Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Light in the Wilderness By Jane Kirkpatrick

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.

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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. You can also read her work in more than fifty publications, including Decision, Private Pilot, and Daily Guideposts. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at

This story is about three very very different women.
It was slow to start but it picked up and got better midway into the book.
Jane's writing style is not like most authors, she makes you have to dig and think a lot.
I did like that this book was based on a true story. I love true stories.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful book Mary! Thanks for the great review!

  2. A Light in the Wilderness sounds like a very interesting story! Thanks for sharing, Mary!

  3. I would love to read this book. Historical fiction is one of the genres that I like! Thank you Mary for this review!

  4. I love Jane's books. I'm sure I'll enjoy this one too. Thanks for your review, Mary.

  5. Jane's book sounds wonderful and I think the title, A Light in the Wilderness, is a profound title. Thank you for sharing your great review, Mary!

  6. I haven't read anything by this author. Thanks for your review Mary!

    Judy B

  7. Looks like a nice book. I think I would really enjoy reading it.