These Is My Words

These Is My Words

The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 : Arizona Territories : A Novel

Book - 1998
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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 Words is a passionate celebration of a remarkable life, exhilarating and gripping from the first page to the last.

Publisher: New York : Regan Books, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060392253
Branch Call Number: F Tur


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Feb 13, 2018

I had mixed feelings about this book. The characters are interesting especially Jack. I kept wishing that guy was actually real. I wanted something more historical but this is more of a romance than anything else. It practically begins and ends with the love interest which is fine but I was getting whiplash over Turner's feminism. It seems to me it's not quite hashed out. Sometimes it's there and it's amazing but other times, she reverts back. There's a whole part towards the end where she implies a character is a gold digger (maybe even a prostitute. She kept saying "what that woman is" without actually saying it). She attacks the woman's use of make up and comes up with some ridiculous absurd thing about how the woman is too dainty to work but the whole set up of the story line is just to prop up the main character. Frankly, it's cringeworthy and it reeks of provincialism and southern insecurity. It wasn't even done well. The jokes were lame.

The other characters are interesting though and there's little historical tidbits which were enlightening. She attempts to talk about racism but only when it serves to bolster the two main characters as enlightened. It honestly suffers from the fact that the author is far too partial to Sarah. It has that overly romanticism of the southern man pursuing some hard headed woman who constantly wants to slap him. I don't get this at all. She comes off like a complete jerk but once you remember that it's a romance then you remember why.

Turner is decent writer and the book reads well if you're willing to turn your brain off for just some enjoyment. Don't get me wrong, she has some potential but she's the type of writer that needs to challenge herself more.

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 08, 2017

I don't know if it is in part being familiar with the setting, but this book sucked me in and is probably one of the best traditional fictions I've read. I would recommend it to everyone from 10 to 100. Turner does a magnificent job of letting Sarah's voice grow with her as she becomes more educated in life and people. Humourous and heartbreaking.

EscapesToBooks Nov 20, 2017

One of my very favorite books. Historical fiction, adventure and a bit of romance.

Jul 31, 2017

I loved Turner's MY NAME IS RESOLUTE. Can't wait to read this one, and the others. Great author!

Mar 08, 2017

I can't BELIEVE I didn't know about this until 2016. SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!!!!!!!! PICK IT UP RIGHT NOW. I have always been a big fan of the late 1800's-early 1900's...such a Laura Ingalls feel and yet something so profound and beautiful...every word is so intricate. If you love the style of Game of Thrones then you would love this book. Game of Thrones is a popular series for a reason; because it's good. The writing style connects history and the modern universal language that really conveys feelings. So is the same with this book. Sarah is strong, poignant, and she has such a heart of steel no matter what she is going through, or what the people important to her are going through. The beginning touched me so deeply, and that was only the beginning. I have never or very rarely seen the world through the characters eyes as well as with this one. You feel courage when she feels courage, mad when she's mad, and you're happy for her as if she were real.

Nov 02, 2016

Such a great read! I would highly recommend to all.

Jan 04, 2016

I was immediately captivated by this book and was thrilled to find out there were two additional books in the series. I'm loving the pioneer days, the bygone era.

TulsaTimeTraveler Feb 10, 2014

This novel offers a view of the rugged, untamed pioneer landscape through the eyes of a woman. The most fascinating thing about this book, in my opinion, is that it is based on the actual events in the life of Sarah Agnes Prine, the author's great grandmother. She is described as a strong, stubborn woman who holds her own in a dangerous, dusty wilderness while maintaining a tenderness that allows her to nurture her family and friends. She is wise, hardworking, and determined to carve out a home for herself in the Arizona territories. The ending will leave you curious and tempted to read the other two books in the trilogy, but neither one of them seem to live up to the adventure and the romance delivered in These Is My Words.

Oct 27, 2013

I enjoyed this novel although will say that it was predictable. I didn't mind that, though, because I like to read about the life and times of the pioneers.

Oct 03, 2012

I LOVED this book. It was so real and yet wonderfully romantic with a love story that continues long after the wedding day.

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"He asked me Sarah what is wrong? I said nothing. That made him mad. I don't care."


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