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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book Review~Emma of Aurora

Emma of Aurora, by Jane Kirkpatrick, is the complete Change and Cherish Trilogy.  It includes three full novels: A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, and A Mending at the Edge.  A few years ago, I had the pleasure of  reading the first book in the series, A Clearing in the Wild.  It was a wonderful story, and I knew I had to read the rest of the series!

Just to refresh my memory, I started at the beginning and read all three novels. The series  is based on a true story, and is set in the mid to late 1800s, beginning in Missouri.  Emma Wagner is a feisty young woman, full of life and looking forward to the future ahead of her.  She lives in a religious community under the lead of Father Keil. When Father Keil decides the community needs to move out west, Emma manages to convince him to let her go with the men that are scouting out the territory. 

Harsh travelling conditions and a new marriage are just a few of the many struggles Emma must deal with.  Throughout the three novels, we watch Emma's life unfold, as she learns what is worth fighting for, and what is most important in her life. 

Emma of Aurora is one of the best series I have ever read.  I love the Northwest, and the author provides such beautiful descriptions of the land.  I felt like I really knew Emma, and enjoyed her outspoken ways in a time when women were not meant to stand up for what they believed.  She went through such tragedy, and I felt such deep emotions as I read. 

Emma of Aurora is 1153 pages long.  That might sound intimidating, but don't worry-you won't want to put it down.  Along with the three novels are a Cast of Characters, a Map, Author's Notes and Acknowledgements, a Reader's Guide, The Aurora Colony Articles of Agreement 1867, and a Glossary of German and Chinook Words. 

*Disclosure: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

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