Wow! This novel, This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick, was a step back into time on the hardships many people, men, children, and women, on the Oregon Trail.
This novel is in three parts, which I found interesting in how it was broken up. We also hear from three different women’s perspectives on the journey; Tabitha Moffatt Brown, her daughter Pherne, and Pherne’s daughter Virgilia. Tabitha is the stubborn and invincible Grandmother who doesn’t know when to stop or listen to reasoning. She wants to head west to Oregon when he son Orus comes to recruit his sister Pherne and her husband Virgil to head west with him and his family. She not going to let him stop her. She cares for her children but sometimes she just doesn’t know how to express it at time, but God is definitely her strength and guidance throughout her journey to Oregon.
They find it all hard to leave the memories and heart aches behind, but it is a way to start things a-new again, a clean slate, for them all. However, all goes well until they take a new route and become separated. Tabitha, her brother-in-law, daughter Pherne and the rest of the troop decide to take the Applegate Trail, which appears shorter but turns out harder than expected. In addition to the troop they had, they also had to care for a new young girl, named Nellie Louise, whose parents had gotten separated from her. Once on this trail they endure great trials of starvation and sadness in order to reach their safe haven.
There is a lot to cover in this book, and you may be surprised what God has lead them to see on this journey. I also wanted to note that this is a semi-true story from the real accounts of Tabitha Moffat Brown’s journal, who is the founder of Pacific University in Oregon . AMAZING! By the way, I can’t forget to thank Revell publishing for the opportunity to read this great book for my honest review and opinion. This book was a really good read. You’ll just have to grab a copy below or at your nearest bookstore.
Stay tuned for next weeks review of Whiter than Snow, a great inspiring short story! 😀
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