything from penny-stock scandals to hard-rock mining, western energy development to contemporary polygamy.  Many of her experiences have been incorporated into her novels. 


While a reporter, she began writing the first of ten nonfiction books.  They include Sacred Paint, which won the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Wrangler Award, and The Quilt That Walked to Golden, recipient of the Independent Publishers Assn. Benjamin Franklin Award.


Turning to fiction in 1990, Sandra has published eight novels, including Prayers For Sale.New Mercies, and two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award, for The Chili Queen and Tallgrass. In addition, she was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Assn. Award, and a four-time finalist for the Women Writing the West Willa Award. Sandra is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award for


The mother of two daughters—Dana is an attorney in New Orleans and Povy is a photographer in Golden, Colorado—Sandra lives in Denver with her husband, Bob.

My Review:

I had never read any of Sandra Dallas' work prior to reading Whiter Than Snow, however after reading this novel, I will definitely be reading more of her. You will definitely want a box of tissue nearby when reading this book! Definitely a tear-jerker!

Through this well-written book you will meet a group of families that have to come to terms with the worst news ever: the death of a child. These well-developed characters will bring you through a variety of flashbacks with the exploration of themes like family, community, death, and forgiveness. Although a fast read, this book will intrigue you and make you feel like you are right in the scenes portrayed on each page.

I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up!


BUY IT: You can purchase Whiter Than Snow online, through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca - it is also available through your favorite, local bookseller.


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GIVEAWAY ENDS JULY 20, 2010


GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

***Thank you to Anne at Authors On The Web for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

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