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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Light In The Wilderness

 Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read–as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him.

Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband that she knows she will follow him anywhere–even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.

Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for.

As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill.

I have read several books by this author, and A Light In the Wilderness was my favorite.

This book was such an interesting read, touching on subject matter that was "taboo" for the time period. Books like this are the reason I am such a huge fan of historical fiction.

 Not only was I entertained and motivated to keep reading about such interesting characters, I learned something along the way!

Based on a true story, readers learn about Leticia Carson and the challenges she faced as an African American, and former slave set free in the 1800's. Using historical data and information, Jane fleshes out Leticia's story and makes history come alive in this book. I enjoyed every minute spent, reading this book. I highly recommend it!

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