Book Review of
All She Left Behind
Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn’t approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she’s developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman’s widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal–but the road will be winding and the way forward will not always be clear. Will Jennie find shelter in life’s storms? Will she discover where healing truly lives?
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.
This book caught my attention because it takes place in Oregon, which is where I grew up. It is a historical fiction book based on a true story of a well known person in Oregon history. I knew a little bit about one of the main characters in the book from learning Oregon history growing up, but I didn’t know the whole story, which is why I enjoyed this book. The story was well written and left me wanting to know more about the real version, not just the historical fiction version.