Three generations of Brown women find themselves moving
across the country from Missouri to Oregon to start a new
life. While, hardships abound their hopes and dreams stay
strong, until a decision must be made about which trail to
follow. The decisions they make will change their lives
forever, and possibly change the future for many more
generations to come.
THIS ROAD WE TRAVELED by Jane Kirkpatrick is an
inspirational story of strength and determination. Tabby,
Virgilia, and Pherne are the three women the story's point
of view is told from, and based on real people. Kirkpatrick
makes sure to give readers enough details with well-rounded
characters for each woman to have her own personality and be
remembered. Readers will easily be able to connect to all
three women. Tabby is strength and determination
personified, and though she has her vulnerabilities and
struggles, she preservers and eventually helps to start
Pacific University in Oregon. Pherne, Tabby's daughter,
seems like the weakest of the women, but becomes the glue
that holds her family together as they struggle to get
themselves across the country on the Oregon Trail. Virgilia,
Pherne's daughter, is sweet, compassionate, and her hopeful
personality is contagious. Kirkpatrick creates three strong
women who are determined to make their own decisions to keep
their families safe and together.
One of the best parts of Kirkpatrick's stories has always
been her settings, and THIS ROAD WE TRAVELED is no
exception. The details of the prairies, mountains, and
deserts are so well done the reader will feel as if they too
are on the Oregon Trail. The horrors of the Scott-Applegate
Trail will tug at readers' heartstrings, and Nellie Louise's
story is both heartbreaking and inspirational. Kirkpatrick
does a wonderful job capturing the lives of three women who
helped shaped Oregon history, and has made sure their
stories are not forgotten. THIS ROAD WE TRAVELED is a must
read historical fiction giving a voice to women of the past.
Drama, Adventure, and Family Struggles Abound as Three
Generations Head West on the Oregon Trail
When Tabitha Brown's son makes the fateful decision to leave
Missouri and strike out for Oregon, she refuses to be left
behind. Despite her son's concerns, Tabitha hires her own
wagon to join the party. Along with her reluctant daughter
and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has
her misgivings. But family ties are stronger than fear.
The trials they face along the way will severely test
Tabitha's 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 readers to travel the deadly and enticing Oregon
Trail. Based on actual events, This Road We Traveled
will inspire the pioneer in all of us.