Monday, September 8, 2014

A Light in the Wilderness: A Book Review

About The Book:

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.

You can read an excerpt of A Light in the Wilderness here, in PDF format

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

My Review:

I love it when a book draws you in from the very beginning and makes you think about the ramifications of the actions of characters and the situations that come up in a book. I also LOVE when a novel is based (however loosely) on real life events. Well, A Light in the Wilderness does exactly that! With a story line that will dig deep into your heart, and characters that you will fall in love with, this book is perfect for curling up with a cup of tea and cozy blanket on a cool fall evening. It is absolutely clear that Kirkpatrick is a historian and goes to great lengths in her research and writing to make her books as accurate as possible, and her characters are beautifully developed. I loved the various relationships and how they grow through the story. 

A masterpiece of a novel from a prolific historical fiction author!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase A Light In The Wilderness at your favorite Christian book retailer, from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Revell Reads Blogging Program and Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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