Historical fiction was never my favorite genre, and when my grandpa would watch his western movies I would usually yawn and get distracted with something else - but Nancy E Turner definitely kept my attention through to the end. This fictional diary is an action, drama, love story and historical account that is anything but predictable. Sarah is a smart, witty, and tough girl who I quickly fell in love with and rooted for throughout the story. Her journey to the Arizona Territories was much more complex than what we were ever taught in 6th grade or by playing the Oregon Trail game, although some of those themes and challenges were definitely present. Overall, I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a gripping story that is full of love, adventure and thought-provoking moments. This one may even come pretty close to my favorite, which come to think of is also historical fiction about women - Thousand Splendid Suns. Perhaps I have a thing for this genre after all. Thanks Kirsten for recommending this one!