Sarah's Quilt

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In These Is My Words, Sarah Agnes Prine told the spellbinding story of an extraordinary pioneer woman and her struggle to make a home in the Arizona Territories. Now, in this mesmerizing sequel, a three-year drought has made Sarah desperate for water. And just when it seems that life couldn't get worse, she learns that her brother and his family are trapped in the Great San Francisco Earthquake. A heartwarming blend of stubbornness and compassion, Sarah Agnes Prine will once again capture the hearts of readers ...

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Sarah's Quilt: A Novel of Sarah Agnes Prine and the Arizona Territories, 1906

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Overview

In These Is My Words, Sarah Agnes Prine told the spellbinding story of an extraordinary pioneer woman and her struggle to make a home in the Arizona Territories. Now, in this mesmerizing sequel, a three-year drought has made Sarah desperate for water. And just when it seems that life couldn't get worse, she learns that her brother and his family are trapped in the Great San Francisco Earthquake. A heartwarming blend of stubbornness and compassion, Sarah Agnes Prine will once again capture the hearts of readers everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Nancy E. Turner and Sarah Agnes Prine

Sarah's Quilt

 

"Older, tougher, wiser, Sarah enchants with her plainspoken energy and honesty. The title may suggest a gentle tale of domestic comfort, but the book is as straightforward, gritty and persistent as the woman who inspires it and as memorable as the landscape where she carves out her life."

- Publishers Weekly 

 

"Robust, authentic, and exciting as its predecessor . . . a vividly conjured picture of her place and time."

- Booklist

 

"Authentic in its detail, the novel's pace and intriguing cast of characters are reminiscent of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. A sensitive, vibrant story about the strength of love and family told in the voice of a woman who must be reckoned with."

- Denver Post

 

"If you want a picture of what life was like back then, look no further. Authentic in feel, [this] is convincing historic fiction. The armchair traveler is in for an exciting trip."

- The New Mexican

"Hard times, danger, love, well-defined characters and a strong sense of place all merge to form the heart of this realistic novel."

- Dallas Morning News

"All the enduring elements of the mystery that is life on earth can be found between the pages of this book. It is a perfectly authentic story, beautifully executed by its author."

- Michael Blake, author of Dances with Wolves and The Holy Road

"Gritty Sarah Elliot, who lassoed our hearts in These Is My Words, proves that women as well as men tamed the West."

- Sandra Dallas, author of The Diary of Mattie Spenser

"Sarah Prine is the real article . . . the kind of woman that any real man will cherish, if he's lucky enough to find her, and smart enough to know it."

- Don Coldsmith, author of the Spanish Bit Saga

"Action-packed. . . . We'd trust [Sarah's] judgment if a wildfire were running straight at us. We're in good hands, calloused and strong. Turner has lived in Sarah's landscape and writes with a sharp eye for the fine points of the times."

- Tucson Guide Quarterly

These Is My Words

"Nancy E. Turner approaches the fine qualities of Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer-winning Lonesome Dove. The two books share unforgettable characters, a grand sweep of history, adventure, love, and emotion so real that you feel it. These Is My Words is a book not to miss."

- Omaha World-Herald

"Incredibly vivid and real."

- Rosamunde Pilcher, author of The Shell Seekers

"[These Is My Words] says more about America than Gone with the Wind, and I'd put it up there with To Kill a Mockingbird. It is moving, funny, and rings very true."

- Mary Stewart, author of The Crystal Cave

"Readers who enjoyed Sandra Dallas's The Diary of Mattie Spenser are sure to love this one."

- Booklist

Publishers Weekly
Turner (These Is My Words) resumes the fictionalized diary of her great-grandmother, Arizona frontierswoman Sarah Agnes Prine, four years later in this day-by-day account of seven months in which the indomitable, twice-widowed rancher faces drought, prairie fire, a stampede, a hanging and a proposal. Sarah fears losing her ranch: "I need money and I need rain. Both of them in good order and flowing over." Even help brings worry: Sarah's prosperous neighbor offers sympathy and marriage; sons Gilbert and Charlie return home, defying their mother's wish that they complete their education; Sarah's mother sells land to hire a water witch with spiritual gifts and frightening proclivities; visiting nephew Willie runs away with Sarah's savings. Sarah goes to San Francisco, where her brother has lost everything in the 1906 earthquake, and Gil and Charlie ride south in search of Willie. Not all the news is bad, though. A new neighbor proves a good friend and promises to be more, while his son champions Sarah through legal challenges to her land. Older, tougher, wiser, Sarah enchants with her plainspoken energy and honesty. The title may suggest a gentle tale of domestic comfort, but the book is as straightforward, gritty and persistent as the woman who inspires it and as memorable as the landscape where she carves out her life. Agent, John Ware. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312332631
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 221,461
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah's Quilt is Nancy Turner's sequel to These Is My Words, both inspired by family stories about her great-grandmother, who retired from running a cattle ranch at the age of eighty-five.

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Reading Group Guide

In These Is My Words, Sarah Agnes Prine told the spellbinding story of an extraordinary pioneer woman and her struggle to make a home in the Arizona Territories. Now, in this mesmerizing sequel, a three-year drought has made Sarah desperate for water. And just when it seems that life couldn't get worse, she learns that her brother and his family are trapped in the Great San Francisco Earthquake. A heartwarming blend of stubbornness and compassion, Sarah Agnes Prine will once again capture the hearts of readers everywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    Please publish these books in Britain!

    This is the sequel to the book I have bought for all my loved ones, and they have bought for theirs etc. We love These Is My Words, and will surely love Sarah's Quilt. I have a huge order to place for when it is published. We can only get these by paying a fortune to get them posted from the USA. PLEASE publish them here, as they will be best-sellers - GUARANTEED!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Highly Highly Recommended

    So thankful to have been able to continue Sarah's journey through life with her family. This series was so good. Made me realize that our struggles at times are nothing compared to what our ancestors went through. A great reminder in this day and age. Made me wish for simpler times, even if they weren't simpler.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    Mixed Review

    As much as I loved "These is My Words", Nancy Turner's Book 1 of this trilogy, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in Sarah's Quilt, Book 2. I realize that during this time in history there was a lot of sadness and struggle to make a life in the Arizona Territories, but I just didn't feel the connection to the characters as I did in Book 1. With regards to the water witch, I thought that was all a little weird. Oh, not that there was one, but just the ending with regards to his character. To me this made his whole character seem unbelievable even though they did exist during that time in history. The third book, The Star Garden is the last book in this trilogy and I will read it, hoping that the style of writing is more like that in Book 1. I loved Sarah's character and I'm excitied to become engaged, once again, in her life story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Historically entertaining

    Living in Arizona, it is very interesting to see how it was like to live over a hundred years ago. I can see how places have changed and how the weather has not really changed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    Read the next one, and Star Garden too

    I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 books Ms Turner has written about the Prine Elliot families. The characters are real, the interactions between them are carefuly crafted. I hope there is another book coming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    All of the Nancy Turner books have been wonderful. The strong w

    All of the Nancy Turner books have been wonderful. The strong women exist in historical settings and manage life through adversity. I am eager for another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Thomes turner

    This book is cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Another great one

    Loved this as much as the first story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Good book.

    This was a good read. I did like the first book better but its good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    this is a great book within the series

    great series each ending for these words are few to Sarah's quilt to the Star Garden leave you whipping through each page not wanting to put it down Sarah has gone through so much in her life and happy and the end. P ray and plead with Nancy E Turner to do another book on her leaving off where it did

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    I really enjoyed the story and it was well written, but the char

    I really enjoyed the story and it was well written, but the charm of the diary format was somewhat forgotten here. I did not like it quite as well as the first book, but it was an enjoyable read and I definately recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Great sequel.

    Couldn't put it down. Eagerly awaiting next chapter in Sarah's life.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    very good

    I have enjoyed this series very much. A great story for the historical fiction fans. I can relate it to the lives of my own Great-Grandparents. I appreciate a re-telling of the times.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Good Read

    Great Story

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Awsome!

    A must read. Great book. Would make a great movie. Can't wait to read the next one!

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    A great book series-

    This is the sequel to "These is my words" I loved that book and I loved this one as well. This is a great story that will be hard to put down. I recommend reading the other book first since it goes in chronological order. This book continues on as Agnes' diary. This is the story of her mid-life and her grown children. I really liked this book, as well as the others. I will read the third one. This is highly entertaining and I really enjoy this time period. I recommend this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Stong Women, the fabric of our national story

    This is the second book in a trilogy of historical fiction by Nancy E. Turner. The setting is the early 1900's in the rugged southwest territory, in and around Tucson, Arizona. Ms. Turner credits family journals for the threads of her story; and what a beautiful quilt she has created! The story of Sarah & her extended family; her children, her brothers and their families (her nieces & nephews) is compelling. It takes us from the wild & desolate desert ranch of southern Arizona to San Franscisco just after the earthquate and fire of 1906, where she struggles, but is finally successful in rescuing her brother and his family following the destruction of the city. Back at home on her Arizona ranch, she struggles to keep it going in the face of a six year drought and relentless attempts of take-over from a neighbor and former friend. Through it all, she craves the time to complete a quilt which her mother has begun. She survives the deception & betrayal of a long lost nephew,a crazed water "diviner" and even a desert tornado to find that her friends have never forgotten her many kindnesses to them over the year. I look forward to the third and final book in Ms. Turner's trilogy, The Star Garden.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Sarah's Quilt

    This book was as wonderful as her first, "These Is My Words"! Sarah is such a wonderful character that I'm already reading it for a second time in one month! Not because it's forgetful, but because it's so hard to find a book as well written and have as much heart as this book has! Nancy E. Turner has done it again! Excellent read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    Great Book

    This book was really great and it was hard to put down. It really made you feel like you were there with her. I cannot wait to read the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2006

    Perfect followup to These Is My Words

    Sarah is my hero. SHe's a little older and wiser in this story, and the telling of it has changed from diary to regular narration with dialog. Still, the story kept me turning pages long after I should have been doing something else!

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