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 liked this book. The author did a good job of telling this story in the late 1880s. I like reading stories of the old west and people migrating from the East to the West like to Oregon. Just like the Oregon trail with everyone traveling for fortune and new beginnings. However while the book summary indicates to three stories, I felt that the book was more focused on Letitia. So of course I grew a closer connection with her than I did with the other two women. Which I found Letita to be very interesting and have a great story to share. She was a strong character. Again while the focus really seemed to be on Letita, I thought Nancy was good. She was kind and caring. Someone I did look forward to reading about was Betsy's story but little bits seemed to be written about her. This was sad. Overall, a nice read.