15 September 2018

Well-Researched & Eye-Opening | Everything She Didn't Say by Jane Kirkpatrick


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.

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: September 4, 2018


I love that Jane Kirkpatrick highlights the lives of historical women and the stories they could tell. In Everything She Didn’t Say, she features pioneer woman Carrie Strahorn, and the depiction of her life proves eye-opening.

Carrie spends years traveling with her husband Robert, a writer working with the railroad to encourage people to move to the West, and it is no easy, leisurely life. She faces a number of challenges, including simply being a woman in the West and dealing with unfulfilled desires. Her story fluctuates between joys, woes, and the lessons she learns amidst them and comes alive with Kirkpatrick’s skilled writing.

Everything She Didn’t Say is a well-researched, intriguing peek into life in the West. It held me fascinated from beginning to end, and I enjoyed it—and I’m sure that other fans of historical fiction will, too.

Thanks to Revell Reads, I received a complimentary copy of Everything She Didn’t Say and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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