Carrie Strahorn led an amazing life. Robert Strahorn was a publicist for the railroads, scouting out places ripe for expansion and writing glowing articles about the opportunities available for settlers to the West. In 1877 when they married and settled in Omaha Carrie had little notion that his job with the railroad would quickly expand to travel in the west, or that she would share the adventure. For decades they traveled, by stage coach, railway, and horseback. If Robert went on alone, Carrie would set out to follow, even if it meant traveling in a blizzard. She was by his side traveling through the night in a stagecoach in Indian territory during an uprising. They rode horseback to Yellowstone Falls; imagine the grandeur of that wild spectacular place before it became a tourist destination. The quiet and pristine beauty must have been awesome. Settlements the Strahorns had a hand in starting grew into towns still prospering today. Life with Robert Strahorn was not a bed of roses, they were both headstrong, and he had a penchant for making a bundle of money then risking it injudiciously. Their fortunes rose and fell. In 1911, Carrie Strahorn published a memoir, Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage. Jane Kirkpatrick’s extensive research used the memoir, along with letters, and articles. The result is a novel that reflects the life of Carrie Strahorn and the settling of the West.— Deon Stonehouse
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 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 discovers that home can be found, even in a rootless life.
With a deft hand, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick 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. Based on a true story.
About the Author
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. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.