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Emma of Aurora (Change and Cherish Historical #1-3)

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The Change and Cherish trilogy, based on the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy, now available in one volume:
 
A Clearing in the Wild
When Emma’s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the 1850s Bethel, Missouri colony’s beloved leader, she finds new opportunities to pursue her dreams of independence. But as she clears a pathway West to her truest and deep
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Paperback, 1168 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by WaterBrook (first published January 1st 2013)
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Brittany
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Emma struggles to find her place in a community where women have absolutely no voice. Eventually, members of the community began to see that the women are valuable and important; and Emma learns that she needs the love and help of friends.
This is a very difficult book to review, with over 1,000 pages I cannot give a very good summary without giving away spoilers. I enjoyed this book, and found it to be very well written. It kept me reading right to the end. It was an emotional story, but I lik
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Kathleen E.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Emma of Aurora: The Complete Change & Cherish Trilogy by Jane Kirkpatrick, ©2013

I first noticed when opening the book, how the pages lay flat on the table without having to hold them down. The new binding for this omnibus edition allows the spine to bend and will keep the pages together without separating. Set any three novels together, and you are going to have a two-inch book. Since I like detail, I liked the cast of characters pages telling who everyone was; the
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A.C. Cuddy
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Change and Cherish Trilogy based on the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy.

“A Clearing in the Wild”
When Emma’s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the beloved leader of her 1850s Bethel, Missouri, colony, she finds new opportunities to purse her dream of independence. But as she clears a pathway West to her truest and deepest self, she discovers something she never expected, a yearning for the warm embrace of community.

In 1850 at Bethel Missouri, we meet Emma Wagner a you
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Rachael
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of historical or Amish fiction; it can appeal to both without requiring one to love both
Originally published as three separate novels, Jane Kirkpatrick's Emma of Aurora contains the stories A Clearing in the Wild, The Tendering Storm, and A Mending at the Edge. It covers roughly twenty years of Emma Wagner Giesy's life: through marriage, widowhood, and remarriage; from Missouri to Washington to Oregon. Beginning while there were only rumbles of the impending Civil War, it describes the uprooting and transfer of one of America's more successful utopian societies - the religious soci ...more
Abby
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
By the time a couple finishes the first round of premarital counseling, most are willing to admit that marriage requires, and affects, personal change. All will affirm that marriage involves cherishing and being cherished.

However, only after the rings are exchanged, the threshold crossed and the first dinner bloopers endured, does light dawn on the truth that these aspects of marriage are not only true, they are nonnegotiable and they are mutually dependent.

Jane Kirkpatrick’s trilogy, Emma of
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Lisa Johnson
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: Emma of Aurora (The Complete Change & Cherish Trilogy)
Author: Jane Kirkpatrick (www.jkbooks.com)
Pages: 1168
Year: 11/2013
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Let me start by saying that discovering this author was one of the greatest finds in recent memory for me. Jane writes historical fiction with heart, adventure and gripping action. Along with those qualities, the characters also reflect what a life of faith might have looked like for a small community of Bethelites who desire to be separate
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Sandy Sandmeyer
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Emma of Aurora is a historical fiction that is woven around the story of Emma Wagner Giesy, a real member of the Christian commune by Jane Kirkpatrick. The book that I received was the complete Change and Cherish Trilogy containing the books A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, and A Mending at the Edge. The book is 1163 pages long. If you have the opportunity, I suggest reading it on a Kindle or other reader. The book is heavy!

This was a great book that gives the reader an idea of
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Heather B
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is good. It is based on a true story about Emma Wagner Giesy. I enjoyed reading it. Because it is a series put into one very large book, I’ll break up the review into the three separate books.
The first book A clearing in the wild, was a little difficult for me to get into. It is about a girl named Emma who lives in a mostly German communal colony in the 1850’s in Missouri. I found it a bit tedious at first because I didn’t fully understand why people would choose to live in this type
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Gayle Pace
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW

A CLEARING IN THE WILD

1850's, Emma was very outspoken which wasn't the normal for women back then. This led to a problem with the loved colony leader in Bethel Missouri. She is determined to follow her dreams of being an independent woman. Even though she is making her way West, there is something missing. Something she never thought would matter. A sense of community.

A TENDERING IN THE STORM

Emm finds herself alome and pregnant with her third child. She was determined that the children wou
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Rayleigh
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Synopsis:

A Clearing in the Wild

“When Emma’s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the beloved leader of her 1850s Bethel, Missouri, colony, she finds new opportunities to pursue her dreams of independence. But as she clears a pathway West to her truest and deepest self, she discovers something she never expected: a yearning for the warm embrace of community.”

A Tendering in the Storm

“Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone
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Faith
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that these three books have been released in one volume.
Once you begin book one and enter the world of the young pioneer bride Emma, you need books two and three close by because you won't want to stop reading until you've finished your journey with her.

This is the Change and Cherish Trilogy, comprised of 'A Clearing In The Wild,' 'A Tendering In The Storm,' and 'A Mending At The Edge.'

Emma's husband Christian, 20 years her senior and beloved for his leadership in their religious co
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AbbyJoy
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult, Women, YA
Book One: I thought this was a fantastic start to what I anticipated would be a great trilogy. I thought Emma was an interesting character in an interesting and unusual setting. She is considered an outspoken woman in her community where women do exactly what they are told and don't question. I will admit I would have liked to have seen small signs earlier in the book that more women secretly felt the same way she did about issues, even if they still remained in silence. I think the complete sub ...more
Jessica
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a set of three books set in the late 1800's about Emma, who starts out as a young woman with eyes for an older man in her colony. They live in a cooperative community run by Wilhelm Keil, who is a thorn in Emma's side (and mine!) for the entire series. Keil chooses to send her new husband, who she's had very little time with due to Keil's missions for him, as one of the scouts who go to the west coast to look for land to move the colony as Keil feels it is getting too many outside influe ...more
Mariejkt
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Summary
Emma of Aurora by Jane Kirkpatrick is all three books in the Change Cherish Trilogy in an all in one format. Here is a link to be able to read the first chapter. The 1st book in the series "A Clearing in the Wind" is about Emma an outspoken young woman in a Missouri Colony of very legalistic religious people. We find her marrying and travel with her new husband Christian to the Oregon Territory and also having children. In book two "A Tendering in the Storm" we find Emma with 2 children a
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Deborah
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Clearing in the Wild

When Emma’s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the 1850's Bethel, Missouri colony’s beloved leader, she finds new opportunities to pursue her dreams of independence. But as she clears a pathway West to her truest and deepest self, she discovers something she never expected: a yearning for the warm embrace of community.

A Tendering in the Storm

Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone and pregnant with her thi
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Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

If you love reading big books, well, this is the one to get. Emma of Aurora is three books in one, it is the complete Change And Cherish Trilogy by Jane Kirkpatrick in one big almost 1200 page book, and I love it! When I finished reading the first book, A Clearing in the Wild I was excited because I didn’t have to wait to read the second book, A Tendering in the Storm, then I could finish the series with The Mending at the Edge, all at once.

Emma of Aurora is based on a tr
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J.C. Morrows
my first thought, when I opened the enormous box this monster arrived in was... "Holy Cow!"
I know it's a bit unoriginal but it's the best I could come up with in that moment.

I realize this has no bearing on the story within but it was the first thought associated with the book so I feel it's worth sharing. I've noticed in a lot of the other reviews I've seen that people are excited to have all three stories in one place but I can't help pointing out the opposite side to this. The book is enormou
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Chris  Carroll
Emma is an impressively strong women for someone of her age. She was born into a close knit family that lived in a religious communal society in Missouri, much like the Amish do. But Emma was always looking for more. When she married Christian, a man 20 years her senior that worked to bring new families into their community, she wanted to be with him as a family. Soon Christian was chosen to lead the scouting expedition to the West, in search of a new land that would be better for the whole comm ...more
Misty Nordyke
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the whole Change and Cherish Trilogy, Three books in one.

They are:
A Clearing in the Wild
A Tendering in the Storm
A Mending at the Edge

Jane Kirkpatrick gives us a slice of history with interesting characters and a wonderful story.
This book was based off of a historical woman named Emma Wagner Giesy.
Emma is a woman with flaws and issues we can all relate to.
Emma lives in the 1860's pioneering colony period where marriage is frowned upon by the leader and who wants the colony to yie
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Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Does it drive you crazy when you have to wait for the next book to come out in a series you are reading? It surely does for me! Emma of Aurora is the answer to that frustration. This hefty tome combines the three stories of the Change & Cherish trilogy in one volume.

Jane Kirkpatrick continues her tradition of writing about real yet obscure historical figures. She has a talent for bringing the everyday struggles and triumphs of a bygone era to life in her storytelling. Emma Giesy and her stor
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Nikole Hahn
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Emma of Aurora by Jane Kirkpatrick is 1146 pages long; three novels in one. I wish I had read that before agreeing to review it. In spite of the length, I enjoyed it, but Emma of Aurora strayed from my expectations.

Early in my reading of this novel, I wrote a commentary on the extraordinary character of Emma on my blog. Jane Kirkpatrick really does a great job building setting and people in all her novels, but unlike her other novels, like Where Lilacs Still Bloom and One Glorious Ambition, Emma
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Karen Korb
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
My Thoughts On The Book: With all three stories are in one large volume it was a rather intimidating read at over 1,100 pages. I liked the fact that all three stories were together and you did not have to wait for the next installment to be released. I did not like the fact that is was so large. The research of the author, Jane Kirkpatrick was well done. I really loved how she finished the entire book with information about the "real" people and Aurora Colony. It made the story come to life. If ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Emma of Aurora: The complete “Change and Cherish” Trilolgy by JANE KIRKPATRICK is an exciting Christian Historical Fiction set in 1850's from Bethel, Missouri to the Washington territory. A complete collection of the "Change and Cherish" trilogy based on the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy. Three stories starting with "A Clearing in the Wind", than "A Tendering in the Storm" and finally " A Mending at the Edge. What a collection! I loved having this collection all in one place. When one story en ...more
Megan
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Clearing in the Wild
This was a very interesting story, more so once I realized it was based on a true story. At times it was hard to like it, because of the way Emma was treated, but at the same time I think that was true to the story. I liked seeing Emma mature and it was nice seeing how she handle herself during difficult times. I don't think this is a story everyone would enjoy, but I liked it enough to continue with the series.

A Tendering in the Storm
This story was a little different bec
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Lelee Dow
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review is hard for me because the size of this book. I don't want to give away any of the great parts. So I will be giving my overall opinion of this book Emma of Aurora by Jane Kirkpatrick.

When I received this book my first thoughts were "Oh my goodness this book is HUGE". I then realized it's 3 books in 1. A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm and last A Mending at the Edge. To help me I placed flags to separating each book.

Emma of Aurora is an Inspiring journey into the life o
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Hailey
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Set in the 1850s Emma is a young woman living in Bethel, Missouri with her family. But when her beliefs clash with their colony leader, troubling times are yet to come. Emma embarks on journey that will forever change her life. Emma of Aurora is the complete trilogy that follows the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy. What first intrigued me about this book was that it was based on a true story. I was excited to start reading this massive book. But I was soon sadly disappointed when I began reading ...more
Pam
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book contains three books: A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, and A Mending at the Edge, based on the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy. She grew up in the Bethel, Missouri communal religious colony headed by Dr. Keil. At 18, she married Christian Giesy, a man about 20 years older. A year or so later, in 1853, they were two of nine scouts sent to the west to find another location for their colony. There were what seems like now to be rigid guidelines for German women in the col ...more
Bethany
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jane Kirkpatrick is one of the premier Christian authors who writes fiction based on real people in history. The Change and Cherish trilogy about Emma Wagner Giesy a women who dared stand up for herself in a time where women had little rights. The 3 books follow Emma across her life as a young married women and see as her life twist and turns. Emma is a strong women and I love the rich detail the the author wove into the story all the while trying to keep it as historically accurate as possible. ...more
Bethany
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is really three books combined, making it beyond my skill level to write a decent summary, without revealing spoilers. That being said I will forgo the preliminaries and begin with my thoughts and impressions of this book.
Jane Kirkpatrick breathes life into her characters, their emotions are flawlessly expressed, their thoughts are elegantly formed and although the characters grow throughout the book they stay true to themselves.
This story is as sad as it is inspiring, Emma's courage
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Jan D.
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I so loved this book. The heroine was such an interesting character, learning, growing but still having her own identity, purpose and ideas. The colony and its workings, characters, and events held my interest. Such a great series of books all in one volume was great! I read all 1068 pages without stopping to read something different. I would have happily read more about this fascinating Emma and the colony. I loved the writing style and visible changes in the characters as time went on. Am now ...more
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