Dallas said she tried to be true to facts of the trail stories, but there were some things that weren't included in the journals, including what was said at the regular trail meetings and polygamy, which comes up in several of her characters' lives.
"The journals don't talk about polygamy," Dallas said, adding that she figured it was something that would be on the minds of many women.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discontinued the practice of polygamy in the 1890s. Her earlier drafts included more about polygamy but were edited out after consulting with historians.
As a Presbyterian, Dallas did have some trepidation writing about Mormon pioneers.
"Was I being presumptuous? Was I an intruder?" Dallas said, but did continue to write as she felt it was a story that needed to be told. "It's a story that moves us all."
Through her research she said it's interesting to her how many kept the faith even after the hardships of crossing the Plains.
If you go ...
What: Sandra Dallas book signing
When: Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m.
Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City
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