Review: a Light in the Wilderness

A Light in the WildernessTitle: A Light in the Wilderness

Author: Jane Kirkpatrick


Pages: 320

ISBN: 978-0-8007-2231-9

Genre: FICT, Historical

Short Book Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

At first I didn’t really think that the book would be that interesting, but as I got further into the story, I couldn’t put it down.

I haven’t read a lot of novels where the main character was an African-American and it was a good change. I have loved reading about the slavery era since I was first introduced to it quite a few years ago, although I have to admit that it does make me blood boil in anger.

Letitia, a freed slave, is probably the strongest female character that I have read about this year. She inspired me in so many ways. She never gave up for what she thought was right even after being forced to leave her home and watch everything that she ever owned get taken away from under her feet.

This book spans over quite a number of years and the plot was well thought out to span over that amount of time.

I hope Jane Kirkpatrick decides to write more stories of this era, with African women as the lead character. This book comes second in my favorite books on this subject, the first being Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I recommend both of these books to anyone who wants a blunt story of what really happened to slaves and how they were treated.

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Posted on September 8, 2014, in FICT, Historical and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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