A Light in the Wilderness

A Light in the Wilderness Letitia holds nothing 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 wo

Letitia holds nothing 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 herLetitia holds nothing 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.Based on a true story.

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  1. Kirkpatrick brings us a story of one woman s restoration from personal grief to the meaning of community.

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  1. I new well enough when I started Letitia s story it would be sadI was right but the journey was well worth it These three women named Letitia, Nancy and Betsy completely define courage and most of all hope in the most trying of times This read personifies friendship, love and fortitude A most memorable read.


  2. I have rather mixed feelings about Kirkpatrick s novel On the one hand I enjoyed the historicalness of it Following the settlers journey from Missouri to Oregon, I couldn t even imagine making a trip like that under such primitive conditions Learning about how slavery was trying to come to an end and how the word freedom still had little meaning for people of color in 1800 s American History is abundantly filled with a shameful past sadly to say On the other hand I thought the story felt rather [...]


  3. The story of Letitia Carson is a fictional characterization of a freed slave whose story is beautifully told in rich detail Her life story is heartrending, but her strength and faith kept her moving forward through hard times and overwhelming obstacles Her common law husband, Davey Carson, was supportive and yet not available to her in times of need Belittled and harassed by those she traveled with from Missouri to Oregon, Letitia kept to herself and her common law husband During their journey s [...]


  4. This novel is based on the life of a real woman, Letitia Carson, a freed black woman, who traveled the Oregon Trail during the 1840 s along with her Irishman husband, Davey, to settle into Oregon Territory to make new lives for themselves and raise a family.Letitia holds the dear the papers that prove that she is no longer a slave, even though she cannot read them She agrees to go west with Davey, hoping that she will finally feel safe and will no longer have to prove herself to anyone, and be f [...]


  5. It s pre Civil War There s nothing treasured to a Negro than free papers Unless they get in the wrong hands or a hunter tears them up Letitia has these papers She plans to take these papers all the way to Oregon with her white husband Yep You read correctly.But sadly, it wasn t legal back then for mixed marriages All they can do is promise each other to take care of each other, keep each other safe I guess you could call this a love story, though I couldn t stand the man and doubted his love at [...]


  6. Some of the best historical fiction books are those based on true stories The author s note at the end of this amazing and astonishing story impressed me Jane Kirkpatrick surely knows how to tell a story and stick with the facts Letitia Carson is clearly the main character in this novel Her story is wrought with struggles and the unknown To be a black woman on the Oregon Trail would have been tough enough, but to be married to a white man surely made it even difficult Loneliness was a constant [...]


  7. This is like a 3.5 5 stars for me, but I rounded it up to 4 stars for the sake of Even though I found that this book was a little slow 1 3 of the way through it, I enjoyed it very much Jane Kirkpatrick does such a good job weaving the true events of these characters with her fictionalized version One thing I would advise is to read the author s note at the end after you ve finished the book It tells all about Letitia Carson and all the other characters One of the main things I loved about this [...]


  8. 3.5 Stars So, I picked up this book simply because I liked the cover I had no idea I was in store for a lesson in history The main character is an freed slave woman named Letitia Carson, who married an Irish immigrant and traveled the Oregon Trail in 1844 The first 25% or so of the book seemed extremely predictable and felt like watching a train wreck However, the book proved me to be very wrong It is a story of heroic women enduring racism, overcoming tragedies, and surviving the harshness of p [...]


  9. A Light in the Wilderness is an informative read, historical fiction based on a true story that will simply touch your heart This is the story of three strong women whose lives are woven together with unexpected events that changed their lives forever 1840 s Letitia is leaving Kentucky as a free woman, no longer a slave, and she has papers to prove it She is on her way to Missouri where she wouldn t have to be afraid any Good things happen to Letitia in Missouri She has earned money as a midwife [...]


  10. A Light in the Wilderness is a work of fiction based on the African American woman Letitia Carson who lived in the nineteenth century It is a very inspiring story and left me in awe of women who lived at that time firstly, and then Letitia herself, Black African in a time where many were still slaves and women did not have that many rights.Jane Kirkpatrick with the help of the research of others has taken the facts of Letitia and asked herself what may have been to put flesh and blood on Letitia [...]


  11. In A Light in the Wilderness, the reader is taken on a journey West along the Oregon Trail, experiencing the drama mainly from the eyes of a Letitia, a free, Black woman travelling with her White husband Letitia was a real person, but her narrative is fictionalized The author, Jane Kirkpatrick, includes notes, at the end, detailing the factual aspects of the book.Certainly, Kirkpatrick did her research I am no expert on the topic of American western expansion, but I feel like I know a little ab [...]


  12. This is historical fiction about a former slave now free moving west with her white husband The 1800 s and early 1900 s is one of my favorite settings for this particular genre, so I enjoyed the depiction of pioneer life However, some of this was 2 stars, some of it was 3 I settled on 3 because the latter half was gripping than the beginning So it was nice to end on a good note I liked the MC Her trials and triumphs were heartfelt The other characters were a nice mix between the benevolent and [...]


  13. American history is full of things that we can celebrate and things that we can mourn This book has a bit of both to it Letitia and Nancy are both especially powerful characters that on some level I think that everyone can connect to There were times where I felt their frustration, wiped away my own tears and shook my head over just how brave, strong and amazing these women were In some ways, I think that they inspired me to keep going, no matter how hard things get.


  14. Great read Historical fiction based on a true story This story was about three women and their journey on the Oregan trail The main character Letitia was a freed slave that moved west looking for a better life She married a Irish immigrant and had 2 children The author did a great job giving the reader a glimpse of what life was like during that time period I look forward to reading books by this author.


  15. Great Story to Share During Black History Month and True She could be a victim, or she could fight for the rights only white men enjoyed under 19th Century law Letitia Carson, a freed slave, decided not to put up and shut up Her story is all the remarkable because it really happened The list of nonfiction books and journals that assisted Kirkpatrick s understanding of Letitia fill up several pages A common theme is the Struggle for Civil Rights There s Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race i [...]


  16. A Light in the Wilderness is available at PWPLS as a book discussion kit with 10 regular print copies and 1 book discussion guide notebook packaged together The discussion guide notebook contains an author biography, a summary, further readings, and discussion questions.We also have the regular print book by itself, the large print book, and the eBook.Click here to find the book kit at the Prince William Public Library System.Click here to find the book at the Prince William Public Library Syste [...]


  17. An Amazing Story of Resilience A Light In The WildernessCover ArtI 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 heroine, [...]


  18. Title A Light in the WildernessAuthor Jane KirkpatrickPages 320Year 2014Publisher Revell Light WildernesAn awesome and simply moving tale that weaves fiction with historical facts about a colored woman named Letitia Readers will follow her travels from Missouri to Oregon before it became a state Letitia travels as the only colored woman married to a white man, though known only to a couple of people because at that time it was illegal Most people in the wagon train Letitia and David Carson trav [...]


  19. About the Book Letitia holds nothing 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 know [...]


  20. Jane Kirkpatrick in her new book A Light In The Wilderness published by Revell Books brings us into the life of Letitia.From the Back Cover Three very different women One dangerous journey And a future that seems just out of reach.Letitia holds nothing dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave They may not cause most 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 Carso [...]


  21. Based on the life of a real black woman who followed the Oregon Trail, A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick is a tale of injustice and the pursuit of freedom As with other works by the author, this one follows closely to history, even as far as the crazy laws governing the territories, the states, and even the country Blacks could not legally marry whites, they could not testify against a white, and they could not, for a time, even legally live in the Oregon territory It is encouraging [...]


  22. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.This was one of those books that didn t turn out to be what I expected, but turned out to be an amazing story.I immediately fell in love with Letitia the very first time she was introduced in this story I woman who has lost her entire family, finally a free woman in the heart of slave country She has obstacles at every single turn and has to fight for everything she has She owns exactly one thing in her life, a cow named Charity Let [...]


  23. When I was invited by the publisher to read this book via an offer from NetGalley, I only hesitated for a second I m a sucker for historical fiction, set in the US in the 1800 s Add a beautiful cover and an intriguing blurb and I am game.That said, had this not been based on a true story, I probably would have stopped set it aside, rolling my eyes at the story of a freed slave marrying a white Irish immigrant and setting off with him across the country, where along the way they meet and commune [...]


  24. A free woman didn t have to face forward to know she headed in the right direction LetitiaIn 1842 in the state of Kentucky Letitia is now a free black woman after her slave owner gave the necessary paper to Letitia right before his death proving her freedom and now travelling with the son to the state of Oregon that is fighting to become one of the United States Letitia must still cope with people who believe freeing slaves is not righteous and treat her in the same manner as before until one pe [...]


  25. I have said it before, and I will say it again Jane Kirkpatrick s historical fiction never disappoints A careful and detailed researcher as well as gifted writer, Jane shares eloquently the story of an African American, freed slave woman named Letitia The only one of her people travelling with a wagon train headed for Oregon.However, Jane is also skilled at sharing multi layered stories in her works, and here she also shares the lives and experiences of two other women Nancy Hawkins, a woman who [...]


  26. I love this book cover The book cover portrays so much From the solid yellow tones, the the grasses underfoot and even the hands holding the skirts and basket So much is told from these images In recent years a trend seems to be of a crop before showing a face and I love that, especially in examples such as this because it allows the imagination so much .Often in this genre, Christian Historical Fiction, I find that one book is on a particular character and then a trilogy is made with each seque [...]


  27. A Light in the Wilderness was quite an adventure to read I felt like I was brought back in time with these amazingly strong women and journeyed with them to the Oregon territory in search of a new beginning.Letitia is a strong woman, freed from the bounds of slavery by her owner and striving to make it on her own in a world that doesn t yet accept her The kindness of a stranger turns to a partnership which eventually turns to marriage and love They keep their union a secret as bi racial marriage [...]


  28. I am not rating this book because I feel maybe I didn t give it a fair chance, what I read wasn t bad at all, but when I get irritated by certain things, my mind sort of shuts out anything else on the pages This review is basically a gripe because I have had than enough.I am so sick and tired of black people in books being described as being the blackest things you can think of I highly doubt Letitia was as black as the black keys on a piano, if she was, then perhaps somebody should actually sh [...]


  29. 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 [...]


  30. Thanks to the publisher, Revell, via NetGalley, for the digital copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.The talented Jane Kirkpatrick did a ton of research to write this historical fiction novel It s based on a true story set in the mid 1800 s about Letitia Carson, a former slave living in Missouri who had been given papers indicating she was a free woman She falls in love with a white man and decides to accompany him to Oregon where she believed she would be treated like a free woma [...]


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