A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick

A Light in the Wilderness
“A free woman didn’t have to

face forward to know she headed in the right direction.” -Letitia

In 1842 in the state of Kentucky Letitia is now a free black woman after her slave owner gave the necessary paper to Letitia right before his death proving her freedom and now travelling with the son to the state of Oregon that is fighting to become one of the United States. Letitia must still cope with people who believe freeing slaves is not righteous and treat her in the same manner as before until one person recognizes her worth and willing to stand by her side no matter the consequences.

Nancy and her husband Doc have two children with one on the way also join the wagon train headed west to Oregon. Nancy and Letitia encourage one another as the arduous and dangerous journey leads them through Indian Territory and desert land along the way not knowing unexpected events will alter their lives forever.

Betsy, The Woman, is the last of the Kalapuya Indian Tribe and teaches her grandson Little Shoot the way his ancestors lived instilling traditions to continue into the next generation with pride. Letitia, Nancy, and Betsy have a unique story intertwined between them that solidify a friendship to face all the obstacles placed in their paths including love, loss, and fear of a new homeland.

A Light in the Wilderness is based on a true story told with warmth and compassion that readers will find a few lessons in history about the Oregon Trail and its inhabitants. The cover art is the only thing I questioned after reading the physical description of Letitia being a dark as coal woman wondering if the woman on the cover is Nancy or Betsy. This historical drama is well worth the read and recommended for history buffs and book lovers of historical, drama, and the old west frontier genres.

I received this book free from Revell Books in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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