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Publisher Comments:

"Young Emma Wagner chafes at the constraints of Bethel colony, an 1850s religious community in Missouri that is determined to remain untainted by the concerns of the world. A passionate and independent thinker, she resents the limitations placed on women, who are expected to serve in quiet submission. In a community where dissent of any form is discouraged, Emma finds it difficult to rein in her tongue and often doesn't even try to do so, fueling the animosity between her and the colony's charismatic and increasingly autocratic leader, Wilhelm Keil. Eventually Emma and her husband, Christian, are sent along with eight other men to scout out a new location in the northwest where the Bethelites can prepare to await 'the last days.' Christian believes they've found the ideal situation in Washington territory, but when Keil arrives with the rest of the community, he rejects Christian's choice in favor of moving to Oregon. Emma pushes her husband to take this opportunity to break away from the group, but her longed-for influence brings unexpected consequences. As she seeks a refuge for her wounded faith, she learns that her passionate nature can be her greatest strength, if she can harness it effectively."--Publisher description.


Inspired by historical events, a best-selling and award-winning novelist presents a riveting account of one woman's search for influence and respect, and the unexpected consequences of getting what she wants. Original.

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning, best-selling author of two nonfiction books and eleven novels, including A Name of Her Own and the acclaimed Kinship and Courage series. Jane is a winner of the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center and National Cowboy Hall of Fame. A licensed clinical social worker as well as an inspirational retreat leader and speaker, she lives with her husband on 160 acres in eastern Oregon. Visit Jane's website at!

Details below for Jane's May 2006 Speaking Schedule

WHEN: Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6

WHERE: Hot Lakes Retreat Center near La Grande, OR

WHAT: A retreat to celebrate the stories of hardiness and hope as the Manual Family steps onto a cloud of faith believing they will not fall through.

VENUE: Open to men and women, Jane will lead this retreat focused on healing stories from Western landscapes and grace in our lives. Come see the progress made as the Manual Family seeks to follow their call to restore this historical site to its former glory and make it once again a healing place.

DETAILS: Open to all interested persons. Call for details.

CONTACT: Marcia Dashiell,

When: May 7th, 1:00-3:00 pm

Where: Sherman County Historical Museum; 220 Dewey Street, Moro, OR 97039

What: A Signing of Jane's newest book A Clearing in the Wild

Event: Jane will sign and chat with visitors to the museum. Remember its the weekend before Mother's Day. Bring your mom to visit one of the country's great museums (It's won awards that say that's true!) and meet Jane and have a book signed at the same time. The Museum opens for the season on May 1.

Contact: Phone: 541-565-3232 Fax: 541-565-3080 Email: 

When: May 13, 2006

What: Mother Daughter Luncheon

Where: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Lake Havasu City, AZ

Venue: Jane's been invited to speak and sign her books at the Mother Daughter Luncheon in Arizona. This is the church Jerry attended when he lived in Lake Havasu. It's also the church event Jane had to cancel last year due to Jerry's cancer surgery. So she's delighted to be invited back!

Contact: Lee Nord

When: May 20, 8-noon

WHAT: Oregon Christian Writers

Where: Northwest Christian College, Eugene, OR

Event: Join Jane as she speaks twice about "Writing in Wilderness Places" sponsored by the Oregon Christian Writer's Association. See the link to find out more.

WHEN: Saturday, May 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Hood River, Oregon

VENUE: Book Stop

ADDRESS: 13 Oak Street in downtown Hood River

DETAILS: Here's a perfect way to spend the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. First, drive to gorgeous Hood River for the day. Go to the beach and watch the windsurfers on the Columbia River. Then head downtown to window shop and eat a wonderful meal. Finally, top off the perfect day by going to Book Stop, a new family-owned bookstore in downtown Hood River, to meet Jane Kirkpatrick, hear her talk about her new book, A Clearing in the Wild, and then have the opportunity to buy autographed copies of Jane's books.

CONTACT:Book Stop at 541-386-7867 or

WHEN: Monday, MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 29th from 10:00 to 1:00

WHERE: Wasco, OR

VENUE: Book signing at the Train Depot, part of the Memorial Day events and supporting the Wasco Community Library

DETAILS: Wasco holds an old fashioned Memorial Day event with a parade, vendors, activities for kids of all ages. Jane will be signing her books outside near the historic train depot in Wasco. Come join her.

CONTACT: Wasco Community Library

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Product Details

Waterbrook Press
Fiction : General
Kirkpatrick, Jane
Jane Kirkpatrick
Historical - General
Women pioneers
Social isolation
Religious - Historical
Christian - Historical
Washington (state)
Domestic fiction
General Fiction
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Literature-A to Z
Religion Western-Religious Fiction
Fiction : Christian - Historical
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