Beneath the Bending Skies by Jane Kirkpatrick ~ Book Review

October 13, 2022


About the Book 

Book: Beneath the Bending Skies
Author: Jane Kirkpatrick
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: September 6, 2022

Mollie Sheehan has spent much of her life striving to be a dutiful daughter and honor her father's wishes, even when doing so has led to one heartbreak after another. After all, what options does she truly have in 1860s Montana? But providing for her stepfamily during her father's long absences doesn't keep her from wishing for more.

When romance blooms between her and Peter Ronan, Mollie finally allows herself to hope for a brighter future--until her father voices his disapproval of the match and moves her to California to ensure the breakup. Still, time and providence are at work, even when circumstances are at their bleakest. Mollie may soon find that someone far greater than her father is in control of the course of her life--and that even the command to "honor thy father" has its limits.

New from New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick, Beneath the Bending Skies is a sweeping story of hospitality, destiny, and the bonds of family.

My Thoughts 

Okay this definitely was not what I was expecting from this book. I have a hard time reading books that read like a diary as they lose my interest and this was how this book was. It took me way too long to get into it and I can't say I was fully immersed into it. The topic was a bit way too heavy for me and it felt like it didn't quite flow at times. That being said I have heard wonderful things about this author and her writing and in that aspect she did not disappoint. You can tell that she did her research and this being a true story she definitely kept to the time period and was very detailed in aspects of her story. 

This story may have possible triggers for those that may have been in parental controlling households. Mollie is a like able character but your heart definitely goes out to her situation. Thank goodness for Peter who brought something different to the story and Mollie's life. 

Overall this story was not for me, however if you enjoy American history and the first person narrative then this story is for you and I am sure you will enjoy it immensely. 

My Rating: 3 Stars

I received a copy of this book through the publisher Revell. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of forty books, including Something Worth DoingOne More River to CrossEverything She Didn't SayAll Together in One PlaceA Light in the WildernessThe Memory WeaverThis Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. And been short-listed for the Christy, Spur, and Oregon Book Awards. Jane divides her time between Central Oregon and California with her husband, Jerry, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Caesar. Learn more at

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