A Clearing in the Wild by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Young Emma Wagner seems to be born into controversy.
As a Bethelite woman she is expected to be content with a simple communal life where everyone dresses the same, individuality is frowned upon, and women are expected to keep silence. When Emma Sets her heart on marrying Christian Giesy despite the fact the leader of the colony opposes it, it doesn't take a lot of persuasion for him to agree to letting her accompany her new husband and a group of scouts on a mission to Oregon.
As their scouting mission progresses Emma begins to question the Bethelite leader and his ideas that women are little more than the servants of men. As she begins to find her voice in a male dominated society, she also starts to believe that God chooses individuals not communities, and that He made His creation to be unique and individual.
A Clearing in the Wild is absolutely inspiring!
Although she can be selfish and short sighted at times, Emma is a heroine. She follows the old German proverb " Begin to weave/God provides the thread". Even when things don't make sense she still "weaves", still leads as God guides her and provides the "thread".
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.
Jane Kirkpatrick is a best-selling, award-winning author whose previous historical novels include All Together in One Place and Christy Award finalist A Tendering in the Storm.
An international keynote speaker, she has earned regional and national
recognition for her stories based on the lives of actual people,
including the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Hall
of Fame. Jane is a Wisconsin native who since 1974 has lived in
Eastern Oregon, where she and her husband, Jerry, ranch 160 rugged
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