This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick | Historical Fiction Review

This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick

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Historical Fiction

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.

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My Thoughts

When I pick up a book by Jane Kirkpatrick I know that I will be reading a fascinating story about a little known woman in American history. Her newest book This Road We Traveled keeps that tradition alive with the account of Tabitha Brown. 

Tabby, as she's more commonly called, braves the treacherous trek across the country from Missouri to Oregon in a covered wagon in order to stay with her family. Interestingly enough it is Tabby that makes this happen. Her family has come to the conclusion that the trip will be too much for her and want her to stay behind. I'm the grandmother of our family and the thought that they would leave her behind just brought up all the emotions in me. Could they really leave her behind so easily? Just like Tabby I was irritated and sad that these offspring of hers could think so little of her feelings.

This Road We Traveled is alternately told through the perspective of Tabby, her daughter Pherne,and her granddaughter Virgilia. Each woman discovers strength that they had no idea they were capable of. Tabby has a tendency to be overly optimistic and questions whether her optimism will be to her detriment. Pherne tends to be pessimistic and continually questions every decision she and her husband make. Virgilia struggles with envy and wonders if life is going to pass her by.

My favorite part comes from the wisdom of Tabby. She continually tells her children and her grandchildren that they must "Trust in the manna." Just as God provided for the Hebrews He would also provide for them. A profound lesson that we all need to take to heart.

If you enjoy historical fiction then I highly recommend that you treat yourself to this read. Just like all of Jane's books I think you will come away with an appreciation for the women's stories and the sacrifices they made to make this country what it is today. 

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Whitney. Thank so much for reading and taking the time to review my latest. I appreciate it very much. Hoping Tabby's faith will continue to inspire your own journey this year!warmly, Jane Kirkpatrick


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