A Light in the Wilderness  -     By: Jane Kirkpatrick
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A Light in the Wilderness

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800722310
ISBN-13: 9780800722319
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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.

Author Bio

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 www.jkbooks.com.

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  1. St Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Free but not free
    October 20, 2014
    vjones
    St Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I was really intrigued by this book and the history behind it. The story was based on the life of a black woman who was free. Yet having to live on a daily basis with the prejudices and hatred toward blacks, her freedom was truly limited.

    Lettie received no respect and very few women were willing to be friends with her. She constantly feared that she would be forced into slavery. She lived with a white man as his wife. Marriage between a black woman and white man was against the law. But even her relationship with Davey was very complicated. And his attitudes were equally frustrating as they mirrored many of the prejudices of the day. I had a hard time feeling anything but annoyed with Dave.

    I enjoyed this book for the historical aspects. It wasnt necessarily a fast moving book. But it was worth the read just to get a better understanding of what many black men and women must have had to experience during the 1840s. And it was a reminder that just passing a law prohibiting slavery did not necessarily allow for freedom.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Great history based on a true story.
    October 14, 2014
    Rachael Merritt
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A Light in the Wilderness had some great history in it. It makes one realize that freedom for the slaves was long in coming...even after they were "declared" free, they still weren't actually free. People still sought to send them back into slavery, treated them horribly, killed them with just one accusation, and treated them as second rate citizens.

    I truly fell in love with Letitia! She always seemed to make the best of her situation, no matter what it was. I loved that she found a friend in Nancy as well. Letitia's character seemed so real. She was easy to love and I felt a great connection with her.

    Davey I found elusive. There were many things about him that I didn't understand. He seemed so easily to leave for periods of time, so not to give spoilers, i will just say there was just so much about his character that remained a mystery.

    The history and the fact this was based on a true story makes it easy for me to recommend this read. It really opened my eyes to what it must have been like to be " free" yet not exactly free. She was free in Christ, though. The story is very well written, and I enjoyed it. I give it three and a half stars, and I really do recommend this read. There is much to learn here.

    I received this book through bookfun.org for my honest opinion which I have given.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    What an incredible book based on a true story.
    October 8, 2014
    T Cramer
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The story and characters were absolutely captivating. A Light in the Wilderness follows the perspective of three different women during the 1800s. The first is a former slave, Leticia, granted her freedom by her owner prior to his death. Her story is not easy, but her heart is kind and loving. The second is Nancy Hawkins, the wife of a doctor, Zachary Hawkins. Nancy is a wonderful mother, loving wife, and loyal friend. The final woman is Betsy (her English name), a Kalapuya woman in Oregon country. Betsy is doing her best to train her grandson, Little Shoot, in the ways of their people.

    If you enjoy historical fiction, especially on the Oregon Trail, you will love this book. The author, Jane Kirkpatrick, does an excellent job of bringing all the characters to life. Im giving the book 5 stars because it is so absolutely captivating and it tells an inspiring story of real friendship, courage, and love.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Jane Has Done It Again...
    October 8, 2014
    Tamara Wilkins
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Well, Jane Kirkpatrick has done it again. She has taken me to another time, another place, and introduced me to new friends in her latest novel, 'A Light in the Wilderness'. I felt like I was really taking the journey with the characters on the Oregon Trail, experiencing their trials and sharing their joy. The characters are believable and real. I cried, got frustrated, and smiled right along with them. I also enjoyed learning more about what the actual journey to Oregon entailed for the travelers. If you want to experience what life was like for those on the Oregon Trail, you will love Jane's book. I'm glad this is a part of my library now! I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
  5. VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Light in the Wilderness
    September 30, 2014
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A light in the Wilderness is based on a true story. I loved how Jane Kirkpatrick portrayed Letitia in this book. Letitia was a fascinating and strong woman who endured so much in her lifetime. I love reading the fictional account of her life and appreciated it even more when I read the author's note. She really did her research.

    I highly recommend this book. A great historical and I look forward to more by this author.

    5+ stars
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