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Praise

From the former CEO of The Alamo to the Director of the Fort Worth Stockyards Museum . . . Texans rave about Gone to Dallas, The Storekeeper 1856-1861​
But it's not just for Texans!
“After years of researching Dallas history while heading up the Trinity River Corridor Project, I found the book Gone to Dallas riveting in its telling of the earliest days of Dallas city history. What a remarkable feat. I loved reading this book.”
Dr. Gail Thomas
Founder and Former President, The Trinity Trust and Co-founder, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
“The first line where Sara’s husband lies dead immediately pulled me into the story. Add the well-researched historical detail to a plot full of twists and turns and this was a real page turner for me. I certainly want to read the next book.”
Dr. Sharon Skrobareck
Member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas; Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee; and Associate Member, Bexar County Historical Commission
“Sara was fascinating—a strong and enterprising young woman. She had the grit and moxie that Texas women are known for. A good fictional read with real historical events thrown in—an interesting twist. I come from a long line of strong Texas women so I find Sara and the other women in this story inspiring.”
Teresa Burleson
Director, Stockyards Museum, Fort Worth; Western Music Association Female Poet of the Year, 2017 and 2019
“I was fascinated by this story. Beginning with the wagon train journey to Texas to the challenges of building a new life in a tiny, log-cabin village, it had the right balance of compelling story telling and historical details. I found it to be a brilliant book! It left me wanting to know what happens to each of the characters through the Civil War and beyond.”
Sam Tucker
Area Director of Sales and Marketing, The Adolphus Hotel and Hotel Emeline
“Finally! Historical fiction about the early days of Dallas! Though there are many books in this genre, there are few that tell the unique story of Dallas pioneers. Meticulously researched, it was such fun to encounter historical names I'd long known but never truly explored. It was refreshing to read about a female shopkeeper, especially knowing Dallas' later history as a shopping destination. It was truly a pleasure to read this story about my home town.”
Melissa Prycer
Historian
“Fiction and fact combine to personalize and to introduce people to history. Gone to Dallas is the compelling story of a young widow who must build a new life in the 1850s in Dallas, a tiny log-cabin village. Sara’s story is compelling and teaches us—in a fascinating narrative—what was actually happening in Dallas at the time. A recommended read to learn Texas history in an enjoyable manner.”
Douglass W. McDonald
Former CEO of The Alamo
“A lovely work of historical fiction, eminently readable and richly embroidered with period detail. This reader gets a Louisa May Alcott feel from this first-in-a-series historical novel, and that’s high praise! Laurie Moore-Moore projects a tale of decency and resourcefulness that is fundamental to the continuing identity of the American West in general and of Texas specifically.”
Paul Hobby
Founder, Genesis Park, LP and Former CEO, Texas Monthly
"Gone To Dallas by author Laurie Moore-Moore is an unforgettable journey into the exciting yet turbulent times of a young Texas and the town of Dallas and beyond. Well written with a cast of characters that will capture your heart with their tenacity and spirit as they journey into unknown territory. Superb writing.”
BJ Mayo
Author of Alfie Carter and Sparrows of Montenegro
“I was hooked at the very first sentence! Sara is a formidable, likable young woman supported and challenged by a whole host of engaging and interesting characters. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. The balance of storytelling and interesting historical detail was just right—making it an entertaining and informative read. The novel is both Sara’s story and the story of Dallas. So glad I read it! I’m eager to follow Sara in the sequel!”
Debbie Botelho
Vancouver Island, Canada
“A female protagonist who’s Tennessee Smart and Texas Tough! Gone to Dallas captures an historically accurate essence of what early Texas was like and how committed and tenacious early settlers had to be to make it—especially the women!”
Dr. W. Arthur (Skip) Porter
President Quantum Consulting and Professor and Associate Dean for Innovation, College of Natural Science, University of Texas at Austin (retired)
“I confess. I read the “Notes on the Story’s Characters” first. Even though the author warned it contained spoilers. To my delight the notes tickled my interest to meet the real historical figures salted throughout Gone to Dallas as the story drew me in. So few books give credit to women in the early west. Gone to Dallas is a strong story about even stronger women. A book I’ll definitely recommend to my reading group.”
Synnove B. Granholm
retired CFO, Arlington Virginia
“Creative and captivating. GONE TO DALLAS is that rare debut novel you won’t want to put down. Scrupulous research. Laurie Moore Moore makes history real again with a compelling story set in early Dallas, Texas. If every history class would have been this interesting, we would all have been history majors. Remarkable and memorable. Five stars!”
Dan Gooder Richard
author of THE GOOD OR EVIL SIDE: MATAMOROS 1846