Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Light in the Wilderness, Jane Kirkpatrick

The cover is enough to make you want to pick this book up for a read, but then the read itself is better than the cover. Letitia, a freed American slave, clings to the papers that declare her freedom. Though she can not read the words they are etched in her heart. This sliver of paper is her freedom, it is her proof that she belongs to no one. But that paper does not ease the battle of proving that she should be free. It does not stop the mistreatment, the misunderstanding, the rudeness and hardships she will face - but it reminds her that there is hope and something better. Stepping into a new life throws Letitia into a friendship with two other women from very different backgrounds with very different lives. On their individual journeys to new homes and new futures they find themselves bound together. All trying to settle the past and all trying to make a future. Suspicion, heartache, pain these things melt away as these women forge a friendship that will forever change their lives. Pick this book up, then pour yourself a glass of iced tea and curl up for a good read. This author has created a story that will draw you in. She has created characters so filled with life that they seem to leap from the pages and embrace you. As a reader the emotional thread of this novel will draw you in and you will contemplate the injustices and experience the grace. Get ready, get set, go - - - For an adventure of friendship, forgiveness, and coming to terms with the past in order to create a future. Thanks to the publisher - Revell for this review copy in exchange for my personal unbiased review of the book.

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