A splendid story: "All She Left Behind" by Jane Kirkpatrick

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about the book....

Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s is an unforgiving place--especially for a single mother. To support herself and her young son, Jennie finds work caring for an older woman. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman's widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal--but the road forward is uncertain.

New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites you to leave behind your preconceived notions about love and life as you, along with Jennie, discover that dreams may be deferred--but they never really die. Based on a true story.

my review....

Jane Kirkpatrick has taken characters who actually lived and breathed on the pages of history and given them new life in her wonderful new novel, "All She Left Behind". I was utterly absorbed by the character of Jennie, by her resiliency and strong spirit as she dealt with domestic violence, humiliation, and guilt-inducing difficulties with parenting. The very realness of her struggles and her determination to keep putting one foot in front of the other is inspiring to read about, especially knowing that she was not just born as a figment of Kirpatrick's imagination but that the story is based on true events.

The author has done a fantastic job at capturing the essence of the beliefs that prevailed in the day, especially the prejudices about woman and people of colour and those on the fringes of society. And as I read through the novel I found myself reflecting on the fact that in some ways things today are not all that different than they were so long ago. All too often we can fail to show the love of Christ to others, and instead can be quick to judge instead of showing people a better way. Kirkpatrick has not only written an entertaining novel, but she has used the events of history to move our hearts to consider how we can live better lives in the here and now. 

"All She Left Behind" is another strong addition to Kirkpatrick's impressive collection of books. The writing is beautiful, and the story is tremendously moving as the character's encounter grief and loss, life and love. I award this book a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Jane Kirkpatrick
Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than 30 books, including A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, Tamahis Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader's Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award, USABestBooks, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.

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