Monday, April 27, 2009
Wrap yourself in a fantastic journey, a remarkable commitment, and a spare and splendid story
Master storyteller Jane Kirkpatrick extols the beautiful treasures, unknown to a wider public, rediscovered in the Old Aurora Colony of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. The people and legacy of Aurora, a utopian community founded in the mid-1800s, will stir your imagination, hopes, and dreams; and remind you that every life matters—that our lives are the stories other people read first.
Unique and treasured quilt pattern variations
More than 100 photographs, many never-before published, from 1850 to today
Cherished stories from Aurora descendants
Rich images of fine crafts from the Aurora Colony and private collections
An introduction by renowned American artist John Houser
Aurora is about the difference every ordinary life can make—and a beautiful celebration of a time and place in which people expressed their most cherished beliefs through the work of their imagination and hands.
Returning to her Midwest roots, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick draws a page from her grandmother’s photo album to capture the interplay between shadow and light, temptation and faith that marks a woman’s pursuit of her dreams.
She took exquisite photographs, but her heart was the true image exposed.
With the infamous hazards of the explosive powder used for lighting and the toxic darkroom chemicals, photography is considered a man’s profession. Yet Jessie shows remarkable talent in both the artistry and business of running a studio. She proves less skillful, however, at managing her growing attraction to the very married Mr. Bauer.
This luminous coming-of-age tale deftly exposes the intricate shadows that play across every dream worth pursuing—and the irresistible light that beckons the dreamer on.
Jane Kirkpatrick is a best-selling, award-winning author whose previous historical novels include All Together in One Place and Christy Award finalist A Tendering in the Storm. An international keynote speaker, she has earned regional and national recognition for her stories based on the lives of actual people, including the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Hall of Fame. Jane is a Wisconsin native who since 1974 has lived in Eastern Oregon, where she and her husband, Jerry, ranch 160 rugged acres.
Angie here: I have read a few books by Jane Kirkpatrick and I've enjoyed each and every one. A Flickering Light is another winner. I enjoyed it even more knowing that it was about Jane Kirkpatrick's very own grandmother. It was a very interesting story and I look forward to the next book in the series. If you enjoy historical fiction then I highly recommend this book.
I haven't had time to really look at Aurora but I have flipped through it and I love the pictures and I'm looking forward to taking the time to read it and really look at it.
If you are interested in these books then you can check them out here: Aurora and A Flickering Light.
Friday, April 24, 2009
It's Friday so it's time for Friday's Fave Five. :) If you would like to join then go to Living to tell the Story for more info. This week I thought I would do something a little different. I picked five pictures that I took this week as my favorites for the week. So here they are:
Friday, April 17, 2009
Today is Friday which means it is time for Friday's Fave Five hosted by Living to Tell the Story. Which in case you don't know means it's time to stop and count your blessings...at least five of 'em! :) So here are my five favorite things for this week:
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first one but I think the problem was more me than the book itself. I thought I knew who did it early on so I think that was one reason I didn't enjoy it as much but it turned out I was wrong. The ending was really good and took me by surprised. So I'm giving Bookmarked for Death 3 1/2 stars out of five.
Friday, April 3, 2009
This is my lovely Gracie. Need to get a picture of Doc and Daisy.
4) Books. I had ordered some books last week and they arrived the other day. I love books. :) I got Just Jane, Mozart's Sister, and Washington's Lady which are all by Nancy Moser. All these books are in here Ladies of History series and I'm really looking forward to reading them. You can check out here.
5) I'm knitting a prayer shawl for my cousin's wife, she found out she has cancer and is getting treatment. I'm really hoping to get it finished this weekend so I can mail it to her. It was a free pattern that I found on the Lionbrand site and I'm just really pleased with the way it is coming along. Very pretty. I hope she will like it.