Three very different women. One dangerous journey. And a future that seems just out of reach.
Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause most white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read–as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him.
Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband and she knows she will follow him anywhere–even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.
Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for.
As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip your heart and mind as you travel on the dusty and dangerous Oregon Trail into the boundless American West. Based on a true story.
This book definitely gives you something to think about.
Although three women are listed in this book it mostly revolves around Letitia and her journey. So many times my muscles would tense at the unfair treatment she had to undergo, simply because of the color of her skin.
I was constantly on edge because of her marriage to Davey and wondering if something would happen to ruin the love that was blossoming between them.
Another thing that plucked my heart strings was how Letitia had to carry papers around to prove she was free, if those papers were ever lost she would be sent back to slavery. It made me think about Jesus and how we don’t need papers to prove we are free but yet we do need to keep ourselves in His word to remember we are free. Too easily we can forget the freedom He has offered and turn back to our old ways. If we don’t stay in the Word we can become slaves once again.
Truly, this is a beautiful story of hope and love. Of being set free by more than just a piece of paper but by the one who breaks chains by the power of His blood.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.