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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books; 1ST edition (October 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576732932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576732939
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is an Oregon author whose work includes the three novels Love to Water My Soul, A Sweetness to the Soul, and Homestead. A Sweetness to the Soul earned the author and publisher the Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center as the "Outstanding Western Novel of 1995." Her award-winning essays have appeared in over fifty magazines and newspapers across the country. She is a clinical social worker, speaker, and teacher. Jane and her husband, Jerry, live on a remote ranch in Eastern Oregon. A Gathering of Finches is the third book in her compelling historical novel series.

More About the Author

If you'd like more information about me, please come visit my website at www.jkbooks.com and click on my blog. My dog also has a blog and you can find out what it's like to be Bodacious Bo, too. A monthly newsletter called Story Sparks is my way of sharing books about authors I enjoy as well as commenting on life and love. You'll find out more about me than you probably ever wanted to know!

One item not listed on my lists of books is my selection included in an anthology called "Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West" published by Houghton Mifflin I also have a piece in Storytellers II, a book published a few years ago by Multnomah Press and a few short selections in Daily Guideposts of a few years back. My first novella, "The Courting Quilt" is part of a collection that made the New York Times bestsellers September 2011 in a collection called Log Cabin Christmas. The rest of my writing, as they say, is history. Or it was until my first contemporary came out this fall. Called Barcelona Calling, it's the story of a writer who loses her way as she seeks fulfillment thinking she'll find it with fame. It's a laugh out loud book according to reviewers. I hope you'll enjoy it.

Customer Reviews

The plot never really was developed and the characters didn't seem real.
Fairylander
Mrs. Kirkpatrick has developed a story which captivates the reader, a tribute to her expertise in the genre of historical fiction.
Paula Fendon
I just finished reading this last book of Janes and am so glad and so thankful for her storys.
Marin

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book because it is about early Florida, the state in which I live. I fell in love with it because it's about characters who jumped off the page and captured my heart and my imagination.
I was inspired and uplifted by the dedication, determination and self-discipline of Ivy Stranahan. She is the purest example of an early feminist. The true story of how she struggled and fought to improve the lives of women and to increase their say in government and in everyday life is every bit as strong as the story of her determination to help the Seminole Indians.
Ms. Kirkpatrick's ability to bring to life early Florida is astounding. I felt I was there. I marveled at the hardships that faced the early settlers of South Florida. I cheered for their victories and cried at their tragedies. Completing this book was sad because I could not longer learn about those extraordinary people. Without a doubt, this book is now on my all-time favorite list!
This was the first, but certainly not the last, of Ms. Kirkpatrick's books that I will read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
In previous novels, Jane Kirkpatrick has showed the literary world that she knows people, history, faith, language and the great Northwest. But in her latest work, "Mystic Sweet Communion," the Oregon author reveals she's far from a one-region writer. Intead, she shows an impressive ability to bring to life historical characters about as far from her beloved Northwest as possible.
"Mystic Sweet Communion," the story of woman-for-all-seasons Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, not only establishes Kirkpatrick as being regionally broad but also strengthens her position as the standard setter for faith-infused historical novels.
Frankly, "Sweet Communion" surprised me. "Love to Water My Soul," "Sweetness to the Soul" and "A Gathering of Finches" all benefited from Kirkpatrick's deep understanding of the Northwest. I doubted whether she could bring to life turn-of-the-century Florida with the same realness. I was wrong. "Mystic Sweet Communion" is one of those novels so wonderfully woven with detail that you'd think Kirkpatrick and her family tree were planted there. Instead, the book reflects exhaustive research spawned by her scination with Stranahan, which makes for a wonderful blend of history and uncommon literary flair.
Kirkpatrick's lead character, Stranahan, is a tapestry of faith, ambition and ahead-of-her-time activism. The first teacher in Florida's Broward County, she and husband Frank are among the few people courageous and compassionate enough to reach out to to Seminole Indians along the New River, along which Fort Lauderdale would eventually emerge. She begins as a young woman with small dreams, and winds up being called upon by no less than the president of the United States.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hope Irvin Marston on July 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
This delightful historical fiction blends a tender love story with the real life struggles of the Seminole Indians at the turn of the last century. It's a tale of commitment to marriage vows made by two strong individuals willing to support one another in the pursuit of their altruistic goals no matter the personal cost. It's also a story of the Lord's faithfulness. Through these pages roam real characters facing real dilemmas and and living with the consequences of their choices. Memories of Ivy, the heroine, and her determination to secure justice for the Seminoles will haunt you long after you turn the last page. Added to the enticing story line and the various subplots is a unique literary style that's sure to please discriminating readers who savor delicately turned phrases.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paula Fendon on May 27, 2000
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In Mystic Sweet Communion, Jane Kirkpatrick transports the reader into the Florida frontier of the 1800's to meet Ivy Cromartie Stranahan. The reader appreciates Ivy and her husband Frank as a couple whose lives make a mark on the history of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Both have integrity, sensitivity and deep faith in God. Mrs. Kirkpatrick has developed a story which captivates the reader, a tribute to her expertise in the genre of historical fiction. Ivy's love and concern and respect for the Seminole indians turns her into an advocate for their protection. As usual with Mrs. Kirkpatrick's books, one is sorry when the story ends. Jane Kirkpatrick's stories are so encouraging that the reader realizes that his/her own life is a pioneer journey and that with faith,hope and love one can make a mark of encouragement on those around us and those who are to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
Delta Grove Book Club read and reviewed Kirkpatrick's latest work, "Mystic Sweet Communion", in February. We enjoyed the book and found it a wonderfully descriptive novel of Florida and the Seminole Indian people of that time. We especially appreciated sections of the book where Ivy describes becoming a teacher, her descriptions of Indian clothing, Seminole trading practices of alligators and other historical references. We recommend the book as a very enjoyable read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Staci on July 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have never heard of the author but while browsing the books in the library the cover art caught my attention. After reading the back I decided that I would give it a try and I am so glad I did. This book takes you back in time when Florida was young and makes you really feel for the indians. I truly understood the main characters reasons for not wanting a physical relationship with her husband and marvel at the depth of his love for her. Please check this one out!
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