I was given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for Jane Kirkpatrick’s two newest books. A Flickering Light is a novel based on the life of Jane’s grandmother and includes several photographs of her as well as people and events that shaped her life. Aurora is a beautiful hard cover book that illustrates the history and wonderful craftmanship of the early Aurora colony of Oregon.
Aurora is a book that could easily be considered a coffee table book. It is one that can be picked up and browsed simply for its beautiful photography of quilts and other crafts as well as the historical photographs of the colony. For those who have read Jane’s Change and Cherish Historical Series, the people and settings will come to life. If you have not read the series, once you read Aurora, you will just have to.
In A Flickering Light, Jane tells Jessie’s story without fear of the tough issues. Jessie’s struggles with her attraction to her much older, married employer is handled with understanding and discretion. The book is an interesting look at the people and customs of the early twentieth century as well as an indepth character study that not only chronicles the events but the hidden ambitions and emotions that shaped them.
Summary for A Flickering Light:
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.
Fifteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele loves nothing more than capturing a gorgeous Minnesota landscape when the sunlight casts its most mesmerizing shadows. So when F.J. Bauer hires her in 1907 to assist in his studio and darkroom, her dreams for a career in photography appear to find root in reality.
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.
Summary for Aurora:
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.
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.