Emma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish Trilogy: A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, A Mending at the Edge / Combined volume - eBook  -     By: Jane Kirkpatrick
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Emma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish Trilogy: A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, A Mending at the Edge / Combined volume - eBook

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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9780307732163
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The Change and Cherish trilogy, based on the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy, now available in one volume:
 
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.

Author Bio

Jane Kirkpatrick has authored more than twenty books, including The Daughter’s Walk and Where Lilacs Still Bloom. A lively speaker, Kirkpatrick is a frequent keynote presenter for conferences, women's retreats, fund-raisers, and workshops.  Jane believes that our lives are the stories that others read first and she encourages groups to discover the power of their own stories to divinely heal and transform. She lives with her husband, Jerry, in Central Oregon.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Clearing in theWild

"A Clearing in theWild is Jane Kirkpatrick at her finest.The story is quickly paced and engaging from the first to the last. One of the most difficult tasks for a writer—and Kirkpatrick’s specialty—is to contemplate the lives of real people and to re-create a believable episode in those lives that is accurate yet interesting, to both inform and entertain. The dialog sings masterfully with perfect tone, building characters and pushing the story line in succinct phrasing that never overstates. Emma Wagner Giesy’s story feels as genuine as if she herself were telling it."
—NANCY E. TURNER, author of Sarah’s Quilt and TheWater and the Blood

"Jane Kirkpatrick has done it again! A Clearing in the Wild introduces us to a feisty young heroine who, by her determination, ingenuity, and faith, helps to create a home and a life in the wilderness. Readers are sure to fall in love with Emma as she weaves the story of her life, creating a pioneer tapestry and leaving us anticipating the next layer of her inspirational story."
—RANDALL PLATT, author of Honor Bright and The Likes of Me

"Through her careful research, Jane Kirkpatrick has captured the trials of those who are determined to settle a land that does not easily yield to civilization. She has brought to life another woman in our history whose faith, strength, and commitment is a testament to not only the pioneer spirit but the human spirit as well. Thank you, Ms. Kirkpatrick, for not allowing Emma Wagner Giesy to languish in obscurity."
—KARLA K. NELSON, owner of Time Enough Books in Ilwaco, Washington

"Emma Wagner Giesy is brave, willful, and beautiful, and A Clearing in the Wild brings her to life without for a moment sacrificing her complexity. Kirkpatrick compels us to think again, and deeply, about the needs of the body, soul, and mind; and in these pages she proves once again that she is a gifted chronicler of the lives of women in theWest."
—MOLLY GLOSS, author of The Jump-Off Creek and Wild Life

Praise for A Tendering in the Storm

"Jane Kirkpatrick again proves herself to be one of the finest writers working in historical fiction today. With A Tendering in the Storm, Kirkpatrick applies her usual meticulous research and rich period detail to give readers a wonderful story with strong, unforgettable characters. Beautifully and thoughtfully written as always, this novel will capture your attention, your imagination, and your heart."
—B. J. HOFF, author of the Mountain Song Legacy and An Emerald Ballad

"Once again Jane Kirkpatrick’s attention to historic detail brings the hardscrabble existence of theWillapa Bay pioneers to life. In A Tendering in the Storm, Emma Wagner Giesy struggles with choices she makes in response to great tragedy. With rigid honesty, Kirkpatrick shows the consequences of these choices and how Emma regains her strength through love, trust, and sacrifice."
—KARLA K. NELSON, owner of Time Enough Books in Ilwaco, Washington

"The title A Tendering in the Storm keenly expresses the continuing story of the intrepid Emma Wagner Giesy as she struggles between the comfort and security of her religious community and self-reliance in the midst of tumult. Jane Kirkpatrick’s impressive research on this true character reveals many realities of one woman’s efforts to carve out a life for herself and her children on the burgeoning frontier of Washington Territory. In her engaging style rich with metaphor and imagery, the author explores issues still relevant in today’s world: women’s rights, child custody, property rights, domestic violence, and religious freedom. Bravo!"
—SUSAN G. BUTRUILLE, author of Women’s Voices from the Oregon Trail and Women’s Voices from theWestern Frontier

Praise for A Mending at the Edge

"I love when a book illuminates a small slice of history that has relevance to our lives today—even better when it does so with interesting characters and a compelling story. Emma Giesy is a woman with flaws and attributes we all can relate to and whose journey is one that easily could have taken place today."
—JUDITH PELLA, best-selling author of the Daughters of Fortune series

"Jane has a gift for breathing simple beauty into the lives of remarkable historical women characters. In A Mending at the Edge, Emma comes off the page and shows readers an unforgettable picture of a very unique Oregon community."
—ROBIN JONES GUNN, author of the best-selling Glenbrooke series and the Christy Award–winning Sisterchicks novels

"Jane Kirkpatrick’s knack for stitching history and fiction together is as skillful as the quilts she writes about in the Change and Cherish Historical Series. A Mending at the Edge is a satisfying ending to an absorbing series that manages to stay true to the past while relating remarkably well to today’s modern women."
—TINA ANN FORKNER, author of Ruby Among Us

"In A Mending at the Edge, Jane Kirkpatrick completes the literary quilt of the Emma Wagner Giesy trilogy, piecing together the historical fabric of Emma’s personal story with that of the Aurora Colony. Emma’s efforts to find a house—and a home—in this communal society in Oregon once again reflect the conflict of individual and community needs represented in Kirkpatrick’s earlier two works in the Change and Cherish Historical Series. Based on a solid historical framework of the Aurora Colony and the broader social, political, and cultural landscape of the 1860s, Kirkpatrick offers a story of hope and achievement that captures the spirit of giving, sharing, and receiving central to ’mending’ within a communal settlement."
—JAMES J. KOPP, communal historian and board member of the Aurora Colony Historical Society

"Jane Kirkpatrick artfully weaves this story for us, rather like Emma and the women of Oregon’s Aurora Colony weave together their quilted existence as well as their personal quilting projects. Her masterful placement of the fresh-turned phrase and the graceful metaphor enriches this captivating and yet disquieting story of mid-nineteenth-century pioneer women whose lives are so very different from ours—or are they?"
—SARAH BYRN RICKMAN, author of Nancy Love and theWASP Ferry Pilots of WorldWar II, The Originals, and Flight from Fear

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  1. beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    emma trilogy review
    March 28, 2014
    beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    "Emma of Aurora" by Jane Kirkpatrick is the combined volume of the trilogy of the novels: A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, A Mending at the Edge. As is Kirkpatrick's usual there is a feminist flavor in the Emma trilogy. And as usual, I like it. Emma lives with her family in a commune "cult" of sorts. A German Colony. They are Christians but as with most cults they really worship their leader, Wilhem, and he uses this worship to benefit himself. Emma falls in love with Christian, the number two leader in this group. Christians job is to go out and get converts. Not just any converts. The kind that will benefit the group and therefore, their leader. Christian is a bit on the wimpy side, but as they say, 'love is blind'. The three stories are combined in this volume to follow the saga of Emma and her opinionated yet intelligent ways. Emma leaves the colony and the series follows her as she grows in her faith and matures.

    I always like Kirkpatrick. I have never read a bad one yet. I like how not only is she historical fiction, but shows the struggle of women in time. She shows it, they struggle, overcome, and yet is held true to their time. I recommend all women read Kirkpatrick, if not for entertainment, but at least for gratitude that they have been born in the era that we have. A-. I received this book in exchange for a review from Blogging for Books.
  2. Janet Albertson
    Johnstown, CO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical fiction set in Pacific NW in mid1800s
    February 6, 2014
    Janet Albertson
    Johnstown, CO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I received Emma of Aurora as a Kindle book. It is written by Jane Kirkpatrick and is actually three books in one. Included is A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, and A Mending at the Edge. It is historical fiction about the founding of Aurora Colony in Oregon.

    This is an intensely interesting tale of Emma, one of the most headstrong and independent thinkers in Wilhelm Keil's German Christian Community. The story begins in the 1850s in Bethel, Missouri where Wilhelm believes his people are becoming too influenced by the people around them. He decides they need to move the entire colony to a new site in the Pacific Northwest. Wilhelm, as the colony leader, controls almost everything in the people's lives, and everyone works toward the common good, rather than owning anything. He chose scouts to travel to the Northwest to discover a perfect place for the colony to relocate. Emma was married to one of the scouts, Christian Giesy. Wilhelm, who was not in favor of their marriage, kept them apart from each other much of their early married life, sending Christian on missions here and there. When Christian was going to be sent so far away, for such a long time, Emma insisted that she also go along. The first book is mostly about the trials of the trail and the finding of, what the scouts believed, was a perfect location for the colony at Willapa, Washington. They found out that the very large trees took very long to cut down to make houses, so that when the first wave of Bethel immigrants got there, there were only a couple of houses ready for them. The rainy weather was also very disheartening, and Wilhelm railed against the scouts for their decision to build there. He blamed Emma for their choice. Wilhelm took most of the people on with him to Oregon where he bought land and called it Aurora Mills after his favorite daughter. Emma and her husband's family stayed on in Willapa for several years.

    The second book is split between Willapa and Aurora with chapters from Wilhelm's wife, Louisa's point of view in Aurora, and Emma's continuing story in Willapa. Emma's husband drowns tragically and in her grief, she makes disastrous decisions for her family. In the end, she moves to Aurora and rejoins the faith community there.

    The third book chronicles her attempts to become accepted, heal, and give to others. The leader has the power to crush her spirit by taking her boys away from her, but she learns to make the best of the situation and find ways to bless others who are hurting. Emma's struggle is between being independent and yet needing others. Perhaps each reader can relate to that in their own lives. At the end, she has come to peace with herself and the community she lives in.

    This trilogy is very true to history, though of course where the history was not known, Jane Kirkpatrick's imagination comes in. At the end of each book, she gives credit to the old Aurora Colony Historical Museum for all the information, documents, artifacts, etc. that made the story true to life. There is a glossary of German words and expressions that is helpful for understanding the language used occasionally in the book. Each book starts with a map of the areas, and a listing of the characters and their relationships. I found the author's notes and acknowledgments very interesting, as she told what was fact, and what she had added to the story.

    I enjoyed reading these books because I am a fan of historical fiction. However, there are 1168 pages in the trilogy! It takes a while to read the whole thing. WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers and Edelweiss provided me with a complimentary e-copy of this book for review purposes.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  3. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 18, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Clearing in the Wild

    When Emma's outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the 1850's 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 Review:

    The biggest appeal of this novel trilogy was that it was based on a real person. I already love Kirkpatrick's writing, but this trilogy was everything I expected - and more. I did notice that none of the books in the trilogy moved quickly, because Kirkpatrick focused on Emma's thoughts, and Emma's feelings while trying to follow God's leading in her life and being a good wife. I typically don't care for stories that move along slowly, but when it comes to true stories, I will plow through the slow parts.

    The characters and plots were well developed, and the story reads very accurately for the time period. I felt the writing was more on Emma's life as a whole, not specifically a romance or love story. The religious community in the wild Oregon territory had my attention with the constant struggles and difficulties they continually faced. I would say it leaned more towards a cult than than what a good church should be like, but I leave that to each reader's interpretation. I recommend this trilogy to anyone who enjoys historical fiction that is based on a true story.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
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