May 9, 2009

These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner

These Is My Words is an account of fictional pioneer woman Sarah Agnes Prine in the Arizona Territories. Written like a diary, it starts when she is 17 on the trail with her family from Arizona to Texas, and ends when she is in her mid-30's (to be continued in a sequel called Sarah's Quilt).

Sarah is like a combination between Scarlet O'Hara, Annie Oakley, and Sarah Plain and Tall. She's a crack shot and doesn't think twice about taking a life (or two or three) if family or friends are threatened. She's a very hard worker and craves an education more than anything. But she also wants to be a real lady, and struggles to fit that bill while doing the things necessary to survive in a lawless wilderness.

This book was amazing. I really came to love Sarah and many of the other characters. And this is one of those rare gems in which the romance really tugs at you. It seems like Turner wanted to see what would happen if Scarlet and Rhett were Western characters instead of Southern (although I couldn't stand Scarlet, Sarah is much more likable). In fact the more I think about it, the more parallels I see.

This book was impossible to put down. It's not a skinny book, but I read it in less than a day and immediately put Sarah's Quilt on hold at the library. I hope the sequel isn't a disappointment as so many sequels are.


  1. I like Sarah Plain and Tall! I will have to find these at our library, because it is exactly the kind of books my mom and I like to read.

  2. I really like this book. It's been a while since I've read it...I probably would have said I loved it then. I would love to read the sequels if my TBR list ever gets a little shorter.

    I would give this book 4 stars; I rate it that high because these type of books are a favorite of mine. I am terrible at reviewing...I just like to recommend books I like.


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