Meet Sarah: Sarah 41 is a executive at a large corporation in Texas.
Sarah was about pounds, a size 18 when she started this journey. But when it came to their health goals, they had two very different approaches. What Made the Difference? The difference lies in the way that each person approaches their health. She would get upset. And getting upset lead her to going back to her old unhealthy patterns.
Quick fixes like detoxes, weekend diets, and the latest pills… All of those got Jennifer no where. Worse… she was starting to feel the effects of her health. High blood pressure, achy joints and muscles, weekly headaches.
Sarah values sustainable long term results over a quick gimmick. And keep it off… forever.
But their traits are absolutely real and based on very real people. A Sarah is very different.
The road ahead is not easy. It requires discipline and determination. She thinks about where she wants to be 1 — 2 years from now and plans out what healthy habits she needs to get there. And when she has a cheat day or binges too much on a night out, she knows exactly what to do the next day to bounce right back into shape and keep moving forward. No down time required. So what about you? Are you a Jennifer or a Sarah? Of course the book began with Sam being sick so we really didn't get to know much about him or his background - something we come to find out in the later chapters of the book.
As it all comes together, Sarah's immense inner and outer strength shines through and she watches her children grow up and continues to do everything she can to take care of them. In all honesty I have to give this book 5 stars out of 5 - it was amazing and one of the best historical fiction books set in the West that I have read. I highly recommend it for anyone from young adult and up because there is no bad language in the book at all that I noticed.
Mar 04, Natacha Pavlov rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction.
This debut historical fiction novel was an enjoyable breeze; hooking you right in with the timely cliff hangers and occasional air of mystery. Mar 03, Shelby rated it really liked it. It tells the story of homesteading: the risks people took to go into unknown territories to claim land, to settle in unfamiliar environments and deal with poverty, disease, harsh winters, failing crops and yet, remain in the face of their challenges, determined to prosper and make better lives for their families.
This story is harrowing, suspenseful, and heart-felt.
Lauren turned and studied his hunched form. Michael blows things with Michelle as her jealousy grows while Ken invites Aggie for a drink with him and Tracy. I made a promise. Up Next! But Sam had a secret and uttered something about it to Sara I love anything that is set in the wild west or the plains, and this book definitely had that. Fairies or gremlins.
Part one of the book ends, and part two starts by jumping ahead to a different time. For me, this jumping back and forth, while daring and exciting for readers who like to fit puzzle pieces together as they read, is jolting. If I had my druthers, I would have liked for this story to start in chronological order, beginning with part two because that is where the direct action begins, and maintain the same point of view and consistent story tone throughout.
Still and all, this writer is exceptional, writing vivid descriptions of the new country that amaze and excite. The feats of crossing rising rivers with horses and wagons are riveting, the tales of Dodge City and its shadowy temptations is unforgettable— and the human struggle to survive from fevers that kill family members is hair-raising. Most of all, the secret that weaves throughout this book is entrancing, and in the final pages of the book, the conclusion puts to rest the secret that has unsettled generations suffering from it.
This review is based on a pre-copy sent to the reviewer with no promise of a review. Nov 15, Kate Farrell rated it it was amazing.
Sarah's Secret, a debut, historical novel by Bev Scott, is at its core, an adventure story of American 19th century pioneer days that brings the reader along dusty trails, through the plains, and into the humble adobes of dugouts and shanty towns. Reminiscent of the Little House on the Prairie books in its vivid and authentic detail of daily life amid the challenges of weather and isolation, Sarah's Secret seeks to tell the truths of frontier life by revealing both its freedoms and vulnerabiliti Sarah's Secret, a debut, historical novel by Bev Scott, is at its core, an adventure story of American 19th century pioneer days that brings the reader along dusty trails, through the plains, and into the humble adobes of dugouts and shanty towns.
Reminiscent of the Little House on the Prairie books in its vivid and authentic detail of daily life amid the challenges of weather and isolation, Sarah's Secret seeks to tell the truths of frontier life by revealing both its freedoms and vulnerabilities. Certainly, the frontier offered the freedom to run from the law, to break the law, and to hide secrets. Pioneer women, alone and remote, were often viewed as commodities: the mail order bride, the workhorse, the breeder, destined to a harsh life of drudgery, abuse, and early death.
The wives and women in this book are no exception. Yet we see their resilience and independence, a strength born of hardship and tested by obstacles. As both Peggy and Sarah persevere, it becomes their adventure. Yet, how both male and female characters test the limits of freedom is the central conflict of this book: how their moral compass guides them, their physical conditions change them, and how the long-reaching arm of the law both evades and discovers them.
It is a true American story, yet the author allows the well-drawn characters to tell it, scene by scene, as they come to terms with responsibility. This is an excellent book, well-crafted and researched, a mirror to the American past and present. Aug 23, Teresa rated it it was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love the old west and I love doing genealogy and discovering my own family. I really loved how this story played out, especially since bits and pieces actually is about Beverly Scott's own family.
You follow 2 stories in the book Will or Sam after he changes his name and Sarah. Sam and Sarah are married and have 5 children. Sam is sick and dies shortly into the book and leaves Sarah alone with the kids.
Sarah decides to move back home to Nebraska to her family. She goes through a lot, but is strong and muddles through. The one thing in the book is before Sam dies he mumbles something about a secret. I was dying to know that secret. I new it had to be important and huge part of the story. I was right. I won't tell you what it is though. I will tell you I will be looking for more books by Beverly Scott. Jul 18, Tommie Whitener rated it really liked it. What a compelling taste of what it was like living, loving and dying in the West and on the prairie in the years bracketing the beginning of the twentieth century.
Multi-dimensional characters are true to life, with all the complexity the real ones no doubt possessed and the made up ones should have possessed. As I read the book, sometimes I wanted the main protagonist to receive a little more of the "just desserts" that should have been his fate, but justice isn't always meted out in appropriat What a compelling taste of what it was like living, loving and dying in the West and on the prairie in the years bracketing the beginning of the twentieth century. As I read the book, sometimes I wanted the main protagonist to receive a little more of the "just desserts" that should have been his fate, but justice isn't always meted out in appropriate places.
Jul 31, Kathie rated it liked it. I'm really late getting this review written and am having a hard time remembering just how much I like it. It's the story of a man in the 's who abandons a wife and children when he thinks he is in danger of arrest for murder. Goes on to wander the countryside for many years and then hooks up with another woman. Eventually he leaves her too and dies.
Nov 20, Helen Hollick rated it really liked it. Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money! Feb 14, Eloise Hamann rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. The novel is in three parts. The first part chronicles the life of Sarah, a woman with five children, after her husband, Sam, dies and her journey back to her home state of Nebraska.
The second part is abou I really enjoyed this book. Ah ha, I think, these two will get together, at least in some way, but Will meets another woman and her children in his keeping one step ahead of the law. The third part returns to Sarah, years later bemoaning the fact her older sons are grown and to her surprise and angst want to leave the nest instead of helping her on her land where she still needs to support the younger children.
She discovers an awful truth that creates financial and emotional hardship. Throughout, Ms.