First, I have to say "These is Markie's Words" made me laugh so hard I cried. Which I needed, because I had just finished this book and was crying so hard, I needed a good laugh. I now have a migraine, but am going to muscle through it for book club. There's just been too much death this week.
I can't believe how much I loved this book! I HATED the ending, but I LOVED this book. She had already been through so much sadness, I just thought, the least the author could do was let us all end on a high. So I have decided in my head to change the ending around a bit. See, after Sarah was dissed by the banker, and the bank owner found out his employee was rude to her and lost a $500 client, he was fired. Jack felt bad for the guy and helped him get a job as a firefighter. The court house caught on fire, and that banker guy thought he heard a baby crying and went to check it out. He got blown to bits. Jack felt bad and decided to move the family back to the ranch. April agreed, and came along. Upon arriving at the ranch, Sarah found out she was pregnant. The End.
This book made me laugh, and it made me cry. I hate to cry. My emotions were so up and down, I had to call in for some Prosac.
I was so sad when Clover died I had a hard time sleeping, I just kept thinking about it. Then today, I heard Howie screaming and crying in my bathroom. He kept saying his hand hurt so bad. I immediately thought of poor little Clover and his snake bite. It turned out, Howie had been messing around with Dwight's razor and cut his thumb up. I wished I had cheeped out and not bought the 5 blade. It gave me the willies.
I was so depressed when she married Jimmy. I kept wishing he would die. My wish came true. I was mad at his dying words. But, then I was glad because now Sarah wouldn't have feel sad over his loss.
Some parts that made me laugh:
Her church confession about not dying all her clothes black.
Her talking about the chickens getting fat (Landee mentioned it in more detail)
Markie's injun eating his ice cream.
Ernest's wife.....in my version of the story though, Sarah never held her tongue.
I loved Jack...deeply...from the time he held her in her skivvies while she confessed all her fears to him. He was always there to save her, even though she was more than capable of saving herself. I loved the letter she found in the book he never sent her. Other than the constantly running off to kill injun's, he was the perfect leading man. There are two more books in this saga, but I don't know if I can go on with out Jack. I'm pretty sure the author stuck with her ending instead of using mine.
So, let's get this discussion going. I say start with the sad and end with the happy. And please don't forget about the new ending. I don't want to hear any talk of Jack dying, or it's all over.