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All She Left Behind, based on true events
In 1870, Jennie Pickett dreams of becoming a doctor, but the Oregon frontier doesn't approve of women attending medical school. She is already a natural healer who understands the healing properties of herbs and oils. Jennie cares for an elderly woman using her natural healing techniques and later becomes one of the first women to graduate from a medical college.
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Through her award-winning, layered storytelling, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to leave behind their preconceived notions about love and life as they, along with Jennie, discover that dreams may be deferred--but they never really die. Based on a true story.
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5GOD was with herOctober 21, 2017joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0All she left behind is a fantastic heart wrenching love entangling , boundary pushing story . You start off in the book with Jennie getting married and having her husband falling hitting his head her wanting to help but of course she can't she is just a woman . Then all of a sudden she has a strong willed challenging three-year-old. She then realizes hey wait I'm not going to tell you the whole story, let's just say something miraculous,I believe, but others wouldn't , happens and in that something serious will happen and she even maybe finds true love , all the while having this challenging son. I think she is amazing , a Blessing, true grit and strong as could be . I received this from the publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5GOD was with herOctober 21, 2017joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5All she left behind is a fantastic heart wrenching love entangling , boundary pushing story . You start off in the book with Jennie getting married and having her husband falling hitting his head her wanting to help but of course she can't she is just a woman . Then all of a sudden she has a strong willed challenging three-year-old. She then realizes hey wait I'm not going to tell you the whole story, let's just say something miraculous,I believe, but others wouldn't , happens and in that something serious will happen and she even maybe finds true love , all the while having this challenging son. I think she is amazing , a Blessing, true grit and strong as could be . I received this from the publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMOctober 6, 2017FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I can't get enough of Jane Kirkpatrick's historical novels. She has such a gift of resurrecting long forgotten figures from the past and allowing us to take a journey with them. Most of her leading characters are women and that's what we find in All She Left Behind.
Jennie Pickett is a young bride when we first meet her. A minor accident on her wedding day changes the entire scope of her married life. But Jennie is nothing but persistent. She's the epitome of "when life gives you lemons . . . make lemonade." For the first part of the novel we see Jennie being dealt blow after blow until the dreams she had for herself and her family seem impossible.
But Jennie serves a God of the possible. I don't want to give away the plot so I will just say that Jennie's story is inspiring. You will be reminded to never give up on a dream. It may be delayed far longer than you can imagine but if it's from God it will come to pass.
I can't stress enough to read the author's notes at the end. There is an epilogue that gives you part of the rest of the story. But the author's notes are like an epilogue to the epilogue. Fascinating stuff. If you are looking for a great read about a real person that will inspire you to dream big, this is the book for you!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Laura4 Stars Out Of 5Good, if a little predictableOctober 6, 2017LauraQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4My most recent fiction read with the Revell Reads Blogger Reviewer program was Jane Kirkpatrick's All She Left Behind. It's only my second Kirkpatrick read and I found it very interesting. The story is well rounded - if a bit fast-paced - and I appreciate the total lack of "God magically fixes everything" that we so often see in other Christian fiction. Jane tells the realistic and somewhat tragic life story of a woman impacted by the addictions of her husband and other family members, and that story includes the full range of joys and sorrows (and everything in between) that such a life usually subjects people to.
My one complaint about this book is the far-too-obvious foreshadowing. Though there are details I didn't predict, the major plot points scream out of the first two chapters and I spent the rest of the book catching myself in the act of skimming over the words to search out the things I knew were on the way. Nevertheless, it was an emotion-provoking read and Kirkpatrick really did a good job of bringing her characters to life. I was genuinely interested in the story all the way through, and if there's a sequel planned to follow any of the other characters, I'll probably pick that up as well.
Overall, easy to read and enjoyable, a great way to spend a few afternoons.
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5great story about a stong womsn who wanted to be a doctor in the late 1800sOctober 4, 2017DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Stories that take me back to a different time period always pique my interest. Even though Jennie Pickett didnt seem to have much self esteem she did possess a dream. It wasnt a dream that most women were encouraged to have. The though to have a lady doctor in the late 1800s was not very popular. It reminds me of the show Dr. Quinn. I loved that show because despite what the men though of her in town, she opened her own practice. Just like Dr. Quinn. Jennie was determined that she would become a doctor. Her strength to overcome so many obstacles was encredible to read.
She does give the elderly woman the best care possible when she finds out she is ill. When the woman dies Jennie is heartbroken and wonders what her widower and son will do know. Is it possible that Jennie has developed feelings for the widower?
The best part of this story is that it is based on a true story and the author really shines with the research she did to make the story authentic. As with all her books, the author writes with a style that captures each character and builds them slowly to be an intregal part of her beautifully written story. Jennie does have some bad luck when it comes to marriage, but perhaps that will change when she meets Josiah. He is a welcome addition to the story and encourages Jennie to fulfill her dream. I loved how the author brought up some hard subjects that some people are uncomfortable talking about.
Jennie had a big heart and wanted to treat everyone who was ill. She recognized the need to address alcoholism, and abuse. I cant imagine the turmoil she went through as she spoke to patients who were afraid to speak up. Would you be willing to help women and children find shelter for them knowing that some didnt approve? I found the book te quite a journey and loved how the author took us to many different scenarios that Jennie faced. Will she find true love again after getting hurt before? Will the community recognize her as a well respected and gifted doctor. I keep thinking about the scripture that says, Treat your neighbor as you would want to be treated. I think Jennie heard her calling on her life and wanted to treat the sick, because she would want the same for herself if she was ill. I loved her character and she will be one I remember for a very long time .
I received a copy of this book from Revell Books. The review is my own opinion.