September 13, 2014

A Light in the Wilderness

Some publishers aren’t fond of books with prologues, but the prologue of this book is so powerful, I’m delighted they allowed it. It captured my interest immediately, and made such an impact:

She had imagined the day she would escape; it would be high noon when people least expected them to run, when the dogs lay panting in the Kentucky sun and the patrols rested, not seeking a colored woman making her way to freedom. She’d be fearing for her life. But now, no one chased her. No braying hounds barked; yet her heart pounded.

Letitia is a freed slave, freed in the sense she holds a paper that declares it so, but prejudiced hearts and minds don’t change as swiftly.

I can’t imagine experiencing Letitia’s fears, or the intolerance of a discriminatory world, especially in the 1840s, when people of color were viewed as less deserving, less valued. There will always be narrow-mindedness and injustice, but this time in history is flooded with it. Jane Kirkpatrick is a fabulous author, able to draw the reader into her characters and tug at their hearts.

Rich with history, heavy with heart and courage, A Light in the Wilderness is a story of faith, spirit, and strength. Based on a true story, this book shines a beacon of light on a dark, dreadful time in history, and will leave a permanent mark on your soul.

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 321
Pace: Steady

First Lines: Letitia preferred the shadows, avoiding the skirmish before her. But the child tugged on her hand and led Letitia to the dust in front of the Platte County courthouse.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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