A Clearing in the Wild
by Jane Kirkpatrick
About this book
Young Emma Wagner chafes at the constraints of Bethel colony, an 1850s religious
community in Missouri that is determined to remain untainted by the concerns of
the world. A passionate and independent thinker, she resents the limitations
placed on women, who are expected to serve in quiet submission. In a community
where dissent of any form is discouraged, Emma finds it difficult to rein in her
tongue–and often doesn’t even try to do so, fueling the animosity between her
and the colony’s charismatic and increasingly autocratic leader, Wilhelm Keil.
Eventually Emma and her husband, Christian, are sent along with eight
other men to scout out a new location in the northwest where the Bethelites can
prepare to await “the last days.” Christian believes they’ve found the ideal
situation in Washington territory, but when Keil arrives with the rest of the
community, he rejects Christian’s choice in favor of moving to Oregon.
Emma pushes her husband to take this opportunity to break away from the
group, but her longed-for influence brings unexpected consequences. As she seeks
a refuge for her wounded faith, she learns that her passionate nature can be her
greatest strength–if she can harness it effectively.
My Thoughts on this book
Jane Kirkpatrick is a wonderful author of historical fiction. The setting here is an 1850s religious community in Missouri and some of the ideas and things taught were kind of strange to me. The characters were well created and the discription of events throughout the story were vivid and interesting. The plot is slow at times, so I got bored a few times, but I kept reading because I wanted to see what was happening next! I enjoyed the fact that this was taken from a true story, because for me it gives this story more meaning. This book has been around for a few years, but you will find it a very nice read. And especially if you enjoy historical fiction. I would recommend this book for a good, clean enjoyable and somewhat different read.
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