Tag Archives: Jane Kirkpatrick

Everything She Didn’t Say

Everything She Didn't SayEverything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Classic Jane Kirkpatrick! A well-written tale of a strong woman and the extraordinary life she lived. This one is unique in that it includes actual journal entries of Carrie Adell Strahorn. The story is a roller coaster ride of human emotions, the mountain tops and the valleys, the joys and some very candid disappointments as Carrie and her husband join the pioneers who settled the west. Well worth reading.


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One Glorious Ambition

One Glorious Ambition: The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea DixOne Glorious Ambition: The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea Dix by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Jane Kirkpatrick’s books. They always bring history to life. It’s not always neat and tidy. It’s not always pretty. It’s real history and real life … in all its messiness.

This one threw me a curve. I’ve read about Dorothea Dix in numerous places over the years. Her work with the nurses during the Civil War was nothing short of legendary. When I saw her name on the cover, I snatched up this book!

What I didn’t expect, but was delighted to discover, is that the book starts when she is little more than a child and ends before the Civil War. I had *no idea* that Miss Dix’s life’s passion was to bring humane treatment to the insane, the feeble-minded, and those suffering other mental traumas. Wow. It’s an incredible story of persistence, sacrifice, and living for a mission. Well worth reading.


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All She Left Behind

All She Left BehindAll She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nobody writes gritty and determined characters – based on real-life people – as well as Jane Kirkpatrick. This one held me from the opening sentences.

Jennie Pickett married young, thus ending her dreams of becoming a doctor. Being a wife and mother was a full-time job, but add in an unreliable husband, and she had her hands full. When she suddenly finds herself on her own, she takes a position as a live-in nurse. One thing leads to another – never easily or smoothly – until her dreams come true … at a cost.

As always, Jane will pull you through a gamut of emotions. Jennie’s life is a carousel of highs and lows. There is no “perfect ending,” this is real life, lived hard, and dedication to cause. It’s not neat and tidy, but it’s inspiring.


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This Road We Traveled

This Road We TraveledThis Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another wonderful story based on real pioneers who suffered to build the United States of America. Jane Kirkpatrick brings these characters to life in her own insightful way. The reader journeys with the characters, surviving things we present-day hot-house lilies would not. She takes us back to a time when there were no “safe spaces” and people worked together – really *worked* – to build their own futures. Not romanticized history, it’s gritty and real.

Tabitha Brown won’t be left behind when her grown children move their families across the country from Missouri to Oregon by wagon train. At the age of 66, she embarks on a trail that will leave many unmarked graves in its wake. Determination and faith in God, together with an independent streak so vital to our pioneers, Tabby survives to help other survivors settle Oregon.

Inspiring story that’s well worth reading.


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