Thursday, December 15, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: "This Road We Traveled"

From up the back cover: 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. 

This is the first book I’ve read by Jane Kirkpatrick but it didn’t disappoint.  Given the fact that it is based on a real person makes the history even more poignant. Tabitha Brown was 66 years old when she took her family on the Oregon Trail. She was a widow with three children and trying too make sense of her life.  She had been disabled and lame since she was a child and had grown up knowing both good times and bad.  She was both a woman, a wife and mother, a grandmother, and a storyteller.  She built an orphanage and then developed a school and university.  She financed her own wagon she shared with her brother-in-law, when their small party headed out west on the Oregon Trail.  This book is a wonderful story of who she was, what she became, and the history of the State of Oregon.

***** Stars

Publisher: Revell, a Division of Baker House Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780800722333

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.