Inspiring historical fiction: "This Road We Traveled" by Jane Kirkpatrick

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about the book....

Tabitha Brown refuses to be left behind in Missouri when her son makes the decision to strike out for Oregon--even if she has to hire her own wagon to join the party. After all, family ties are stronger than fear.

Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. The trials they face along the way will severely test her 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 you to travel the deadly and enticing Oregon Trail. Based on actual events, This Road We Traveled inspires the pioneer in all of us.

my review....

Once again, Kirkpatrick has succeeded at bringing history to life in her latest historical fiction novel, "This Road We Traveled". It is hard to believe that this book is based on a true story, simply because I cannot imagine how a woman of Tabitha's age accomplished what she did, when I don't think I could have done that journey and I am half of her age! Tabitha is a woman that is truly inspirational to read about, a woman of faith and remarkable courage, someone who uses the headstrong nature God gave her to truly accomplish remarkable things. Female readers of all ages will especially appreciate getting to know Tabby and will learn from the successes and mistakes that she makes in her life and on her journey across the country to Oregon. Kirkpatrick has done a wonderful job at fleshing out all of the characters that populate the characters of this story, capturing the historical flavor of the time period they lived in, and exploring their strengths and weaknesses, traits that make these characters utterly accessible to all of us. The novel moves at a steady pace, and though there were a couple of sections that I found slower than others, overall my attention was held from start to finish. Novels like this prove why Kirkpatrick is such a popular author, because she has proven once again that she is able to take history (which some people consider boring, if you can believe it!) and turn it into an entertaining, moving story that will stay with you long after you finish reading the final page.

"This Road We Traveled" is a wonderful tale that absolutely sets itself apart from other stories about travellers of the Oregon trail, with its depth of historical detail and its basis upon a woman who actually lived and breathed on the stage of history. I quite enjoyed this story and award it a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars. 
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Jane Kirkpatrick

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader's Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Many of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. You can also read her work in more than fifty publications, including DecisionPrivate Pilot, and Daily Guideposts. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at

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