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The Star Garden

(Sarah Agnes Prine #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  7,832 ratings  ·  1,262 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 r
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Oct 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
I think I became enmeshed with the whole Prine family, reading these 3 novels. I cried buckets with each of 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
May 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen Mosley
Jun 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Beth Sponzilli
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wish there were more of these books! This one started out with a bang and ended with one. Such great characters and setting in the Arizona wild. Sorry to see this series end.
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
I start with summarizing: This story would have been much better if the characters (at least main) were new.

I think (especially after reading some other reviews) that many readers don't agree with me but I had enough of Sarah. I still can't believe it but it is the truth. She was so strong personality in previous books, but although in some aspects here she was strong too, her "I will marry Udell, I'll not, I'll, I'll not..." was very very annoying. To me, it didn't fix with her personality. It
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it

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.
Linda Hart
Jun 30, 2009 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it, but the first novel in the series, These Is My Words, one of my favorite books, was the better. the plot was predictable, the characters good but not exceptional, and I am ready to move on to other authors.
Lesr Kew
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel is the 3rd in the Sarah Agnes Prine series. I have read all 3 of the novels and I think the 1st novel in the series is still my favorite. However, I did like this one better than the 2nd novel in the series. Set in Arizona while it was still a territory, the story of Sarah's life continues with many more hardships, tragedies, and marriages in her family. Much of this novel is centered around her Mexican neighbor Rudolfo Maldonado's schemes at first to gain control some of Sarah's land ...more
Melinda Christensen
This was an excellent book! I enjoyed the first two of this series just as much. These novels are historical, about the pioneer woman Sarah Agnes Prine from a girl until in her forties. Her land in Arizona is experiencing a serious drought and she is close to bankruptcy. It doesn't help matters when a long-lost nephew turns rogue and a wealthy land owner whom she doesn't love pursues Sarah as his wife for nefarious reasons. There are many rip-roaring adventures to be discovered in this book.

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Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The third book of the trilogy by Nancy Turner recounting the adventures of Sarah Agnes Prine’s life is just as entertaining and engrossing as the first two books (These is My Words and Sarah’s Quilt). I couldn’t put it down! I could nitpick it and be a little critical, but I don’t want to ruin the good vibe you get from the book. I do know that the characters of Sarah and her sister-in-law are so well-drawn that when they have some serious confrontational scenes, the emotions and implications ex ...more
Lynne Tull
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This last book of the trilogy lost a star from the first two. It was more of the same. Every tragic thing that could happen to Sarah and her family happens. One day all will be sunshine and happiness and the next minute it turns to tragedy. I don't know how she managed to keep her sanity. Recommend the series, beginning with 'These is My Words', but be prepared for a bumpy read. These are not books that are a speed read. You will learn a lot about the times in which Sarah lived. It is worth the ...more
Hope Garfield
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tbh, if I was Sarah I would have shot Rudolfo in Book 2. That would have saved a lot of trouble in this one.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first one was still my favorite, but I am thankful for a happy ending after all of that! Great and entertaining series.
Robin or Roberta
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great series. I always hate to finish a great series knowing there isn't any more story for me to read. ...more
Jill Urie
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, 2019
What a great end to a great series. A lot of the story just detailed one hardship after another. And if it hadn't been for the wonderfully amazing characters I don't think I would have finished this book. But man, how can you not love Sarah and her family and friends? I want to be her neighbor or sister-in-law or something. This series almost makes me want to scorn technology and bake bread all day. ...more
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
It breaks my heart a little bit to give this author, who wrote one of my favorite books of all time, 1 star but I hated this book. When we left off with "Sarah's Garden" it seemed that all the conflicts were pretty much resolved. However this book ended up being just a continuation of those exact same conflicts. Rudolfo is still a jerk trying to steal all of Sarah's land. Can someone just shoot this guy already?? Why is he still alive? Sarah STILL can't decide if she should marry Udell Hanna, wh ...more
Nov 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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