A Light in the Wilderness
Last updated 1/16/2016 at 12:26pm
by Jane Kirkpatrick
Revell, Baker Publishing Group
Softcover 320 pages
This is the story of three women-Letitia, a freed slave, Nancy, who leaves the life she loves to follow her husband to the West Coast, and Betsy, a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of the proud tribe in the Willamette Valley.
I like this book because it tells the incredible story of these three women who went through life on a treacherous west-bound journey by wagon train. This is based on a true story.
Jane Kirkpatrick has written several books which are well-researched and give as accurate a picture of the time period portrayed. A New York Times 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.
A reporter once asked Kirkpatrick what business did she have writing about Indians when she wasn't one. She told this to a tribal historian and he was thoughtful for a moment and then said. "You didn't write about an Indian woman. You wrote a story of a strong woman who happened to be an Indian."
Wow, what an answer!
The book includes an interview with the author as well as a study guide for group study.
This is a book that once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down. Read and enjoy.