I usually really like historical fiction. While reading this book I kept having to remind myself that it was, indeed fiction, as it often felt like you really were reading a journal. Sarah is a really endearing character, someone I would love to meet and spend time with. She is spunky and strong and works hard to be a good person and successful in life. I liked finding out that her character was based on the author's great grandmother and the stories of her life. Most of the book takes place just outside of Tucson, Arizona. I think Tucson still feels pretty desolate and remote, so I can only imagine what it would have been like in the early 1800's. Towards the end of the book, Sarah's journal entries were pretty sporadic and a few times, several years passed before the next entry. This left me feeling a little unsatisfied but I guess it was pretty true to life, the busier you get, the less time you take to do things such as keeping up with a journal. I did just find out that there is a sequel which makes me kind of excited - I wasn't ready to be finished with Sarah's story and the tales of the frontier.