These is my Words (Paperback)

The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901

By Nancy Turner

Harper Perennial, 9780061458033, 416pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2008

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A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in 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 Captain Jack Elliot that gave her strength and purpose.

Rich in authentic everyday details and alive with truly unforgettable characters, These Is My Words brilliantly brings a vanished world to breathtaking life again.

About the Author

Nancy E. Turner is the author of several works of fiction, including The Water and the Blood and Sarah's Quilt. She has been a seam snipper in a clothing factory, a church piano player, a paleontologist's aide, and an executive secretary. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and two children.

Praise For These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901

“A vivid picture of one woman’s true grit on the frontier.”
— Dallas Morning News

“Clear, at times lyrical prose...providing vivid, colorful characters and historically accurate backdrop.”
— The Washington Post

“Incredibly vivid and real and almost as though everything had been found, complete in a box somewhere.”
— The Washington Post

“A compelling portrait of an enduring love, the rough old West and a memorable pioneer.”
— Publishers Weekly

“a lushly satisfying romance, period-authentic, with true-grit pioneering”
— Kirkus

This is a beautifully written book that quickly captures readers’ attention and holds it tightly and emotionally until the end.
— Library Journal

“These Is My Words is an times harrowing...reading experience.”
— Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Belongs on your must-read list. This novel is a gem.”
— Omaha World Herald