Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Jane Kirkpatrick's Change and Cherish series: Review and Giveaway! (2 winners)

Contest is now closed! Winners are Julie and Ginny! Congratulations ladies! You have been contacted! Thanks to all who signed up!

Summary: The Change and Cherish series follows the story of feisty Emma Giesy

A Clearing in the Wild
Spirited young Emma Wagner chafes at the constraints of her 1850s religiouscommunity, which values conformity over independent thought, especially in women. Skeptical of the colony’s growing emphasis on preparing for “the last days,” Emma clashes with their increasingly autocratic leader—and faces the unexpected consequences of pursuing independence.

A Tendering in the Storm
This lyrical novel, based on an historical figure of the 1800s, follows the spirited and intelligent Emma Giesy, who achieves her goal of separating her family from the repressive religious community in which she grew up. But unexpected and dire consequences leave her family—and her faith—struggling to survive.

A Mending at the Edge
This richly textured novel, the third in the acclaimed Change and Cherishseries, follows the historical figure of Emma Wagner Giesy, who chafes under the restrictions of her 1860s religious colony. When her bid to belong in her unique way unravels her most precious relationships, she seeks new ways to stitch meaning into her life.

“Of all the things I left in Willapa, hope is what I missed the most.” So begins this story of one woman’s restoration from personal grief to the meaning of community. Based on the life of German-American Emma Wagner Giesy, the only woman sent to the Oregon Territory in the 1850s to help found a communal society, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick shows how landscape, relationships, spirituality and artistry poignantly reflect a woman’s desire to weave a unique and meaningful legacy from the threads of an ordinary life. While set in the historical past, it’s a story for our own time answering the question: Can threads of an isolated life weave a legacy of purpose in community?

Author Bio: Jane Kirkpatrick is the best-selling author of two nonfiction books and fourteen historical novels, including the popular Kinship and Courage series. Her award-winning writing has appeared in more than fifty publications, including Sports Afield and Decision. She’s won the coveted Western Heritage Wrangler Award, an honor shared by such writers as Larry McMurtry and Barbara Kingsolver. Jane is a licensed clinical social worker as well as an internationally recognized speaker. She and her husband, Jerry, ranch 160 acres in eastern Oregon.

Would you like to win a copy of 'A Mending at the Edge'? I have two extra copies, so I will pick two winners! Open to bloggers and non-bloggers of the United States. Please tell me if you would read this yourself, or give it as a gift in your comment. Please feel free to comment everyday of the giveaway for more chances to win, but please just comment once a day. This contest will close on May 4 by 7:00 PM CST.


topaztook said...

I would read it myself (I am compelled to read almost all books that come into my possession), then loan it to friends, and *then* give it away.

jules said...

I would read it - I love historical novels and being very religious myself, I'm curious to see what it is about. Thanks for the giveaway!!

windycindy said...

Hello! I would read it first and then pass it on. Either to a family member, friend or our library. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks,Cindi

julie said...

I read historical novels mostly about british this would be great about american history..
I would read it then share with my moom who also loves history
3beez at bellsouth dot net

michelle said...

I would definitely read this myself, but only after going out and picking up the first two books and reading them as well. I love Christian historical fiction, and Oregon Trail stuff is one of my favourites.

michelle (at) northofthe49 (dot) com

mom2boys said...

I would read myself and then my best friend would have her turn.Then I
find new homes for most of my books on freecycle. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ginny said...

I would read it myself & then give to someone else. I'd have to read the first two first though. I love that she wants to fight for the right of independant thought, I think a lot of people could learn from these books!

Kristie said...

I would probably read it, then pass it on.

frugallm said...

I would read it and then donate it to my church library.

nor_lou said...

I would read it myself and then pass on to my mom

Jerry said...

My wife loves to read historical novels, so I would give the book to her.

Sarah Fischer said...

I don't read much but I just called my mom and asked her about these and she said sign up because she'd love them.

Sarah F

Mary512 said...

I wouls read it myself. Great giveaway, thanks!

anne said...

I would read this interesting novel and then give it to a friend whom I always give my books to. Thanks for this great giveaway.

dolls123 said...

I would read it myself


ariane said...

since i really love books, then i would read this book all by myself. i also think this book is really interesting! hope i'll win! pls count me in!

blueviolet said...

I'd read this one myself.