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These is My Words
by Nancy Turner

Published: 1999-03-01
Paperback : 384 pages
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In a compelling fiction debut, Nancy E. Turner's unforgettable These Is My Words melds the sweeping adventures and dramatic landscapes of Lonesome Dove with the heartfelt emotional saga of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. Inspired by the author's original family memoirs, this abs...
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(In a compelling fiction debut, Nancy E. Turner's unforgettable These Is My Words melds the sweeping adventures and dramatic landscapes of Lonesome Dove with the heartfelt emotional saga of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.

Inspired by the author's original family memoirs, this absorbing story introduces us to the questing, indomitable Sarah Prine, one of the most memorable women ever to survive and prevail in the Arizona Territory of the late 1800s. As a child, a fiery young woman, and finally a caring mother, Sarah forges a life as full and as fascinating as our deepest needs, our most secret hopes and our grandest dreams. She rides Indian-style and shoots with deadly aim, greedily devours a treasure trove of leatherbound books, downs fire, flood, Comanche raids and other mortal perils with the unique courage that forged the character of the American West.

Rich in authentic details of daily life and etched with striking character portraits of very different pioneer families, this action-packed novel is also the story of a powerful, enduring love between Sarah and the dashing cavalry officer Captain Jack Elliot. Neither the vast distances traveled nor the harsh and killing terrains could quench the passion between them, and the loss and loneliness both suffer only strengthen their need for each other.

While their love grows, the heartbreak and wonder of the frontier experience unfold in scene after scene: a wagon-train Sunday spent roasting quail on spits as Indians close in to attack; Sarah's silent encounter with an Indian brave, in which he shows her his way of respect; a dreadful discovery by a stream that changes Sarah forever; the hazards of a visit to Phoenix, a town as hot as the devil's frying pan; Sarah's joy in building a real home, sketching out rooms and wraparound porches.

Sarah's incredible story leads us into a vanished world that comes vividly to life again, while her struggles with work and home, love and responsibility resonate with those every woman faces today. These Is My Wordsis a passionate celebration of a remarkable life, exhilarating and gripping from the first page to the last.

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by apriljoanne (see profile) 08/31/10
The book actually comes with a list of "Questions for discussion" in the back which was interesting.

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  "These is My Words"by kindlegal (see profile) 08/27/13

I loved this book of a young girl growing up in Arizona, New Mexico, and traveling by wagon train and train from there to Texas in America post Civil War. She grows into a strong and special woman as... (read more)

 
  "Beautiful Love Story"by DGriffin (see profile) 09/23/12

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was written in a diary format. The story was engaging from the start. Although there was a lot of violent scenes in the beginning of the story, it felt true and set... (read more)

 
  "These Is My Words"by parker (see profile) 09/12/12

 
  "These Is My Words"by jmarnin (see profile) 09/12/12

A fascinating look at how the southwest was settled--a brave, gifted woman!

 
  "A Favortie"by FriendshipSisters (see profile) 09/11/12

"These is my Words" is a epic story encompassing the life a a girl/woman from 1881-1901. It is written in the form of a journal and is deeply moving and yet really treats the reader into a ... (read more)

 
  "These is my words"by Tnorton (see profile) 02/10/12

 
  "These is my Words"by nbaker (see profile) 05/10/11

I found this a very difficult read at first. However, after about 70-80 pages, I couldn't put it down. Because it is written as a diary, I found myself caught up in her character, her struggles and her... (read more)

 
  "Our first book club book"by apriljoanne (see profile) 08/31/10

I would not have normally read this book on my on as I usually don't pick "old time" books. I prefer to read books about modern day people or the future. But I am so glad that I read this!... (read more)

 
  "Great Book!"by kgdasilva (see profile) 08/07/10

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