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Waucoma hosts author Jane Kirkpatrick Sept. 5

Waucoma Bookstore host author Jane Kirkpatrick for an author reception and book signing, Friday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the bookstore, 212 Oak St., Hood River.

Kirkpatrick will sign her new book “A Light in the Wilderness,” the dramatic story of a freed slave who has lost her husband and her freedom papers and must find a way to survive in the wilderness of the Oregon Territory. The book is based on the true story.

Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause most white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read — as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him.

Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband and she knows she will follow him anywhere — even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.

Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for.

As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip your heart and mind as you travel on the dusty and dangerous Oregon Trail into the boundless American West. Based on a true story.

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick" "is the "New York Times "and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including "A Sweetness to the Soul," which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader's Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Many of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. You can also read her work in more than fifty publications, including "Decision," "Private Pilot," and "Daily Guideposts." Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry.

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