Author: Nancy E Turner
Price: Rs 862
Genre: Historic fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
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Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full remarkable existence on a harsh, unfamiliar frontier.Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon- from child to determined young adult to loving mother - she shares the turbulent events, both joyous and tragic, that molded her, and recalls the enduring love with cavalry officer Jack Elliot that gave her strength and purpose...
Set in towards the end of 19th century the novel is the journal entry of Sarah Prine spanning for about 20 years...The journal entry begins at the age of seventeen with the start of her journey from New Mexico to Texas by wagon..Tragedy strikes early and hard upon her and the family, her younger brother is killed by a snake bite while her father is killed by the Indian attack...Early events in her life shapes her character..Rather becoming a soul struck by fear., she grows up into a headstrong girl with a high survival instinct that is the reason the zest for life makes her through the going..Early in the novel she showcases her strength while saving her Lawrence girls from Indians and others....Savanaah Lawrence Sarah's sister-in law teaches her to read and write so the self taught Sarah slowly goes up the ladder into a girl who can read and write fluently...The early journal entry has many grammatical and word errors but it slowly evolves into a poetic prose with lyrical notes..Her family decides to move to San Angelo to raise horses but they are only glad to be alive..Albert and Ernest her older brothers on whom the family responsibility reside decide to move back to Arizona which is almost equivalent to square one, there she feels at home ..Sarah was a sharp shooter a trait that I loved along her many other positive traits...Her girly feelings are vividly portrayed as she pens down her inclination for two men she comes across..Jack Elliot the Cavalry officer enters her life giving her a taste of romance and love..But many times I felt that her early life hardship didn't let her be open to the relationship creating many unhappy moments through her married life..The pain of childbirth and further years of family life fills up journals, through all these Jack stands out as a man of strength and endurance..Many a times their life gives a odd picture of frustration and irritability, yet they hang on moving parallel to each other not really merging up...Later as a sign to make up for a better life together Sarah moves to Tucson with children while her heart remains back at home @ ranch...
There are dramatic stroke, adventure that I loved to immerse ..The wonderful capture of Arizona will stay in heart for sometime.. Turner explores all character in depth , but the expanse of historic accounts is on a low note through the later part of the novel..The novel hold on to the reader's emotion well and creates a curiosity for the plot lying ahead..I loved the novel for Sarah and for showcasing a power of people to stand up for themselves during the difficult time in order to live and dream for better...
Book 3 for TBR challenge