Monday, February 17, 2014

Emma of Aurora - Jane Kirkpatrick

About the book:

A Clearing in the Wild
When Emma’s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the 1850s Bethel, Missouri colony’s beloved leader, she finds new opportunities to pursue her dreams of independence. But as she clears a pathway West to her truest and deepest self, she discovers something she never expected: a yearning for the warm embrace of community.
A Tendering in the Storm
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. 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
As a mother, daughter, sister, and estranged wife, Emma struggles to find her place inside—and outside—the confines of her religious community. Emma reaches out to others on the fringe, searching for healing and purpose. By blending her unique talents with service to others, she creates renewed hope as she weaves together the threads of family, friends, and faith.

My thoughts:

Wow...I have to admit, when I received this book in the mail, I was a little surprised by the size of it! 1168 pages, but then I realized it was a 3-in-1!  I also have to admit...I don't think I've ever read a Jane Kirkpatrick book, but I was so taken with the blurbs on the back of the book that I decided to give them a try!

Working in a library, I've always heard what a great author Kirkpatrick is, her books tend to check out regularly.  With that said, I was not disappointed with these stories!  Super fast reads (despite the length), the stories flowed nicely and I didn't stumble through any of the reading.  I loved the time period when they took place, I always like to think I could have survived and thrived back then!

If you're looking for a great gift book, this may be the perfect choice.  If your plan to fly or travel while reading this, I would opt for the digital format!  I give this book 4 stars and think readers of historical fiction would really enjoy this!

**I received this book in exchange for my honest review**

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