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

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  6,278 Ratings  ·  1,121 Reviews
From the bestselling author of These Is My Words comes this exhilarating follow-up to the beloved Sarah's Quilt. In the latest diary entries of pioneer woman Sarah Agnes Prine, Nancy E. Turner continues Sarah's extraordinary story as she struggles to make a home in the Arizona Territory.

It is winter 1906, and nearing bankruptcy after surviving drought, storms, and the rust
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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
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Rachel
Aug 16, 2007 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2008 Josette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
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
Heather
Mar 05, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karyl
Jan 07, 2010 Karyl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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Karen
Jun 18, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jackie
May 12, 2008 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Makita
Mar 15, 2009 Makita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Julianne
Mar 03, 2009 Julianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Laura
Jan 24, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Christine
Jun 20, 2012 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-own
I cannot rave enough about this book and the whole trilogy. I've come to love the main character, Sarah Prine, so much that I can't stand the idea of no more books about her life. I swear I'm going to write Nancy Turner and plead with her to continue the saga. She is just one of the most memorable characters I've ever read about. And frankly all the characters in this latest book are so well drawn and realistic that you sweat bullets for them when they're in danger. And they're in danger a lot i ...more
Dana
Mar 07, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Deborah Pickstone
3.5 stars

So far, 2 really good novels and 2 that don't make the same grade This is one of the latter, though by much less than My Name Is Resolute. Excessive amount of troubles levied on one family - makes Wuthering Heights look almost a feelgood story. This third book might perhaps have been better not written, it seemed like it was there to make an ending rather than for itself entire.
Susan
Feb 22, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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.
Lesr Kew
a good book on its own but still not as good as the first. For some reason I was not as gripped by the story. But perhaps it is because a i had grown comfortable with the characters as if they were my own family.
Robin or Roberta
Apr 11, 2017 Robin or Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great series. I always hate to finish a great series knowing there isn't any more story for me to read.
Aubrey
Feb 22, 2017 Aubrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first one was still my favorite, but I am thankful for a happy ending after all of that! Great and entertaining series.
Jenny
May 18, 2009 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Miriam
Oct 12, 2007 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Michelle
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Jackie Rand
I liked this book better than the second one in the series but "These is My Words" is the best by far of the three. As with the others I often felt a bit confused by what was happening as far as where they were off to and all the trips into town and just in general their coming and going. Never did get the point of the bit with the Professor (can't remember his name off hand) and her giving him rides and I was completely lost about the point of her seeing him in the cafe talking with the German ...more
Catherine
Mar 31, 2008 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
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
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Alli
Nov 29, 2011 Alli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gayle
Mar 02, 2014 Gayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third installment of the Sarah Prine series was right up there with the first book in the series ("These Is My Words"). After reading the second book in the series ("Sarah's Quilt") and not being quite as impressed by it, I wasn't left wanting in The Star Garden. It is so easy to become involved in the book, as though you are living it right along side Sarah or through Sarah. Just SUCH a good depiction of the human spirit and of the Wild West.
Yara
Oct 28, 2007 Yara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
Angela
Nov 18, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kim Feuchter
Mar 27, 2015 Kim Feuchter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Often times a sequel to a beloved book disappoints by not living up to the magic of the original book. That is not the case with The Star Garden! I was hooked from page one, and this book didn't let up on its grip until the very last page! I'm so sad that my journey with these characters is done, but I know I'll think of them often in the weeks to come!
Alecia
Jun 22, 2010 Alecia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! Very touching and an amazing story of courage and faith and hard work and sorrow and bravery and pain and anger and triumph and and and... I love these books. I maintain that I want to be like her when I grow up. I don't think I'm made from the same stock she was, though. Just an amazing woman!
Linda
Nov 27, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 for the continuing saga of Sarah and her family. These is My Words was the best of the three books (easily one of my all-time favorite reads) and this was the second best of the trilogy in my opinion. Sarah reminds me so much of my strong grandmother and the great aunts who helped raise me. I love Nancy's writing! I'm hoping for a fourth book.
Kami Tilby
Apr 20, 2009 Kami Tilby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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“A woman who dreams of a good home with a man who holds for her only a poor love is putting a $50 saddle on a $20 horse. She'd be far better off single than riding with him.” 7 likes
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