A Clearing in the Wild: A community searching for refuge, A woman finding her voice. The people of Bethel, Missouri, seek to live with simplicity and generosity, existing in the world of the 1850s but remaining set apart from its distractions and vanities. Rather than finding peace in this would be utopia, spirited young Emma Wagner chafes at the constraints of a culture that values conformity over independent thought, especially in women.
A Tendering in the Storm: A story of tender truths about a woman's desperate efforts to shelter her family. Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone and pregnant with her third child, struggling to keep her family secure in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory. With loss and disappointment as her fuel, she kindles a fire that soon threatens to consume her, making a series of poor choices that take her into dangerous relationships. As clouds of despair close in, she must decide whether to continue in her own waning strength or to humble herself and accept help from the very people she once so eagerly left behind.
A Mending at the Edge: "Of all the things I left in Willapa, hope is what I missed the most." So begins this story of one woman's restoration from personal grief to the meaning of community. Based on the life of German American Emma Wagner Giesy, the only woman sent to the Oregon Territory in the 1850s to help found a command society, award winning author Jane Kirkpatrick shows how landscape, relationships, spirituality and artistry poignantly reflect a woman's desire to weave a unique and meaningful legacy from the threads of an ordinary life. While set in the historical past, it's a story for our own time answering the question: Can threads of an isolated life weave a legacy of purpose in community?
PAMMER HERE: All three of these books are based on a true story. It amazes me how Ms. Kirkpatrick can take a historical story and weave it into such an interesting story that you don't want to put it down. I noticed someone called her writing lyrical and I would have to agree. I love history, but I daresay, because of Ms. Kirckpatricks vivid portrayal, I am more interested in that particular time period and the behind the scenes type of look into the building of our great country.
WIN A FREE COPY and see for yourself how beautifully woven this story is. I am giving away a free copy of A Mending at the Edge. I will draw from all the posts left in my blog comments this week and announce the winner next Saturday, May 3, 2008. Leave me your email address in such a format pamngreg (at) sbcglobal (dot) net so that I can reach you but those nasty little spiders can't sweep up your addy. :D