In 1911, Carrie Strahorn wrote a memoir sharing some of the most exciting events of twenty-five years of shaping the American West with her husband, railroad promoter and writer Robert Strahorn. Nearly ten years later, she’s finally ready to reveal the secrets she hadn’t told anyone — even herself.
Certain that her writings will be found only after her death, Carrie confronts the pain and disappointment of the pioneering life with startling honesty. She explores the danger a woman faces of losing herself within a relationship with a strong-willed man. She reaches for the courage to accept her own worth. Most of all she wonders, Can she ever feel truly at home in this rootless life?
New York Times Bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick once again mines the annals of history to discover a fascinating and forgotten woman to bring to life in her latest novel, Everything She Didn’t Say.
The west is once again to Kirkpatrick and readers should be more than happy to jump on board.
As the railroads looked to expand further and further west, they for settlers to create towns for their trains to stop in.
Union Pacific decided the best way to encourage settlers to “go west” was to hire author Robert “Pard” Strahorn to write about the potential of the west.
Carrie “Dell” Strahorn, a new bride, is not about to be left behind while her husband gallivants all across the west.
As Carrie and Robert experience the beauty, hardships and trials of westward travel, the reader gathers a deeper understanding of the courage pioneers possessed.
Kirkpatrick does an excellent job of capturing Carrie’s voice, you can tell that she poured over the personal documents many times to get it right.
Weaving the hope, courage, fear and dreams into the narrative in an organic way. Readers are living with Carrie’s thoughts through a third-person, close narrative. It’s as though Carrie is speaking to her friend or journal.
The book has the right touches to honor the real Carrie, with each chapter beginning with an excerpt from one of her journals and ending with a pull quote from her memoir.
Everything She Didn’t Say is filled with interesting bits of history of the railroad, western expansion and daily life woven into the very fabric of the story.
Perfect for fans of historical fiction and Christian fiction alike, Kirkpatrick evokes a similar feeling to the novels of Lynn Austin and Tracie Peterson.
While I haven’t read all of her work yet, she is quickly rising to be one of my favorite authors writing about pioneers in the west.
Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books, including All She Left Behind, A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, This Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center.
Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, USABestBooks, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award.
Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. For more information, visit www.jkbooks.com.