A Light in the Wilderness is based on a true story told with warmth and compassion that readers will find a few lessons in history about the Oregon Trail and its inhabitants. The cover art is the only thing I questioned after reading the physical description of Letitia being a dark as coal woman wondering if the woman on the cover is Nancy or Betsy. This historical drama is well worth the read and recommended for history buffs and book lovers of historical, drama, and the old west frontier genres.
I just finished reading A Light In the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick. I am interested in the great westward migration of our country through the Oregon Trail and inspired by the grit and courage of all who left so much behind to face the unknown. The journey exacted a toll on men, women and children of all ages. This alone usually gives me pause but consider the danger a free black woman making the trek with a white man. Our hero
A Light in the Wilderness is a gripping story, one that captivated me from the very beginning! Based on a true story, Jane Kirkpatrick breathes life into her characters and beckons the reader into their world. I loved the historical depth of the story and the palpable emotions of the characters. A Light in the Wilderness is a very compelling story and a recommended read for fans of historical fiction!
This book can fit in the YA genre, but it doesn’t have to be pigeonholed there. I’d feel as comfortable recommending A Light in the Wilderness to a young person as to an adult. I look forward to more from Kirkpatrick in the future.
A Light In The Wilderness***** by Jane Kirkpatrick A Light In The Wilderness takes place in Missouri in the 1800's where Letitia lives and struggles to make a living as a freed woman of color. Letitia may have her papers saying she is free but not everyone sees her that way and continue to treat her as a slave. Even so, Letitia has a kind heart, wants to be treated fairly and loved. Davy Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman, and Letitia “marry” even though it is illegal. Letitia feels she can actually trust Davy, but Davy has secrets that he keeps well hidden. Will these secrets tear them apart? Davy and Letitia move west to Oregon to make a better life for themselves. Oregon may be a free-state with no slaves, but there is still hatred and hostile feelings toward persons of color. There are many challenges and hardships Letitia faces in her lifetime. Much hatred, facing and overcoming fear and humiliation, learning to trust others and herself, all challenge Letitia. But she holds onto her dignity and is generous, kind hearted and forgives injustices preferring to hold onto the good, learns courage and her faith keeps her loving despite her challenging life. This is a remarkable story and even more remarkable as it is a true story. ~~I received a copy of this book from the Book Fun Network for my review~~