I am a Sandra Dallas fan. I know she usually appeals more to women than men, but her stories are always set in the late 1800's or early 1900's and usually in Colorado or the surrounds and I like them. Prayers for Sale (2009) is no exception, it is set in a 1930's silver and gold mining town in Colorado. So you have a background of mining and sluicing for precious metals. It was a hard, rough, and dangerous life - for both the men and the women.
Hennie Comfort is an old woman living in a log cabin in a mountain mining town. When Hennie befriends a new woman in town she begins to spin tales about how she came to live in the town. Her stories begin with her marriage in the midst of the Civil War and conclude in the present day of the book - the 1930's depression. Drawing the stories and characters together is a theme of quilting that is common to Dallas' work. The individual stories and tales are great folklore, as is the story that strings it all together in an enjoyable read.
I come from a family of storytellers and quite a few of my family members quilt and sew, and they all have the same attitude towards these arts as Hennie and Dallas does. I grew up with it, so I think that makes Dallas' work special to me. My Mother and sister are just a particular about their stitches in a quilt as Hennie is!