All She Left Behind- Four Star Review

All She Left Behind

Jane Kirkpatrick

All She Left BehindBook Blurb:

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?

My Thoughts:

“It was as though she ran a race against time…and yet it was in being a doctor where she found the great joy that fed her love for all around.”

Calling all history buffs! “All She Left Behind” is based on the true story of Jennie Pickett Parrish, one of the first woman doctors in 1870 Oregon. This is a story of triumph and tragedy as this woman faces addiction and divorce.
“You’re a collector of lost souls, Jennie” She held her friend’s eyes with warmth. “It’s one reason why I love you so.”
It reads more like a biography than a fairy tale, do to the factual nature of Jennie’s life events. If you love books based off historical accounts, this book is for you. This is my first book by Jane Kirkpatrick and it won’t be my last. The author has done her research in both the account of Mrs. Parrish and the advancements of the medical field during the late 1800’s. Jennie started out with homeopathic treatments and oils, so if you are into essential oils, this would be an interesting read.
“There are herbs. I have oils meant to help with that. I’m a healer. Please let us heal this, us.”
People have always had problems—always faced hardships. I think we tend to romanticize the past and forget that they faced the same difficulties that we face today.
“Life hands out would that need healing where one is ready or not.”
Was this book sad? A little depressing? Yes, but it was also eye-opening. Mrs. Parrish helped pave the way for woman to enter the medical field. She didn’t let her heart-breaking circumstances stop her from reaching her dreams.
“The world needs healers, Jennie. All kinds. You were willing to dream.”
In spite of social distain and a learning disability, she persevered against all odds.
“How far she’d come from the timid child afraid to stand in front of a class because she could not read.”
This book does address some adult topics like adultery, addiction, and medical treatments, so I would only recommend it for a mature readership.
“We are all disappointments to ourselves. But we are loved nonetheless.”


Jane KirkpatrickAbout the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than 30 books, including A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, This Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader’s Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award, USABestBooks, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own, a positive review was not required.

A positive review does not guarantee that I endorse or recommend all publications by the authors/ and or publishers.

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