The Star Garden: A Novel of Sarah Agnes Prine
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The Star Garden: A Novel of Sarah Agnes Prine (Sarah Agnes Prine #3)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  4,854 ratings  ·  983 reviews
In this stunning sequel to the tale begun in These Is My Words and continued in the beloved Sarah's Quilt,pioneer woman Sarah Agnes Prineis nearing bankruptcy. After surviving drought and the rustling of her cattle in winter 1906, Sarah is shocked when her son brings home a bride who was slated to become a nun. Meanwhile, neighbor Udell Hannais pressing for Sarah to marry...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 4th 2007)
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Jessietaylortanner
I do not reward very many books with a 5-star rating. It has to be just that-amazing! That being said, one of my favorite books of all time is 'These Is My Words' despite the dumb title. The second book in the series, Sarah's Quilt, was good, but no comparison to the first. However, the third in the series is a contender to the first!
I didn't think it could be possible for me to give up my unique and sole-devotion to one Jack Elliot, but in The Star Garden I was able to make room to love one mor...more
Heather
This is the third and final book in the Sarah Agnes Prine trilogy (These Is My Words, Sarah's Quilt). I feel like Nancy Turner redeemed herself with this book. I did not care much for Sarah's Quilt, and I think you could skip right over it and go from These Is my Words to this one. I felt like the former, gritty Sarah was back in this installment. Too many disasters and hardships befell her in Sarah's Quilt--to the point where it bordered on ridiculous. This novel, however, was more realistic, a...more
Karen
Jul 29, 2008 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: red hat women and those who enjoy historical fiction/pioneering stories
"I wish I knew a word for that kind of righteous ache that weighs down my insides when I do what I know is the right thing to do, though it goes against all my normal leanings." pg. 28 "I tried to remember what Udell had said, about how going toward the future was better than just leaving the past behind." pg. 82 "I think grandchildren are the best part of being a mother. Twice the fun and half the worry." pg. 105 I listened to "These is My Words" on tape and was sorely disappointed when the act...more
Rachel
I'm going to try not to gush here. The Star Garden is the third book Nancy Turner has written about Sarah Agnes Prine, basing the character on her own great grandmother. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that Sarah is almost my very favorite heroine ever. Of course, I will always love Elizabeth Bennett and Ann Elliot, among others. But Sarah sure is up there. Now, neither this book nor its predecessor, Sarah's Quilt, were as wonderful as These Is My Words, the first Sarah book. But I lov...more
Josette
I think I became enmeshed with the whole Prine family, reading these 3 novels. I cried buckets with each of them...by the second book my childrend stopped asking what was wrong and my husband just looked at me and shook his head. I really liked the main character, Sarah Agnes Prine, and identified with her in many ways. I think the first book in this series, These is My Words, remains my favorite, but I surely did want to know what happened to everyone. These novels make you glad to be alive in...more
Karyl
I wonder if I could go back in time and have Sarah Prine Elliott adopt me. Maybe I would be Mary Pearl, the niece that's a bit too feisty for her times. I'm not sure I'd be feisty or strong enough to be Sarah herself.

The Star Garden is the third of this series, a welcome respite from the dark, dreary year chronicled in Sarah's Quilt. I realize that the life of a frontier woman was difficult at best, but the hardships visited upon the Prine family that year were almost too much to bear. The Star...more
Makita
This is the 3rd book in the Sarah Agnes Prine series and I love her so of course I loved the book. I am happy she ended up marrying Udell, he is so sweet and he did build her a castle and gave her 'WHAT SHE WANTED' but I still miss Jack! Why did Jack have to die in the first book?????
My only other complaint is that Blessing died, I knew from the very beginning she needed to stay on the ranch with Aunt Sarah!!! WHat a hard time to live in and while this is fiction I am sure it is a true story for...more
Dana
I really enjoyed this book. I have loved the series. Of course, my favorite is the first book written "These is My Words". In this book,it took me a little while to become refamiliar with the characters because it's been awhile since I read "Sarah's Quilt". But once I did, I fell in love all over again with the Prine family, and the ever-strong and faithful family matriach - Sarah. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read the first two. I just finished reading the last chapt...more
Jenny
I've really loved reading the story of Sarah Prine across these three books. The first was definitely my favorite, but I really liked #2 & #3. I love the strength of her character while still retaining her femininity (although, she would probably argue that point herself).

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Julianne
This book by Nancy E. Turner is the third in the series that started with These Is My Words. This one is almost as good as the first, and both are real page-turners. Sarah Agnes Prine could have been my own great-great-grandmothers, who lived and loved and died in the same part of Southern Arizona. I felt like I was reading my own family history.

Sarah lives outside of Tucson. Someone killed and rustled all her cattle, and she is struggling to take care of her family. A widow, Sarah is out hunti...more
Laura
I had such high hopes after reading all the reviews of this book. I really liked These Is My Words, and I actually liked the first part of Sarah's Quilt even better. But towards the end of that book--and most of this book--I felt like Turner was trying to just pack in as much dreadful occurrences as possible. By the end of the story, she'd focused so much on these events--many of which didn't really feel fleshed out ((view spoiler)...more
Miriam
Oct 12, 2007 Miriam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women, frontier history buffs, or those in the mood for a great love story
This is the long-awaited third (and possibly final) installment in the series of books that includes These Is My Words and Sarah's Quilt. All three books have Sarah Agnes Prine as their central character, and Sarah was the great-grandmother of the author, Nancy Turner, who was an early settler of the Arizona Territory. It is unclear how much of the books are pure fabrication, and how much is based on true-life experiences of Turner's great-grandmother (certainly real historical events are part o...more
Jackie
May 13, 2008 Jackie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adult fans of the Little House books, etc
Nancy E. Turner is an amazing and talented storyteller. She's taken some of the real-life stories of her own great grandmother and woven them into a magical trio of books that I can only call the grown up Little House of the Prairie.

The series began with These Is My Words, introducing Sarah Agnes Prine as a young girl. It charts her life from her family's move out west by covered wagon and through her
abusive first marriage in a land and at a time that would crush other people.

Sarah's Quilt pick...more
Ami
This book was definitely better than Sarah's Quilt. I didn't have the same intensity and excitement of the first, but it was still enjoyable. I think the author had some difficulty balancing tension with action. The main storyline involved a lot of building up, a lot of details that I didn't totally feel clear about, then a seeming resolution that confused me more than anything, then the problem was actually still there, then action and the end. Plus I had mixed feelings about the villain in the...more
Michelle
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Catherine
This book, the third in the series about Sarah Agnes Prine, was wonderful. This series of three books are among my very favorite works of modern fiction. I checked these out of the library, but these I will actually buy for my collection of "favorites" at home.

I absolutely love the character of Sarah Agnes Prine: her strength, her vulnerability, and her practicality. The stories of her experiences on the Southwestern frontier are unbelievable, and I loved the mental images I got of the "star gar...more
Alli
I really enjoyed the continuing story of Sarah Agnes Prine and would give the book a 3+. However, I definitely think that the first book in the series was the best hands down (5 stars!!). I liked the style of writing in the first book and I felt the book flowed better as well. The writer was more consistent in the first book - I felt like there were some errors in the third book and that Sarah's personality change a bit. It was still an enjoyable read, but not necessary. I love to think about Sa...more
Quillracer
This book, like the other two in the Sarah Prine series, is fiction based on the real life of the author's great-grandmother in the early years of the 20th century. And it presented a very realistic picture of life in those days where only the strong (and the lucky) survive.

Sarah Prine is a strong person (She calls herself ‘an iron-boned woman.’) who will do anything – except compromise her principles – to care for her family and friends and protect them from harm. Yet, sometimes that strength i...more
Nancy
Sarah Prine is a wonderful character, and I loved reading all three books about her. I've expected the sequels to weaken, but have been surprised when they haven't. I definitely recommend this series.
Angela
This was a wonderful end to the Sarah Agnes Prine series. I love the character of Sarah and felt so many emotions as she continues to fight for what she loves: her family, her land, and education. Although neither of the last two books were as amazing as These Is My Words, I still very much enjoyed this book and will treasure this series always.
Yara
I enjoyed this third installment based on the life of Sarah Prine better than the second (Sarah's Quilt), but not nearly as much as the first (These Is My Words), which still remains on my top ten list. Though I felt that there was a resolution to the trilogy I still felt somewhat unsettled about a number of the author's plot decisions.
Kami Tilby
Couldn't read this one fast enough. The journal format pulls me through the story and told first person makes it so much more real and compelling. Takes me back to how I felt in 2nd grade when I discovered "The Little House" series. Opened up a different world and a different life from a whole new perspective.
Susan


If this is the last in the series of Sarah Prine books, I will be very sad. I could keep reading about her family and all the trouble that seems to follow them forever. The characters are true to life, funny & tough, sensitive & ornery and I love them all. Great story telling novels expertly written.
Jayne
I liked this better than book 2 but of course not as much as book one (still my favorite of all three). This book was well written but it kind of put me in a downer mood as it dripped with tragedy as thick as molasses! (Like that? Do I sound like Sarah?)
Rhona
Great final book to the series. I REALLY enjoyed this book. Makes me realize just how cushy my own life is compared to the days of the pioneers; ans what amazing endurance Sarah had. Awesome book!
Tamara
This may have some spoilers from the first two books, so read carefully if you haven't read those books.

As with Sarah's Quilt, I enjoyed The Star Garden. But it's just not as good as These Is My Words. I can't help thinking that if Nancy Turner had just let (view spoiler) live--as she well should have!--the rest of the series would have been at least as good as the first book. I still think it was a stupid move.

His book contains lots and lots of death, both human and animal....more
Lexie
I'm glad I read this but definitely didn't love it like These Is My Words. It finishes Sarah's story, which was enjoyable for me. But nothing amazing.
Lauralee
I didn't like this one quite as much as the first two. But, it was a good story!
Vickie
I hesitated to read another Nancy Turner novel because I was so enthralled with "These is My Words", and I didn't want to be disappointed in a sequel. Ms. Turner did not let me down. "Star Garden" was a wonderful ending to an amazing account of the life of Sarah Prine. From her days traveling to the Arizona territories as a child to settling on a ranch, raising a family, and fighting off Mexican bandits for land rights, these books delivered excitement, love, heartache, and every other emotion k...more
Nikki
Oh Sarah, how I miss you from These Is My Words! I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment in this series and while less impressed with the second, Sarah's Quilt, I still enjoyed it considerably. However, The Star Garden fell flat and hopefully the author has decided to let Sarah be after this one.

While less occurs in Star Garden than in Sarah's Quilt (although honestly how could MORE happen?), Star Garden felt formulaic. Marriage dilemma? Check. Rudolfo/neighbor issues? Check. Problems with ra...more
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