A Story of Tender Truths About a Woman’s Desperate Efforts
to Shelter Her Family
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. With loss and disappointment as her fuel, she kindles a fire that soon threatens to consume her, making a series of poor choices that take her into dangerous relationships.
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.
Based on a True Story
Based on true events, this second book in the Change and Cherish Historical Series continues the saga of the feisty Emma Giesy, a member of the Missouri Bethelites, a repressive German religious colony. Set against the backdrop of Willapa Bay of the Washington Territory coast in 1856 1861, Emma and her husband, Christian, formerly a prominent leader in the community, carve out their own independent existence. Tragedy strikes, and alone and pregnant, Emma finds that her decision to ensure independence for her little family may cost her everything she holds dear. The repressive religious community is cast in a far more favorable light than in book one, and some series readers may find it challenging to undo their initial impressions. The character of Jack Giesy also undergoes a speedy personality change, which is difficult to assimilate. The best revelations come as the reader relates to Emma's conflicts: a longing for security, a fierce quest for independence, a desire to express herself artistically and a hardscrabble existence that gives her energy only to care for herself and her children. Kirkpatrick's able prose and attention to historical detail help smooth any story line trouble spots.