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Sarah's Quilt (Sarah Agnes Prine #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  8,944 Ratings  ·  1,811 Reviews
Sarah's Quilt, the long-awaited sequel to These Is My Words, continues the dramatic story of Sarah Agnes Prine. Beloved by readers and book clubs from coast to coast, These Is My Words told the spellbinding story of an extraordinary pioneer woman and her struggle to make a home in the Arizona Territories. Now Sarah returns.

In 1906, the badlands of Southern Arizona Territor
Paperback, 402 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2005)
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Oct 12, 2013 Krystal rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Krystal by: Debra Eckel
This is the sequel to "These Is My Words", which is probably one of my very favorite books of all time. Sarah's Quilt picks up a few years after These Is My Words left off. It's about a summer full of trials and how they are endured and what is learned.

Sarah Agnes Prine Elliot is still living in the Arizona Territory. Her children are grown and she is discovering that she is having a hard time letting them go. There is a drought that's threatening to destroy her ranch. Her brother Harland and hi
Aug 12, 2008 Andrea rated it it was ok
I think this book was well written, but frankly, the story was just SO dang sad, it stressed me out reading it. Everyone says, oh she finds love, so I keep reading and thinking she will have a happy life, then when I'm positive it can't get any more depressing, it totally does! I truly hope one person did not go thru THAT many tragedies in real life. I don't know if I can stand to read the 3rd book in this series, it's too much of a downer - (I did just read the reviews of the 3rd book and every ...more
Jul 11, 2008 Cami rated it it was ok
Well I'm just plumb tuckered out and fit to be tied after reading this book. Although I did enjoy seeing Sarah move on with her life, I think I would have rather left her memory the way it ended in These is My Words. This book is so far fetched and over the top with trials and heartaches. Made me exhausted reading it. Couldn't relate to it the same as the first book, and it didn't have as many tidbits of wisdom. It was interesting and she pulls you in just the same as the first book. It was good ...more
Jan 23, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it
I didn't realize These Is My Words had two sequels until after I finished it. And when I found out, I was bummed. ME, the queen of sequels! I felt that These Is My Words was beautiful and heart-rending and deliciously complete in and of itself. To continue the story would dilute the one already told. So, I promised myself to ignore the sequels so I wouldn't risk ruining the closure I already had. But of course, I couldn't resist, and I'm happy I read on. Turner churns out the adventure and roman ...more
Aug 07, 2012 kathleen rated it liked it
A sequel usually doesn't live up to the orginal and this novel only gets 3 stars maybe 3.5. I loved These is my Words but this continuation of Sarah's life was sad, depressing, and I believe, I would have rather ended her story with the first book. Sarah was a strong woman and I did enjoy the characters and how their thoughts and actions color their lives however without more uplifting stories the book didn't hold my interest, compel me to read, want me to experience her life. There are good boo ...more
Mar 11, 2009 Lois rated it really liked it
This book might better have been titled "Sarah's Affliction". I really began to feel overwhelmed by all her hardships and couldn't figure out how she was ever going to come out on top. On top of everything that went wrong, I was still so sad about the loss of Jack in the first book--that was a total blow to me. (Turner did such a good job of making him endearing.) But, I did enjoy reading it and enjoyed Sarah's perspective on things. I will say, the woman sure is a hard worker! Just reading abou ...more
Mar 20, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it
This is a sequel to These Is My Words, but it is written differently. Instead of several different happenings over a span of several years, this diary covers one very complicated year. All of the events are interrelated and focus on one issue. Although it still has dates on it like a diary, it no longer is written like a diary anymore. However, the events occuring are quite interesting and still grabs you despite the differences.

Life parallel: Sarah's life events pass so quickly during her youth
2 stars feels so low, but when I think about how I liked this book my reaction is "It was okay" so I guess it fits. Maybe more like 2,75 stars.

This takes place a couple of years after the end of THESE IS MY WORDS. It was interesting to see what happens to Sarah, but it wasn't the same reading experience as TisMW. I read one review that said all of the tragedies that befell Sarah in this book were a little too over-the-top. I disagreed until the last couple of incidents when I sort of rolled my e
Jan 15, 2009 Sharla rated it really liked it
I love this book almost as much as These Is My Words. Without a guy like Jack to add that romantic aspect to the book and provide some relief from the harsh realities of Sarah's life, I just couldn't love it as much, however. I didn't think that this one was quite as well written and it was confusing in parts. Sometimes it felt as if Sarah thought things, but didn't clue the reader in on exactly what it was that she was seeing or realizing. I also didn't think that some of the characters motives ...more
Jan 07, 2010 Karyl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I agree with many reviewers here on Goodreads that Sarah's Quilt isn't quite as good as These Is My Words, the first in the series. That said, this is still a spectacularly good book, one I devoured in a mere two days. There are some issues with this novel, most particularly that the diary format doesn't work in this book. The chapters are far too long and detailed to be entries from Sarah's diaries, and I believe Nancy Turner would have been better off writing this in the first person without t ...more
Lisa Hill
Aug 25, 2011 Lisa Hill rated it liked it
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Heather Turiello
Nancy E Turner's These Is My Words was such a wonderful book, spanning Sarah Prine's life, that it's hard to imagine there being another whole book about Sarah. And to imagine that this book could hold a candle to the first is even harder to imagine. But it does.

Sarah's Quilt actually takes place in one year, 1906. And I'd highly recommend this be treated as a sequel. The story loses too much if it's read without reading the first book first. One thing that struck me is the reviewers who thought
Andrea Bailey
Mar 10, 2009 Andrea Bailey rated it it was ok
MAJOR INEXCUSABLE INCONSISTENCIES! When the book doesn’t know how many children the main character had that died, or where they are buried; it destroys the illusion that any of this really happened. It makes you feel like the author doesn’t really care about Sarah.(See pg383 These is my words, then pg 14, 109 and 369 in Sarah’s Quilt) The fact is that when they remind you of the blunder at the beginning middle and end of the book it is very difficult to get past it. Also, there were other proble ...more
Mar 18, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok
I loved These Is My Words, but this book left me disappointed and confused. I felt like Sarah was a different person in this book. All of Sarah's clever wit and charm, that made her so lovable and appealing in the 1st novel, was completely lost in this sequel. Also, just as a side note, how many kids did she have? Seems Nancy couldn't make up her mind.
This was good but just not as good as These is My Words. How could it be without (view spoiler)? The absence of that character was felt throughout the book, and I'm still mad about his death. I still think it was a stupid thing to do to the story. I marked this as having a love story, but it's very minor.

While the first book spans twenty years, this one takes place in only one. I wish the events of the first book (minus he end) had been spread out over more than one book. Lo
Mar 06, 2009 Marci rated it liked it
I liked the first book (These Is My Words)better. Too much happened in this book for me to believe all of it could happen to just one person.
Aug 23, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Sarah’s Quilt, although I still do not agree with the title even if it is meant to be symbolic. I suppose this is a step-up from the last book’s title, These Is My Words, a title which almost made me never pick it up. But I’m glad I did, These Is My Words was one of the best books I read this year so far.

As for the story told in Sarah‘s Quilt, it is told over many months of the year of 1906. Too much happens to even really discuss, all in the span of a few months. Drought, earth
Aug 08, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listening to the audio for book club.

I love Sarah Prine. The first book in this series, "These is My Words," is a wonderfully transporting piece of historical fiction and you will be rooting for Sarah and her struggles the entire time.

This follow-up didn't disappoint. Sarah is her same funny, stubborn, hard working, passionate self - except now her children are grown, and she's facing a whole host of new problems: drought, marriage proposals, a long lost outlaw nephew, vandalism, con artists, an
Lindsay (Everyday Is An Adventure)
Today I finished the second book in Nancy E. Turner's trilogy, Sarah's Quilt about the life of Sarah Agnes Prine, mother and pioneer.

Like the first novel, These Is My Words, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am definitely looking forward to finishing the trilogy with Star Garden next.

My Thoughts:

Like the first novel, this book really did capture what life must have been like for the pioneers that made their way into the territories and carved a life for themselves. This part of Sarah's journey
Jan 13, 2011 Jennbarnes rated it it was amazing
Sarah's Quilt is the continuing story of Sarah Prine Eliott and her life, as it continues after the death of her husband and the move back to her ranch. It is a hard time in the history of the Arizona territory, with relief from the Indians comes pressure from the railroad and the ambitions of a greedy neighbor. Sarah and her family continue to struggle on through fire and sword, just as they did in the first book. There is so much going on in this story, it gets overwhelming at times. I miss th ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointing sequel! I mean, honestly, how many tragedies, calamities, and traumas can fit in a one year span? The first book covered over 20 years of Sarah's life and didn't contain the troubles this one 12 month period did! And of course there was the poor story arc, which added another dimension of negativity.... Relatives appearing out of the blue? A crazy lunatic obsessed with Sarah out of the blue who gets no explanation? (I was convinced he was the army guy who loved Sarah and ran ...more
Nov 21, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: strong, adventurous women, or women who admire strong and adventurous women
This book was just wonderful. It's so inspirational to read about a character who is just full to overflowing with generosity, kindness, love, and a good strong sense of right and wrong. She never lets anyone walk all over her, and she's as honest as can be.
I really need to read the third book now. I guess the main character's life gets just a little bit easier in that one - she sure went through a lot of hardship in the second book, but those were tough times, so it never seemed over the top
May 16, 2013 Ami rated it liked it
Shelves: not-bad
I kind of had to slog through this one. I might have even given up on it if I hadn't read somewhere that the third book is a lot better.
What was up with all the typos? It's understandable to have one or two minor errors, but were we're enough throughout Sarah's Quilt that it was distracting. The writing wasn't nearly as engaging, and I felt like Sarah's character wasn't true to who she had become in the first book. Plus, some of the most dramatic points in the story weren't adequately explained
Mar 05, 2012 Tiffany rated it liked it
I loved These Is My Words and how it was written. This is very different; instead of being written journal-like and covering many years, this was much more book-like and covered one very dry, stormy, tough, tough year. I realize it is probably called Sarah's Quilt because the picture on the cover is of one of her actual quilts, but it would have been better titled along the lines of Sarah's Tribulation or Sara's Affliction or 1906: Sarah's Struggles. Basically, I am going to have to read These i ...more
Aug 23, 2010 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-hate
This book was simply just not that great. Nothing compared to it's predecessor. This is the sequel to the book These Is My Words which is on my top five favorite books of all time list. It's a tough act to follow for any book I'll admit. But you'd hope that the author could at least keep on with the momentum of the first one. Unfortunately the continuation of Sarah Prine's story was...I daren't say it...but I will for the sake of those wanting to read it...boring. Nancy Turner I love you and thi ...more
Jan 11, 2010 Kiersten rated it liked it
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Dec 08, 2010 Luann rated it really liked it
Recommended to Luann by: Donna R.
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as These Is My Words - especially in the beginning. I think I was missing Jack nearly as much as Sarah! It was really quite painful to go through that mourning process with her. She thought about him a LOT, and I kept thinking, "WHY, oh why couldn't he be in this book as well?" I do love Sarah's character, though. She makes me want to be a better person. She has such a wonderful, down-home type of common sense. There were times later on in the story when I w ...more
Feb 25, 2010 Daisy rated it it was ok
What a downer! Just about any and every horrible thing that could happen to this woman did. It was hard to finish, but I just kept telling myself it would get better. It all turned out okay in the last few pages, but not enough to make up for all the depressing things in the first 390. I know it's based on the life of the author's great-grandmother, but it is a fiction. It is almost unbelievable that that many awful things could happen to one person in such a short period of time. I would have e ...more
♥ Sandi
Sep 08, 2014 ♥ Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Sarah Agnes Prine all over again. This is the 2nd book in the series - following These Is My Words.

Still in the Arizona Territories, we find all of Sarah's children now grown - they are married or off to college. With this empty nest Sarah takes in a nephew - the son of her deceased brother. With a 3 yr drought the ranch is in trouble -as is her neighbors. Between a water witch repeated sneaking up, a rich Mexican neighbor asking for her hand, and a city dwelling widower mov
Apr 02, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
These is my Words is one of my favorite stories of all time. I was hesitant to read a sequel because, to be honest, (SPOILER ALERT!!) after Jack died I just didn't want to read about how Sarah's life was going to go on without him. I think it was smart to pick the story up 10 years after Sarah became a widow, but the parts where Sarah "let go" of Jack were my least favorite words to read. And I didn't HATE the new guy in her life, I just didn't really like him. I'm glad they didn't get married i ...more
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