A Gathering of Finchesby Jane Kirkpatrick
Based on historical characters and events, A Gathering of Finches tells the story of a turn-of-the-century Oregon coastal couple and the consequences of their choices, as seen through the eyes of the wife, her sister, and her Indian maid. Along the way, the reader will discover reasons to trust that money and possessions can't buy happiness or forgiveness, nor permit… See more details below
Based on historical characters and events, A Gathering of Finches tells the story of a turn-of-the-century Oregon coastal couple and the consequences of their choices, as seen through the eyes of the wife, her sister, and her Indian maid. Along the way, the reader will discover reasons to trust that money and possessions can't buy happiness or forgiveness, nor permit us to escape the consequences of our choices. The story emphasizes the message that real meaning is found in the relationships we nurture and in living our lives in obedience to God.
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- The Crown Publishing Group
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Love staked against the storm, fed in a field of finches We’ve just read Jane Kirkpatrick’s A Gathering of Finches for our book group and it feels like a perfect book for us with lots to discuss. Genuine history combines with vivid characters, both sympathetic and flawed, creating a fascinating vision of early 1900s Oregon, from Portland to Bend and the coast. Sometimes it’s hard to believe these people were real—can human lives truly evolve with such well-drawn plot? But perhaps that’s the skill of the author, to select and know which details will draw the reader to follow the tale. Cassie has grown up with a chip on her shoulder, convinced whether rightly or wrongly that her parents really only cared for her sister. When disaster strikes, she takes it upon herself to save the family through marriage and embarks on what she hopes will be an exciting adventure, taking the train to the West. But women’s lives weren’t so adventurous back then. Time, health and politics intervene, leaving Cassie to misread the clues, and sending her off in search of love while those who love her stay sorrowing behind. No simple story this, Cassie’s not really a traitor or slave to love, and motherhood doesn’t come with a sticky label saying good or bad. Honesty can hurt as surely as it can heal. Relationships are complex enough to be stretched, torn, bent out of shape, and still hold true. The tragedies of Cassie’s missteps and ill health combine with hilarity in friendship and wild conversations. Exotic flowers bring beauty to forest and rain, and history blooms in the politics and towns of the Western US. San Francisco suffers its earthquake. Native American communities provide a background of wisdom and loss. And finally there’s the joy of decisions to love, taken freely with open eyes and honest recognition and appreciation. I don’t normally enjoy historical reads, but Jane Kirkpatrick has a talent for combining truth with imagination in truly beguiling plots filled with the scent of reality and the spice of lessons learned. I hope the rest of our group enjoys this book as much I did. Disclosure: I read this book for our local book group meeting, and yes, we live in Oregon.
What a fabulous book! I'm from this area and Kirkpatrick just nails the setting and the emotion of one of the fabulous fore-bearers of the Oregon coast. This book has been put on my all time favorites list for her ability to write a fictional account of a non-fiction topic. Check it out.
Fascinating character study. The main character has flaws and makes many poor choices. She is beautiful, wealthy, smart, loved by all, has many devoted friends, but she is also self-centered, shallow, selfish, an adulterer, and often sick. Based on a an actual historical fiqure, this novel is highly recommended. Excellent writing. This book deserves an A+++++++
I came from this area and my grandparents were friends of the Simpsons. The story is factual, entertaining, heartbreatking, and memorable. I definately recommend this book.