This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick

Title:  This Road We Traveled
Author: Jane Kirkpatrick
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  September 6, 2016
Genre: Inspirational 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.

Have you ever read a book that you feel lost after reading it? Not lost as it it didn't make sense, but you don't know how you feel about it. Wait. Not true. It's more like you know what you love about it, but you can't say you love the book? Yes, that is the case with This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick, at least for me.

I love the rich historical details and the lyrical prose of the author's writing. I can almost visualize being on the trail with Tabby.  I can see the setting, the characters and their interactions. Jane Kirkpatrick writes beautifully. I want to love this story. I want to be able to connect with the characters, but I just don't. I don't think Tabby's age have to do with it, but just something. It's something that kind of gnaws at you, as an avid reader, when I can't point out what I don't like about it. In truth, I find the premise of the plot interesting, but the outcome almost anticlimactic.

Kudos to the author for writing This Road We Traveled based on Tabitha Brown, and for giving readers a vivid story, bringing her to life. I love it when I can learn something from a book or when it propels me to research some more.  In all, I don't love This Road We Traveled, but I don't dislike it either. There's just something.  I think this is the type of story that can really seize you if you let it.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



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. 

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  1. Looks like a wonderful book. Jane is a great author.

  2. Forgive my ignorance. Is Tabitha Brown a real person?

  3. Dianna, no worries! Tabita Brown is one of the early pioneers out west, specifically Oregon. She was also known as "Mother of Oregon." Her philanthropic work with orphans may have earned her that title, which was honored by the Oregon legislature in 1987. Here's more info on Wikipedia:


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