Monday, April 21, 2008

Change and Cherish Series by Jane Kirkpatrick - Review

A Clearing in the Wild (Change and Cherish Historical Series #1)
by Jane Kirkpatrick
softcover, 2006, Waterbrook Press
ISBN: 1578567343
384 pgs.

Spirited young Emma Wagner chafes at the constraints of her 1850s religious community, which values conformity over independent thought, especially in women. Skeptical of the colony’s growing emphasis on preparing for “the last days,” Emma clashes with their increasingly autocratic leader—and faces the unexpected consequences of pursuing independence.

A Tendering in the Storm (Change and Cherish Historical Series #2)
by Jane Kirkpatrick
softcover, 2007, Waterbrook Press
ISBN: 1578567351
400 pgs.

This lyrical novel, based on an historical figure of the 1800s, follows the spirited and intelligent Emma Giesy, who achieves her goal of separating her family from the repressive religious community in which she grew up. But unexpected and dire consequences leave her family—and her faith—struggling to survive.

A Mending at the Edge (Change and Cherish Historical Series #3)
by Jane Kirkpatrick
softcover, 2008, Waterbrook Press
ISBN: 1578569796
416 pgs.

This richly textured novel, the third in the acclaimed Change and Cherish series, follows the historical figure of Emma Wagner Giesy, who chafes under the restrictions of her 1860s religious colony. When her bid to belong in her unique way unravels her most precious relationships, she seeks new ways to stitch meaning into her life.

Jane Kirkpatrick is the best-selling author of two nonfiction books and fourteen historical novels, including the popular Kinship and Courage series. Her award-winning writing has appeared in more than fifty publications, including Sports Afield and Decision. She’s won the coveted Western Heritage Wrangler Award, an honor shared by such writers as Larry McMurtry and Barbara Kingsolver. Jane is a licensed clinical social worker as well as an internationally recognized speaker. She and her husband, Jerry, ranch 160 acres in eastern Oregon .

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