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Older, tougher, wiser, Sarah enchants with her plainspoken energy and honesty. The title may suggest a gentle tale of domestic comfort, but the book is as straightforward, gritty and persistent as the woman who inspires it and as memorable as the landscape where she carves out her life. (Publishers Weekly)

Robust, authentic, and exciting as its predecessor . . . a vividly conjured picture of her place and time. (Booklist)

If you want a picture of what life was like back then, look no further. Authentic in feel, [this] is convincing historic fiction. The armchair traveler is in for an exciting trip. (The New Mexican)

Hard times, danger, love, well-defined characters and a strong sense of place all merge to form the heart of this realistic novel. (Dallas Morning News)

All the enduring elements of the mystery that is life on earth can be found between the pages of this book. It is a perfectly authentic story, beautifully executed by its author. (Michael Blake, author of Dances with Wolves and The Holy Road)

Gritty Sarah Elliot, who lassoed our hearts in These Is My Words, proves that women as well as men tamed the West. (Sandra Dallas, author of The Diary of Mattie Spenser)

Sarah Prine is the real article . . . the kind of woman that any real man will cherish, if he's lucky enough to find her, and smart enough to know it. (Don Coldsmith, author of the Spanish Bit Saga)

Action-packed. . . . We'd trust [Sarah's] judgment if a wildfire were running straight at us. We're in good hands, calloused and strong. Turner has lived in Sarah's landscape and writes with a sharp eye for the fine points of the times. (Tucson Guide Quarterly)

About the Author

Sarah's Quilt is Nancy Turner's sequel to These Is My Words, both inspired by family stories about her great-grandmother, who retired from running a cattle ranch at the age of eighty-five.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312332637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312332631
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Grand Prairie, Texas, I grew up for the most part in Southern California and Arizona. My avocational interests are art, music, antiques, and baking. I once made pies for a restaurant out on a lonesome stretch of I-40, twenty-three a day in my little trailer kitchen with only 18" of counter space, until the demand got so great they wanted to double that. In music I enjoy Classical, old time Country and Bluegrass, soft jazz, and choral masterworks such as opera and liturgical works.

I completed a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts Studies with a triple major in creative writing, music, and ceramics at the University of Arizona in December 1999. I also have an Associate's degree from Pima Community College. I started taking one or two classes a year while my children were little. I live in the city of Tucson.

I write all my novels to a music track. Here is just a sample of the hours of recorded music that have made each novel possible:

THESE IS MY WORDS - "Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus" from Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Neville Marriner
SARAH'S QUILT - "The Lark Ascending" from the same CD

THE STAR GARDEN - "Cool Water" by Sons of the Pioneers

THE WATER AND THE BLOOD - "Rock of Ages: by Mahalia Jackson.

MY NAME IS RESOLUTE - a concoction featuring the soundtrack from the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" the works of Custer Larue, Hesperus, and Aaron Copeland's "Appalachian Spring"

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Lexi Andreas on September 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I approached Sarah's Quilt with some hesitation as so often sequels just don't live up to the anticipation of the first book's enjoyment. Sarah's Quilt, however, did not disappoint. The characters of the story are so fleshed out in such subtle ways, I feel as if I have come to know and love these people. The plot is, like life itself, a bit disjointed, and takes a while to get started. Certain matters occupy Sarah's mind more than others at times, but all the storylines ultimately are resolved.

I think this book had particular meaning for me because my second son recently left home for college. With two children away, and only one left at home, I felt many of Sarah's difficulties in how to resolve being a good mother to "children" who are growing up so fast, how to care for an older mother, and questions where life is heading. I am not sure if I had read this novel when I was younger (and by "younger" I mean ten years ago) if it would have had the same impact for me. It was comforting to know that the concerns of a pioneer woman over one hundred years ago can still resonate with a middle-aged woman in 2007.

Read this book if you like historical American fiction, especially involving a strong, independent woman as main character. Also, if you like reading stories where hearth and home are considered something worth fighting for.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Knutson on May 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sarah's Quilt is the sequel to These Is My Words. It is 1906, Sarah's children are grown, and her ranch is gripped tightly in the 3rd year of a fierce drought. Charlie and Gil arrive home at the ranch after dropping out of college. To Sarah, an education is worth more than gold and she can't understand why they would rather work the ranch than sit in a class room and learn.

Sarah's well runs dry and things are looking very grim for the survival of her cattle when her mother announces she paid a water witch to come find a new well. Lazarus arrives on a white mule, spouting Biblical verses and sparking fear in Sarah...but he delivered and water is found...but instead of easing the struggle from the drought, more problems arise and this is only the beginning of Sarah's struggles...she faces trials that would break most people...deaths, betrayal, forces of nature that rip away at her iron will. Sarah's nephew arrives unannounced one day demanding to become a cowboy. Willie is the son of her brother Ernest and a "slatternly" woman he married, Lulu. But Willie is family and Sarah takes him in. Little does she know the pain Willie has buried so deep inside him and the tragic consequences that erupt when that pain surfaces.

The story is filled with the gritty reality of ranching in Arizona in the early 1900's. The backbone of the story is as strong as Sarah herself. This book is a fast read, filled with tension and harsh emotions...I pushed myself to finish it late in the night, because I simply couldn't put it down without knowing how Sarah would come out. I wasn't disappointed. This is a great adventure.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Spumoni on January 11, 2007
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This is a good book and on some levels I'd happily give it five stars... but maybe comparing it to "These is my words" I liked it but it didn't strike me the same way. I wish there was a 4.5 star rating...

I don't know, there was just something bout "These is my words" that really struck me. It was one of my favorite books I'd read in years.

It is nice to have a sequel, and this is a really good book, and I liked hearing the next chapter in the story. It's a great story, a great cast of characters...

Maybe nothing could match 'Words' but that might all be in my head.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Erin M. on April 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed it. I loved and cared about the characters. This continuation of an amazing woman's life was fun to read, interesting, insightful and worth my time and money.

A sequel often doesn't live up to the original, but I believe this one does.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Archibald on August 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Let me begin by saying that "These is my Words" was inspiring, and I couldn't put it down. But it feels as though the author put less effort into this novel technically, and therefore "Sarah's Quilt" didn't draw me in quite as much -- I was too busy noticing the inconsistencies in the writing.

This novel is written in diary format much like "These is my Words", but the format serves only to interrupt the flow of the story. The "diary entries" are inconsistent and cover huge chunks of time, including future days, which doesn't make sense. Also, Sarah's voice doesn't sound like she's writing in a journal, she sounds like she's writing the novel herself. I wish Turner had just written the book as a novel reflecting Sarah's history: still in Sarah's words, but without the unnecessary fictional "diary."

I found the actual story to be wholly engaging, but at the same time I agree with another reviewer who said that storylines such as Harland and his family were built up and then forgotten. I couldn't stop reading, but the disjointedness was frustrating!

My final criticism regards the title itself: Sarah's Quilt. Sarah and her mother work on this quilt throughout the story, but in the end it is just another prop. It doesn't have deep meaning or form a bond that links the story's different parts together. It's a convenient title which recalls Turner's family heirloom but has little to do with the actual story.

I DO recommend this book to people who enjoyed "Words" because Sarah Prine is such an engaging character and I enjoyed riding along with her on her journey. And I will probably buy Turner's next book based on the Prines as well. But reader beware: don't expect the same experience you had with "These is my Words."
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