These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A good friend of mine recommended These is My Words to me a couple of times. Living in an area with a bookmobile library limits the titles available. It also means LONG wait times. But, it finally arrived the other day!
I was drawn into the story of Sarah Agnes Prine immediately. Her life from 17 to 37 is described in diary entries, and what a life it was! Extreme hardships on the wagon trail in the Southwestern US Territories, along with danger from Indians and wild men make up a good portion of the book. Sarah is shown to be a very strong woman. She was raised with several brothers, and she's the best shot around.
I don't want to give too much away, so I'll just say that it was a great story and worth reading.
The last quarter or so of the book moves more slowly than the rest, with diary entries further apart. It is still good, with many significant events taking place, although I preferred the pace of the rest of the story.
Very moving-keep a box of tissues handy.