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Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2009
Availability: In Stock
Series: Change & Cherish
to Shelter Her Family
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. With loss and disappointment as her fuel, she kindles a fire that soon threatens to consume her, making a series of poor choices that take her into dangerous relationships.
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.
Based on a True Story
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Although told chronologically and mostly from Emmas point of view, a great deal of perspective and flavor is added through journal pages of Louisa, the wife of the leader of the Christian community from which Emma is so desperate to escape. Her character and ponderings bring fullness to the story that could not have been added otherwise. In fact, all of the characters, even the minor ones, are well developed, and readers come to love those whom Emma loves and to despise the ones who treat her badly. Since most of the story is seen through Emmas eyes, readers feel her every hope and heartbreak, especially when she makes a horrible choice in a relationship without consulting God or the ones who love her. When she realizes that things have become worse and not better, all of her hopes fall to the bottom of her heart, and the readers hopes go along with hers.
The basic storyline is rather ironic, as the widowed Emma Giesy struggles to maintain independence from the close-knit Christian society she grew up in, all the while needing its help to survive. Foolishly, she chooses to try to take care of her family apart from her community, and she ends up making a desperate choice that leads her and her loved ones into a horrible relationship and more danger than they ever knew before. Eventually, she has to go back to the very people (and God) she has been running from and learn how to receive help.
Emma is a marvelously complex character. She is stubborn, independent, and embittered by her husbands death, yet incredibly loving and caring toward her children. The other characters in the book create an even more diverse and rich atmosphere, especially Louisa. Hers is the only viewpoint other than Emmas shown in the book, and she gives opinions and examples that put a much different light upon Emmas. And, though they often disagree, Louisa proves to be an inspiration and a safe haven for the widow and her family. Emmas in-laws, though not as deeply explored as some of the other characters, serve as clear examples of why she wanted to escape from the colony and, at the same time, why she needs it so much. Finally, Emmas oldest son Andy innocently shows the uncomplicated consequences of the choices made by Emma and the colony, both good and bad.
It is easy to believe that the characters in this book were once real people; they are complex and beautifully crafted. Jane Kirkpatrick did an excellent job bringing them back to life and recreating the world they lived in. However, Emma experiences a lot of discouragement, and unprepared readers will find themselves becoming depressed right along with her, so real are the circumstances. This story is not meant to entertain readers who want to escape their reality; it is for those who wish to understand it. Kate R. Miller, Christian Book Previews.com
By Jane Kirkpatrick
"A Clearing in the Wild is a joy to read....It satisfies on every level."
Historical Novels Review
"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
"In A Tendering in the Storm, Jane Kirkpatrick continues the story of the tensions between the individual and the community that is at the core of the communal experience. The voices of Emma Giesy and Louisa Keil offer personal and passionate perspectives of these often conflicting views. Kirkpatrick presents a historically based and emotionally charged account of challenges, change, and charity."
James J. Kopp, Communal Historian, Aurora Colony Historical Society Board of Directors, and the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission
"A Tendering in the Storm is one of Jane Kirkpatricks most compelling novels yetand thats saying something! With her skilled and lyrical writing, Kirkpatrick brings to vivid life the beauty and severity of pioneer living, a complex provocative villain, and a story that grabs the reader and wont let go. But most of all, Emma Giesy emerges as a remarkable heroine: appealing and vulnerable, but possessing tenacious courage and true strength. This book kept me turning pages far into the night!"
Cindy Swanson, online reviewer and radio host
"Jane Kirkpatricks riveting history of Emma Wagner Giesy holds up an antique mirror whereby we may regard ourselves today. Kirkpatrick s intuitive, effulgent prose leads us from our self-possessed age to the nineteenth century where we participate through Emma in an emerging civilization. Kirkpatrick tears away the proscenium, allowing us to experience Emmas firm opinions, ravaging losses, fathomless grief. Emmas life teaches us that without community we lose synergy, love, protectionand perhaps even God. Yet without a strong sense of self, we have no convictions, no dreamsno sehnsucht (to borrow Emmas word) and therefore, nothing to contribute. In seeing ourselves through this true, fictional rendering of a real life, perhaps we can find the courage to grow and the wisdom to learn."
Dorothy Allred Solomon, author of In My Fathers House; Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk: Growing Up in Polygamy; Daughter of the Saints; and Sisterhood
"Once again Jane Kirkpatrick's attention to historic detail brings the hardscrabble existence of the Willapa 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,
Time Enough Books, Ilwaco, WA.
"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 Kirkpatricks impressive research on this true character reveals many realities of one womans 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 todays world: womens rights, child custody, property rights, domestic violence, and religious freedom. Bravo!"
Susan G. Butruille, author of Womens Voices from the Oregon Trail and Womens Voices from the Western
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Roberta Hanna4 Stars Out Of 5April 17, 2009Roberta HannaEmma Giesy is a modern woman, or, perhaps representative of any woman who not only deeply loves her husband, but also realizes that she is a separate person in her own right. Growing as she matures and faces loss and poor decisions, she develops to a new maturity both emotionally and spiritually. Historically accurate, this book continues in the author's careful style.
Janis Armstrong5 Stars Out Of 5March 13, 2009Janis ArmstrongI loved this second book of the series as much as the first. I was completely absorbed in Emma's life and couldn't wait to turn the pages and find out more. I also liked that the historical details were delicately placed to add spice rather than bog down the story.
Cheri Clay5 Stars Out Of 5October 31, 2007Cheri ClayYou may find yourself just as I did routing for Emma in this page turner but humbled as she was to learn lifes hard lessons and to depend upon the kindness of the very ones she considered her enemies. Multiple lessons for us all are woven within the pages of this novel, the biggest being the lesson of giving and receiving which we all must learn. The second book in the series author Jane Kirkpatrick has done an awesome job of bringing history alive. I truly like the extras included especially the interview with the author that explains so much more of the background. I highly recommend placing this one on your must read list!
Jennifer Dineen5 Stars Out Of 5August 15, 2007Jennifer DineenJane Kirkpatrick is one of my favorite authors. A Tendering In The Storm is captivating; her descriptive writing style brings the life & times of her characters into plain view for her readers.
Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 8, 2007Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleA Tendering in the Storm is a must-read for historical fiction lovers. If you want insight into the hardships from the 19th century pioneers who left everything to move west hoping for a better life, then you'll love this story. If you find oppressive religious groups intriguing, you'll want to check this story out. If you'd like to reflect on how few rights women had in the mid-1860s then this is the book for you! To quote a cliche, We've come a long way, baby! After finding the author's bio and reading that she is a certified social worker, I now see where she got her insight for this book. No dysfunction is easy to understand. All people are complex. But there are certain truths that exist in human nature and the author insightfully captured them all. Her illumination of the human heart and certain domestic issues is superb. I can't say what those issues are or I'll blow part of the storyline, but I will say that the subtly of how people are lured from their good senses--because of sometimes desperate situations--is expertly shown in this novel. I loved this story. It's real. It's deep. It's edgy...and it's not at all boring.