Joining her husband in the fight to create a home out of a rugged stretch of sagebrush, rattlesnakes, and sand in eastern Oregon, Jane Kirkpatrick uneasily relinquishes the security of a professional career; the convenience of electricity, running water, and a phone line; and, perhaps most daunting, the pleasures of sporting a professional manicure. But the pull of the land is irresistible, and they dream of gathering their first harvest from a yet-to-be-planted vineyard. Rather than the simple life they had envisioned, Jane and Jerry find themselves confronting flood and fire, government bureaucracies, and runaway calves, among other disheartening setbacks. Jane frequently questions the sanity of pioneering in this remote area, known as Starvation Point, and she fights against panic with each trip down the seven-mile, boulder-strewn, rut-carved "driveway" she calls "the reptile road" which threatens to spill them into the ravine with every lurch of the truck. But as she learns to navigate her new life, this novice rancher discovers that disappointment, isolation, and danger can't compete with the generosity of their rural community, the strength of family bonds, and the faithfulness of the God who planted in their hearts the dream of carving a refuge out of an inhospitable land.
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Jane Kirkpatrick is the best-selling author of two nonfiction books and nine novels, including A Name of Her Own and the acclaimed Kinship and Courage series. Jane is a winner of the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center and National Cowboy Hall of Fame. A licensed clinical social worker as well as an inspirational retreat leader and speaker, she lives with her husband still on those 160 acres in eastern Oregon.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* Although this volume is nonfiction, its primary audience will be readers of Kirkpatrick's inspirational fiction. In 1982, Kirkpatrick and her husband bought 160 acres along the John Day River in eastern Oregon, thinking they would retreat to the simple life. Drought, accidents, battles with rattlesnakes, loneliness, and financial duress followed, but so did a marvelous life. Fans of Kirkpatrick's novels about pioneers will be charmed to see that the author has experienced a lot of the hardships she writes about. But any American can respond to a memoir such as this, about the dream that for most remains a dream. John Mort
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