Jane Kirkpatrick has done it again! This Road We Traveled brings the reader the poignant story of a family moving west in covered wagons, the faith and courage it took, and the tenacity to build a new life under dire situations. The main character is the matriarch, Tabitha Brown. She is spunky, resilient, and honest in her opinions. She loves her children and grandchildren fiercely yet keeps her independence intact. Her sons’ and daughter’s families chose to leave what they know in Missouri to travel the Oregon trail. Will she join them or stay behind and live a sedate life? Will the group arrive safely to their destination? Do each of them have the ability to sacrifice what they prize to find their way? Will her granddaughter discover her destiny? Does God have plans for all of them?
I underlined many striking passages and comments made by the characters. I was moved to tears. I questioned myself in the stark realities they faced wondering how I would fare in their circumstances. Would my faith in God endure in the testing they experienced?
Jane Kirkpatrick writes authentic stories with real people included and a vast amount of history and accurateness. Some of the people I loved in her other books made cameos in this one. As with most of the books I read the author has included at the end valuable questions for group discussions.
If this time period interests you or you want to discover what life was like traveling the road west this book is for you.
I received a copy from NetGalley for my honest review which I have given. My thanks to them and the author for the privilege of reading this treasure of a book.