A Gathering of Finches (Dreamcatcher)

Based on historical characters and events, A Gathering of Finches tells the story of a A Gathering of Finches (Dreamcatcher) and millions of other books are.
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Perhaps in the end, she does. Jane Kirkpatrick weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, of pain and betrayal. Well-written, laced with authentic historical tidbits that lend richness and reality to the storyline. This one won't be easily forgotten. May 04, Lisa rated it really liked it. This was an engaging read. The story is telling of when one pursues their own interests before others the results may be unintended yet they exist. This surprising story of a young girl is followed throughout her life with many twists and turns; each choice she makes changes the direction and paves the path of her life leading to some surprising outcomes.

Jun 09, Sandi rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. Growing up in the area I'm ready to do some more reading about my local history! Apr 23, Debbie rated it really liked it. My grandparents house was within walking distance to Shore Acres so I loved reading this. Nov 06, Bethel rated it it was amazing. Wonderful book of Oregon history in novel form. I loved this book and wish everyone could read it.

Jul 31, Joanna rated it it was amazing. This is one of my all time favorite books. I love to visit Sunset Bay and the grounds of Shore Aces.

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Simply an amazing story. Jun 26, Soupyr rated it really liked it. I think that I enjoyed the book as much as I did because I am familiar with Shore Acres and the area around Coos Bay where this story takes place. Dec 22, Georgia Herod rated it liked it. After her marriage to Louis which takes place after having lived with Louie for several years, the heartache and displeasure of her family and others , Cassie seems to have it all: A dynamic, passionate woman who turns the head of both male and female, she lives with gusto and audacity.

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Cassie chooses her own way with little consideration of the consequences. She lives with unresolved yearning and a hunger to be loved, adored, and pampered. After the birth of her daughter, Belle, she learns she has something wrong with her heart—symbolic of her emotional and spiritual heart.

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As she ages, she develops congestive heart failure, aggravated by overwork. She does nothing simply—always grand. Louis, after having been involved in probably several adulterous relationships, recommits himself to her—and builds an estate for her, which includes a luscious four-acre garden which is owned and maintained by the state of Oregon today. About three-fourths of the way through, I became tired of Cassie and her self-absorption. She was definitely independent. Well written, excellently drawn characters.

Kirkpatrick has done meticulous historical research about the people and locations in this novel. Cassie Hendrick Stearns was bigger than life in life! May 16, Carolyn Sweet rated it really liked it. Fictional account based on the lives of actual people. I found I could easily put the book down but a interesting story overall. May 10, Richelle rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Over a decade ago I went with a friend on a trip for Spring Break along the coast in Oregon.

Shore Acres State Park is five acres of beautiful well-manicured gardens right along a cliff overlooking the ocean that has stood out in my memory of the trip for all these years. This book is the historical fiction account of the woman who inspired those gardens.


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Cassie Hendrick then Sterns then Simpson came from New York with her wealthy husband, Josiah Stearns, to mostly undeveloped land in Washington Over a decade ago I went with a friend on a trip for Spring Break along the coast in Oregon. She married quite young and eventually left her husband and child to become the wife of another wealthy developer, Louis Simpson. She was a very stubborn and rash woman who didn't face up to emotions and mistakes easily in her earlier life and it caused her a lot of turmoil.

Over the years, she softened her personality and repaired many of the relationships she had damaged by her decisions.

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Also, the title, A Gathering of Finches, is apparently one of the definitions of the word "charm". I didn't ever figure out for sure if the author was trying to say that Cassie was a charming person or that she led a charmed life or what was behind the title, but there were several birds in the book or times that the author put finches in the story.

Now that I'm done with the book I'll have to think some more about the title and the finches I guess and try to figure it out. Jan 23, Paula-O rated it liked it. A Gathering of Finches written by Jane Kirkpatrick I have read this author before so picked up this book to read, it is little out of my comfort zone but quite a story with this character Cassie Hendrick. Cassie was young when she met and married Joe and life changed so much for her.

It was not a love match, but she thought she was making life easier for her mother and sister. Joe was a good man and wanted to have Cassie in his life. Cassie was a beautiful young woman and she had her own way of do A Gathering of Finches written by Jane Kirkpatrick I have read this author before so picked up this book to read, it is little out of my comfort zone but quite a story with this character Cassie Hendrick.

Cassie was a beautiful young woman and she had her own way of doing things. She made many life choices that were not the best for herself or others. At a time when most would not have even thought to do so,Cassie met Louie Simpson and knew she wanted to be in his life. Changes and more changes when a married woman looks upon another man. In time she left Joe and moved away with Louie,leaving her daughter behind for her sister to raise.

Both Louie and Cassie had many things in their past that caused their very souls to cringe yet they forged ahead and in time I think they truly loved one another yet Come read their story which is built from facts of real life people. Thanks Jane for making me move out of my comfort zone and meet these special characters. Mar 03, Judy rated it it was ok Shelves: This isn't a title I would have picked, but a friend insisted that I'd like it, and she's usually right.

However, I'm beginning to think that historical fiction written in the first person is not my style; it's too intimate, especially when the character didn't leave a paper trail of her own writing. Cassie's voice doesn't sound realistic, and I don't care for her as a person, which isn't good since she narrates the story. I keep thinking that this is a character shaped by Jane Kirkpatrick; does This isn't a title I would have picked, but a friend insisted that I'd like it, and she's usually right.

I keep thinking that this is a character shaped by Jane Kirkpatrick; does it reflect the real Cassie who lived more than one hundred years ago? If given a choice, I would have preferred letting some other character, probably a fictitious one, narrate the story. Then we would have heard about Cassie instead of 'hearing' what she's thinking and seeing. Cassie relates her experiences Rather selfish, I'd say.

I skimmed the last third, feeling little need to read the passages. This book would have been improved with a heavy-handed editor. This was a gift, which I would not have read otherwise. Takes place in real places in WA and OR. I am about pages in and have almost gotten used to the writing style and the feisty heroine. Spiritual Fiction Historical Fiction.


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  5. About A Gathering of Finches Based on historical characters and events, A Gathering of Finches tells the story of a turn-of-the-century Oregon coastal couple and the consequences of their choices, as seen through the eyes of the wife, her sister, and her Indian maid. Also by Jane Kirkpatrick. See all books by Jane Kirkpatrick. Inspired by Your Browsing History. The Lost Carousel of Provence. All Quiet on the Western Front. The Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

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