These Is My Words - Nancy E. Turner - 384 pages
Inspired by the author's original family memoirs, this absorbing story introduces us to the questing, indomitable Sarah Prine, one of the most memorable women ever to survive and prevail in the Arizona Territory of the late 1800s. As a child, a fiery young woman, and finally a caring mother, Sarah forges a life as full and as fascinating as our deepest needs, our most secret hopes and our grandest dreams. She rides Indian-style and shoots with deadly aim, greedily devours a treasure trove of leather bound books, downs fire, flood, Comanche raids and other mortal perils with the unique courage that forged the character of the American West.
Rich in authentic details of daily life and etched with striking character portraits of very different pioneer families, this action-packed novel is also the story of a powerful, enduring love between Sarah and the dashing cavalry officer Captain Jack Elliot. Neither the vast distances traveled nor the harsh and killing terrains could quench the passion between them, and the loss and loneliness both suffer only strengthen their need for each other.
While their love grows, the heartbreak and wonder of the frontier experience unfold in scene after scene: a wagon-train Sunday spent roasting quail on spits as Indians close in to attack; Sarah's silent encounter with an Indian brave, in which he shows her his way of respect; a dreadful discovery by a stream that changes Sarah forever; the hazards of a visit toPhoenix, a town as hot as the devil's frying pan; Sarah's joy in building a real home, sketching out rooms and wraparound porches.
Sarah's incredible story leads us into a vanished world that comes vividly to life again, while her struggles with work and home, love and responsibility resonate with those every woman faces today.
My Review: 5 stars
A sunny winter morning and I’m waiting at the bus stop with my kids when an acquaintance from my neighborhood drives by, stops and hands me her copy of this book. She said, “I know you love to read, and I think you’ll really like this.” I was beyond words. First a surprise gift of a book but on top of that it was a book I absolutely loved, from beginning til end.
I couldn’t get enough of Sarah Prine and her story, her heartache, her strength and her determination. She was a woman of valor in her own time and had a romance that left me weeping. This book is for YA or adults alike. Highly recommend.
Tags: Historical Fiction, Romance, Favorites, Book Club, 2005, Adventure, YA
Labels: 2005, Adventure, Book Club, Favorites, Historical Fiction, Romance, YA