This Road We Traveled

This Road We TraveledThis Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick
Genres: Historical
Published by Revell on September 06, 2016
Pages: 322
Also by this author: The Memory Weaver

 

Publisher’s Summary:

When Tabitha Brown’s son makes the fateful decision to leave Missouri and strike out for Oregon, she refuses to be left behind. Despite her son’s concerns, Tabitha hires her own wagon to join the party. Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. But family ties are stronger than fear.
The trials they face along the way will severely test Tabitha’s faith, courage, and ability to hope. With her family’s survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid. What she couldn’t know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life–and the greater part she had to play in history.
With her signature attention to detail and epic style, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to travel the deadly and enticing Oregon Trail. Based on actual events, This Road We Traveled will inspire the pioneer in all of us.

This Road We Traveled intrigued me for many reasons. Not only have I studied the Oregon Trail, I have visited several of its historical stops and even lived at its end. I have seen its scars left by wagon wheels rolling through the endless prairies, and I have viewed the graves of those who lost their lives on its treacherous trail. But author Jane Kirkpatrick brought the trail’s pilgrims to life in ways I have never experienced. Reading her novel is akin to immersing oneself in classic literature.

Jane Kirkpatrick brought the trail’s pilgrims to life in ways I have never experienced.

Tabitha Moffat Brown is known as the Mother of Oregon, and Ms. Kirkpatrick did a fabulous job of bringing her to life, along with several of her family members. Her mark on history is worthy of the attention given to it here. The events of her life and her family’s lives inspire the reader to a greater appreciation of the pioneers’ fortitude and determination. And it encourages us to forge our own trail in life. Although the book is historical fiction, it is believable fiction. The development of many of the characters is deep and rich and full. I was truly sad when the story ended, for I will miss this adventurous group.

The development of many of the characters is deep and rich and full. I was truly sad when the story ended, for I will miss this adventurous group.

The development of themes throughout the book was also complete and satisfying. Taking on their best and worst attitudes and fears, the author gently laid bare the hearts of Tabby, Pherne, and Virgilia. Seeing their struggles challenged my thinking and revealed the idols of my heart. What a joy when a book can entertain and teach at the same time!

Jane Kirkpatrick is not a new novelist, but she is new to me. Her style is easy, but rewarding. Her command of vocabulary is masterful; her technique flawless. I cannot praise her writing enough. Although this is the first of her novels that I have read, I know that it will not be the last.

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