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Publisher's Note:

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 Sayimagines 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 d…

Everything She Didn’t Say

by Jane Kirkpatrick

Overall Book Review:

Everything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick is a fictionalized autobiography of Carrie Strahorn.  Strahorn documented her many travels by stagecoach which helped open up the west for railroads and settlers. 

The story is slow-paced and not especially spine-tingling.  It is written in such a way as to bring the reader along on all of the adventures recorded by Carrie Strahorn.  Many emotionally and personal situations are discussed. 

Jane Kirkpatrick has clearly done a lot of research in preparing to write this story.  It is truly a talent to extrapolate deep emotions and thoughts from limited recordings of a person long since passed.  Reading of Strahorn’s adventures really illustrates just how isolated and brave early settlers were.

The book was enjoyable, but the ending felt not quite finished.  Perhaps a little more details or information would have helped.  It really just fell flat.  Maybe there was not a lot of documentation and Kirkpatrick was trying her best to stay true to the writings of her character.

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

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Reports of Native Americans shooting and killing settlers and burning their property; character jokingly threatens to beat a spouse with a stick. 

Sex/Nudity:  Implication that married people are having sex, no details; a character says she was raped, but no details mentioned; a man indicates his bathing suit has come off when he fell in the water; married people kiss, hold hands and embrace.

Mature Subject Matter:

Gender bias, infertility, death of a spouse, death of a friend.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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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.