The Star Garden (Paperback)

By Nancy E. Turner

Griffin, 9780312363178, 306pp.

Publication Date: November 11, 2008



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. . . .

About the Author

NANCY E. TURNER was born in Dallas, Texas, and currently lives with her husband in Tucson, Arizona. The Star Garden is the third in the Sarah Agnes Prine series; previous titles include Sarah's Quilt, finalist for the Willa Cather Award, and the bestselling These Is My Words, 2008 Winner of One Book Arizona.

Praise For The Star Garden

Praise for Nancy E. Turner's Sarah Agnes Prine Novels

“Authentic…reminiscent of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove.”
- The Denver Post on Sarah’s Quilt

“Readers who enjoyed Sandra Dallas's Diary of Mattie Spenser are sure to love this one.”
- Booklist on These Is My Words

“Part western, part romance, part imagined history…at once entertaining and thoughtful. Sarah's independent streak and sometimes wily nature will endear her to contemporary readers.”
- Publishers Weekly on The Star Garden

“Atmospheric...authentic, robust and perfectly executed."
- Tucson Citizen on The Star Garden

“Nancy Turner has scored again.”
- Tony Hillerman on Sarah's Quilt