Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick A REVIEW


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. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip readers' hearts and minds as they travel with Letitia on the dusty and dangerous Oregon trail into the boundless American West.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Revell (September 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800722310
ISBN-13: 978-0800722319
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

Jane is inter-nationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire.  Her works have appeared in more than 50 publications including  Decision, Private Pilot and Daily Guideposts.  Jane is the author of over 25 books including historical novels. Many of her titles are based on the lives of real people or incidents set authentically in the American West.  Her first novel, A Sweetness to the Soul, won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center.  Her works have been finalists for the Christy, Spur, Oregon Book Award, WILLA Literary Award and Reader’s Choice awards.  Several of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. 

  A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick is an O.K. story. It is full of history and interesting details.
  Letitia is an Africain American and she is a freed slave. She meets and married Davey, an Irish immigrant. So starts their adventures of moving West.  Many good and bad things happen on the way West, but they keep going.
  It was a nice story, but I didn’t find it overly interesting. To me it really seems like a sad story even though good things happened. I just would have liked Letitia be have been more trusting of her husband and more joy in her life.
  If you love history and stories of westward travel you will love this book. It was a book hard for me to read. I will though recommend you read it for the interesting details.

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I received my free copy from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 

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