A Clearing In The Wild by Jane Kirkpatrick

In 1851 life at the Bethel Colony in Missouri was truly communal. All the money that was earned was used by everyone. Food was harvested and shared by the entire community. No one lacked for food, shelter, or clothing. But seventeen year old Emma Wagner was not happy with the whole situation. She wanted to stand out; she didn’t want to look and acts like everyone else. She wanted to be an individual. It drove her crazy that woman’s opinion weren’t valued because she had a lot to say. The colony’s leader Father Keil led their religious group with a controlling hand. After Emma married 37 year old Christian Giesy, they and a group of others from the colony headed from Missouri to Oregon in search of a place to start a new colony. This is the story of Emma following her heart, her love, and God to a new life that she never expected she would be living.

At the end of the book the author listed the historical facts that were used for creation of this work of historical fiction. She had a lot of facts to use and she made them work well in the story. The one thing that she made up was the way Emma Wagner was and how she reacted. She did a great job of making her headstrong and feisty but still very likable. This book shows the hardships early Americans had trying to find a place to live, build a house, and also be able to provide food. It was interesting learning about the Bethel Colony. I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end.

This is the first book in Jane Kirkpatrick's Change and Cherish Historical Series. You can read an excerpt here. Emma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish Trilogy includes all three books in the series, which are: A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, and A Mending at the Edge.

I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah and Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

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