“This Road We Traveled” Jane Kirkpatrick Review


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.



Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A Light in the Wilderness and 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. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.


Imagine a world unlike the one we know. One that is full of trials tribulations and a dusty dangerous adventure that is full of unknowns. This is a book of triumph, choices, challenges and believing in God.

Let’s take a trip back in time to the days of wagon trains and working hard for the things that you have, very unlike our world today. No tv, phones, indoor plumbing, grocery stores etc. Could you do it?? Could you make the decisions needed for you and your large family to survive. The Brown/Pringle family sure had a hard time of it. They went from having a stable decent living to an unknown future. I don’t know if I could do that, strike out on my own in a future that is not known. On a road that was not well traveled, leaving behind almost all of my belongings, and putting my children at risk of injury or even death.

This book was very slow going, but it makes sense, it is a written tale of a family and their adventures in a wagon train across the U.S.. It is interesting to me how much the eldest son of Tabitha, Orus, pretty much just gave up on her. He truly believed that she was not capable of making the trip and would be nothing but a burden. She is definitely the spunkiest character, showing her true worth throughtout the entire book. Her and Virgilia were my favorite characters by far.

The all had so much happen to them that you couldn’t help but feel sorry for them. The road was long, perilous and they lost so much throughout the trip. They kept their faith in God and each other and were able to press on through even the toughest of times. They are an inspiration, if they can make it through the most horrible of things happening to them then I’m positive we can get through our problems. It really makes you stop and think about how things were back in those days. It was difficult for them and their life spans were a lot of times very short. The infant mortality rate was astonishing and makes me thankful that my kids were born in this century! But they pressed on, because that is what they had to do. They couldn’t stop working and they couldn’t stop trying.

The moment that Virgilia met her one true love wrapped the story up for me. They had made it, and she had finally met her soul mate after pining away for someone else for so long she deserved it. Great read, I found it somewhat slow but it was overall a good book.


This book was given to me in exchange for a fair and honest review from Revell Publishing.



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