Out of the wilderness… Three women. Three eras. Three miracles. 

1901: Plagued by loneliness on the Big Muddy Ranch, a sheepherder’s wife awaits the outcome of her husband’s trial for murder. He is sentenced to life in prison—and she to life without him. But a startling event could redeem their pasts and transform their future.

1984: Against a backdrop of attempted murder, federal indictments, and the first case of bioterrorism in the U.S., one woman seeks to rescue her granddaughter from within the elaborate compound of a cult that has claimed the land.

1997: On the much-reviled, abandoned cult site, one woman’s skepticism turns to hope when she finds that what was meant to destroy can be used to rebuild—and in the process realizes a long-held dream. 

For three women seekers united across time, a remote and rugged stretch of land in the Pacific Northwest proves to be a place where miracles really happen—and the gifts of faith, hope, and charity are as tangible as rocks, rivers, and earth. Based on true stories.

Awards:

  • Bestseller List, 2005, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
  • Finalist, 2005, Spur Award, Western Writers of America

Reviews: 

“If you can’t read the first two pages of A Land of Sheltered Promise and not want to read the rest of it, it must be that you simply don’t care for novels that speak directly to your soul…Classic Kirkpatrick: That is, it is tightly written, honestly conceived and executed, deeply moving, and exciting…Kirkpatrick uses language that is like liquid in its ability to change directions and reveal or change landscapes and secrets. In her case, language is key to her ability to touch so many people so deeply…In one sense it is calculated to make you feel, but it is also calculated to make you think, to examine the concept of choices, of options.” —Dan Hays, reviewer Salem Statesman Journal

A Land of Sheltered Promise is historical Christian fiction at its best. The reader comes away with a clear vision of the land, of the people who occupied the land, and of a Supreme Being who ties it all together.”—The Historical Novels Review

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