A story of tender truths about a women’s desperate efforts to shelter her family.

Emma Giesy, a strong-willed German American, believes her young family will thrive in the light of their newfound freedom, after she and her husband branch off from their close-knit and repressive religious community in the spring of 1856.

Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone and pregnant with her third child, struggling to keep her family secure in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory. With loss and disappointment as her fuels, she kindles a fire that soon threatens to consume her, making a series of poor choices that take her into dangerous relationships.

As clouds of despair close in, she must decide whether to continue in her own waning strength or to humble herself and accept help from the very people she once so eagerly left behind.

Rich with historical details and vivid characters, A Tendering in the Storm poignantly gives voice to a mother’s fears for her family and a women’s search for her truest self.

Based on a true story.

The second book in the Change and Cherish trilogy.

Awards:

  • Winner, 2008, WILLA Literary Award, Original Softcover Fiction (Trade or Mass Market), Women Writing the West 
  • Finalist, 2008, Christy Award, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association
  • Finalist, 2009, Oregon Book Award, Portland Literary Arts Organization

Other books in this series: #1) A Clearing in the Storm and #3) A Mending at the Edge

Reviews: 

Jane Kirkpatrick again proves herself to be one of the finest writers working in historical fiction today. In A Tendering in the Storm, Kirkpatrick applies her usual meticulous research and rich period detail to give readers a wonderful story with strong, unforgettable characters. Beautifully and thoughtfully written as always, this novel will capture your attention, your imagination, and your heart.”B.J. Hoff, bestselling author of the American Anthem series, An Emerald Ballad series, and Harp on the Willow

“An excellent sense of place and time period…with historical details…that don’t get in the way of good fiction or interrupt the flow of the narrative. A difficult balance and one that Kirkpatrick admirable achieves.”FaithfulReader.com

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