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Sep 3, 2014
A Light in the WildernessA Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While reading through this I kept thinking how "real" the story was. Well researched and plausible, the characters fleshed out, with strengths and weaknesses, and understandable motivations. Then I read the epilogue and learned that it is based on a true story. Well. Duh.

Jane Kirkpatrick brings to life the story of Letitia Carson. Born a slave and later freed, Letitia navigates the unsettled landscape of pre-Civil War America. Moved from Kentucky to Missouri, she finds a place with Davey Carson. Together they make the trek westward to the Oregon Territory. At each point along the way, Letitia struggles to overcome not only physical hardship, but deep-seated prejudice. Yet she also finds friendship - and love - on the raw frontier.

Not a cozy read, this book takes us deeper into the growing pains of our nation. It also unleashes the hardships faced by women on the frontier. This is not a romance white-wash of the journey. This is gritty, sometimes ugly, but also inspiring as we watch the characters grow and change with the rugged countryside.

2 comments:

Jane Kirkpatrick said...

Thank you for this. It is a gritty story and yet so inspiring. I'm so pleased you mentioned both aspects. And your own words are beautifully written. I see a novel in your future if ot already! Jane

Pegg Thomas said...

Well... thank you! From your fingertips to God's ears. :)