Dec 6, 2017
All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick
Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn't approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she's developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman's widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal--but the road will be winding and the way forward will not always be clear. Will Jennie find shelter in life's storms? Will she discover where healing truly lives?
Through her award-winning, layered storytelling, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to leave behind their preconceived notions about love and life as they, along with Jennie, discover that dreams may be deferred--but they never really die. Based on a true story.
Jennie's life in the late 1800's really touched my heart in so many ways. Her struggles over the years are heartbreaking, yet she tackled life with perseverance and determination. She married young, and her husband didn't provide the safe and happy life she had dreamed of. Forced into a life of poverty and raising a child on her own, she was desperate to make a way for her little family.
I think what resonated with me the most is that the character of Jennie is real and believable. She lived a hard life, she loved with her whole heart, and she trusted people. All of this didn't guarantee an easy time for her, as she had heartache and struggles, as well as extreme loss and regrets. However, she also found love and contentment in rather unexpected ways. This is one of the best books I have read recently and I highly recommend All She Left Behind.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.