"Of all the things I left in Willapa, hope is what I missed the most."
So begins this story of one woman's restoration from personal grief to the meaning of community. Based on the life of German-American Emma Wagner Giesy, the only woman sent to the Oregon Territory in the 1850s to help found a communal society, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick shows how landscape, relationships, spirituality and artistry poignantly reflect a woman's desire to weave a unique and meaningful legacy from the threads of an ordinary life. While set in the historical past, it's a story for our own time answering the question: Can threads of an isolated life weave a legacy of purpose in community?
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.23(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.87(d)|
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Highly recommended! Based on a strong inspiring pioneer. The series is wonderful. This is the third book in the series - make sure you read all in order! This book and series deserve an A+++++++
Good story, slow and detailed.
A Mending at the Edge, I now realize is a series beginning with A Clearing in the Wild and followed by A Tendering in the Storm. Although I read the last first, it did not detract from the story for the author has skillfully woven in the past events pertinent to this story. Set in 19th century Oregon, the story is based on the true life of a woman named Emma who finds herself estranged from an abusive husband and living in a commune that both restricts and protects her. I loved Emma¿s independence, her strong will, and her compassionate heart, seen often in the story, but I especially liked how she befriended the other woman who came into the commune for a short time with her children. She, too, had the heart of a lioness, the strength of will to overcome that which she could not change, one being her dwarfism, and to bear it all without complaining. A woman¿s lot in Emma¿s day would be unthinkable to most women today and many of us would not, if shoved back into those times of female oppression, be able, as Emma did, to carve out a life of our own. Eunice Boeve, author of Ride a Shadowed Trail
Emma Wagner Giesy left hope in Missouri along with an abusive spouse and disapproving parents to bring her two preadolescent daughters to a safe environs in Aurora, Oregon Territory. Her supportive uncle brought her other two to safety. However, so far Brother Keil has not approved a house for the Giesy brood. This has increased Emma¿s despair that she desperately tries to conceal from her four children.------------ As Brother Keil stalls letting a separated woman settle down without a man to protect her and her children, new arrivals flood the community. Emma¿s faith in the Lord sending her to this new religious commune is the right thing for her and her offspring is all that keeps her going.-------------- The third Aurora mid nineteenth century tale (see A CLEARING IN THE WILD and A TENDERING IN THE STORM) is a superb historical that stars a strong heroine whose spiritual beliefs keep her from giving up to the despondence that engulfs her. However, MENDING AT THE EDGE is much more as Emma (the author says was a real person) begins to participate with others in the community coming out of her self-imposed isolationism. Readers will appreciate her journey to belong as Jane Kirkpatrick provides a profound Americana tale that showcases people trying to live their dreams.-------- Harriet Klausner