The Star Garden
A Novel of Sarah Agnes Prine
By Nancy E. Turner
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312363161, 320pp.)
Publication Date: September 4, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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From the bestselling author of These Is My Words comes this exhilarating follow-up to the beloved Sarah's Quilt. In the latest diary entries of pioneer woman Sarah Agnes Prine, Nancy E. Turner continues Sarah's extraordinary story as she struggles to make a home in the Arizona Territory.
It is winter 1906, and nearing bankruptcy after surviving drought, storms, and the rustling of her cattle, Sarah remains a stalwart pillar to her extended family. Then a stagecoach accident puts in her path three strangers who will change her life.
In sickness and in health, neighbor Udell Hanna remains a trusted friend, pressing for Sarah to marry. When he reveals a plan to grant Sarah her dearest wish, she is overwhelmed with passion and excitement. She soon discovers, however, that there is more to a formal education than she bargained for.
Behind the scenes, Sarah's old friend Maldonado has struck a deal with the very men who will become linchpins of the Mexican Revolution. Maldonado plots to coerce Sarah into partnership, but when she refuses, he devises a murderous plan to gain her land for building a railroad straight to Mexico. When Sarah's son Charlie unexpectedly returns from town with a new bride, the plot turns into an all-out range war between the two families.
Finally putting an end to Udell's constant kindnesses, Sarah describes herself as "an iron-boned woman." She wants more than to be merely a comfortable fill-in for his dead wife. It is only through a chance encounter that she discovers his true feelings, and only then can she believe that a selfless love has at last reached out to her. . . .
Nancy E. Turner was born in Dallas, Texas, and currently lives with her husband, John, in Tucson, Arizona. She started college when her children were grown and completed a bachelor's degree in fine arts at the University of Arizona. The Star Garden is her third novel in the Sarah Agnes Prine series, which is based on family stories about Nancy's own great-grandmother; previous titles include Sarah's Quilt and the bestselling These Is My Words.
Praise for Nancy E. Turner and the Sarah Agnes Prine Novels
"Authentic . . . reminiscent of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove."
- The Denver Post on Sarah's Quilt "Nancy Turner has scored again."
- Tony Hillerman, author of The Shape Shifter, on Sarah's Quilt
"Robust, authentic, and exciting."
- Booklist on Sarah's Quilt
"Incredibly vivid and real."
- Rosamunde Pilcher, author of The Shell Seekers, on These Is My Words
"As satisfying as 'riding watch at sun up.'"
- Sandra Dallas, author of Tallgrass, on Sarah's Quilt
"A perfectly authentic story, beautifully executed by its author."
- Michael Blake, author of Dances with Wolves, on Sarah's Quilt