Monday, September 24, 2018

Everything She Didn't Say by Jane Kirkpatrick

Everything She Didn't Say

In 1911, Carrie Strahorn wrote a memoir entitled Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage, which shared some of the most exciting events of 25 years of traveling and shaping the American West with her husband, Robert Strahorn, a railroad promoter, investor, and writer. That is all fact. Everything She Didn't Say imagines Carrie nearly ten years later as she decides to write down what was really on her mind during those adventurous nomadic years.

Certain that her husband will not read it, and in fact that it will only be found after her death, Carrie is finally willing to explore the lessons she learned along the way, including the danger a woman faces of losing herself within a relationship with a strong-willed man and the courage it takes to accept her own God-given worth apart from him. Carrie discovers that wealth doesn't insulate a soul from pain and disappointment, family is essential, pioneering is a challenge, and western landscapes are both demanding and nourishing. Most of all, she discovers that home can be found, even in a rootless life.

With a deft hand, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick draws out the emotions of living--the laughter and pain, the love and loss--to give readers a window not only into the past, but into their own conflicted hearts. Based on a true story.

My Take:  This book is well researched.  It continues on from the memoir and imagines what Carrie Strahorn would say if she could tell the truth of how she felt during all the years of moving from place to place, putting her hopes and dreams on the back burner to follower her husband.  Although this book in itself is not a memoir it reads like one and you feel as though Carrie Strahorn is talking to you directly and telling you her story.  Very enjoyable and a great look into how it felt to pioneer.  

I received a review copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review.  

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