It was a land of timber, challenge and trepidation, forcing struggles beyond any she had known, and she’d known many in her sixty-six years. But Tabitha Moffat Brown decided at that moment, with wind and snow as companions in this dread, that she would not let the last entry in her memoir read “Cold. Starving. Separated.” — “This Road We Traveled”

Jane Kirkpatrick is an author who has been on my radar for a while now.

sampleSo when her newest release, “This Road We Traveled,” became available, I jumped at the chance to review it.

I was even more excited when I saw it was inspired by a true story about a family on the Oregon Trail — a subject I was completely fascinated by as a child.

The story follows three generations of Brown women:

  • Tabitha Brown, the matriarch at 65 years old, refuses to be left behind when her children’s families decide to go west. She is known as the “Mother of Oregon.”
  • Pherne Pringle, Tabitha’s daughter, is as reluctant to leave her comfortable home as her mother is to be left behind.
  • Virgilia Pringle, Pherne’s daughter, who is waiting for an adventure and her life to begin.

“This Road We Traveled” is a story about perseverance and faith in the face of tribulation.

Each character faces her own struggles and has to make decisions about the future.

There are a lot of characters in this novel, but most of them have fairly unique names, so that helps to differentiate them.

They all are well developed, with individual personalities.

It’s obvious that Kirkpatrick does a lot of research before writing a novel. There were plenty of historical details to appeal to history lovers such as myself.

The novel had some slow moments, but all in all, it was a wonderful tribute to a woman who dedicated her life to others.

I gave “This Road We Traveled” four out of five stars.

About the author

Jane Kirkpatrick is The New York Times and CBA best-selling author of nearly 30 books, including “A Light in the Wilderness,” “The Memory Weaver” and “A Sweetness to the Soul,” which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center.

She is also the winner of the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction.

Many of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. Readers also can read her work in more than 50 publications, including Decision, Private Pilot, and Daily Guideposts.

Jane lives in xentral Oregon with her husband, Jerry.

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I was provided a free copy of this book. However, all opinions are my own.