Everything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick

Everything She Didn_t Say book cover.

Carrie Strahorn marries an adventurer, somewhat expecting but never truly imagining that their lives would be spent exploring a greater part of the West and writing articles to people in the East to encourage them to populate the wilder part of America in the late nineteenth century.  She initially finds the moving about frequently exciting but soon her heart desires something more—a permanent home and family.  Feeling alone in her thoughts, she turns to journaling to express her feelings.  And as she writes, she discovers more about herself.

This book gives readers an interesting and unique perspective into the life of a pioneer lady at the turn of the twentieth century as she explores the Wild West with her husband. It is set up almost like a memoir within a memoir and expresses her deepest desires among the pages.  The novel is an excellent story of history, full of details that are interesting and thought provoking.  I very much liked Carrie and found myself connecting with her. I thought the chapters felt detached from each other.  I did not find an overarching plot or theme but rather felt as if I was reading a historical journal.  However, it is well written and if readers like novels heavy in history, this is for you!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review

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