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Publisher's Note:

Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn't approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she's developed on her own. When her pat…

All She Left Behind

by Jane Kirkpatrick

Overall Book Review:

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick fictionalizes the true story of Jennie Pickett.  The story takes place in the post-Civil War era in the Oregon territory and spans much of Jennie’s adult life. This format makes it so the author does not have to take liberties with much of Jennie’s story.

The stories found in these pages are heart-breaking, poignant, and uplifting.  Readers who enjoy romance and character building will find this to be pleasing, especially because it is based on a true story. Initially the book seems farfetched until reading the author’s comments shows that historical evidence was the basis for the storyline.  Many readers may find themselves sympathizing or empathizing with the struggles Jennie faces. 

This is not a fast-paced story and not one that ends with everything being happy and joyous.  As one ponders what events took place and places them in their appropriate historical context, respect and admiration for the strength and fortitude of early settlers grows.  Kirkpatrick certainly gets readers involved emotionally and quietly leads us on a historical journey.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Several instances in which a man deliberately hits or shoves his wife; report of a prison guard striking his prisoners; report of a person dousing another in hot coffee.

Sex/Nudity:  Report that a man visits a brothel; several mentions that a woman is a prostitute; non-married and married characters kiss and embrace.

Mature Subject Matter:

Substance abuse and addiction, spousal abuse, divorce, infidelity, death of child and spouse, sexual discrimination, terminal illness, learning disabilities.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults reported to consume alcohol and snort cocaine; characters discuss moonshine; report that an adult allows a young child to become drunk; mention of medicinal addictions; report of a child being given cocaine and rum; adults and a child are addicted to multiple substances.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.