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New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick has enthralled readers with tales of strong women who have not only survived but thrived in the early days of the American West. Now she embarks on a new adventure based on the true story of Carrie Strahorn.

In 1911, Carrie Strahorn wrote a memoir entitled Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage, which shared some of the most exciting events of twenty-five years of traveling and shaping the West with her husband, Robert Strahorn, a railroad promoter, investor, and writer. 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.

Carrie reflects upon her amazing journey through heartache, disappointment, and a life of unparalleled adventure. She explores 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. She also 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 wonders if she can ever feel truly at home in this rootless life.

Kirkpatrick’s masterful, rich imagination 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.

Booklist states “Kirkpatrick is an unwavering pillar in historical fiction, showcasing the power of her meticulously researched and richly rendered details.” Everything She Didn’t Say is a testament to these words.

What’s the ONE thing I’ve learned the hard way so that others don’t have to?

Great question! I’m going back to the days when I was the director of a mental health facility (my pre-writer days). I found that sometimes I made excuses for an interviewee thinking I was being kind and helpful but in the end, it turned out to be a bad match. An example, an interviewee who called asking if she could change the time of the interview. I saw that as someone being assertive and complied. At the interview, she asked if we could move to another room because of the lighting. (I personally hated the lighting myself so of course, we went to a different setting.) Again, I thought, “bold and assertive” and saw those as good things. But what I didn’t see – because I was looking through rose-colored glasses and her resume was so good! – was that she had difficulty accommodating, working as a team member or accepting the reality of the position. Sadly, I had to let her go and encouraged her to find a larger clinic where she would have mentors in her field. What I learned was to be wary of trying to be too “nice” and wearing those rose-colored glasses because sometimes they are screening out issues one should consider in the present or they’ll come back to haunt one in the future! Trying to people please has its downside. I also started group interviews after that to get the wisdom and advice of others not wearing the same glasses. So I guess another thing I learned is that a team makes better decisions than an individual!

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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.

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