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"A nice girl should never go anywhere without a loaded gun and a big knife."
Sarah Agnes Prine

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. 

Rich in authentic everyday details and alive with truly unforgettable characters, These Is My Words brilliantly brings a vanished world to breathtaking life again. 

These Is My Words
1st in the Sarah Prine Series
(ReganBooks/ HarperCollins 1998)

for 2008!

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Order of the Sarah Prine Series
These is my Words
Sarah's Quilt
The Star Garden

“Clear, at times lyrical prose...providing vivid, colorful characters and historically accurate backdrop.”
- The Washington Post
“Jack and Sarah are as delicious a couple as Rhett and Scarlett. The three-hankie ending to their long love affair will definitely make you give a damn.”
- USA Today

The real Sarah Prine is third from the left. Young girl is Nancy's mother at age 11. The tallest lady is Nancy's grandmother, teller of stories and baker of pies, and the lady on the far right is Nancy's great- great grandmother, Roxie Virginia Stockman Reed."

“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

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...
 These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901



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