The Complete Change and Cherish Trilogy: A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, A Mending at the EdgeWritten by Jane Kirkpatrick
Book Description: 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 1850s 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.
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My Thoughts: This book was really hard to get into but well worth the slow start. I nearly put the book down and walked away for good but I stuck through it and really loved the characters and series by the end. One thing I absolutely loved was that Emma couldn’t breastfeed her children. It showed a real struggle that you don’t often hear about and never in fiction books. I too struggle with feeding my babies and it was really a connecting point for me with the main character. Her worry that her babies would die and doing anything even letting a stranger nurse her child is something I personally connect to. I don’t want to give anything away because really you need to read this book. I love the fact that even in the time period in which this book was written you still see a very strong independent woman at the center.
Disclosure: "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."