Friday, September 5, 2014

# A Light in the Wilderness # book review

Book Review: A Light in the Wilderness

Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read–as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him.

Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband that she knows she will follow him anywhere–even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.

Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for.

As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill.

American history is full of things that we can celebrate and things that we can mourn. This book has a bit of both to it. Letitia and Nancy are both especially powerful characters that on some level I think that everyone can connect to. There were times where I felt their frustration, wiped away my own tears and shook my head over just how brave, strong and amazing these women were. In some ways, I think that they inspired me to keep going, no matter how hard things get.


I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are my own.
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