Monday, October 18, 2010

The Star Garden

The Star Garden by Nancy E. Turner 
This is the 3rd installment in the Sarah Agnes Prine series that started with These is My Words.  I wasn't too thrilled with the 2nd, but the 3rd I enjoyed more than the 2nd, but not as much as These is My Words.  In these books the main character is Sarah, and she is a very strong woman.  She battles Indians, outlaws, tornadoes, a drought, attends college, nurses sick babies.  She does it all and is a very strong character.  My only problem was that the author makes her so strong, but then this whole book she goes back and forth over the question of marrying a guy she obviously loves.  She can shoot an Indian without thinking twice, but it takes her almost 300 pages to decide to marry a guy?  That just didn't seem to fit her character and got kind of old after a while.  It was nice to see what finally happens with Sarah and her family.  Life is rough, really rough for Sarah and her family, and at times I thought "again?  they have to go through this again?", and I thought some of the author's references needed more background and explaining (like the war in Mexico part was confusing), but it was worth the read, and now I am ready to move on from Sarah.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sarah's Quilt

Sarah's Quilt by Nancy Turner.
This is the sequel to a book that I loved!! These is My Words and I blogged about that book here.
This one I didn't love near so much.  I was super excited to find there was a 2nd and even a 3rd to this series, but I just finished the 2nd last night and am now not as excited.  It was good, but just didn't even compare to the first.  After I finished the first one I immediately e-mailed a friend and wrote, "You have got to go to your library and check this out right now!"  With this one I would just say, check it out when you have time :).  It continues Sarah's story, her many, many, many trials about her land, family, and the area which she lives.  This book covers one year 1906, and she even goes to San Francisco to witness the devastation of the earthquake there to help out her brother.  I just didn't think it had the power, emotion, or strength of characters that her first book had, but if you have read the first you just want more, and this will give you more just not as good as the first.