Monday, 19 March 2018

Review - This Road We Traveled

Revell; 352 pages; $14.99; Amazon

Yes, I had planned on finishing all my needs-to-be-reviewed books on Friday, but due to a sinus infection and allergies, I had to take a break from writing over the the weekend, as my eyesight was bothering me. Today, I'm hoping to get a few reviews finished, including this one, which is the review for The Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick.

Set in the 1840s, the novel centers on Tabitha Brown, the matriarch of the family, who leaves her life in Missouri after her son decides to move his family to Oregon. Along Tabitha's daughter Pherne, son-in-law Virgil, and two grandchildren, they pack their bags and travel out west into the unknown.

Final Thoughts

Many historical novels have mostly fictional characters set around real events. Author Jane Kirkpatrick does the opposite; her books are based on real-life characters and events, with a few fictional ones tossed in.

This Road We Traveled is about the true story of the Brown family who traveled on the Oregon Trail. The novel is well-written with amazing descriptions and lively dialogue. You can clearly tell the author did extensive research before writing the novel. In the very back of the book, there's an interview with the author and a "Readers Group" discussion questions.

Overall, I enjoyed reading This Road We Traveled. If you like historical fiction, then you'll love reading this book.

*Note - I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author nearly thirty books, including A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. She is also the winner of the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry.

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