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.
Based on a true story.
A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick is a wonderful mix of historical and Christian fiction – and it’s all based on a true story. For me, it is a tale of strength – the strength of three women who, though very different, had very similar struggles.
I really loved the characters in the book. They come vividly to life under Jane Kirkpatrick’s pen and you can’t help but feel their disappointments, their triumphs, and root for them all from beginning to end. As I said above, the three women are all different and the author does a great job of keeping them well-rounded, giving them characteristics that keeps them unique and therefore, more real. And, these women are tough. We should all be thankful for the strong women in history – we might not be where we are today without them!
This book is an adventure from the first page until the last. While not always a pretty story, it’s always inspiring. Forgiveness and friendship are at the forefront for me, but there is some romance peppered in there, too. I’ve never read a book by this author before, but she definitely has a fan in me now.
*I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review*