Wednesday, December 26, 2012
In “A Clearing in the Wild” by Jane Kirkpatrick, we meet Emma Wagner and Christian Giesy. Emma and Christian are part of the German colony of Bethel, Missouri and have decided to marry but their leader will not allow it because Christian is an important recruiter for the colony. After having to wait they are finally able to marry but their marriage is not what they had hoped for. Christian is constantly being sent out and Emma is still living at home with her parents. When the leader decides to send scouts to Oregon to look for a new place to move the colony, Christian once again has to leave. Emma is able to convince the leader to allow her to go with her husband. They travel the Oregon Trail to find a new place to call home. Along the way the marriage is put to the test because Emma constantly doubts her husband. Once they arrive in Oregon the group faces many trials and must work hard to make the land ready for the people of Bethel. When the people finally do arrive the leader is disappointed in the land and the people begin to suffer because of the harsh conditions. Will the new colony survive?
This is the first book in the Change and Cherish series following the Giesy’s. It is based on a true story and Jane Kirkpatrick does a great job of telling the Giesy’s story. This is a story of hope and courage and love. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to visit the author’s website.