Thursday, April 24, 2008

A chance to win a book!

I'd like to introduce you to a fabulous series by Jane Kirkpatrick: The Change and Cherish Series. Jane has a style that pulls you in, makes you feel as if you are right there with the characters, and you miss them when the book is done. She has a wonderful capacity for using just the right word. Jane is also one of the nicest gals, always willing to help an aspiring author. She's answered a lot of questions of mine in the past. In an aside, this series was enough to convince my crit partner Georgiana that historicals are wonderful!

Book: The Change and Cherish series
Author: Jane Kirkpatrick
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 religious community, 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 Cherish series, 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.

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.

Leave a comment on this blog post by May 1st, and you will be entered to win a copy of A Mending at the Edge.


  1. Put my name in the hat. Jane is an amazing writer and teacher. She spoke at one of the first writing conferences I ever attended. Her talk on the call to write ripped at my heart. I literally bawled during her session and had a nice visit with her afterward.

  2. I'd like a chance too! Do I have to say anything else?

  3. Thanks for the plus reviews of my books, Erica. I'm glad they added to your critque partner's interest in historical novels. I just learned that the second in the series is a Christy finalist. It's the first time I've been nominated which is a thrill after thirteen novels! Reviewers like you who are great readers AND great writers in the genre are a gift to us all. Thanks for including me on your blog. Warmly, Jane Kirkpatrick