Friday, October 4, 2019

Book Review: One More RIver to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick

One More River to Cross by [Kirkpatrick, Jane]

One More River to Cross

In 1844, two years before the Donner Party, the Stevens-Murphy company left Missouri to be the first wagons into California through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mostly Irish Catholics, the party sought religious freedom and education in the mission-dominated land and enjoyed a safe journey--until October, when a heavy snowstorm forced difficult decisions. The first of many for young Mary Sullivan, newlywed Sarah Montgomery, the widow Ellen Murphy, and her pregnant sister-in-law Maolisa.

When the party separates in three directions, each risks losing those they loved and faces the prospect of learning that adversity can destroy or redefine. Two women and four men go overland around Lake Tahoe, three men stay to guard the heaviest wagons--and the rest of the party, including eight women and seventeen children, huddle in a makeshift cabin at the headwaters of the Yuba River waiting for rescue . . . or their deaths.

Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick plunges you deep into a landscape of challenge where fear and courage go hand in hand for a story of friendship, family, and hope that will remind you of what truly matters in times of trial.

My thoughts:

So much as been written about the wagon trains going west and it seems as though we have romanticized those trips quite a bit.  Jane Kirkpatrick though, lays it on the line and doesn't mince what it was like when the wagon trains ran into trouble.  The hardships are everywhere in this story and it makes me think if I could survive such a trip.  These women were strong and so were there children.  They grew closer, as times got rough and formed a bond that couldn't be broken.  

One More River to Cross did seem to jump around a bit from party to party.  Sometimes there were only a few sentences about that party before she jumped to the next.  At times, that seemed to drive me crazy because even though I cared about them all, I just wanted to know more detail about Moses.  He remained my favorite character with the way he cared for others, his hard work, and his ingenuity. 

The history I learned while reading this book made me continue turning the pages. The descriptions were perfect and I could picture them in my mind. I even learned about something new that I didn't know before (reflector ovens) and that always a bonus. 

Just to let you know, I'm still mad and I need to forgive the men.

This book was given to me by Revell and this is my honest opinion.
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