Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Review: A Light in the Wilderness by:Jane Kirkpatrick
About the Book:
Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read–as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him.
Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband that she knows she will follow him anywhere–even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.
Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for.
As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill.
Based on a true story.
About the Author:
Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the coveted 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 and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Many of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.
Letitia is happy to finally be holding freedom literally in her hands. Having earned her right to freedom, she is able to live a life all her own. But when an Irish immigrant cattleman, Davey Carson wants her to run away with him to the west, Letitia will have to take a chance in this situation.
Nancy Hawkins never wanted to leave her simple, settled life but for her husband she would do it in a heartbeat. Letitia and Nancy met in an unusual sort of way, Nancy needed a doctor and Letitia being a midwife two of them hit it off right away.
Kalapuya Indian, Betsy takes care of her grandson in the Williamette Valley in Oregon. With the ways of her people imbedded deep in her soul, she teaches her grandson the wisdom and ways of her people---their people.
These three women become life long friends as they face trial after trial in the American wilderness. With God as their leader they can get through anything they may face.
Jane Kirkpatrick is a down to earth author, that takes a true story and turns it into a masterpiece. I usually enjoy any of her writings because they are so raw and real. I hope she never stops writing because it is a joy to review her books!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.