A Clearing in the Wild

A Clearing in the Wild

by Jane Kirkpatrick
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A Clearing in the Wild by Jane Kirkpatrick

The first book in the Change and Cherish trilogy from the CBA bestseller and WILLA Literary Award Winner, Jane Kirkpatrick.

Young Emma Wagner chafes at the constraints of Bethel colony, an 1850s religious community in Missouri that is determined to remain untainted by the concerns of the world. A passionate and independent thinker, she resents the limitations placed on women, who are expected to serve in quiet submission. In a community where dissent of any form is discouraged, Emma finds it difficult to rein in her tongue—and often doesn’t even try to do so, fueling the animosity between her and the colony’s charismatic and increasingly autocratic leader, Wilhelm Keil.

Eventually Emma and her husband, Christian, are sent along with eight other men to scout out a new location in the northwest where the Bethelites can prepare to await “the last days.” Christian believes they’ve found the ideal situation in Washington territory, but when Keil arrives with the rest of the community, he rejects Christian’s choice in favor of moving to Oregon.

Emma pushes her husband to take this opportunity to break away from the group, but her longed-for influence brings unexpected consequences. As she seeks a refuge for her wounded faith, she learns that her passionate nature can be her greatest strength—if she can harness it effectively.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786294190
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 03/21/2007
Series: Thorndike Christian Historical Fiction Ser.
Edition description: REV Large Print
Pages: 575
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning, best-selling author of more than thirty books, including A Name of Her Own and the acclaimed Kinship and Courage series. Jane is a winner of the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center and National Cowboy Hall of Fame. A licensed clinical social worker as well as an inspirational retreat leader and speaker, she lives with her husband on 160 acres in eastern Oregon. Visit Jane's website at www.jkbooks.com!

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Clearing in the Wild 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Excellent historical novel. It has a list of characters which was very helpful and a map of the travel west. Loved the strong female lead character. The story is based on a true story. I have already bought the two sequels. This book is great snd deserves an A++++++++
JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
I love Jane Kirkpatrick's books. A Clearing in the Wild is a great story with exceptional characters (I especially liked Emma). A tale of German pioneers searching for a new home and the many hardships they endured. Similar to Amish life, the community wants to get away from crowded Bethel, MO. and find a place where they can live their lives without others interference. Emma accompanies her scout leader husband in this long journey , she is having a hard time accepting the fact that women are to obey their husbands, raise their children, etc. She isn't in agreement with this belief. Kirkpatrick has written another wonderful novel, the plot is engaging. It really makes you appreciate the way we live today. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
renjac More than 1 year ago
I was a bit disappointed. The pacing was very slow and , the plot a bit  dull. The settings were interesting. The migration from Missouri to the Oregon Trail in the 1850s had great potential; and the heroine was devoted to her husband and her religion, but also thought for herself. I just wasn't into the book enough with her gradual coming-of-age, it felt like pretty standard reading fare, nothing special , so I got bored real fast,and had to skim to the end. I give this one a 3 star , average read. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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