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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 Say imagines Carrie nearly ten years later as she decides to write down wh ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published September 2018)
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Jessica
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the publisher (Revell Books) in exchange for an honest review.

This book provided a fascinating glimpse into the real life of Carrie Strahorn, a famous pioneer woman. Prior to reading this book, I had never even heard of her.

I loved how the book focused on the things Carrie didn’t say in her memoir. It gave a nuanced portrayal of the actuality and hardships of being a pioneer, as well as just being a woman during her time. I also liked how it explored her comp
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Deanne Patterson
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This author always does such meticulous research while writing her books. Jane's newest book, Everything She Didn't say is based upon the life of Carrie Strahorn, a woman who travels around with her husband as he writes articles in hope of bringing people out west to the towns he builds up by way of the Union Pacific Railroad. You'll read about the things, Carrie can never share with her husband, her inner most thoughts,her hopes,dreams,the highs and lows. It's not easy to not have a permanent h ...more
Loraine
This book is based upon the real life story of Carrie "Dell" Strahorn and her husband Robert. Robert is a a railroad promoter, investor, and writer. His main task is to develop towns so that the Union Pacific Railroad can continue to lay track. Robert is a very strong-willed man and is constantly on the move as he writes about the west trying to entice newcomers to build new towns. Carrie is an independent woman who ends up traveling beside Robert; but, in turn, she gives up some of her dreams a ...more
Amber Stokes
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The premise of this book is compelling, to think of what might have been left out of an adventure-filled memoir from the days of the Wild West. And the structure of this book is interesting, each chapter starting with a fictional journal entry, then continuing into scenes or memories told from the heroine's point of view, and ending with a quote from her actual memoir.

A lot of ground—a lot of life and time—is covered in this book. It takes a bit to get used to, and sometimes the narrative flows
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Maureen Timerman
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
The author made me feel like I was sitting in the same room with Carrie/Dell, and I was traveling and experiencing amazing new frontiers, traveling by stage and being in Indian War country.
Carrie became a friend and loved that the whole book is mainly fact, wow, makes everything so very real, and I felt the pain that she was never really given her heart’s desire.
While Carrie stayed by choice in her husband’s shadow, she sure accomplished a lot on her own, and helping build her church seemed to b
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Christine Roberts
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was an interesting book that made me want to know more about Robert and Carrie Strahorn. However, it felt very disjointed...like I was reading bits of a memoir, but not. I can't describe the way this book was written. It was interesting as I had never heard of the Strahorns and they did indeed live a very interesting life traveling throughout the West and raising funds and towns in order to build up the booming railroad expansion of the 1880s-90s. I think I might have like this book better ...more
Rebekah Lewis
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting and intriguing book. Had me laughing and at times had my heart breaking.
My heart ached for a woman who died nearly 100 years ago.
A beautiful woman who lived an extraordinary life. One of the most selfless, caring woman I have ever known through the pages of a book.
Cheryl
Sep 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is the third book I have read from this author. My track record is not that good. I think I will not be reading another book from this author. Which is a shame as I keep finding myself drawn to this author's books due to the time periods and the premises. The author has no problems with transporting me to the specific time periods that she writes about. What I struggle with are the characters. No matter how much I try and hope, I can't seem to find that emotional connection to them.

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Amy
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Everything She Didn’t Say was a story about a pioneer woman, who really did not want to be a pioneer woman. This was a different and intriguing story, based on a true life woman, Carrie Adelle Strahorn, a woman who travelled with her husband, Robert Strahorn a man who was an adventurer. Robert was a writer who worked for the railroad and produced pamphlets to bring folks out west. Carrie also wrote her memoirs concerning her travels with her husband. Author Kirkpatrick does a good job of bringin ...more
Trixi
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical fiction lovers
This book is lovingly dedicated to my dear husband Robert E. Strahorn whose constant chum and companion it has been my greatest joy to be for more than thirty years in the conquering of the wilderness. ~ Carrie Adell Strahorn (dedication page from Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage, volume 1.)

A memoir is no place to whine but rather give us wisdom we can all share without having to go through the pain ourselves.

While this is a true account of Robert and Carrie “Dell” Strahorns' life, it is also
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Lisa Johnson
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: Everything She Didn’t Say
Author: Jane Kirkpatrick
Pages: 352
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5+ out of 5 stars
Sometimes I am surprised by the revealing of people, events and more I have yet to learn about in history. Many times, it is the ordinary person living their lives and writing down their memories never knowing that years later someone unearths it again, blows off the dust and engages a new generation into their personal life experiences.
Jane Kirkpatrick reveals to readers a re
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Vicky Sluiter
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Carefully researched with great detail, author Jane Kirkpatrick gives us a book based on the true story of Carrie Strahorn. That alone makes it more intriguing to me. Reading much like a memoir, journal entries at the beginning of each chapter add interest. Stories of travel and places they went, both together and separate, were well described.

The time frame this took place in was not an easy one for women who wanted to travel with their husbands. Nor was the marriage between Robert and Carrie e
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Amy
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Everything She Didn't Say is the newest release by Jane Kirkpatrick. I love historicals and love them more when they were based on real people. However, the style this story was written was not one I enjoy as much as others I have read in the past. I did not feel connected to Carrie as I would have liked. I enjoyed reading about the travelling her and Robert did and what they experienced. I like reading the author's note and learn more about them.
Everything She Didn't Say is worth the read, but
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Jill
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Everything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick is a fascinating book. It imagines the life of Carrie Strahorn and what she didn’t include (say) in her memoir “Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage”.

I had to keep reminding myself I was reading historical fiction. I kept wanting Dell to stand up for herself as most women would do now. However, considering this book is set in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, her reactions to her husband were perfectly reasonable while thoroughly frustrating.

I was s
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Sue
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jane Kirkpatrick has committed her writing career to revealing the true stories of real pioneer women, who played pivotal roles in settling the west coast, despite remaining unknown to most Americans. Many of the women she has written about helped establish towns, made non-traditional career choices, and found ways to help those in need. Weather and the land itself often stood in their way. Sometimes they faced danger from warring natives, but they also faced barriers from their spouses, neighb ...more
Elizabeth
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
My experience with Jane Kirkpatrick has been similar for each book I’ve read of hers: appreciation for the historical research, but boredom with the overall storyline. As I mentioned in my review of The Road We Traveled, “there were parts of the book where I went “Hmm, this is interesting,” and then there were more parts where I wondered when the book would be over.” I really don’t understand how a book could be so carefully researched, yet falter in terms of pace and holding the reader’s attent ...more
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
Jane Kirkpatrick has once again found a little known female pioneer and brought her story to us. We've come to expect interesting stories about women that in their own unique ways helped to shape our nation. In Everything She Didn't Say, Ms. Kirkpatrick uses Carrie Strahorn's actual account as the building blocks of the novel then fills in the nuances from her own imagination and historical facts. The result is a fasinating story of one ordinary woman doing extraordinary things.

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Meagan Myhren-bennett
Everything She Didn't Say
By Jane Kirkpatrick

Carrie Adell Green married Robert Strahorn in September of 1877 and began the adventure of a lifetime. Following her husband into the wilderness of America's West at her own insistence she became a trailblazer embarking on one adventure after another. Roughing it with the men who were tasked with taming the West.

Robert was known for his articles and books about the West. His work was funded by the Union Pacific Railroad - a PR man if you will, tasked w
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Narita
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Will Rogers said he never meet a man he didn’t like, well I never read a Jane Kirkpatrick book I didn’t like! Her books always draw me in because they are about real people and history. She never ceases to amaze me how she fleshes out the historical facts she has with emotions and details to make the reader feel like they are living actual events. She has introduced me to so many women that played important roles in the past that I have never heard of.
Carrie Strahorn lived an exciting and adven
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Benjamin Liles
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-book-reviews
When I read books to review I look for books that interest me, that may have an interesting graphic on a book, or perhaps--even possibly--be based on some truth. That is the case for Jane Kirkpatrick's book Everything She Didn't Say. While Jane Kirkpatrick has written tons, a myriad, of books and loads of stories left to tell as well, she has won awards for her books. She is a New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than thirty books. Among this list are the books All She Left Behind, ...more
Cecilia
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Liked

Where do I start? This book is SO GOOD! I had really low expectations for it but it blew me away! I really, really, really loved the authenticity that this book has (I mean, it is based on a memoir but this book felt super authentic). I felt as if Carrie "Dell" was sitting next to me and talking to me. One of the things that I really appreciated was the fact the Carrie struggled with her body image, which I haven't read much of. This is something that I have an on-and-off battle with so thi
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Sonya
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Although I was expecting more of a “romance” from the cover, and it took a bit to adjust to the memoir style, I enjoyed Kirkpatrick’s Everything She Didn’t Say.
The romance came more from how Dell, the main female character, learned to love her eccentric, distracting, self-absorbed husband.
She follows her husband as he travels and writes books and pamphlets to encourage migration to the West. She struggles as her husband often leaves her for some investment while she follows by stage, train, wag
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Mardell
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything She Didn't Say by Jane Kirkpatrick is an amazing book. I just put the book down after spending the day between the covers. Carrie Adell Strahorn was called the "Queen of the Pioneers" or "Mother of the West" by many and once you read her compelling story you will agree.

What a life this pioneering woman led. The book begins on the day she married Robert E Strahorn, and from that day on she literally embarked on a trip that would take her by stage, foot, train, steamer and foot on jour
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Katie Paul
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I really liked the background history and idea of this story, I was not all too fond of the format and way it was executed. While reading, I felt like I missed out on something. As I've read in reviews about this book before, there could've been more. What I thought was missing was character development. I think the author was so worried about cramming all the adventures and stories into the book, she left out some key elements. I think the story of this couple could be broken up into a wh ...more
Barb Klein
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jane Kirkpatrick is a very talented author. Her books are very true to original stories and about true figures in history. I read “All She Left Behind” and was anxious to read “Everything She Didn't Say”. I found the writing in both novels to be the same quality in describing the pioneers heading west in the late 1800’s.

This particular novel is based on the journal writings of Carrie Strahorn. She details her journey west with her husband, who worked for the Union Pacific railroad. His job was
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Mary E Trimble
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author Jane Kirkpatrick’s new historical novel, Everything She Didn’t Say, reveals the plight of many women, even today.

The novel is based on a true story, and knowing Kirkpatrick’s skillful extensive research, there is probably more truth than fiction to this story.

The novel takes place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Carrie, the daughter of a prominent physician, married Robert Strahorn who worked for the Union Pacific railroad. His job was to develop new towns that the railroad would foll
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Aurelia Mast-glick
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
So this book provides a classic example of why it's always good to read more than one book by an author. This is the second book by Jane that I have read. The first one, when I looked at my review, I wasn't that impressed by. This book I loved. I can't explain the difference. Both books were based on true events and followed the life of a real life person, but one I enjoyed and one didn't do much for me.

Anyway, this is a memoir within a memoir of Carrie Adell Green Strahorn. She wrote a two volu
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Evelyn  Fonseca
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
The history behind this book was fascinating. I had never heard of the Strahorns and this book made me want to learn more about them and the history surrounding the Union Pacific and the settling of wild territories. However, I wasn't very excited about the format. It read similar to a memoir with the journal entries and the first person point of view but I found it lacking. I wasn't able to connect with Carrie or any of the other characters. It felt like a lot was missing. It would have been ni ...more
Karen
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
The version I read was not the finished product and an ARC. I requested this book because I like Kirkpatrick’s other books I’ve read and I though it sounded interesting. You can tell she always researches her materials well and this book was no exception. This was based off a true story and was a little dry. It also jumped around and was sometimes hard to follow (I’m hoping that’s just because it’s unfinished). I would still have liked to have finished it though as I’m interested in what happens ...more
Beth Withers
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Carrie Adell Strahorn, the main character in this novel, is based upon a real person of the same name. I had not heard of her before, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about this courageous lady. Her memoir is Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage, and I just might have to get a copy. Carrie was married to Robert Strahorn, who went ahead of the Union Pacific Railway, writing pieces to encourage people to settle in the West, often letting them hope the railroad would come through a town, and those inve ...more
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