If you've never read any of the "Change and Cherish" series by Jane Kirkpatrick, I insist you run out to the bookstore or the library and get started with the first book, A Clearing in the Wild. I love the freshness of this unique, historical series and the fact that it isn't the same as all the other dozens of historical Christian series out there. Kirkpatrick wrote the series based on a true story and her main character, Emma Giesy was a very real woman who made a huge dent in history.
A Mending at the Edge is the third book in the "Change and Cherish" series and again follows German-American Emma Giesy through difficult, trying, and extremely emotional times. She was the only woman that set off into the Oregon territory in the late 19th century, basically to begin her own society, which she is constantly succeeding at, though failure seems to loom above her every second. This is a real glimpse into our American history and allows the reader to not only fall in love with the characters, but learn something about ourselves as well.
The writing is lovely; very descriptive and real, and I enjoyed the unique glossary of terms Kirkpatrick added in the back. It was nice to be able to flip back there to see what some of the German words used meant...very helpful! The author's note was also very informative, allowing more of the facts to come through after reading the story. All of the books in the series contain a cast of characters and maps of the area, which is also quite helpful in keeping all the information straight.
If you are going to pick up one historical series this year, let it be the Change and Cherish series by Jane Kirkpatrick. I thoroughly enjoyed all three books and felt good about learning more about our country's history as I read an entertaining story. These are excellent novels by a truly talented author and I plan to pick up more of her works as soon as I can!
This Sunday night I'll be giving away a copy of A Mending at the Edge. Just leave a comment on this post and I'll enter your name!