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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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.

Sep 04, 2011

An easy read that you can't put down.

RobertaJ Mar 01, 2011

PLEASE ignore the perfectly awful cover on this simply amazing book! I walked by it on the shelf for years despite great reviews.

For all of us who grew up on the Little House on the Prairie books, this is the (more or less) grownup version. Great for older teens too, as the heroine is 17 when she embarks on a wagon trail journey with her family to "the Territories".

Sarah makes fast friends, faces horrors and loss on the trail, and eventually builds her own strong and loving extended family. There's adventure, and romance, and Sarah's own wry and indomitable spirit. I could not put it down.


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Mar 09, 2017

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


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