These is My Words, by Nancy E. Turner, audiobook category
I enjoy historical fiction sometimes, but I'm not much into the Western. But this one was recommended by a friend. She just loved it. I decided to give it a try, but couldn't get a paper copy. But they did have the audiobook, so I checked it out.
I am so glad I did! I was absolutely hooked from the very first CD. It starts out with an Indian ambush, the death of a child, and a brutal attack on some unsuspecting girls, and that was just the first CD!
The story is told as journal entries of Sarah Agnes Prine, traveling from Arizona to Texas. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, but for various reasons, Sarah and her family head back to Arizona.
Sarah goes through all kinds of heartache, but the core of the story is a romance. I loved the characters, and I loved Sarah. I absolutely understood her independence, her desire for learning, her wish to be 'good' like her friend Savannah. And the romance was just so wonderful.
I've stayed up late, just because I can't stop listening to see what happens next. This was fun to do as an audiobook. The narrator was great. And it was so much more suspenseful this way. I am such a fast reader, but with an audiobook, you can't just rush ahead. You have to wait! Several times I went to see my family and told them everything that had just happened and that I just couldn't wait to see what happened next!
I don't know anything about the author, but I know that after reading this, I have to find out if she wrote anything else. Highly recommended.