Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Tendering in the Storm

I found this Linky party that involves BOOKS!  I love to read, and to write, so I decided to participate.
You grab any book--ANY book--and turn to page 56.  Then share a sentence or two that grabs you. 

After you read mine, please go to Freda's Voice and read a few of the other participants entries!  This ought to be fun!!!

"Just before dawn, twenty-five Indians drove a dozen oxen and neat cows into our camp.  They were animals we'd lost, and we were grateful to see them.  The natives brought fresh meat, too, and berries.  We made ready, my girls and I, to serve the men and their families with them.  My girls were eleven years, eight years, and six years old then, but they all knew how food was the servant of the heart."

I like this passage, because it shows acceptance of other cultures to the point of being a servant to them.  Also, I like it because it models mentorship--A mother mentoring her daughters.  Both of these principles seem to be lost to our generation, at times, with so much disagreement, and fighting over principles while vilifying others!   It's shameful and we would do well to learn kinder and gentler ways!

This excerpt is from A Tendering in the Storm by Jane Kirkpatrick.  It is book three in a series that starts with A Clearing in the Wild.  The books are based on the true story of a woman who was part of the Aurora Colony that settled here in Oregon.  The middle book is called A Mending at the Edge.  I love these historical novels, a fictionalized story of Emma Wagner Giesy.  I have visited the museum at Aurora and have even shown several of my quilts at their annual quilt show.

If you enjoy historical fiction, you might like to read this series!


aloi said...

It's all about context - a lot of misunderstanding because of lack of an understanding of other cultures, other lifestyles, other persepctives.

What a great line "food was the servant of the heart"!

Bev Hankins said...

A lovely excerpt!

thanks for stopping by my blog!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I haven't read any historical fiction in is lovely and nostalgic. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

wutheringwillow said...

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Interesting 'Friday 56'.

Lady In Read said...

I love historical fiction and also stories based on real-life - adding this to my list.. Thanks for visiting my blog..

Splendid Little Stars said...

I read A Clearing in the Wild based on your recommendation!
great commentary!

LadyD Piano said...

What a lovely blog you have and your word crafting is excellent. Indeed, you have a gift!

Crystal said...

I love historical fiction too although my preference goes back a tad further historically. At the moment though i havent the time to keep up eith my reading

fredamans said...

Very lovely, hope to see you again.

Lori said...

This is a great idea - thanks for sharing the info and your excerpt, too!