One of my favorite reads last year was Nancy E. Turner's These is My Words, and I recently spent my first few post-partum weeks finishing her Sarah Prine trilogy. While her first novel spanned a couple of decades and followed young Sarah's journey through adulthood, the next two take place within a relatively brief period of time.
The conclusion of Sarah's story comes in The Star Garden. Many of the conflicts from Sarah's Quilt continue, and some other interesting subplots are introduced, such as when Sarah attends a term of college. There is also a new love in Sarah's life, and the developing romance faces some serious obstacles -- both external and internal. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the other two. There were some character inconsistencies that bothered me, and the ending was pretty bittersweet. But, I have to say that the conclusion very much felt like real life -- not necessarily the joyously happy ending you might want, but good enough to work with. While it wasn't my favorite of the three, it was still very well-written and definitely worth reading.
Taken together, this makes for one of the best series I've ever read, with some unforgettable drama and inspiring characters. I just might have to take a look at what else Nancy E. Turner has written!