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.

All She Left Behind Details

TitleAll She Left Behind
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800727000
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Womens Fiction, Religion

All She Left Behind Review

  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    If you read one book this year make it All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick. Based on a true story this is a book that will make you weep, get you angry, long for loved ones to be near, mourn those you've lost and get you thinking about doing all you can while you can with the life you've been given.Jennie Pickett took what life threw at her and tried to make the best of it. Her alcoholic husband didn't make that easy. I won't give you the rest of the story because to do so would take away fr If you read one book this year make it All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick. Based on a true story this is a book that will make you weep, get you angry, long for loved ones to be near, mourn those you've lost and get you thinking about doing all you can while you can with the life you've been given.Jennie Pickett took what life threw at her and tried to make the best of it. Her alcoholic husband didn't make that easy. I won't give you the rest of the story because to do so would take away from the emotions you will feel if I do. Suffice it to say that God always has a plan and can take the evil intentions of others and turn them into blessings we could never imagine.Jennie's story will inspire you. I was amazed that she was not a fictional character but did at one time walk this earth. And oh, my! What an impact she had on the lives around her. And what a blessing those lives were to her, who dared her to pursue her dreams.Read this book. You will not be disappointed!
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    I will always enjoy Kirkpatricks style and writing pattern but every now and again she will write about someone I'm less than thrilled to read about and such was the case with Jennie Pickett. I couldn't quite grasp Jennie's mentality or her inner reasoning through most of this book. Above all; the alcohol and drug abuse and addictions were just something I couldn't get passed. Ultimately I just did not want to read about these qualities in anyone and journey through life with them.
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  • Toni Osborne
    January 1, 1970
    This historical fiction is a carefully researched blend of historical events using real people. The story is about Jennie Pickett and her struggle to become a doctor in the 1870’s Oregon. This tale is an amazing journey in a time where women physicians were shun by society. For Jennie to become a doctor she had to surmount imaginable obstacles: her dyslexia and a difficult husband and son. She first learned homeopathic treatments with herbs and oil and practiced her art at every occasion with pa This historical fiction is a carefully researched blend of historical events using real people. The story is about Jennie Pickett and her struggle to become a doctor in the 1870’s Oregon. This tale is an amazing journey in a time where women physicians were shun by society. For Jennie to become a doctor she had to surmount imaginable obstacles: her dyslexia and a difficult husband and son. She first learned homeopathic treatments with herbs and oil and practiced her art at every occasion with passion. After her divorce from her husband, she met her second husband, a wonderful man who gave her all the encouragement and the push needed to become a doctor. We follow her life through a bad marriage and a good marriage.This story is told in a smooth narrative one that easily pulled me in from the first chapter. I wanted Jennie to succeed and have a wonderful life. She is portrayed as a strong and determined person regardless of her disabilities and the tragedies in her life. We have a lot of surprises along the way to keep us flipping the pages. This is a captivating story of over-coming tragedy and poor choices, personal and family challenges and never losing hope. It is also a story of love. Beautifully written this novel is hard not to like.“All She Left Behind” is based on a true storyI received this ARC from the publisher Revell via the Early Reviewer Program for an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick is based on a true story from 1860’s Oregon history. This book is a wonderful example of Jane Kirkpatrick’s ability to tell a story from historical documentation that brings out the compassion in the readers. Jane “Jennie” overcomes great personal and physical obstacles to become a known healer, doctor, and public figure for her time in the Oregon west. Seventeen year old Jane Lichtenthaler of Washington County, Oregon married Charles Pickett in March of 1 All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick is based on a true story from 1860’s Oregon history. This book is a wonderful example of Jane Kirkpatrick’s ability to tell a story from historical documentation that brings out the compassion in the readers. Jane “Jennie” overcomes great personal and physical obstacles to become a known healer, doctor, and public figure for her time in the Oregon west. Seventeen year old Jane Lichtenthaler of Washington County, Oregon married Charles Pickett in March of 1860. During their wedding dance Charles slipped, fell hard, and hit his head on the rough floor. We will not know if this affected his personality or if he had problems before the accident, but Jennie soon learned hard lessons from the man she had married. He was not always the kind person she had thought him to be before the wedding. Jennie and Charles had a son, Douglas and a baby daughter who died at her birth due to the cord being around her neck. Jennie would always wonder if the delay of Charles bringing the doctor, both smelling of alcohol as she was in labor with baby Ariyah, had contributed to the death. Jeanie has the spirit of a natural healer. She is knowledgeable about herbs, plants, tea, and tinctures. Her heart’s desire is to be a doctor, although she knows that Oregon in the 1860 will be hesitant to approve of allowing a woman to become a healer equal to a man. Jeannie also has a small learning disability. She has trouble reading and deciphering letters, what we would call today as dyslexia. Read how she overcame the spousal abuse, loss of a baby, financial disaster, divorce, and humiliation among family and community to rise above and be heralded as a forceful and strong woman who kept her faith during troubled times. Once you start reading you may not want to stop!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    All She Left Behind is my new favorite novel written by Jane Kirkpatrick. I just love this story. This book is based on real events involving Jennie Pickett. I loved Jennie and loved that she refused to allow the times to keep her from following her dream. She was an extraordinary woman that went through so much to keep her dream alive. Such a beautiful story full of hope, faith, determination, and redemption. All She Left Behind is most definitely a must read and I highly recommend it. 5 plus s All She Left Behind is my new favorite novel written by Jane Kirkpatrick. I just love this story. This book is based on real events involving Jennie Pickett. I loved Jennie and loved that she refused to allow the times to keep her from following her dream. She was an extraordinary woman that went through so much to keep her dream alive. Such a beautiful story full of hope, faith, determination, and redemption. All She Left Behind is most definitely a must read and I highly recommend it. 5 plus stars. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Peg
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher, Baker Publishing Group, via LibraryThing for an Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for my honest review.This is my first book by Jane Kirkpatrick. I was so impressed with this author that I have ordered another of her books and I intend to read a lot of them. She is an award-winning author and it clearly shows in her latest novel which is based on a true story about a young woman, Jennie Lichtenthaler Pickett Parrish, living in Oregon in the 1870's. Jennie loved healing a Thanks to the publisher, Baker Publishing Group, via LibraryThing for an Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for my honest review.This is my first book by Jane Kirkpatrick. I was so impressed with this author that I have ordered another of her books and I intend to read a lot of them. She is an award-winning author and it clearly shows in her latest novel which is based on a true story about a young woman, Jennie Lichtenthaler Pickett Parrish, living in Oregon in the 1870's. Jennie loved healing and taught herself to do just that using herbs and oils. Her dream was to be a doctor, a profession that was mostly for men in that era. Due to her family problems with alcohol, she assumed she would never have her dream. We read how alcoholism can affect individuals' lives and ultimately, their family. But Jennie never gave up on her dream, no matter what obstacles got in her way. And there is a beautiful, though unlikely, love story which is tenderly written by this talented author.Ms. Kirkpatrick did a tremendous amount of research which she tells us about in her Acknowledgments and Notes at the end of the book. For me, this detailing throughout the novel was impressive to read. Also at the end of the book is the list of Jennie's Herbs and Oils and for what treatments homeopathic physicians used them at that time.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    All She Left Behind (2017) is a stand-alone novel masterfully written by Jane Kirkpatrick. This novel was just released on September 5, 2017. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 343 pages in length. With a full-time job and a busy five-year old, this novel took me two days to read. I received a free copy of this novel directly from the publisher, Revell of the Baker Publishing Group. In no way has this influenced my opinions of the story. All opinions expressed in this review a All She Left Behind (2017) is a stand-alone novel masterfully written by Jane Kirkpatrick. This novel was just released on September 5, 2017. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 343 pages in length. With a full-time job and a busy five-year old, this novel took me two days to read. I received a free copy of this novel directly from the publisher, Revell of the Baker Publishing Group. In no way has this influenced my opinions of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are mine. I give this novel 5+ STARS. This novel is a Christian Historical Fiction based on authentic historical people and events.The main character in this novel is Jennie Lichtenthaler, one of Oregon's first female doctors. Jennie's story is so engaging I read 3/4 of the book in one sitting! From a small girl, Jennie has always been fascinated with herbs and medicinals prepared naturally. She loves healing others, and does dream of becoming a doctor one day. But, a lack of confidence and some seriously upsetting moments put that dream on hold for Jennie. Jennie's life was really hard. Her first marriage was a disaster due to her husband's alcohol and drug addiction. Jennie also lost one child at birth, which completely devastated her. Some of the events described in this book are so heart-wrenching I wanted so desperately to reach into the novel and give Jennie a comforting hug. I would love to expound on Jennie's first marriage, some of the things she endures are beyond bearable, but I don't want to ruin one single page of this novel. Jane Kirkpatrick does a fantastic job of putting her readers directly into the time period. The arrogance of men and the way many of them treated women as less than second class citizens was really hard to read. Every insult Jennie had hurled at her, I felt deeply. But, Jennie does have a fantastic love story as well. Her second husband, Josiah Parrish, was the love of her life, and treated her so well. He is so beautifully written in this novel -- he may well be my top fictional hero. The relationship between Josiah and Jennie gave me hope as I read this novel that good people, loving people really do exist in this hard world.This novel does discuss alcohol and drug addiction at great length. Jennie was tremendously affected by the abuse of such substances. In fact, it is one of the driving forces that help her determine her course of studies in the medical field. Alcohol and drug abuse is a terrible sickness. It ruins not just the lives of those addicted, but the lives of family members who truly want to help but are completely helpless to do so. I felt this novel touched on these topics with grace, authenticity, and truth. It is frustrating and traumatic to take second (or third or fourth) place in the hearts of loved ones choosing harmful substances over you and your love. It's a terrible thing to watch a loved one succumb to the depravity of drug and/or alcohol abuse, and the other sins that typically go along with these abuses. And, the grief and guilt you feel when you finally let go of these loved ones is almost indescribable. But, as is subtly illustrated in the novel, give it all to God. Give God the pain and the grief and the guilt and the loss of the loved one. He is the only One who can truly heal!All She Left Behind is one of the best books of 2017. It is exquisitely written! My goodness did God bless Jane Kirkpatrick with a phenomenal writing talent. I highly, highly recommend this novel.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Whenever I read a new Jane Kirkpatrick historical novel, I know I am going to meet a remarkable woman from our country's past, a lady who somehow stood up against the status quo and lived a life that changed the fate of families to come. Jennie Pickett Parrish is that woman in Kirkpatrick's newest book ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND. Married young to Charles Pickett, Jennie soon finds that the life of promise she expected is peppered with heartache. Charles becomes moody and abusive, which Jennie attribute Whenever I read a new Jane Kirkpatrick historical novel, I know I am going to meet a remarkable woman from our country's past, a lady who somehow stood up against the status quo and lived a life that changed the fate of families to come. Jennie Pickett Parrish is that woman in Kirkpatrick's newest book ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND. Married young to Charles Pickett, Jennie soon finds that the life of promise she expected is peppered with heartache. Charles becomes moody and abusive, which Jennie attributes to drink and perhaps to a head injury; hoping to help support the family, Jennie begins distilling botanicals for healing essential oils. Deep within Jennie is a desire to pursue the healing arts, perhaps even to be a doctor, but doubts and obstacles over shadow her dreams. Few women have successfully entered the medical field, especially here in the new state of Oregon. A learning disability, probably what we would call dyslexia, sets her apart from her siblings who all learned quickly. For her, all book learning has been a burdensome challenge, so Jennie concentrates on raising her son, who even as a young child shows the signs of an addictive personality.As we all experience, what is ahead in life is a complete unknown, and soon Jennie's life takes many twists, leaving her a divorcee, needing to find a way to support herself and her son. An opportunity to work as a nursing companion to an ailing wealthy woman allowing Jennie to pay back a loan her husband has defaulted on, and ultimately leading to the chance to be the doctor Jennie always dreamed of being. This isn't really a book about the world wanting to deny Jennie Pickett Parrish the opportunity to practice medicine; once she and her second husband decide she should pursue this dream, a pathway to the medical college opens for her --- possibly because her new husband (much older than she) was an influential Oregonian. No, this is about the personal sacrifices necessary to pursue a quest for knowledge and a quest to improve the basic health of families. The demons of addiction play a huge role in this book, and it is clear that Jennie Parrish sought the medical answers behind addiction, something we still seek.Ever since I read my first book about Elizabeth Blackwell, I have been fascinated by the women who forged their way into the medical fields. And I have been a Jane Kirkpatrick fan since I picked up my first title written by her, one that just happened to be set in Wisconsin, my home state. ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND seemed a sure win for me and it was! I must say that ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND is quieter than some of her books. Set in the 1870's and after, this is not a book with lots of physical action -- no Indian/white settler disputes, wagon trail treks, or starvation winters. This is about the baby steps of change that lead to societal change. It also shows that sometimes we have to accept that we cannot change other people, that we cannot heal them of their demons. And with that acceptance, we can move ahead to a life where we can make a difference. It is also a story about a love that defies age barriers. I received an advanced reader's copy of ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND and I was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND is a story based on a true story - which always makes for a good read. Jennie Pickett is a pioneer woman who was into essential oils long before they became popular. Her dream is to help heal women and children and to help men recover from alcoholism. Unfortunately, she discovers that her husband is totally against the idea, her best friend denies there's a problem, and Jennie must come to terms with her own problems. Ms. Kirkpatrick knows how to set the scene, and the reader ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND is a story based on a true story - which always makes for a good read. Jennie Pickett is a pioneer woman who was into essential oils long before they became popular. Her dream is to help heal women and children and to help men recover from alcoholism. Unfortunately, she discovers that her husband is totally against the idea, her best friend denies there's a problem, and Jennie must come to terms with her own problems. Ms. Kirkpatrick knows how to set the scene, and the reader can almost "see" what the character sees in this story. Almost feel what the character feels, which generally makes for a story that they are drawn into. Jennie has a very hard life, sharing a three bedroom home with her husband, son, and two other families, mourning the loss of her infant daughter (which no one wants to admit existed -- most women who miscarried or had a stillborn baby can relate to that) and having a dream that very few people, not even her husband, is willing to acknowledge or support. Even when he seems to support it, he really has ulterior motives. The story starts out slow and seems to have a dark, depressing undertone which made it difficult to read this book for long stretches of time. It dragged me down with it, and I didn't like those feelings. However, it was interesting reading about Jennie's journey as she struggled to realize her dreams.I received a copy of this book free. All opinions are my own.
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  • Lori Parrish
    January 1, 1970
    In many ways I love this book and I definitely love Jane's stories. I especially like how she adds the little tidbits of how she comes up with these stories based on real ppl.Jennie Pickett is a fascinatingcharacter who went after her dreams even in the toughest of time and actually achieved it. I think that this should be classified as Women's Non fiction reason being it was based on a true story. I had a hard time in getting into parts of the story tho.The medical section I had a hard time wit In many ways I love this book and I definitely love Jane's stories. I especially like how she adds the little tidbits of how she comes up with these stories based on real ppl.Jennie Pickett is a fascinatingcharacter who went after her dreams even in the toughest of time and actually achieved it. I think that this should be classified as Women's Non fiction reason being it was based on a true story. I had a hard time in getting into parts of the story tho.The medical section I had a hard time with. I admired Jennie because of her wisdom and the ability to see her dreams through. Some ppl have to work harder than others. I'm the same way with Math. I struggle so hard and to me it's not fair when others get it just like that.my throat constricted in other parts of this beautiful story. Thank you Jennie Pickett for making a way for others and thank you Josiah Parrish for being there for my girl!!Oh and did I mention that my last name is Parrish. It was one of the reasons I wanted to read this book!!A great book!!I received this book from Netgalley and was in no way required to review this book
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  • Leslie M.
    January 1, 1970
    Jennie Pickett uses homeopathic medicine to help others. She longs to be a doctor, something uncommon in the 1800’s. In order to achieve her dream, she would need to overcome a number of obstacles: an abusive husband, her gender, and dyslexia. Her husband and family do not encourage her, and her husband’s poor choices cause her to pursue unexpected options just to get by. Will her own decisions allow her to live out her dreams, or is it as impossible as others believe?The story starts out quite Jennie Pickett uses homeopathic medicine to help others. She longs to be a doctor, something uncommon in the 1800’s. In order to achieve her dream, she would need to overcome a number of obstacles: an abusive husband, her gender, and dyslexia. Her husband and family do not encourage her, and her husband’s poor choices cause her to pursue unexpected options just to get by. Will her own decisions allow her to live out her dreams, or is it as impossible as others believe?The story starts out quite slowly, but the pace does pick up a bit as the story unfolds. However, it was hard for me to stay engaged. Kirkpatrick obviously did her research with this book, as it blends in historical events and real people. Jennie is a strong and determined heroine. At the core, this story focuses on overcoming challenges, never losing hope, and love.This is the first book I’ve read by Kirkpatrick. It was not my favorite, but I’d be willing to check out other books by this author in the future. There is a cast of characters listed at the beginning which notes the ones based on real people. There is also a list of herbs and oils included at the end which may be of interest to the reader, particularly as there is a growing popularity for essential oils.One of my favorite quotes from the story is: “Dreams delayed are not always dreams destroyed.”Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the Revell Reads blogger program. I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    All She Left Behind is a fictional story written by Jan Kirkpatrick based Jennie Pickett Parrish, one of the first doctors in Portland working with women and children. Jennie and Charles Pickett were married in 1860 and lived with her sister’s family. They had a young son, Douglas, and Charles worked for their brother-in-law. Charles started drinking and became addicted to alcohol. They borrowed money from Josiah Parrish to start a real estate business. But Charles used the money for other thing All She Left Behind is a fictional story written by Jan Kirkpatrick based Jennie Pickett Parrish, one of the first doctors in Portland working with women and children. Jennie and Charles Pickett were married in 1860 and lived with her sister’s family. They had a young son, Douglas, and Charles worked for their brother-in-law. Charles started drinking and became addicted to alcohol. They borrowed money from Josiah Parrish to start a real estate business. But Charles used the money for other things. He divorced Jennie so she and their son are not pulled in to his life. With no way to support herself and Douglas, Jennie moved home to her parents. Josiah offered Jennie a job caring her his ill wife, Elizabeth, to work of the debt. When Elizabeth passed away, Jennie stayed to help Josiah go through their home and prepare for him to move to Portland. During this time, they got to know each other and developed a relationship. They eventually married and Josiah convinced Jennie to go to school to become a doctor, a dream she pushed aside to raise her family.This is a great story. The story focuses on the topic of addictions and how they affect the family. The story also gives historical information concerning divorce and women’s place in school and business. I really enjoyed reading this story and seeing the strength that Jennie had to move forward with her life as a single mother. The struggles Jennie went through with Charles, her son and their addictions must have been really hard. I appreciate the research the author has done to write the story as well as the additional information she includes in the book, such as who the characters are and the different types of herbs Jennie used and what she used them for. I believe anyone who enjoys reading historical stories will enjoy reading this story.I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.
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  • Barb Klein
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Kirkpatrick’s “All She Left Behind” is based on the true story of Jennie Lictenthaler Pickett Parrish. Jennie married the first time to Charles Pickett with the promise of a good life together. They had a son, Douglas. Charles became a less than wonderful husband because of addictions and they shortly parted ways. She was a self-taught healer with visions of becoming a doctor at a time when women doctors were not welcome either in medical school or by the community. She eventually married J Jane Kirkpatrick’s “All She Left Behind” is based on the true story of Jennie Lictenthaler Pickett Parrish. Jennie married the first time to Charles Pickett with the promise of a good life together. They had a son, Douglas. Charles became a less than wonderful husband because of addictions and they shortly parted ways. She was a self-taught healer with visions of becoming a doctor at a time when women doctors were not welcome either in medical school or by the community. She eventually married Josiah Parrish, many years her senior, after being his wife’s companion and nursemaid during her terminal illness. Josiah encouraged her to follow her dreams, but she waited until their two girls were older before she became a student at Willamette College in Salem, Oregon, founded in 1842. Jennie was a person of faith and perseverance. She never let anything stop her, not the abuse from her first husband, her son’s addictions, following in his father’s footsteps, not the censure from the community, or her family’s misgivings about her second marriage. The title of the story, it seems to me, lets the reader know that her life meant something and her becoming a doctor in that day and age was a symbol of courage, fortitude, and love for humanity. I would recommend this book and others from Ms. Kirkpatrick’s works. However, I will say that I had to refer to the list of characters and their place in the novel from time to time.I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Revell, but was under no obligation to post a review. You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-sb. Other reviews can be found at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick is the first book that I have read by this author. I am excited because I enjoyed it so much and she has already written so many. It is a fictionalized account of a real person. The author put what she uncovered about Jenny Pickett in easy to read and hard to put down story. I have often wondered if I could write a story about some of my ancestors based on what I know about them. This book encourages me to do so.Jenny Pickett, the main character was marrie All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick is the first book that I have read by this author. I am excited because I enjoyed it so much and she has already written so many. It is a fictionalized account of a real person. The author put what she uncovered about Jenny Pickett in easy to read and hard to put down story. I have often wondered if I could write a story about some of my ancestors based on what I know about them. This book encourages me to do so.Jenny Pickett, the main character was married to an alcoholic and he abused her physically and verbally. She had a son, Douglas who became the biggest sorrow of her life. She also had daughter who died but her husband forbade her to mention it. Growing up reading was difficult for her because of dyslexia. A friend told me of her own personal experiences with dyslexia so it was easy to understand Jenny's reading problems. Jenny learn homeopathic treatments with herbs and oil but always yearned to be a doctor. It may seem like people were either good or bad in this story but the other left clues that explained the motivation and original behind the "bad" characters. Jenny never gave up her dream and she did the best that she could do although, she was filled with regrets over what she was not able to do. If you read too fast, you might miss them! But those carefully laid clues made me think about people in my own life.The author did a wonderful job of weaving together the historical facts and at the end of the book told what happened to the characters later on and what bits of fiction she added. I highly recommend this book.I received an Advanced Review Copy as a win from LibraryThing from the publishers in exchange for a fair book review. My thoughts and feelings in this review are my own.
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    All She Left BehindBy Jane KirkpatrickJennie Lichtenthal was naturally gifted in an understanding of the healing properties of herbs and oils. And she brought this skill with her into her marriage with Charles Pickett. Always searching for new and better healing practices Jennie had the heart of a healer. So when her marriage was damaged and fractured by the powerful draw of addiction she was determined to find a solution to aid and cure those closest to her caught in its grip.But a woman in the All She Left BehindBy Jane KirkpatrickJennie Lichtenthal was naturally gifted in an understanding of the healing properties of herbs and oils. And she brought this skill with her into her marriage with Charles Pickett. Always searching for new and better healing practices Jennie had the heart of a healer. So when her marriage was damaged and fractured by the powerful draw of addiction she was determined to find a solution to aid and cure those closest to her caught in its grip.But a woman in the 1860s had few opportunities to better her situation, especially when her name was coupled with the stigma of divorce. But somehow Jennie managed to overcome just such an obstacle when those who knew her for who she was didn't allow a word to define their relationship - their friendship with her.When her friend and patient exacts a deathbed promise from her Jennie's life is about to take yet another course - one that could lead her to become the doctor she's longed to be - one that could perhaps find a cure to end or a treatment to lessen the powerful hold of addiction.In a world and time when her situation and actions would have been discouraged Jennie found the courage to follow the leading of her heart. Becoming a female doctor was all but unheard of at the time but Jennie with the encouragement of family succeeded. This is another work from the talented Jane Kirkpatrick about a woman who refused to allow the confines of society to shape her to its whims. Jennie's life was one of trial and triumph as she sought to help both her husband and her son in their struggles with addictions. She managed to become a doctor all while being a wife and mother. The story of her life will move the reader.This story is completely told within this book - no fears of having to wait for a sequel with this one. The writer has a talent for bringing not well-known pieces of history to life in a way one can't fully appreciate in textual history books. A perfect book for fans of historical fiction, especially if one enjoys late 19th-century American history. I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher Revell with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • MH
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book written by Jane Kirkpatrick that I read. At first, I didn't realize that the book was based on an actual historical figure. When I realized that Jennie Pickett Parrish was a real physician in Oregon and the first female Vice President of Oregon Medical Society, I was totally intrigued. As a physician myself, I had such expectations to enjoy the story greatly. Ms. Kirkpatrick's writing is easy to read and follow. The setting of Oregon in 1860s is quite realistic and she add This is the first book written by Jane Kirkpatrick that I read. At first, I didn't realize that the book was based on an actual historical figure. When I realized that Jennie Pickett Parrish was a real physician in Oregon and the first female Vice President of Oregon Medical Society, I was totally intrigued. As a physician myself, I had such expectations to enjoy the story greatly. Ms. Kirkpatrick's writing is easy to read and follow. The setting of Oregon in 1860s is quite realistic and she addresses quite a few social issues: divorce, addiction to alcohol and drugs, unconventional marriages, rights for blacks and women, and discrimination against women physicians as they took first steps to becoming trained in medicine. The plot has some interesting twists and turns. The thread of faith, prayer, and forgiveness was transparent throughout the story. As much as I really wanted to love the book, I couldn't connect with the characters. Jennie, as kind, loving, compassionate, persistent and passionate about healing and helping people as she was, seemed too superficial and inconsistent. Her determination to get to medical school is admirable and her putting off schooling to raise her children first is understandable. But after she graduated from medical school, she seemed almost obsessed with medicine and providing other women the opportunity to succeed that she felt almost out of character from the original Jennie we met first. Josiah is saintly, patient, loving, kind, compassionate, understanding, and too perfect. He provides everything Jennie ever wanted or needed but came off as cookie-cutter perfect hero. I am disappointed that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I expected. It is a well-written realistic story with great and detailed research. I received a review copy of this book from Revell via NetGalley. I was not required to write a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Kirkpatrick is known for selecting female historical characters as her protagonist, women of faith, passionate about their calling, and possessing great inner strength. Jennie Pickett, wife of Charles Picket would not have described herself using any of those descriptors. She would have more likely used words like slow, unloved, and failure. Josiah Parrish tenderly and lovingly helped her reach her full potential, nurturing her dream to become a doctor. In the latter half of the 1800s, in Jane Kirkpatrick is known for selecting female historical characters as her protagonist, women of faith, passionate about their calling, and possessing great inner strength. Jennie Pickett, wife of Charles Picket would not have described herself using any of those descriptors. She would have more likely used words like slow, unloved, and failure. Josiah Parrish tenderly and lovingly helped her reach her full potential, nurturing her dream to become a doctor. In the latter half of the 1800s, in the state of Oregon, female doctors were a rarity. Something Jennie had only dreamed about, but had never considered as a real possibility given her reading difficulties, not to mention her status as a divorced woman. Josiah was able to open up possibilities and doors for Jennie. Doors which she slowly gained the confidence to walk through. I found it very interesting that the issues that interested Jennie as a doctor in the late 1800s are still significant concerns in today’s society: addiction, abuse, health care for the poor (especially women and children), and adequate nutrition and housing. Jesus said the poor would always be with us, and we are instructed to love our neighbor as ourselves. So as these issues persist, so must we persist in our efforts to care for those thus impacted. If you are a historical fiction fan, you will love All She Left Behind as well as other books by Jane Kirkpatrick. Her writing is well researched, and historically accurate. Her author notes inform you as to which fictional characters have been inserted into the story, and the reasoning behind the events she chose to flesh out the non-fictional character’s story. I thank NetGalley and Revell Publishers for providing me with a copy of All She Left Behind in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation.
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  • Jalynn Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    About the Book:Jennie Pickett is a natural healer, but her dreams to become a doctor in 1870s Oregon put her at odds with the world around her. As she struggles to keep her dream alive, she finds that the road to fulfillment winds past love, heartache, and plenty of surprises along the way.My Review: Women have always struggled in a man's world. It is true even to this day. Maybe not to the extent that it has been in the past but we still struggle to compete. Compete for jobs and equal pay just About the Book:Jennie Pickett is a natural healer, but her dreams to become a doctor in 1870s Oregon put her at odds with the world around her. As she struggles to keep her dream alive, she finds that the road to fulfillment winds past love, heartache, and plenty of surprises along the way.My Review: Women have always struggled in a man's world. It is true even to this day. Maybe not to the extent that it has been in the past but we still struggle to compete. Compete for jobs and equal pay just to name a few. Jennie Pickett gets it--she lives it every day and most days the opposition is suffocating to say the least. Jennie must overcome many obstacles in her life. She has to raise her son alone in a world that seems tailor fit for men. She has faced abuse, a learning disability and now she may never get the chance to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor. Life for her seems unbearable at times. Jane Kirkpatrick is an old favorite. I love her honesty in her words. she writes a fictional account of true stories which I absolutely love. Her realness comes shining through in each word and it makes me feel at home. Fantastic author!!! Great read on this pretty fall day!**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.
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  • Patricia Bond
    January 1, 1970
    ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND JANE KIRKPATRICKAll She Left Behind takes place in the Oregon frontier of the 1870's and is a real life story.Jeannie Pickett has always had the desire to become a doctor. Jeannie is well trained in the healing properties of herbs and oils.When Jeannie's husband, who has an addiction to alcohol and drugs, tells her that he has divorced her, she must find a way to support herself and her son. Jeannie takes a job as a caregiver to an older woman. When the older woman passes on ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND JANE KIRKPATRICKAll She Left Behind takes place in the Oregon frontier of the 1870's and is a real life story.Jeannie Pickett has always had the desire to become a doctor. Jeannie is well trained in the healing properties of herbs and oils.When Jeannie's husband, who has an addiction to alcohol and drugs, tells her that he has divorced her, she must find a way to support herself and her son. Jeannie takes a job as a caregiver to an older woman. When the older woman passes on , Jeannie realizes that she has developed feelings for the widowed husband, who is much older than Jeannie. With the support of her new husband she is able to attain her dream of becoming a doctor.Along the way Jeannie faces heartbreak, when she learns that her son, Douglas, has also become an addict, like his father. All She Left Behind is based on a true story and at the end of the book when Jane Kirkpatrick writes her Authors Acknowledgments and Notes, she lets us know what happens to the rest of the characters in the book in the future.This was a well written book of historical fiction and I enjoyed reading it very much, as it gave insight to the first woman doctors.
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick is a  heartfelt story of one strong woman. Jennie Pickett has a dream of becoming a doctor. Back then, only men occupied that spot. Yet with determination, hope, and hard work, she might just be the one female to accomplish just that. From seventeen years of age, Jennie has had both good and bad times. Married young, had children, pursued an education and a top career. But then, fate comes calling and as many joys that are felt so too, are the sad ones. Ja All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick is a  heartfelt story of one strong woman. Jennie Pickett has a dream of becoming a doctor. Back then, only men occupied that spot. Yet with determination, hope, and hard work, she might just be the one female to accomplish just that. From seventeen years of age, Jennie has had both good and bad times. Married young, had children, pursued an education and a top career. But then, fate comes calling and as many joys that are felt so too, are the sad ones. Jane Kirkpatrick created an engaging tale from the start. I was immediately fascinated with Jennie. A woman who lived life and still wondered if she did all she could do. She's a character, I can relate to, as well as feel connected with...hope, can move mountains. All She Left Behind is a story of one woman going beyond her boundaries and facing the world with each new step forward. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere. I received this copy from the publisher. This, is my honest and voluntary review.
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  • Lovely Loveday
    January 1, 1970
    All She Left Behind is a historical novel that is based on a true story. Kirkpatrick has done a lot of research on this story before writing this blended story of historical events using real people. The main character is Jennie Pickett who is struggling to become a doctor in 1870’s Oregon. A time when women were seen but not heard and being a doctor was more of a dream than reality. In 1870 women doctors were rejected by society. This journey to accomplish her dream was not an easy one. She had All She Left Behind is a historical novel that is based on a true story. Kirkpatrick has done a lot of research on this story before writing this blended story of historical events using real people. The main character is Jennie Pickett who is struggling to become a doctor in 1870’s Oregon. A time when women were seen but not heard and being a doctor was more of a dream than reality. In 1870 women doctors were rejected by society. This journey to accomplish her dream was not an easy one. She had a lot of obstacles to face like her dyslexia, a problematic husband and a small son. Like many people in that time frame she learned to use herbs and oils as homeopathic treatments which soon became her passion. After divorcing her first husband, she remarries a loving and caring man who encourages her to follow through with her dreams of becoming a doctor. This story is extremely captivating with the easy of the author’s writing and the fascination of the story. I found this to be a good read for anyone who loves a good historical fiction novel
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "Dreams delayed are not always dreams destroyed." In our world of happily-ever-afters, "All She Left Behind" stands as a testament to the value of a solitary life; a woman who dreamed big dreams in spite of her limitations, who loved deeply and lost everything she held dear; who valiantly fought to recover, reclaim and respond to the precious gift of second chances. Jennie Pickett absolutely loves the art of healing. Aspiring to boldly step forward into the field of medicine with an already vast "Dreams delayed are not always dreams destroyed." In our world of happily-ever-afters, "All She Left Behind" stands as a testament to the value of a solitary life; a woman who dreamed big dreams in spite of her limitations, who loved deeply and lost everything she held dear; who valiantly fought to recover, reclaim and respond to the precious gift of second chances. Jennie Pickett absolutely loves the art of healing. Aspiring to boldly step forward into the field of medicine with an already vast knowledge of natural remedies (not an easy venture for a woman in the 1870s), she has no encouragement from her husband and barely an acknowledgement from her family. When reduced to near poverty, she assumes a debt by caring for a very ill woman whose kind husband is known through-out the Oregon frontier for his generosity and philanthropic achievements. What lies ahead is a vast unknown, what she will leave behind is a legacy.
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  • Marea Stone
    January 1, 1970
    All She Left Behind is an outstanding book. Jane Kirkpatrick has done an fine job telling of the life of Jennie Parrish, a young woman of the 1860's who went through many struggles of educational problems, an early marriage to an alcoholic, and being a single mother to later marrying a man much her senior. Against all odds, she went on to become one of Oregon's first women doctors at a time when most women did not pursue an education. It is amazing to think that these lives were lived right here All She Left Behind is an outstanding book. Jane Kirkpatrick has done an fine job telling of the life of Jennie Parrish, a young woman of the 1860's who went through many struggles of educational problems, an early marriage to an alcoholic, and being a single mother to later marrying a man much her senior. Against all odds, she went on to become one of Oregon's first women doctors at a time when most women did not pursue an education. It is amazing to think that these lives were lived right here in Salem, Oregon where I live. The church she attended, the streets she traveled, the creeks, the river, nearby Portland where she went to medical school all are real and can be visited today.The research into people's lives, attitudes of the time, and historical background, combined with Jane's great story telling ability make this book a great read.
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  • Jeanette Fallon
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful read! I took the step back in time and was part of Jennie's world. I cried when she cried. I cheered when she conquered her fears.She had dreams and desires. She felt insecure and had guilt. She sounds like so many wives and mothers I have met. She felt responsible for her husband and son's misdeeds when she had nothing to do with them. Jennie suffered a tragedy. But with this tragedy, she was given the gift of renewal. She was given the chance for making her dreams come true.I What a wonderful read! I took the step back in time and was part of Jennie's world. I cried when she cried. I cheered when she conquered her fears.She had dreams and desires. She felt insecure and had guilt. She sounds like so many wives and mothers I have met. She felt responsible for her husband and son's misdeeds when she had nothing to do with them. Jennie suffered a tragedy. But with this tragedy, she was given the gift of renewal. She was given the chance for making her dreams come true.I was finishing this book late at night. I didn't want to put it down. And as I was turning the page....I turned to my husband and said " I'm not liking this". I was quite surprised at the ending.Wonderful story. I had no idea that this was based on a real woman. So interesting. I received this free to review.
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  • Oak
    January 1, 1970
    All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick is a historical fiction novel that takes place in 1870 Wyoming and focuses on Jennie Pickett, a single mother who dreams of becoming a doctor. I liked seeing Jennie’s sheer determination and her willingness to take life head-on, even though the odds were stacked against her. I thought Kirkpatrick did a great job of presenting Jennie’s point of view. I could really “get inside her head.” Besides being a fun read, the book is also educational; throughout the All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick is a historical fiction novel that takes place in 1870 Wyoming and focuses on Jennie Pickett, a single mother who dreams of becoming a doctor. I liked seeing Jennie’s sheer determination and her willingness to take life head-on, even though the odds were stacked against her. I thought Kirkpatrick did a great job of presenting Jennie’s point of view. I could really “get inside her head.” Besides being a fun read, the book is also educational; throughout the book, readers can learn more about the social climate of the Western United States circa 1870. The book moves at a nice pace, and Kirkpatrick’s dialogue and description creates a well-rounded story.*I received this book for review*
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  • Sabrina Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    What an emotional ride!! I've experienced sadness, anger, bitterness, hope, love, joy, and peace from the first page to the epilogue. Truly our lives are just the same as these characters. All She Left Behind is every breathing women's story woven into various cloths. Desiring true love, a wholesome family, the ability to restore brokenness in and outside our home, to hope, to dream, and to fulfill. Just like Jennie, in all our doing, sometimes we forget to slow down, take care of ourselves and What an emotional ride!! I've experienced sadness, anger, bitterness, hope, love, joy, and peace from the first page to the epilogue. Truly our lives are just the same as these characters. All She Left Behind is every breathing women's story woven into various cloths. Desiring true love, a wholesome family, the ability to restore brokenness in and outside our home, to hope, to dream, and to fulfill. Just like Jennie, in all our doing, sometimes we forget to slow down, take care of ourselves and live in the moment. While there is still life in you, dream big and live life with both eyes open. This novel is worth reading!!Kirkpatrick, you have done a splendid job writing this novel. I know I'm not the only one who can relate to the characters, especially Jennie.
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  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    All She Left Behindby Jane KirkpatrickRevellChristianPub Date 05 Sep 2017 I am reviewing All She Left Behind through Revell and Netgalley:Jennie Pickett is already well versed in the healing properties of herbs and oils, but she longs to become a doctor. But in 1870 the Oregon Frontier doesn't approve of women attending medical school. In order to provide for her young son, and to leave grief and guilt behind Jennie takes on the care of an elderly woman, when her patient dies Jennie realizes tha All She Left Behindby Jane KirkpatrickRevellChristianPub Date 05 Sep 2017 I am reviewing All She Left Behind through Revell and Netgalley:Jennie Pickett is already well versed in the healing properties of herbs and oils, but she longs to become a doctor. But in 1870 the Oregon Frontier doesn't approve of women attending medical school. In order to provide for her young son, and to leave grief and guilt behind Jennie takes on the care of an elderly woman, when her patient dies Jennie realizes that her heart has become entangled with the woman's widowed husband. A man older than her by many years.Will this unlikely romance help her with her ultimate goal of becoming a doctor? Find out in All She Left Behind!Five out of five stars!Happy Reading!
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  • Tish
    January 1, 1970
    Wow what a fantastic story. It is based on a true story. It is a historical fiction from the Oregon frontier of the 1870s Jennie always wanted to be a doctor. She loved working with healing herbs and oils. She married Charles Pickett who was not the man she thought he was. He had fallen into alcohol and drugs and became abusive. They had two children. Douglas her son and a daughter they lost at birth. He filed for a divorce and she got custody of her son. She cared for a women whom had died and Wow what a fantastic story. It is based on a true story. It is a historical fiction from the Oregon frontier of the 1870s Jennie always wanted to be a doctor. She loved working with healing herbs and oils. She married Charles Pickett who was not the man she thought he was. He had fallen into alcohol and drugs and became abusive. They had two children. Douglas her son and a daughter they lost at birth. He filed for a divorce and she got custody of her son. She cared for a women whom had died and then fell in love with the women's older husband. It is a story of love and tragedy. The struggles of abuse and divorce. The struggles of raising a son with problems and the rights of a women back in the 1870's Love this story from page one to the end.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I struggled with this book. While the initial storyline looked intriguing, I found the writing to be very choppy and the story to be less than interesting. I kept waiting for it to get better - for there to be a climatic moment - but it never got there. I was relieved when the book finally ended. Sometimes multiple years would pass between sentences, and there was no "here's what happened." The author just kept pushing forward. It was like reading a personal diary where the writer only remembere I struggled with this book. While the initial storyline looked intriguing, I found the writing to be very choppy and the story to be less than interesting. I kept waiting for it to get better - for there to be a climatic moment - but it never got there. I was relieved when the book finally ended. Sometimes multiple years would pass between sentences, and there was no "here's what happened." The author just kept pushing forward. It was like reading a personal diary where the writer only remembered to record the events of the day a few days a year. While I received an advanced copy for my review purposes, I was shocked at the number of typographical errors throughout. I truly hope this book was re-edited before going to print.
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  • Pegg
    January 1, 1970
    Nobody writes gritty and determined characters - based on real-life people - as well as Jane Kirkpatrick. This one held me from the opening sentences. Jennie Pickett married young, thus ending her dreams of becoming a doctor. Being a wife and mother was a full-time job, but add in an unreliable husband, and she had her hands full. When she suddenly finds herself on her own, she takes a position as a live-in nurse. One thing leads to another - never easily or smoothly - until her dreams come true Nobody writes gritty and determined characters - based on real-life people - as well as Jane Kirkpatrick. This one held me from the opening sentences. Jennie Pickett married young, thus ending her dreams of becoming a doctor. Being a wife and mother was a full-time job, but add in an unreliable husband, and she had her hands full. When she suddenly finds herself on her own, she takes a position as a live-in nurse. One thing leads to another - never easily or smoothly - until her dreams come true ... at a cost. As always, Jane will pull you through a gamut of emotions. Jennie's life is a carousel of highs and lows. There is no "perfect ending," this is real life, lived hard, and dedication to cause. It's not neat and tidy, but it's inspiring.
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