Friday, September 14, 2018

Everything She Didn't Say Review


 About the Book

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 Thoughts

Jane Kirkpatrick is such a talented historical author. This book takes you into the life of Carrie Strahorn and her many travels with her husband. Based on a true story, this book holds snippets of her real life journal and story created by Kirkpatrick. No doubt there were so many women years ago who have such amazing stories to tell. The American West was a wild and lonely place and I thought this story did a great job in peaking into the past. There are some things that I never would have thought about that certainty Carrie would have dealt with.  This book is very much historical and detailed, so I know some might find it a tad slow. I enjoy Kirkpatrick's writing and I think she did a great job creating a life from pages of a journal. I really liked having the journal entries in the book and I thought it was incorporated nicely. There are a couple spots where I felt the author could have moved forward a tad faster but overall this was an enjoyable read. 

Four Stars.
"I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own." 


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