by Jane Kirkpatrick

April 2007
ISBN: 978-1578567355
Reviewer Graphic Button Waterbrook Press
Trade Paperback

Emma Giesy, her husband, Christian, and their children decide to leave their religious leader and close-knit community in Missouri and go west to harvest oysters on the Washington Territory Coast. Plans are for Emma and the children to stay with Christianís parents while Christian begins to earn a living and eventually build a home.

Emma is against these plans, but she bows to her husbandís wishes. When tragedy strikes, Emma finds herself alone, pregnant with her third child and trying to keep her family secure. Emma makes a series of bad choices, even entering into some dangerous relationships. Will Emma find her way out of the pits of despair?

A TENDERING STORM is the second book in the Change and Cherish series, and based on a real story. The events of the true story are included at the end of the book. I didnít read the first in the series, so I admit to some level of confusion in this book. Iíd recommend reading the books in order.

Emma is a realistic character, fiercely independent, energetic, as she struggles to care for herself and her children. I hoped she would be able to find the path she should travel and succeed in her ventures.

Kirkpatrick writes in prose and pays a lot of attention to historical detail. I really struggled to get into this story, mostly because Iím not used to this writing style, and Ms. Kirkpatrick never did catch my attention with this book. Since this is the first book of this author Iíve ever read, I really canít say how the writing compares with her earlier books, but she didnít win a new fan.

However, Ms. Kirkpatrick seems to be a prolific author with a huge fan base. So I will say that her attention to historic detail, and the descriptions of the setting made me see the coast of Washington. If you are a fan of Ms. Kirkpatrick, or love historical fiction, then you probably wonít want to miss A TENDERING IN THE STORM. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book.

Reviewed in September 2007 by Laura.

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