Published: 1999 by ReganBooks, 384 pp.
Reason: Book club
Review: 3/5 stars
Brief Summary: Journal entries of Sarah Agnes Prine, a pioneer woman living the Arizona Territory from 1881-1901.
My Thoughts: I had heard so many people just rave about this book so I was expecting to love it. Unfortunately, I didn't love it. It may have been that I read it at the wrong time. I wasn't in the right state of mind for this particular novel. I felt that Sarah and her Captain were just too perfect. Lots of bad things happen to them and they sometimes get mad at each other but they always react perfectly. Sarah, especially, seems to always do everything right. I like a good, strong heroine but she was just too much so for me. I think I read it at a time when I wasn't feeling particularly good about myself or my marriage (as that happens from time to time) and they just annoyed me. Their relationship wasn't real to me--as real as a fictional relationship can be, I suppose.
Anyway, I know this is a much beloved book so I hope my bad attitude isn't offensive to anyone. The book was interesting and I wasn't about to put it down. I must say that I almost put it down at the very beginning because the grammar and spelling were terrible as this is supposed to be the journal of a young woman without much education. Fortunately, she quickly learns and the "mistakes" are much fewer in number.
Recommendations: I would recommend this book to most adults but there are a couple of parts that are a bit disturbing. I have heard of some very selective readers being offended by these parts but most women I know who have read this book really liked it, despite these parts. Many young adults may also enjoy this book.
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