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Little Souls

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Two sisters, one a nurse, and how the 1928 Flu affected their lives.  it.  I wasn't thrilled with this book, really predictable.  I will not be recommending it,
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I've read every book Sandra Dallas has written, love her books.

Little Souls - from a Roman Emperor: the poor, hopeless, the common noone notices
Applies to all in 1 way or another

Travel to Colorado in 1918:
street cars, Prohibition, "war almost over", Liberty Loan Parade, Spanish Influenza Pandemic...
you will feel you are a part of the times 
A girl's life is changed drastically many times.
Descriptions of that pandemic ring true today.

I got wrapped into book and hungrily devoured every word!
Love Sandra Dallas!
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Set in Denver Colorado during the flu epidemic of 1918, Helen and Lutie are trying to establish themselves after their parent's death. There is death all around them as the flu worsens and soldiers don't come back from war. They also take in a young girl after she loses her parents.
I was a little bored with this book. There was little character development and the plot was somewhat predictable. #NetGalley #SandraDallas #LittleSouls
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Not the best historical fiction book I’ve read, but there was something about it that just pulled me in from page one. I started this one and couldn’t put it down until I finished it.  I was invested in the characters, their stories, and their lives from the beginning. The story flowed smoothly from beginning to end - fast paced and let my attention.

I will definitely be recommending this book when it comes out next year. 

Thank you #netgalley and #stmartinspress for the eARC.
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Little Souls by Sandra Dallas is a great historical fiction novel that takes place in western US during the 1918 flu epidemic and WWI and kept me entertained from beginning to end.

This is an intricately woven story of two sisters that have moved out west during a period of political, societal, and epidemiological uncertainty.  So many things were changing at this time both here in the States, as well as abroad. 

Two sisters, Lutie and Helen, give the reader a snapshot as to what women were up against during this time. Through a narrative that weaves history, drama, suspense, murder, mystery, love, loss, sacrifice, and forgiveness, the author tells a tale of two sisters trying to survive and come out alright upon the other side of the metaphorical mountain of obstacles.

The author shows her talent by creating a wonderfully complex, creative, and genuine cast of characters, especially with the two main female characters. She made them real, raw, honest, flawed, and fascinating. Their mistakes, their triumphs, and the eventual outcomes made this book unique and gripping. I really loved seeing this special and memorable story unfold.

4/5 stars 

Thank you NG and St. Martin’s Press for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.
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Little Souls is set during the Spanish Flu epidemic.  The story is a mix of family drama and mystery.  I wanted to get lost into the characters and plot, but the dialogue and writing as a whole did not engage me.  That said, the book provides details of the Flu Epidemic which are interesting to read as we are still plowing through the Covid Epidemic.

I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are mine.
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An incredibly timely novel about the 1918 flu epidemic. The setting is Denver and the author  has given it a high degree of authenticity. In fact, her use of language and context made me feel as if it had been written years after that terrible pandemic, rather than a century later. The voice of the novel captures a nuanced view of the period. 

The book is focused on 2 sisters, facing the problems that were typical of the period. The idea of working women, romance and abuse converge during this very difficult time. 

Though I am not always a fan of historical fiction, I found the language and characters especially genuine. I also loved the sense of closure that was delivered in the epilogue. 

Thank you Netgalley for this timely and interesting novel.
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Plot: 4.5/5 Characters: 4/5 Writing: 4/5

Little Souls takes place in Denver, 1918.  The Influenza has hit the population badly, and the men are still away at war.  At 19, Lutie Hite is a carefree artist working in advertising for the local department store; her older, more careworn, sister Helen is a nurse.  Through an interesting set of events they become responsible for Dorothy, the ten-year old daughter of their now deceased tenant. From these beginnings follows a fairly wild, often heartbreaking, but ultimately heartwarming ride.

I’m a big Sandra Dallas fan.  Dallas writes Western historical fiction about strong women making it through adversity with fortitude, intelligence, and the help of their community.  She always brings in the small details of life in that particular time and place to make everything ring true.  

Her stories tend to the dramatic, but never go over the top and feel quite realistic for their time.  She is even-handed about how people thought and behaved at the time — different characters have different opinions on everything from mask-wearing (ha!) to personal morality, and no opinion is presented as obviously better than the others.  Religious feeling and participation was a big part of life in that place and time, and I liked how she treated it.  While this in no way dominates the book, there were some beautiful passages about how individual characters felt about God that moved me, despite my not being religious myself.

This is a real page-turner — I’m afraid I annoyed my husband by reading on into the night…
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This book was sent to me by Netgalley on Kindle for review.  It is a character driven novel about a variety of subjects…the story does not flow easily and is slow at times.   However others might really enjoy reading about the little souls…try it…the author makes interesting points throughout the book.
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