Synopses & Reviews
In a compelling fiction debut, Nancy E. Turner's unforgettable These Is My Words
melds the sweeping adventures and dramatic landscapes of Lonesome Dove
with the heartfelt emotional saga of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.
Inspired by the author's original family memoirs, this absorbing story introduces us to the questing, indomitable Sarah Prine, one of the most memorable women ever to survive and prevail in the Arizona Territory of the late 1800s. As a child, a fiery young woman, and finally a caring mother, Sarah forges a life as full and as fascinating as our deepest needs, our most secret hopes and our grandest dreams. She rides Indian-style and shoots with deadly aim, greedily devours a treasure trove of leatherbound books, downs fire, flood, Comanche raids and other mortal perils with the unique courage that forged the character of the American West.
Rich in authentic details of daily life and etched with striking character portraits of very different pioneer families, this action-packed novel is also the story of a powerful, enduring love between Sarah and the dashing cavalry officer Captain Jack Elliot. Neither the vast distances traveled nor the harsh and killing terrains could quench the passion between them, and the loss and loneliness both suffer only strengthen their need for each other.
While their love grows, the heartbreak and wonder of the frontier experience unfold in scene after scene: a wagon-train Sunday spent roasting quail on spits as Indians close in to attack; Sarah's silent encounter with an Indian brave, in which he shows her his way of respect; a dreadful discovery by a stream that changes Sarah forever; the hazards of a visit to Phoenix, a town as hot as the devil's frying pan; Sarah's joy in building a real home, sketching out rooms and wraparound porches.
Sarah's incredible story leads us into a vanished world that comes vividly to life again, while her struggles with work and home, love and responsibility resonate with those every woman faces today. These Is My Words is a passionate celebration of a remarkable life, exhilarating and gripping from the first page to the last.
“a lushly satisfying romance, period-authentic, with true-grit pioneering” Kirkus
“Belongs on your must-read list. This novel is a gem.” Omaha World Herald
“Clear, at times lyrical prose...providing vivid, colorful characters and historically accurate backdrop.” The Washington Post
This is a beautifully written book that quickly captures readers attention and holds it tightly and emotionally until the end. Library Journal
“Incredibly vivid and real and almost as though everything had been found, complete in a box somewhere.” The Washington Post
“A vivid picture of one womans true grit on the frontier.” Dallas Morning News
“These Is My Words is an entertaining...at times harrowing...reading experience.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“A compelling portrait of an enduring love, the rough old West and a memorable pioneer.” Publishers Weekly
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.