A Light in the Wilderness  -     By: Jane Kirkpatrick
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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Arlington, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    LETITIA - TRULY GOD'S LIGHT IN THE WILDERNESS
    September 27, 2014
    barbjan10
    Arlington, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Light in the Wilderness - eBook.
    Jane Kirkpatrick is a phenomenal writer to pen such fiction from truth into a beautiful work of art. This truth is stranger than fiction novel takes place during the 1800s, following a harrowing wagon train venture from Missouri to Oregon. A personal note here I am well acquainted with the areas of Oregon Ms. Kirkpatrick wrote about, which brought visual enjoyment during my reading.

    Letitia is a strong black woman, full of wisdom and dreams. Her dream of freedom from the buckles of slavery is ongoing, even though she received her papers of freedom in Kentucky. Frankly, prejudice against the color of ones skin is abhorrent to me Ive never understood slavery. Letitia will not be stopped! The reader will discover immediately that this courageous young woman turns the other cheek to adversity and faces life with everything within her.

    Recently, I read in an interview with Jane Kirkpatrick that the wedding scene between Letitia (Tish) and Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant, had to be discreet and meaningful considering they were breaking the law. The wedding was sweet and joyful, even a bit of humorous relief when a Jewish peddler happened upon the scene, including stomping on the glass as is done in Jewish weddings. This is one of my favorite scenes. Davey was kind to Tish, although he was of a male mind of that time period. Soon after, a thorn begins in Tishs side when Daveys grown son appears in the picture, jealous, hateful, and prejudiced. He does not stick around long when he decides to take another route to Oregon. Another constant thorn in her side is Greenberry Smith, mean spirited and murderous, intent on making Tishs life miserable. Tish wants Davey to draw up a paper willing his property to her and her children should he become deceased. He is reluctant because he does not know how to read and write, a fact he keeps to himself. He finally comes up with something that appeases Tish for the time being.

    Among the characters is the dearly loved milking cow Charity that Tish owns, in whom she can safely confide, and does so many times. Tish is pregnant when the trek to Oregon begins. She is mid-wife to many, but alone when her baby daughter Martha is born. The children love her as she entertains them with great stories. Her closest friend is Nancy Hawkins, a quilter who treasures the loom made for her by her husband. The determination and inner strength of the women on the wagon train amazes meI can scarcely comprehend their depth.

    It is difficult to be succinct about this beautiful story. One of the impractical events that occurred was when Davey inadvertently lost Tishs freedom papers and his document. Tish had hidden them in a flour barrel that Davey exchanged for a full barrel. But Tish was to find out within time that the document Davey made up was of no value which she felt a betrayal on his part.

    Finally, Tish made it to Oregon City alone. Davey met her there after helping with other matters regarding the wagon train. Davey did not stay around much, as he got gold rush fever and headed to California several times. Settling in Oregon reveals much more Tish found joy in meeting a Kalapuya Indian woman named Betsy and her grandson. Davey and Tish had a baby son, Adam born around 1853. Davey, Jr. enters the picture again in Oregon, causing her frustration. Hardship is a daily word, but Letitias trust and faith in God were chiefly imperative to getting through each day. Letitias valor brought her through a lawsuit with a white man over her property. She was known as one of the first free black slaves to enter Oregon. I enjoyed Ms. Kirkpatricks novel because of the history and culture of the 1800s. This free child of God is definitely the Light in the Wilderness.

    Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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