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These Is My Words (Sarah Agnes Prine #1)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  40,593 ratings  ·  8,096 reviews
A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier. Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon--from child to determined young adult to loving mother--she shares th ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 17th 1999 by ReganBooks (first published January 22nd 1998)
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Brookann
Mar 21, 2008 Brookann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Brookann by: Holly
I was completely taken by this book! The library fines are racking up because it is overdue and I can't renew it because it has been requested by someone else, but I can't let it go because I find myself going back to it to reread passages and "reliving" moments of the book in my mind. I shed many a tear and towards the end was so enraged I almost threw the book, but I simply cannot stop thinking about it! I'm dying to discuss it with someone.

It is the beautiful and heartbreaking story of a woma
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Annalisa
Nov 08, 2008 Annalisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Annalisa by: Hannah Coleman
The reason I loved this book comes down to one word: authenticity. I bought into this woman's life and believed these characters. I have this vivid picture in my mind of this ranch out in the middle of nowhere with Sarah out there putting laundry on the line with a pistol tucked in her rugged apron.

I don't like western movies or get into frontier stories and was worried, especially by the title, that the grammar would rake on my nerves. But the story is about a thirst for education as much as a
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Amanda
This is, UNEQUIVOCALLY, the best love story I have read.

I devoured this book -- I simply could not put it down. The beginning was gritty, heart-wrenching, and a grammatical mess. Yet, this is part of the author's brilliance. As the main character, Sarah, matures, she is strengthened by her experiences. And as Sarah educates herself at every opportunity, the grammar and story-telling improve.

Without giving anything away, I cannot put into words the romance between Sarah and Captain Jack Elliott.
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Margaret
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Wendy
I debated between 2 and 4 stars, but after all is said and done I wouldn't recommend the book to my friends, so it came down to 2. As for reading enjoyment and ability to hold my interest, this book gets a 5. However, the first 30 pages contain enough trauma to send any woman to a pyschiatrist for years! Rape, murder, tragic child deaths, Indian attacks, attempted abduction, etc. It was a bit too much for me to handle.

Although the description says "inspired by the author's grandmother", very li
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Her Royal Orangeness
Not only does the book sound intriguing, but the ratings on Goodreads are amazing - the average rating is 4.45 and 56% of readers gave it 5 Stars.

Apparently I read a different book.

The basic plot of the first half of the book is: Horrible things happen! Awful things happen! She meets a man!! Terrible things happen! Dreadful things happen! The man kisses her!!! And it's all executed in a flat, shallow, and BORING style. A lot of action and no psychological depth.

In the second half of the book, th
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Jen
I totally DID NOT want to read this book, but did for a book group. I loved it. It reminded me of my grandma who grew up AZ and the crazy, hard life that she had. I remember feeling like she was kind of strange, uneducated, and maybe a little scary because she was so tough... she had like 18 inch biceps-- we are talking strong. She was just so different from my other very educated,very classy, rich grandma that I was close to growing up. After reading this book I really wished I would have taken ...more
Rachelle
This is pretty much my favorite book I've ever read along with it's sequel Sarah's Quilt. First of all, it is a beautiful love story. I cried so much. Any book that makes me feel really emotional, I consider to be a good book. But it is also an incredible tale of determination and down right stubborness. I love that Sarah learned to read, loved learning and by so doing changed her life. I love the way she endured challenges. I want to read it again so I can put more details in here.


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Tweety
Sep 25, 2014 Tweety rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like a rough, gritty sad and beautiful story
Recommended to Tweety by: Dorcas
After my heart stops hurting I'll write a review, it takes time when you've just fallen off a cliff.

I think I can write it now



I will admit something here and now. Before I read a book I always read the dedication. This book is dedicated To everyone who has ever stood on a hill in a storm That caught my interest really quick and then, six pages in I came across this passage. What can I say? I was hooked. And you know what? I've never even seen a Cottenwood, but Sarah showed it to me.

Page 6: A
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Dem
These is my words by Nancy E. Turner is the "Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 Arizona Territories.

The blurb on this book reads " The classic adventure of one courageous woman's life struggles in the Arizona Territories in the late nineteenth century, A moving exciting and heartfelt American saga inspired by the authors’ own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full remarkable existence in a harsh unfamiliar frontier"

I was really looking
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katie
i began this book several years ago. i thought it was a non-fictional journal, and once i found out that it was fictional i couldn't get back into the book. Since that time, my mom and sister have pleaded with me to finish this book, as it is an all-time favorite for both of them. i finally heeded their suggestion, and i am so glad i did! i devoured this book and couldn't wait to read each day. set in the late 19th century and written as a journal, it is a captivating story of a feisty, determin ...more
Mehrsa
I probably would not have finished this book if I were not reading it for book club. I enjoyed reading it at times, but mostly, I was trying not to roll my eyes and just appreciate that it was Nancy Turner's first novel and it's good for a first shot (although I have read some incredible first novels before). The book is about a woman growing up in the Arizona territories and is written in diary format.

The Good: It's a nice historical novel that really makes you get what life was like then and
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Lucy
Way back in the day, before I had ever joined a book group, before the world knew about blogging and before I began keeping track of the books with reviews, I read a book I loved called These Is My Words. I know I loved it all those years ago, and have told countless friends and acquaintances to read it based on that memory of loving it but, if you want to know the truth, the details about the story have become...err....a bit sketchy.

Oh, I remembered that it involved pioneers and a romance and a
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Kimberly
I am enjoying this book more than any book I have read in a long time. I love that this is a real life setting about a powerful courageous woman of our time. It shows the struggles and triumphs of life, and I can relate to it in so many ways. I love it!
Cassy
Where has this book been hiding my whole life? If you like Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind and Gabaldon’s Outlander, I’d say it is a sure bet that you will love this one too. It has the same key ingredients: robust historical setting, epic sprawling action, and two meant-to-be-together characters that have a rocky start to their relationship. And any book that can make me grin and then cry like that deserves five stars.

I am trying to recall some of its flaws. They are few and far between. Obvious
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Lisa
I loved this book! I'm glad Sally Baird just informed me that there is a sequel.

I was quickly captivated by Sarah's strength of personality. The challenges the Prines endured seemed overwhelming, but not implausible. I admired Sarah's level-headedness & courage. And I just loved her romance with Captain Jack Elliot. I loved the scene, busy with children and cousins and family making lots of noise in a crowded room, when Jack mouths to Sarah "I love you." It felt real. I also liked the story
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Kelly
Jul 10, 2010 Kelly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kelly by: Erin and Lisa
This book goes on my top 5 favorite books. Sarah is my hero. This book was so sad about the harsh realities of living in those times in the west. Almost every chapter my heart broke. I loved the romance and practicality of her marriage. She amazed me with her tenacity for life. And how she made the good times help her overcome the hard ones.She was a survival specilist. Her best characteristic I thought was her willingness to do whatever needed to be done. I related to Sarah with her husband Jac ...more
Cindy
Apr 05, 2009 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Cindy by: Jodi
I enjoy historical fiction sometimes, but I'm not much into the Western. But this one was recommended by a friend. She just loved it. I decided to give it a try, but couldn't get a paper copy. But they did have the audiobook, so I checked it out.

I am so glad I did! I was absolutely hooked from the very first CD. It starts out with an Indian ambush, the death of a child, and a brutal attack on some unsuspecting girls, and that was just the first CD!

The story is told as journal entries of Sarah Ag
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Dani
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Stephanie
I loved that this book was in first person. I thoroughly enjoyed being in Sarah's head, knowing what she thought and feeling what she felt. This made her character seem so real, I want to meet her. Although many difficult trials beset this family, Sarah's strength carried them through. I loved the tender accounts of everyday family life - love, longing, frustration, and triumph. One of my most favorite passages is when Sarah gets to sit with her son who has a broken arm, and her other son brings ...more
Holli
Honestly and sincerely LOVED this book!! I've been telling everyone about it.... it's a must-read if you love history and period novels. It's written in diary format but reads like a story and the life of Sarah Prine is extraordinary. Thanks for introducing me to her Lizzi! I laughed with her and cried with her and learned with her.... fascinating woman.
Stacy
This book was highly recommended by a friend, and I was surprised to see that a ton of my Goodreads friends loved it too. I finally got around to reading it with a measure of initial skepticism. After all, I had never heard of this book and the novel cover was inconspicuous, plain. Plus, I don't really read much historical fiction normally.

Well, I fell head over heels for this book, which is based on records of the author's own ancestors who were settlers in the Arizona Territories in the late 1
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Rachel
4.5 to 5 stars for this book. I can't decide. Any book that causes me to actually cry at the end and feel emotion throughout is a book that will stay with me. Although there were things that certainly annoyed me about this book (predictability, cheesiness, and at times it seemed to drag) by the end I found myself not wanting to say goodbye to Sarah and her family and I do think I will read the next two books that continue her story. I couldn't get enough of Sarah's feisty spirit and attitude in ...more
Doug Bradshaw
Several years ago I watched an excellent PBS documentary of the Donner Party story. At the end of the program, having vicariously lived through the whole mess, they interviewed this older woman who had lived through it all to get her thoughts and advice: "don't take no shortcuts" was her main thought. I had to laugh thinking how trite that sounded after all of that. To some extent, "These is My Words" reminds me of that. I can picture Nancy Turner reading through journals and just shaking her he ...more
Jenn
Jan 11, 2008 Jenn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Jenn by: Jessica Kern
Title: These is My Words
Author: Nancy Turner
Genre: fictional diary, family, romance
Pages: 384
Rating (out of 5 stars): *****
Reviewed by: Jenn
Description: This book is a novel written in diary format, as Sarah Prine tells her own story of living in the Arizona Territories from 1881-1901. Over this course of time, the rugged, uneducated, vivacious young Sarah grows into an informed, reflective, sincere (and still feisty) woman. The novel shows the dangers, excitement, injustice, hardship, loss, cha
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Clacie
I started out not being very into this book. On one occasion I opted to pull weeds in my backyard rather than read it. But I pressed on and it got better, and then I just couldn't put it down. Sarah is my kind of gal. I loved her personality and spirit. I cried at the end, not only for Sarah's loss, but also because the book was over. I will genuinely miss her, Captain Jack, and their family. I'll definitely revisit this one again.
Mandy
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Laura
My friend Melanie lent me this book years ago & I was embarassed that I had it so long, because it was a really busy time, and didn't finish it! So, I gave it back & had the intention of finishing it soon after. I finally did, all these years later & it is truly one of my favorite books ever. Thanks Melanie! I LOVE the characters, the emotion, love story & history. My only warning is to not read it in public- I only had about 20 pages left & took it with me to finish while I ...more
Jenlbot
WOW! I did not want this book to end! I love a book that makes you want to be a better person, which this book did. I want to work harder, love more deeply, live more simple...I really liked Sarah because she is the type of person I know I am not. I will strive hard to not be more like Felicity:) Therefore, I really liked the journal style with first person narrative, allowing me to feel what an outstandingly courageous person feels.
Oh, the love story didn't hurt either. Although, it wasn't the
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Jessica
What a beautiful, heart-breaking book! In this wonderfully researched yet fictional account, Sarah Prine documents her family's settlement in Arizona Territory through a diary covering twenty years, cataloguing all the sadness, joy, hard work and beauty of the era. Babies, family, and friends are lost, cattle rustlers and Indians steal horses and cattle, fires and floods decimate houses and fields, and yet Sarah will not be moved. I couldn't put it down, laughing and crying along with Sarah and ...more
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