A Mending At the Edge (#03 in Change And Cherish Historical Series)
"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,...
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"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?
"I love when a book illuminates a small slice of history that has relevance to our lives todayeven better when it does so with interesting characters and a compelling story. Emma Giesy is a woman with flaws and attributes we all can relate to and whose journey is one that easily could have taken place today." Judith Pella, bestselling author of seven series, including Daughters of Fortune series "Jane has a gift for breathing simple beauty into the lives of remarkable historical women characters. InA Mending at the Edge,Emma comes off the page and shows readers an unforgettable picture of a very unique Oregon community. I love living within view of Mt. Hood even more now that I better understand those who shaped the tenacious beginnings of this region." Robin Jones Gunn, author of the bestsellingGlenbrooke Seriesand the Christy Award-winningSisterchicksnovels "Jane Kirkpatrick's knack for stitching history and fiction together is as skillful as the quilts she writes about in the Change and Cherish Historical Series.A Mending at the Edgeis a satisfying ending to an absorbing series that manages to stay true to the past while relating remarkably well to today's modern women." Tina Ann Forkner, author ofRuby Among Us "InA Mending at the Edge, Jane Kirkpatrick completes the literary quilt of the Emma Wagner Giesy trilogy, piecing together the historical fabric of Emma's personal story with that of the Aurora Colony. Emma's efforts to find a houseand a homein this communal society in Oregon once again reflect the conflict of individual and community needs represented in Kirkpatrick's earlier two works in the Change and Cherish Historical Series. Based on a solid historical framework of the Aurora Colony and the broader social, political, and cultural landscape of the 1860s, Kirkpatrick offers a story of hope and achievement that captures the spirit of giving, sharing, and receiving central to 'mending' within a communal settlement." James J. Kopp, communal historian and Board Member of Aurora Colony Historical Society "Jane Kirkpatrick artfully weaves this story for us, rather like Emma and the women of Oregon's Aurora Colony weave together their quilted existence as well as their personal quilting projects. Her masterful placement of the fresh-turned phrase and the graceful metaphor enriches this captivating and yet disquieting story of mid-19th century pioneer women whose lives are so very different from oursor are they?" Sarah Byrn Rickman, author ofNancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II,The Originals,andFlight from Fear
Jane Kirkpatrick is the author of twenty-five books and is a two-time winner of the WILLA Literary Award. Her first novel, A Sweetness to the Soul, won the Western Heritage Wrangler Award, an honor given to writers such as Barbara Kingsolver and Larry McMurtry. For twenty-six years she 'homesteaded' with her husband Jerry on a remote ranch in Eastern Oregon. She now lives with Jerry, and her two dogs and one cat on small acreage in Central Oregon while she savors the value of friendship over fame.