Review: Everything She Didn't Say by Jane Kirkpatrick

Everything She Didn't Say by Jane Kirkpatrick
Stephanie's Rating: 5 out of 5 bookmarks

This book is based on an interesting concept; when we tell others about our life or an experience, do we tell them the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Or, do we commonly only give the exciting highlights, or paint the situation in the best of lights?

Jane Kirkpatrick has once again taken the life of a real person, done extensive research, and then has presented to us a fictitious, but well-grounded, "behind the scenes" look at that person's life. Life is not always roses, and as you follow along in the story of Carrie Strahorn, you will identify with the very real and raw emotions evoked by Ms. Kirkpatrick's able pen. From singleness, to marriage, to following her husband from pillar to post, never having her deepest desires for life come true, to the final stages of life, Carrie wrote journal entries.

But what was really happening in the spaces and silences between the words? This is what you will explore while reading Everything She Didn't Say. Prepare for a wild ride! The life Mrs. Strahorn led was anything but staid and sedentary.

If you enjoy a historical fiction book that is more historical than fiction, you will like this book. If light reading is more your style, you probably will not thrill in this method of writing quite so much. While fictional, this book is based on the life of a real person, and as such, details the day-to-day struggles of life.

Due to tension in the marriage and real-life issues, I would suggest this book for a more mature audience, maybe an 18-years-old and up range.

For depth of feeling and ease of reading, I give this book 5 out of 5 bookmarks.

Stephanie Garrett is a busy homeschooling mom of three who somehow always finds time to read. She has been a voracious reader since childhood and even won a bicycle in elementary school for having read the most books! She enjoys learning and growing and never turns down an opportunity to try something new. Her first love is the Lord and service to Him, second is family, and reading. She believes that anyone who learns to read with comprehension can go anywhere and do anything! She also enjoys music, theatre, sewing, and mathematics.

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