I usually do not like to read trilogies, because I have to look and wait for the next part when I want to continue reading the story if I like it. I was very happy to be able to read Emma of Aurora because all three parts of the trilogy are included in one volume.
Emma is a woman born into a world that is not ready for her. She wants and needs to be independent. It is because of her personality that Emma always finds herself at odds with her husband. She makes decisions that others may disagree with, but it helps her shape her own destiny. I really liked the story and understood all of the characters and why they continued on even in the face of so much danger and sickness. I give this book a 4/5.
This book is VERY long. I did sometimes loose interest, but still it was a good story.
Emma of Aurora offers a three-in-one compilation of Kirkpatrick’s popular novels following real women in the nineteenth century.
A Clearing in the Wild: A historically accurate account of one woman's life in a communal religious colony of the 1850s. In her trademark lyrical style, Kirkpatrick weaves historical details into her story line, peopling it with complex characters and deftly conveying powerful insights on the nature of faith, community, and the human spirit.
A Tendering in the Storm: This second book in the Change and Cherish series is based on the life of a historical woman who wished to be known within a closed religious community of the 1850s. This book shows how she was changed through difficult circumstances and the friendships of others and how she came to terms with the consequences of some of her poor choices. A Mending at the Edge: Book 3 in the series follows a historical woman of the 1860s whose Christian communal society is flawed by its suppression of individual voices, especially those of women. The story acts as a witness to the devastation of suppression while celebrating the power of the human spirit to change and cherish the faith and hope found in ordinary women's lives.