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November 24, 2013

EMMA OF AURORA by Jane Kirkpatrick

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The Change and Cherish Trilogy, 
based on a true story
Emma Wagner Giesy

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Change and Cherish Trilogy
 Books 1 to 3

Jane Kirkpatrick
Emma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish Trilogy
Published November 5th 2013
 by WaterBrook Press
(first published January 1st 2013)

(from Goodreads)
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When Emma’s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the 1850s Bethel, Missouri colony’s beloved leader, she finds new opportunities to pursue her dreams of independence. But as she clears a pathway West to her truest and deepest self, she discovers something she never expected: a yearning for the warm embrace of community.

A Tendering in the Storm
Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone and pregnant with her third child, struggling to keep her family secure in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory. As clouds of despair close in, she must decide whether to continue in her own waning strength or to humble herself and accept help from the very people she once so eagerly left behind.

A Mending at the Edge
As a mother, daughter, sister, and estranged wife, Emma struggles to find her place inside—and outside—the confines of her religious community. Emma reaches out to others on the fringe, searching for healing and purpose. By blending her unique talents with service to others, she creates renewed hope as she weaves together the threads of family, friends, and faith.

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Jane KirkpatrickIf you'd like more information about me, please come visit my website at and click on my blog. My dog also has a blog and you can find out what it's like to be Bodacious Bo, too. A monthly newsletter called Story Sparks is my way of sharing books about authors I enjoy as well as commenting on life and love. You'll find out more about me than you probably ever wanted to know!

One item not listed on my lists of books is my selection included in an anthology called "Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West" published by Houghton Mifflin I also have a piece in Storytellers II, a book published a few years ago by Multnomah Press and a few short selections in Daily Guideposts of a few years back. My first novella, "The Courting Quilt" is part of a collection that made the New York Times bestsellers September 2011 in a collection called Log Cabin Christmas. The rest of my writing, as they say, is history. Or it was until my first contemporary came out this fall. Called Barcelona Calling, it's the story of a writer who loses her way as she seeks fulfillment thinking she'll find it with fame. It's a laugh out loud book according to reviewers. I hope you'll enjoy it.
Jane Kirkpatrick has authored more than twenty books, including The Daughter’s Walk and Where Lilacs Still Bloom. A lively speaker, Kirkpatrick is a frequent keynote presenter for conferences, women's retreats, fund-raisers, and workshops.  Jane believes that our lives are the stories that others read first and she encourages groups to discover the power of their own stories to divinely heal and transform. She lives with her husband, Jerry, in Central Oregon.

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1850's, Emma was very outspoken which wasn't the normal for women back then.  This led to a problem with the loved colony leader in Bethel Missouri. She is determined to follow  her dreams of being an independent woman. Even though she is making her way West, there is something missing.  Something she never thought would matter.  A sense of community.

Emm  finds herself alome and pregnant with her third child. She was determined that the children would be raised on her terms.  Now she is alone with another baby on the way.  She struggled to keep her little family safe in the remote Washintgon Territory.  She was in a fog of despair, not knowing if she should continue even in her weakened state or ask help from the very ones she had walked away from.

Emma finds herself struggling to find her niche  again. Right now being a mother,  daughter, sister and estranged wife, she needs to find her place within the warmth off her religious community.  Emma finds that there are others on the edge just like her.  She goes to them seeking a purpose for all of them.  She takes her talents and with new hope she brings together the torn binds of friends, family and of course,  faith.

I loved the book since it was a trilogy all in one book.  When one story w as done, you didn't have to go hunt down the next book.  It is within a page.  I also liked the fact that it was about a real person. The author slowed the story down when she wanted the focus to be on Emma's thoughts and feelings.  Emma was trying hard to listen to God and how he was trying to lead her life and be a good mother and wife. I'm glad it didn't move at a fast pace.  The slower pace allowed the reader time to look into the characters and try to understand their feelings. It felt that the Ms. Kirkpatrick wrote about Emma's life, this not being a romance or love story. The author described detailed struggles and daily problems the community encountered every day.  This community didn't seem to be the good, faithful, loving community of God that a reader may have a picture of. There was just something there that didn't feel like the grace of God. This was a historical fiction book, which I felt contained a lit of truth.If you like historical fiction with  adventure slipped in along with one woman's strength to go on, then this is the book for you.  It is quite long with the three stories in one volume. but well worth the

I would give this book a 5 MINT review.

I was given a complimentary copy of EMMA OF AURORA by Jane Kirkpatrick from BloggingforBooks/Multnomah  for my uncompensated independent review.

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