Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"A Light in the Wilderness," by Jane Kirkpatrick

"A Light in the Wilderness," by Jane Kirkpatrick

Three very different women. One dangerous journey. And a future that seems just out of reach.
Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause most 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 and 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. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip your heart and mind as you travel on the dusty and dangerous Oregon Trail into the boundless American West. Based on a true story.

I kept saying, "that is so unfair," throughout this book, as Letitia had so many set back's throughout her life, in part because she was coloured and also because she was a woman.  Weaker women would have thrown in the towel and given up, but one thing Letitia had in spades was tenacity.  She also found positive things even when the chips were down.  I would have wanted to strangle Davey at some of the stupid things he did.

The friendship between Letitia, Nancy and Betsy was also lovely to read about; and what they learned from one another went above and beyond normal friendship.  What I didn't realize was that this book is based on a true story.  Make sure you read the author's note at the end, as you will find it interesting.  I found this to be a "meaty" book and one you wanted to savour, not rush through.  Lots of depth and substance in the pages.

Stars out of 5 : 5 I am a big fan of Jane Kirkpatrick's work and this didn't disappoint.  She brought all the characters to life with her descriptions.  I also appreciate how easy I have things compared to these ladies.  You had to be strong to survive their way of life.  Well worth the read especially if you enjoy pioneer stories set in the 1800's.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite booksel
ler from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


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