Jane Kirkpatrick certainly has a way with retelling true stories.
I previously read and reviewed her Emma of Aurora Trilogy and this is just as wonderfully done!
It is difficult enough to write an accurate Historical novel but to write about real people and real events and do it with a fictional flair – well, that takes real skill!
The idea of freedom has intrigued people for centuries. It had inspired explorers and spurred on tired travelers and Jane has used that same fire to drive her re-telling of the story behind “A Light in the Wilderness”.
If all history books were so entertaining and heart-wrenching, maybe school children everywhere would have an easier time remembering the facts and figures and dates and events that fill History books.
It’s clear Jane has done her homework here. Yes, there are things that can not be known about these historical figures but Jane fills in those details in a way that rings absolutely true and serves to add to the story of their documented experiences.
Here is what Baker Publishing has to say about A Light in the Wilderness:
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.
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