Friday, September 2, 2016

Review: Emma of Aurora (Change and Cherish Historical #1-3) by Jane Kirkpatrick

The Change and Cherish trilogy, based on the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy, now available in one volume:

A Clearing in the Wild
When Emma’s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the 1850s Bethel, Missouri colony’s beloved leader, she finds new opportunities to pursue her dreams of independence. But as she clears a pathway West to her truest and deepest self, she discovers something she never expected: a yearning for the warm embrace of community.

A Tendering in the Storm
Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone and pregnant with her third child, struggling to keep her family secure in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory. As clouds of despair close in, she must decide whether to continue in her own waning strength or to humble herself and accept help from the very people she once so eagerly left behind.

A Mending at the Edge
As a mother, daughter, sister, and estranged wife, Emma struggles to find her place inside—and outside—the confines of her religious community. Emma reaches out to others on the fringe, searching for healing and purpose. By blending her unique talents with service to others, she creates renewed hope as she weaves together the threads of family, friends, and faith.


A Clearing in the Wild 
This was a very interesting story, more so once I realized it was based on a true story. At times it was hard to like it, because of the way Emma was treated, but at the same time I think that was true to the story. I liked seeing Emma mature and it was nice seeing how she handle herself during difficult times. I don't think this is a story everyone would enjoy, but I liked it enough to continue with the series. 

A Tendering in the Storm 
This story was a little different because the POV switches every chapter or two from Emma's and Louisa's. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like that, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit because I got to know Louisa more this way...and even understand why she is the way she is. There were some sad events and seeing how the people involved dealt with them was interesting. 

A Mending at the Edge 
A nice conclusion to the trilogy, though I thought it ended abruptly. Some of the things Emma did were annoying, but her behavior fit the circumstances in which she was so I can't complain too much about it. All in all, a good series that I enjoyed but not one I'd recommend to everyone. I think this is a series you have to have patience with to enjoy. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.

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Paperback: 1168 pages
Published: WaterBrook (November 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307732150
ISBN-13: 978-0307732156
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2.4 x 8.3 inches
Available to purchase: Amazon (Paperback) | Amazon (Kindle)


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