Emma 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.
I 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.
You 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!
A 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.