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Saturday, January 18, 2014Emma of Aurora The Complete Change the maps Saturday, January 18, 2014Emma of Aurora The Complete Change Cherish Trilogy by Jane Kirkpatrick, 2013I first noticed when opening the book, how the pages lay flat on the table without having to hold them down The new binding for this omnibus edition allows the spine to bend and will keep the pages together without separating Set any three novels together, and you are going to have a two inch book Since I like detail, I liked the cast of characters pages telling who everyone was the maps with the route they took in the mid 1800s from Bethel, Missouri, to Willapa Bay area of Washington Territory, parting to Aurora Mills in Oregon Territory and especially the depth of the author s research Emma Giesy was a strong pioneer woman.I like historical fiction because of the facts and woven in connector to what is unknown Based on a true story, issues of today aren t much different nor are they new Relationships, compromise, striking out on your own and finding you indeed do need others and God Emma Giesy is very outspoken, willful, wanting to be different, and not cast in the same dye as the others in her community at least, not spoken out loud Emma is at odds with the leader of their religious community, Dr Wilhelm Keil She finally is allowed to journey West with her husband and other scouts, to secure a new community settlement far from the encroaching influence near Bethel from those around them A visible drawback was the difficulty for such a small group to build homes for so many in the colony to follow A contributor to dissension within, Emma paves her own way, leaving behind turbulence, so she thinks When the first part of the Bethany group joins them, the leader determines it is not sufficient for their needs, and moves them yet again Emma struggles to stay within these confines and sets out again, to separate herself and her family from the strict adherence.How much becomes again tradition This is how we have always done it Following man, or God Anew with Biblical direction, not man s knowledge alone, frees limiting constraints Emma had the right idea but stubbornly adhered to her own way, rather than considering the caring of others When her attitude changed, she found not all were against her, but wanting to be a part Shaping from teenager, marriage, children, and loss, to her middle age, Emma reflected truth in a clearer way by following God In this way, her viewpoint changed in helping others beyond self imposed needs By working together they were able to form community that coexisted, rather than separating values and tenets of faith.As this is a real story of a real life, reflecting struggles and change, it can t be glamorized or changed for the outcome Her life was what it was I like the writings of Jane Kirkpatrick because she looks into the people s hearts She brings forth women I would never have heard of in history class in school Determination and goal oriented, going her way for the first time, Emma does finally figure it out She does need others to walk alongside and the Lord to guide her.I especially liked the journaling as Emma viewed her thoughts It brought you in closer to her inner reflections and feelings, contributing in turn to her decision making Each chapter has a heading of the content I also liked Louisa s Dr Wilhelm Keil s wife views and humor as she placed her thoughts in her diary Forgiveness and moving forward to repair a breech are necessary to bring continuity These three novels are well written following their days.Emma Wagner Giesy, who lived in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and our own contemporary longings to be known, to be loved, to find meaning despite life s trials Through exploration of our longings, we are freed to live full, community integrated lives and to discover how fortunate we are to have gifts enough to give away author Jane Kirkpatrick, 747.Emma Wagner Giesy was the only woman sent west from Missouri with nine male scouts to find a new home for their 1850s German American religious community What they eventually establish is the only successful utopian colony to survive forthan twenty years west of the Mississippi A Clearing in the Wild Book 1 was a finalist for the WILLA Literary Award for Historical Fiction A Tendering in the Storm won the WILLA Literary Award A companion book, Aurora An American Experience in Quilt, Community and Craft, provides a history told through quilts and crafts of the actual colony in Oregon.Aurora Colony 1856 1883 , a National Historic Site.The Giesy House, later the Kraus House, is now part of the Old Aurora Colony Museum Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah blogging for Books for sending me a copy of Emma of Aurora This review was written in my own words No other compensation was received The Change and Cherish trilogy A Clearing in the Wild , A Tendering in the Storm , A Mending at the Edge based on the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy, now available in one volume Seeat waterbrookmultnomah.com catalog.php w [[ Free E-pub ]] ☛ Emma of Aurora ⇨ 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 s 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 The Change and Cherish Trilogy based on the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy A Clearing in the Wild When Emma s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the beloved leader of her 1850s Bethel, Missouri, colony, she finds new opportunities to purse her dream 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.In 1850 at Bethel Missouri, we meet Emma Wagner a you The Change and Cherish Trilogy based on the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy A Clearing in the Wild When Emma s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the beloved leader of her 1850s Bethel, Missouri, colony, she finds new opportunities to purse her dream 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.In 1850 at Bethel Missouri, we meet Emma Wagner a young feisty 17 year old Emma is in love and will stop a nothing to be married to Christian Giesy, a man nearly 20 years her senior The leader of the Bethel religious colony is dead set against this marriage but with Emma s cunning ways and reverse psychology , she becomes Emma Giesy This marriage is not what Emma had hoped for as her new husband is off about country doing the business of the colony Her hopes of being a wife and a mother are on hold for quite some time as her happiness takes second place to the needs of the colony.Through additional manipulation and cunning, Emma again convinces the Bethel Colony leader to allow her to accompany a group of men headed west to find new lands for the colony The dreams of a young bride are soon dashed by the hardships of the trip and her hidden pregnancy The endless amount of work to eek out a living in the harsh wilderness is overwhelming As further members of the community make their way west to the new lands, harsh disappointment and criticism is visited on the small group by the Colony leader thus separating the colony by distance, though not by leadership 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 left behind This book just broke my heart Finally Emma and Christian seem to have found some semblance of happiness and the future is beginning to look brighter than it has for quite some time when suddenly and without warning, Christian is killed and Emma is left alone Shortly after his death, Emma now finds herself pregnant with their third child Her anger at Christian for a time consumes her and she refuses help from anyone including God In time, Emma receives a proposal from Jack Giesy For the sake of her children, she agrees to the marriage This is a big mistake as Jack is abusive and controlling 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 other 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 treads of family, friends, and faith.Emma has escaped the controlling and abusive Jack Giesy and is back to the suppressive religious colony She finds that there arelike her in the colony and she reaches out to them as she struggles to reconcile with the colony for her not so good choices and to find her way and place amongst them I do have to say that I was a bit overwhelmed when the book arrived I was not expecting the sheer size of it nearly 1200 pages While I do like having the next book in a series there when I finish one, I have to say that the size of the book made it difficult to sit back relax and read It was not comfortable at all That being said, I truly did enjoy this book At times, I wished it had moved a bit faster, but in retrospect, it was necessary due to the huge amount of information we are given about a real life character.To learnabout the Author Jane Kirkpatrick, visit her website at of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Reviews of this book were posted at the following locations , Barnes Noble, Deeper Shopping, Goodreads, and to be featured on my blog at Originally published as three separate novels, Jane Kirkpatrick s Emma of Aurora contains the stories A Clearing in the Wild, The Tendering Storm, and A Mending at the Edge It covers roughly twenty years of Emma Wagner Giesy s life through marriage, widowhood, and remarriage from Missouri to Washington to Oregon Beginning while there were only rumbles of the impending Civil War, it describes the uprooting and transfer of one of America ssuccessful utopian societies the religious soci Originally published as three separate novels, Jane Kirkpatrick s Emma of Aurora contains the stories A Clearing in the Wild, The Tendering Storm, and A Mending at the Edge It covers roughly twenty years of Emma Wagner Giesy s life through marriage, widowhood, and remarriage from Missouri to Washington to Oregon Beginning while there were only rumbles of the impending Civil War, it describes the uprooting and transfer of one of America ssuccessful utopian societies the religious society to which Emma belongs and her rejection and embracing of this good but faulty group of believers Emma changes and grows remarkably through the book, but given that it spans roughly twenty years, she ought to A Clearing in the Wild begins with 17 year old Emma starting off in marriage with a man only a year younger than her own father I did not care for her at first Emma is yet immature and prone to vanity and manipulation, though her grievances with the leader of their colony are understandable The journey and settlement force her to make decisions, not just manipulate her way into getting what she wants, granting her a bitmaturity and wisdom Emma learns to think unselfishly for herself and take others into account and do what is best for them However, she is loathe to accept help, and her stubborn and headstrong ways never leave her, though she learns to temper them The most spiritual growth occurs in A Mending at the Edge, where she really learns to lean on God and work for Him, not just herself Kirkpatrick does an excellent job at Emma s voice it starts out petulant and with all the self centeredness of youth, but the voice gradually maturesandthrough each story It never sounds like she was replaced by a different character her voice remains true, but it is an older, wiser voice at the end The Tendering Storm introduces us to Louisa Keil s point of view, as well as maintaining Emma s, though it is back to purely Emma s for A Mending at the Edge I appreciated Louisa a bitas the story went on she truly is a good woman, believing in her husband, struggling with doubts, and ultimately wanting to help others I am not sure her point of view is imperative to the story, but she shows usof a woman s traditional role in the religious society and gives us a rounder view of Keil, rather than forcing us to solely rely on Emma s jaundiced opinion of him There are many, many, good lessons in this book, so I will try to be brief and highlight only a couple I really appreciate how the author emphasizes the importance of standing by one s husband in A Clearing in the Wild Emma is not very good at it at first, being rather manipulative and selfish, but she learns to support him, respect him, and encourage him to be the man God created him to be, a servant of the Lord, not of man Additionally, Kirkpatrick has a lot of good thoughts on community, reaching out, making people s lives better than one s own, and learning to accept help Kirkpatrick reiterates through the book the importance of studying God s word for oneself, and not depending solely on one s pastor or another fallible human to declare what is truth The religious society highlights what a difference there is between believing in God, as so many of them do, and having a relationship with God which so many of them do not Like so many utopian societies, the religious colony does many things right, but yet is far, far from perfect Kirkpatrick looks closely at both the positives and negatives, painting a fair picture of their utopian society she has achieved an excellent balance in representing the community Of the three parts, A Clearing in the Wild appeals most to my romantic side, though I like Emma herself better in the later stories Following immediately after it, The Tendering Storm is action filled and the most suspenseful Though it is by far the slowest of the three, A Mending at the Edge evoked the most emotion All three have worthy lessons to learn, and together they provide a thorough picture of just how far Emma comes in the course of a couple decades Given that very little time passes between stories, these three fit well as a single book a long but excellent saga Since it is based on a real woman s life, not everything ties up perfectly by the end, and some things are bittersweet, but it is still a stimulating and satisfying read 5 stars I received a free e copy of this novel from Blogging for Books I was not required to make it positive, and all opinions are my own By the time a couple finishes the first round of premarital counseling, most are willing to admit that marriage requires, and affects, personal change All will affirm that marriage involves cherishing and being cherished However, only after the rings are exchanged, the threshold crossed and the first dinner bloopers endured, does light dawn on the truth that these aspects of marriage are not only true, they are nonnegotiable and they are mutually dependent Jane Kirkpatrick s trilogy, Emma of By the time a couple finishes the first round of premarital counseling, most are willing to admit that marriage requires, and affects, personal change All will affirm that marriage involves cherishing and being cherished However, only after the rings are exchanged, the threshold crossed and the first dinner bloopers endured, does light dawn on the truth that these aspects of marriage are not only true, they are nonnegotiable and they are mutually dependent Jane Kirkpatrick s trilogy, Emma of Aurora, The Change and Cherish Trilogy, is a fascinating, didactic work of historical fiction In her remarkably accurate account of the life of Emma Wagner Giesy, Kirkpatrick quietly unveils the perils, the promises, the possibilities and the purpose of marriage Emma Wagner Giesy s life was fraught with perils She had a strong mind and a ferocious sense of independence Neither bode well for her in the ultra conservative, communal Christian colony in Bethel, Missouri, where she grew up She fell in love with Christian Giesy, during a Christmas morning church service in 1851, as she studied him across the isle dividing male and female worshipers Her subsequent marriage to Heir Keil s right hand man, immediately set her at odds with the colony s undisputed leader Tension simmered as Emma worked to manipulate the men in her life to respect her wishes, something unheard of in the patriarchal colony But she wonbattles than she lost and eventually found herself the lone woman accompanying her husband and a small group of scouts westward to find a new homestead for the growing Bethel colony Perils of loneliness, physical pain, rejection and exhaustion assaulted Christian and Emma s marriage I watched as Emma and Christian changed, almost imperceptibly, learning to cherish each other in spite of their differences God s promises prevailed over and over in this true, rich story Kirkpatrick uses Emma s voice to recall Scripture frequently Familiar Biblical texts became Emma s lifeline when her husband seemed distant and unfeeling At the same time, Emma and Christian s vows to each other endured continuous refining fire, but emerged stronger.At risk of giving away Emma s darkest, most transformational peril revealed in Book 2, I ll simply tell you that through Emma s story, Kirkpatrick helps the reader to understand God s promise, All things work together for the good of those who love Him , often requires that we believe, With God all things are possible.Finally, Kirkpatrick s uses Emma s story to show the purpose of marriage God designed the union of man and woman in marriage to be unlike any other relationship The aggravating truth of our stark differences can make marriage one of the most difficult relationships But it is through the pain of changing that we understand how much God cherishes us It is in learning to rest in our Father s love that we become able to accept the differences of others, gently accept God s changing us, and become able to cherish another human being This book is an excellent, unparalleled read Kirkpatrick develops vibrant, multi dimensional characters None is flawless and the reader s loyalty vacillates, even occasionally leaving the heroine The conclusion left me with a deeper self awareness It cultivated introspection, an attentiveness to the changes God longs to make in my own life At the same time, the book left me with peace, a confidence that I am cherished, even as I am changing Emma of Aurora is a historical fiction that is woven around the story of Emma Wagner Giesy, a real member of the Christian commune by Jane Kirkpatrick The book that I received was the complete Change and Cherish Trilogy containing the books A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, and A Mending at the Edge The book is 1163 pages long If you have the opportunity, I suggest reading it on a Kindle or other reader The book is heavy This was a great book that gives the reader an idea of Emma of Aurora is a historical fiction that is woven around the story of Emma Wagner Giesy, a real member of the Christian commune by Jane Kirkpatrick The book that I received was the complete Change and Cherish Trilogy containing the books A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, and A Mending at the Edge The book is 1163 pages long If you have the opportunity, I suggest reading it on a Kindle or other reader The book is heavy This was a great book that gives the reader an idea of what life was like in the mid 1800 s The book opens in Bethel, Missouri at a Christian colony The community lived separated from others so that they could live a fully committed life in service to God and others They live on a principle called the Diamond Rule, which ispowerful than the Golden Rule The Diamond Rule says that they should leave others lives better than theirs The Bethel Society was made up of mostly Germans and Swiss and was lead by their founder William Keil, who ruled with a heavy hand Women and men sat separately in church and women made very few decisions for themselves However, our main character, Emma, is a very independent thinker and loved to push the boundaries of what was proper for women of her time.The first book, A Clearing in the Wild, starts when Emma is a teenager It tells how she met and married her husband, Christian, and how with seven other men, they forged their way west to find a new place for the community to settle because they were fleeing the railroad and the influence of the outside world The new colony struggles with the weather, huge trees, few tools, and a lack of workers to make the community a liveable place before the others arrive from Bethel Emma struggles to raise her firstborn child with few resources.Book two, A Tendering in the Storm, opens with Emma and her family living in Washington Territory after some of the Bethel Colony arrives and finds Willapa insufficient for the new colony location William Keil takes the group and they move into the Oregon Territory and settle in Aurora Emma s husband, Christian, dies and, never one to take help from others, Emma struggles to raise her three children alone After a time, she marries her husband s cousin, Jack, a man who likes to draw and is fond of alcohol.In A Mending at the Edge, book three in the Change and Cherish trilogy, Emma struggles to find a place in the Aurora Colony, because she is still is as headstrong as ever While the colony continues to get new arrivals from the Bethel Colony, Emma is raising 4 children on her own She fights to get a house for her children and herself while many others have none When the colony decides that it would be best for Emma s sons to be raised with a man s influence, Emma starts taking in single women who are in need of refuge.I really enjoyed reading Emma of Aurora and it was madeenjoyable knowing that much of what I was reading actually happened I strongly recommend this book to teenagers and adults alike This book is definitely worth the manufacturer s retail price with the all three books in one volume Title Emma of Aurora The Complete Change Cherish Trilogy Author Jane Kirkpatrick www.jkbooks.com Pages 1168Year 11 2013Publisher Waterbrook PressLet me start by saying that discovering this author was one of the greatest finds in recent memory for me Jane writes historical fiction with heart, adventure and gripping action Along with those qualities, the characters also reflect what a life of faith might have looked like for a small community of Bethelites who desire to be separate fro Title Emma of Aurora The Complete Change Cherish Trilogy Author Jane Kirkpatrick www.jkbooks.com Pages 1168Year 11 2013Publisher Waterbrook PressLet me start by saying that discovering this author was one of the greatest finds in recent memory for me Jane writes historical fiction with heart, adventure and gripping action Along with those qualities, the characters also reflect what a life of faith might have looked like for a small community of Bethelites who desire to be separate from the world In this particular trilogy, beginning with the first novel, A Clearing in the Wild, a young woman named Emma wants to strike outside the bounds of communal living in order to go with her new husband and other scouts as they seek new land that is father away from the world During her adventures she learns a lot about herself, marriage and traveling in uncharted territories.The second book is titled, A Tendering in the Storm, continuing Emma s story to the delight of those who love historical fiction Emma is now parenting alone, which is hard enough, but what makes itdifficult is that she longs to raise her children her way Again, Emma is striking out to live beyond the boundaries or to put it another way to stretch her wings Emma is a strong willed woman, having discovered who she is and how to live without the support of her husband.In the final installment of the trilogy, A Mending at the Edge, Emma has decisions to make in order to be able to live life that is not always at odds with her new husband or community As discomfort closes in, Emma seeks to locate others who find themselves in the same place of life, which opens up for her a purpose that she hadn t perceived before.Jane Kirkpatrick paints a story of a real live person in a historical setting who isn t perfect, but as flawed as all other humans Emma was a flesh and blood woman who loved God and longed to live her life in a way that pleased God while discovering what her purpose in life was among other believers I think readers will appreciate the rich history of Emma and other characters, along with discovering a period of history Emma was just like all women who long to be available and of use to God, living her life serving others The other plus of this volume is being able to continue reading without waiting to locate the sequels as well as the author sharing with the audience from the start which characters were real and those who truly were fictitious.My rating is 5 stars.Disclosure of Material Connection I received one orof the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Other reviews can be read at Also follow me on Twitter lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at This book is good It is based on a true story about Emma Wagner Giesy I enjoyed reading it Because it is a series put into one very large book, I ll break up the review into the three separate books The first book A clearing in the wild, was a little difficult for me to get into It is about a girl named Emma who lives in a mostly German communal colony in the 1850 s in Missouri I found it a bit tedious at first because I didn t fully understand why people would choose to live in this typ This book is good It is based on a true story about Emma Wagner Giesy I enjoyed reading it Because it is a series put into one very large book, I ll break up the review into the three separate books The first book A clearing in the wild, was a little difficult for me to get into It is about a girl named Emma who lives in a mostly German communal colony in the 1850 s in Missouri I found it a bit tedious at first because I didn t fully understand why people would choose to live in this type of setting Once I got into it, however, I enjoyed participating in Emma s journey west with the menfolk She is one of the first to blaze a trail to the west for her colony There are a few twists and turns and she is such a girl to me in that she has mood swings, she has thoughts that she speaks when she probably shouldn t, she does things for selfish reasons and she manipulates people I enjoyed getting to know her unconventional character The second book A tendering in the storm, was my favorite of the three books Just when you think Emma finally has her feet under her, she gets knocked down Like any good story, this one has a real climax She really struggles in Washington and tries her hardest to do what she deems best for her and her family only to realize that it is futile We watch her look within herself as she finds that she needs others in her life I enjoyed her turn from selfish girl to accepting woman The third book, A mending at the edge was my least favorite of the three books Emma takes charge of her life and she moves on to seek the help and comfort of colony ways I feel like I waited throughout the third book for something to happen and it never really did She tries to find her place within the colony but still struggles as she stands out She did change the course of how women were treated and she pushes the importance of women s place within the religious community, but it was so gradual that you could almost miss it I wanted her to do something daring, something amazing, but she never did I wanted an0ther climactic moment like the second book had had Unfortunately, that didn t happen Seeing as it is based on a true story, I can see that their maybe wasn t much to add that wouldn t be fictional She turned into a person who did what was right without looking for recognition or fame unlike the girl from the first book and I liked her transformation All in all, it was a good story If you view it as a whole and not three separate pieces it is rather amazing what this woman did It was interesting and it was fun to read Looking at the series as a whole, I rather liked it It is a good story about fighting for what you want and understanding your place in the world Other than carrying around a giant book which I didn t love , It was fun to read I have and would recommend this to others to read REVIEWA CLEARING IN THE WILD1850 s, Emma was very outspoken which wasn t the normal for women back then This led to a problem with the loved colony leader in Bethel Missouri She is determined to follow her dreams of being an independent woman Even though she is making her way West, there is something missing Something she never thought would matter A sense of community.A TENDERING IN THE STORMEmm finds herself alome and pregnant with her third child She was determined that the children wou REVIEWA CLEARING IN THE WILD1850 s, Emma was very outspoken which wasn t the normal for women back then This led to a problem with the loved colony leader in Bethel Missouri She is determined to follow her dreams of being an independent woman Even though she is making her way West, there is something missing Something she never thought would matter A sense of community.A TENDERING IN THE STORMEmm finds herself alome and pregnant with her third child She was determined that the children would be raised on her terms Now she is alone with another baby on the way She struggled to keep her little family safe in the remote Washintgon Territory She was in a fog of despair, not knowing if she should continue even in her weakened state or ask help from the very ones she had walked away from.A MENDING AT THE EDGEEmma finds herself struggling to find her niche again Right now being a mother, daughter, sister and estranged wife, she needs to find her place within the warmth off her religious community Emma finds that there are others on the edge just like her She goes to them seeking a purpose for all of them She takes her talents and with new hope she brings together the torn binds of friends, family and of course, faith.MY OUTLOOKI loved the book since it was a trilogy all in one book When one story w as done, you didn t have to go hunt down the next book It is within a page I also liked the fact that it was about a real person The author slowed the story down when she wanted the focus to be on Emma s thoughts and feelings Emma was trying hard to listen to God and how he was trying to lead her life and be a good mother and wife I m glad it didn t move at a fast pace The slower pace allowed the reader time to look into the characters and try to understand their feelings It felt that the Ms Kirkpatrick wrote about Emma s life, this not being a romance or love story The author described detailed struggles and daily problems the community encountered every day This community didn t seem to be the good, faithful, loving community of God that a reader may have a picture of There was just something there that didn t feel like the grace of God This was a historical fiction book, which I felt contained a lit of truth.If you like historical fiction with adventure slipped in along with one woman s strength to go on, then this is the book for you It is quite long with the three stories in one volume but well worth the timEI would give this book a 5 MINT review.I was given a complimentary copy of EMMA OF AURORA by Jane Kirkpatrick from BloggingforBooks Multnomah for my uncompensated independent review The Synopsis A Clearing in the Wild When Emma s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the beloved leader of her 1850s Bethel, Missouri, colony, 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 The Synopsis A Clearing in the Wild When Emma s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the beloved leader of her 1850s Bethel, Missouri, colony, 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 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 religion 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 My Review First, I have to say, that when I requested this book, I didn t realize that it was a volume, so it is the entire Change and Cherish Trilogy giving it over 1000 pages I say that to say that I haven t yet finished it yet I m not even close to finishing, it is just too overwhelming.But, I am nearly finished with part one of the first book, so I am going to go ahead and write a review so I don t go crazy It is written in first person, which I really enjoy, and the detail is amazing I also admire the character s personalities, which are very believable and realistic I also like the time period the story takes place in.I am going to say that this story does line up with some of the Bible studies I have been doing The tribe that Emma lives in believes that they must remain hidden in the wilderness to keep their faith alive and that anyone who is not a part of them is wicked and worldly However, Emma believes that you should be in the world, but not of the world, as Jesus tells us Christians to do, and tries to bring everyone else into that understanding It is a very inspirational story and I look forward to finishing the book, but because it is so large, I am just taking it easy I received this book from Water Brook Multnomah for the purpose of this review All comments and opinions are my own