I have long been a Jane Kirkpatrick fan. When I picked up Barcelona Calling at a writers’ conference I was attending and Jane was co-leading, the synopsis surprised me.
Jane’s underlying themes are usually strength, courage and compassion with a lovely sprinkling of faith and humanity. Almost everything Jane has written to date has been written from the historical perspective of the Native Americans living in the Pacific Northwest, those people exploring and settling in the same region, strong women making strides in the world, events of a few decades ago in Oregon when a cult took over some land and what happened later, plus her own story of homesteading in Oregon. What was she doing writing a novel about romance and a young woman writer, I questioned to myself?
Obviously she was stepping outside the box and my curiosity got the better of me. I purchased the book, Jane autographed it for me, and I put in my bag. Until recently I had actually continued placing it behind other books I wanted to read. Then, looking for a change of reading pace, I picked it up. I’m so glad I did!
The things I learned from a writer’s perspective and about Jane were worth the price of the book and more. Jane lays out beautifully the life of the emerging writer. She takes the ups, downs, rejections, tears, joys and successes and tosses them lightly like a grand summer salad full of freshly picked fixings from the garden.
Jane provides an upfront look at the editorial and agent relationships for a writer through Annie’s writing difficulties in getting her next book published and a previous one to sell. And she shares the goodness of friends who want you to have your successes as much as you do. But these relationships can all be hurtful as well as helpful.
I knew in her speaking life that Jane did not lack for humor and wit, but I had not experienced it before in her writing. I actually loved her use of the comedic in Barcelona Calling. Some of Annie’s experiences are almost beyond laughable, and that’s all I’ll say. You have to read them yourself.
As for the romance, I thought it was beautifully handled with a sprinkling of God’s hand in the whole picture. Here again, I’m not sharing anything more.
Looking for a good summer read? Maybe one for a beach trip? Or just something lighter than usual? This is a great book for you. But if you’ve never read Jane Kirkpatrick, I encourage you to also treat yourself to one of her other books as well. She is an experienced writer and her writing alone is enjoyable, not to mention the stories she researches and shares.
Meet the Author:
Jane Kirkpatrick is a writer, speaker, teacher…
Jane is internationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire. Her works have appeared in more than 50 publications including Decision, Private Pilot and Daily Guideposts. Jane is the author of over 25 books including historical novels. Many of her titles are based on the lives of real people or incidents set authentically in the American West. Her first novel, A Sweetness to the Soul, won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy, Spur, Oregon Book Award, WILLA Literary Award and Reader’s Choice awards. Several of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections.
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Publication Date: September 1, 2011
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Christian
Format: Tradepaper; 314 pages
Source: Personal Library