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My Name is Resolute
Arriving: February 18th, 2014
St. Martin's Press Thomas Dunne Books
:: During the years that lead to the Revolutionary War, Resolute Talbot goes from pampered child to slavery then escapes and makes a life for herself by weaving. When British tyranny crushes the colonial spirit, she turns from white linen to blue wool, making and smuggling uniforms for the Continental Army through British lines.


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The Water and the Blood
HarperCollins, Inc., 2001  
::On Halloween night in 1941, a group of high school kids burn down a church. Frosty Summers is willing to do anything to be part of "the gang." Not until she puts her feet into the Pacific Ocean does her awakening gives her strength to lose everything to stand against that gang. 

 

These is my Words
1st in the Sarah Prine Series
HarperCollins, Inc., 1998
::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. 

 

 

Sarah's Quilt
2nd
in the Sarah Prine Series
St. Martin's Press Thomas Dunne Books, 2004
::The long-awaited sequel to These Is My Words returns to Sarah's family in 1906 after three years of drought have devastated her ranch. Caught between the choice to save her land and the love of a good man, Sarah faces dark challenges of territorial life where everything hangs in the balance. It is a saga of love, connection, and the gift of family. 

 

 

The Star Garden
3rd in the Sarah Prine Series
St. Martin's Press, 2006
:: A stagecoach accident puts in Sarah's path three strangers who will change her life.

Caught between her heart's desires and her responsibilities, Sarah is at a crossroads. Then, when Sarah’s son Charlie unexpectedly returns from town with a new bride, her relationship with an old neighbor turns into an all-out range war. Pursued by a man she barely knows, Sarah wants more than to be a replacement 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. 

 


 

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I whispered to Patience, “My embroidery. What is to become of it?” . . .     “Are you blind?” she asked. I studied her eyes for a moment then turned my face from her to our burning house. No, I was not blind. I only meant that we had lost all. Down to the smallest things. My things. And here I sat tied like a pig held for slaughter. I had been stolen; we had all been stolen, as if we were gilt furniture or a chest full of linen and purple-dyed cloth.” 
―My Name is Resolute

“Taking up marriage is a good excuse for taking up cursing, I think.” 
―Sarah Prine
 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
 These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901

“My life feels like a book left out on the porch, and the wind blows the pages faster and faster, turning always toward a new chapter faster than I can stop to read it.” 
―Sarah Prine
 These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901

A convivial period tale of adventure, love, and marriage, featuring a spunky gun-toting heroine and the brave-hearted soldier she comes to love. ``These is'' the late-19th-century words of Sarah Prine (whose grammar will improve considerably by the close of the yarn) as she tells the story of her family's trek from their Oregon home to Arizona--a journey that takes a terrible toll...
Kirkus
 These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901

“Incredibly vivid and real and almost as though everything had been found, complete in a box somewhere.” 
The Washington Post
 These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901

The novel bustles with a large cast and period western atmospherics. Turner also depicts a host of domestic and frontier dramas (family strife, concerns about bandits, border disputes). Sarah's independent streak and sometimes wily nature will endear her to contemporary readers. Part western, part romance, part imagined history of the evolution of American womanhood, the novel is well researched and manages to be at once entertaining and thoughtful.
―Publishers Weekly 
The Star Garden 

Turner follows up the best-selling These Is My Words (1999) and Sarah's Quilt (2005) with another novel-written-as-a-diary chronicling the turn-of-the-century exploits of Arizona pioneer Sarah Agnes Prine. Basing Sarah on her own great-grandmother, the author's personal connection to the main character authenticates this tale of courage, determination, and audacious will on the frontier.
Booklist
The Star Garden

“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
The Star Garden

“I have no wish to fit ladies’ gowns and keep up with style. I would sell you my cloth, only spare me from having to sew tucks and whalebone for some spoiled lord’s daughter with bad taste and too much coin."
-My Name is Resolute

When I was made to clean, I was often cursed at in language of an art that would have made even my pa faint. I grew used to their words and soon realized there was less threat behind them than there was a natural tendency to venomous hissing, rather like a basketful of snakes afloat on the sea...
My Name is Resolute 

Turner follows up the best-selling These Is My Words (1999) and Sarah's Quilt (2005) with another novel-written-as-a-diary chronicling the turn-of-the-century exploits of Arizona pioneer Sarah Agnes Prine. Basing Sarah on her own great-grandmother, the author's personal connection to the main character authenticates this tale of courage, determination, and audacious will on the frontier.
Booklist
Star Garden

"Sarah enchants with her plain spoken energy and honesty SARAH'S QUILT is as straightforward, gritty and persistent as the woman who inspires it." Publishers Weekly"
Publishers Weekly
 Sarah's Quilt