"Emma of Aurora" by Jane Kirkpatrick is the combined volume of the trilogy of the novels: A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, A Mending at the Edge. As is Kirkpatrick's usual there is a feminist flavor in the Emma trilogy. And as usual, I like it. Emma lives with her family in a commune "cult" of sorts. A German Colony. They are Christians but as with most cults they really worship their leader, Wilhem, and he uses this worship to benefit himself. Emma falls in love with Christian, the number two leader in this group. Christians job is to go out and get converts. Not just any converts. The kind that will benefit the group and therefore, their leader. Christian is a bit on the wimpy side, but as they say, 'love is blind'. The three stories are combined in this volume to follow the saga of Emma and her opinionated yet intelligent ways. Emma leaves the colony and the series follows her as she grows in her faith and matures.
I always like Kirkpatrick. I have never read a bad one yet. I like how not only is she historical fiction, but shows the struggle of women in time. She shows it, they struggle, overcome, and yet is held true to their time. I recommend all women read Kirkpatrick, if not for entertainment, but at least for gratitude that they have been born in the era that we have. A-. I received this book in exchange for a review from Blogging for Books.