Jen's Reviews > These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901, Arizona Territories

These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
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Feb 23, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012, bookclub, historical-fiction, favorite
Read from February 08 to 22, 2012

I really loved this book. Though it was a bit slow to get into initially (mainly due to the dialect and the main character's poor grammar early on), this story really sucked me in. One part Oregon Trail meets the Arizona Territories, one part epic love story that rivals Scarlett and Rhett, one part coming of age story that follows our main character from a young, naive girl of 17 to an experienced mother and housewife approaching her thirties.

This book really does have it all and I thought it was a fascinating look at life in the late 1800's - I learned so much and enjoyed every minute of it that I wasn't crying. There is a fair amount of tragic loss in this story (maybe more than a fair amount) but the overall tone of the book still remains hopeful and uplifting - about the things we are capable of surviving in this world. Sarah lives through a LOT of hardships but manages to overcome each obstacle and turn out the better for it - a loving mother and a major bad ass!

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