Thursday, February 4, 2010

Book Review: These is My Words

"Mama told me to make a special point to remember the best times of my life. There are so many hard things to live through, and latching on to the good things will give you strength to endure, she says. So I must remember this day. It is beautiful and this seems like the best time to live and the best place (p. 327)"

This post might take a while to write and I'm not sure I should write it right now. I like to take a few days to let a book settle in my brain before I make a judgment on it. I can honestly say it was a tremendous read and made me feel the way a book is supposed to make you feel. At times I was so mad I could just stop reading right then and there. Other times my heart felt heavy like when I closed the book and it was over. Most of the time I was loving every second and actually had to cover the pages so that I couldn't see what was happening next because I was so desperate to know what Sarah Prine had in store for her.

The book starts in 1881 as Sarah is 17 years old and her family decides to move from Arizona to Texas. Along the way there are problems, deaths, sicknesses, and sadness and in the end they head back with a wagon company to Arizona.

The book is written in diary form. It starts off very rough as Sarah doesn't know how to write very well but after a while she is taught some more about writing and reading and has a deep love for learning.

I haven't vested as much interest in a relationship other than my own since Twilight. I love the Twilight series but I must say Edward Cullen doesn't hold a candle to Jack Elliot and is not fit to lick the dust off his boots.

I really liked Sarah's character and it validated me in many ways. I have often felt the way Sarah does about myself (I'm not as righteous and good as some, but perhaps it is my feisty personality that makes Adam love me).

The book was so good that I found myself going back to passages I loved and re-reading them before I had ever completed the book. There was one part I read three times over and another that I read about six times with tears pouring down. Although I have finished with the book I am going to purchase a copy of it and re-read it this summer.

I would recommend this book to anyone (but especially women because I think they can relate more). Of the five books I've read so far in 2010 this one has a sense of hope and goodness rather than doom and gloom. Adam got a kick out of me laughing and gasping in shock and reading humorous parts out loud to him and giggling at the scandal.

Adam ordered me 11 new books that haven't come yet and I'm feeling a little lost as to what I should read at the moment but I have one that I guess I could listen to :)


Stephanie said...

Alright I think I will be searching for the book tomorrow ;) Also, I love the picture you put at the top! It made me laugh mostly because that pretty much sums up our day.

Margie said...

Good review, and it sounds like a good book! I love you!

Margie said...

I love the picture too. I can still see your smile under your frown. I can't hardly imagine Hannah sad.