One More River to Cross

One More River to Cross

by Jane Kirkpatrick

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Overview

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781493419494
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 56,075
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books, including Everything She Didn't Say, All She Left Behind, A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, This Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.

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One More River to Cross 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
J_Augustine 13 days ago
Every single choice could mean life or death... Like most Americans I've heard about the Donner Party and I've had the same macabre fascination with the story that pretty much everyone has. So, when I read the blurb for One More River To Cross and saw that it is about a wagon train who got stuck in the same place two years before the Donners, and they ALL survived, well, I knew this was one story I had to find out more about. What an amazing story it was! The determination of these people to survive, their strength of will, the sacrifices they made, and of course, most importantly, the faith that kept them going. Wow! I've read a few of Jane Kirkpatrick's books and I've come to appreciate her carefully researched attention to detail. While the author does have to take some literary license as she fictionalizes history her determination to stay true to that history shines through each word. The author's note at the end of the story also provides a lot of fascinating information about the changes and also about what happened to the real people afterwards. While I didn't exactly read One More River To Cross straight through like I normally would, the story was never far from my thoughts and wonderings. I'm going to date myself a little here and say that the story, and format, were reminiscent of the Dear America series of books that I read as a kid/teen. And as an adult I think that little bit of nostalgia made reading this book an even better experience. I enjoyed this book from Jane Kirkpatrick and it has inspired me to find out more about the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend party. I am definitely looking forward to what the author might have in store for her readers next.... (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Deanne Patterson 13 days ago
Based on a truth, this wagon train crossing happened two years before the Donner party crossed the Sierra Nevada's. All was fine til October when the harsh snows hit the mountains. The struggle was real and I am once again impressed with the strength of this author's research. The vast wilderness,going without food for days on end including children,bone chilling cold,crossing rivers. Just amazing! All had to work together to survive. All the women had different strengths and weaknesses. The author showed a venerability to them. Do I think this made them weak, no! I do believe this brought out their character. No one had time to be selfish and think about themselves, everything was a group effort. I think many of us have romanticized the wagon train crossings, including myself thinking how nice it would have been to ride in one in perfect weather enjoying the slow ride. This book is really about strength,trust and faith in the Lord that he will get you through. Excellent book with well developed characters set at a great pace! Pub Date: 03 Sep 2019 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
Bookluvr4vr 13 days ago
One More River to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick does not disappoint the reader, if they are familiar with her old frontier stories. In this novel, we meet many young women and men are their trek towards Alta, California for Sutter’s Fort from Missouri. However, when they reach the Rockies in the late autumn, near Lake Tahoe, the weather changes for the worse. The snow becomes intense and the group of travelers decide they need to split up into smaller groups. The group of travelers soon divide into four different groups. The first group to separate is the Horse Back Group, consisting of six individuals. The Horseback Group goes a Southerly route in hopes of avoiding the heaviest snow. The second group to separate is the Wagon Group. This group only has 3 men, a husband and two young men, that are waiting winter out in order to get the wagons across the mountain in the spring. The final two groups to separate are the Wintering Women Camp (consisting of eight women, two men, and seventeen children) and the Cross Country men. They decide on this decision because of the tense weather and they believe it will be best for everyone. Will the Cross Country men make it to Alta California and be able to return to the people they have left on guard? Will the other groups survive the harsh winter with the little provisions they have? You have to check the book out for yourself. I really enjoyed this novel as I’m partial to the frontier days and I am amazed how these people were able to survive the journey. Ms. Kirkpatrick does a great job creating so many characters and separating them into there own parts. Great writing style, too! I want to thank not only Ms. Kirkpatrick but also Revell Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this complimentary book. I was not obligated to post a review, but I love sharing what a read with all of you.
ConsultingWriter 14 days ago
One More River to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick is the story settlers traveling west to reach Alta California. The story takes places a couple years prior to the Donner party and captures the struggles of traveling over and through the snowy mountain terrain. In 1844, the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party migrate from Iowa to California just before the Mexican American War and prior to the California Gold Rush. They passed Lake Tahoe on their way to Sutter Fort. This would be the first wagon train to cross the Sierra Nevada and that very same trail would later be named the Donner pass for...obvious reasons. I enjoyed this read. Stories like this one leave me wondering what I would do in a similar situation. It focused on the struggles that the group would have experienced during that time, from physical barriers such as deep snow, narrow passes and huge boulders to emotional issues as the party began to split up. Moses was left behind with the wagons near the lake, the women and children were later left in a crudely built cabin before most of the men set off for supplies and rescue. Unfortunately, they find themselves pulled into the start of the Mexican-American war and unable to return to the women they'd left behind. Will there be a hero to the story? Will those that stayed behind survive through the winter? If you love historical fiction, grab a copy of One More River to Cross. I received a complimentary copy from Revell Reads. The honest opinions in this review are my own. Once I started reading, I had to research the story of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party. 
valet 14 days ago
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
cristal6 14 days ago
This was a very interesting book. You have a bit of history put into a story. This is set in 1844 and heading from Missouri to California by wagon by the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend families. What they didn’t expect was snow – lots of snow. They end up separating. First one group separates and goes following the river. Then another has to separate and stay with the heavier wagons. Then with the remainders, the men separate leaving mostly women and children behind in a crudely made cabin that is made from the lighter weight wagons. There are 8 women and 17 children, including two newborns. They end up eating their oxen until there is no food left and no game nearby to kill. The question is, will there be a rescue party to gather up everyone. If there is, will there be survivors? Will they live through this? That is where you will need to read this book to find out. One More River to Cross became available for sale September 3, 2019. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.
ARS8 14 days ago
Just looking at this cover I knew I was in for an atmospheric read of cold, trouble, and triumph. There are a lot of characters introduced in this book. I did read through all the characters, as there is a nice glossary in the beginning. To get us used to the characters the story is written in short segments. I must say that I did not care too much for the men. I know this is a time when women basically did not have a vote and were to cook and look after the children, but like one of the women stated, their lives were on the line too. If you are looking for a historical of pioneers pushing through this country through thick and thin and based on a true story, pick this one up. It was a riveting read of the tenacity that people had and can have. I received a copy of this novel from Revell. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Deana0326 15 days ago
People have different opinions about what makes a great book. For me, it is when an author can take readers right to the place where the story is set and can vividly feel part of the action. The characters are easy to relate to and the story flows at a pace that doesn't overwhelm readers with unnecessary facts. This book is exactly all the things above and more. It takes place during 1844 where travelers take off in wagons across unforgiving weather and terrain to make a better life for themselves. We can understand their struggles as the author carefully shows the danger that our characters faced. There is a large group that make a decision to branch off and take different routes. This is where the meat of the story is for me. One decision will change the lives of these men, women and children. The unknown is scary and I loved how they faced their trails with a steadfast faith. It is hard to read at times the many challenges they faced but with each step they became closer to their dream of a better life. I did like that the women were depicted as strong and capable of looking out for themselves and making wise decisions. I loved the historical facts that the author includes which makes the story intriguing to read. I love this time period but I'm sure I couldn't have done some of the things they had to do to survive. Overall the book is very good and gives us a look at people who traveled by wagon and overcame hardships with hope and faith of promising opportunities. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. The review is my own opinion.
Blooming-with-Books 15 days ago
Excellent Historical Read... One More River to Cross By Jane Kirkpatrick In 1844, a group headed from Missouri to California. The Stephens-Murphy-Townsend party was determined to be the first company to take wagons into California via the Sierra Nevada. Wagons through the mountains would be no easy task add to that this wasn't just a group of explorers but families - men, women, children and laden down wagons. But as they approach the final leg of their journey there is a decision to make - which path to pursue. Winter is showing its coming approach and the mountains before them are daunting. When the health and safety of the various members of the party are in question the party splits into three smaller groups each pursuing a different goal. One group heads south, another continues on towards a hoped-for mountain pass, and the final group remains behind with their overladen wagons to protect their valuables. With families divided by this decision the certainty of their futures is further thrown into doubt - will they find one another at the end of their journeys. Who will live? Who will die? One More River to Cross is a journey of perseverance of the human spirit in the face of mounting adversity. Each person no matter what course they took was faced with challenges that could make or break them and how they responded had a profound impact on those closest to them. This is what I most like about Jane Kirkpatrick's work - she brings history to life. She focuses on a chapter of history that people are familiar with but she finds the mostly unknown footnote and restores those who were involved in it to remembrance. She doesn't glamorize the trials her characters underwent and we experience their pain, anger, sorrows, joys, failures, and triumphs. Fans of Historical Fiction will greatly appreciate this work as will those enjoy pre-Civil War Western expansion. I found it interesting that at this time that the California lands that are being settled is under Mexican rule and that the current influx of Americans is less than appreciated. Overall I highly recommend this book if you want excellence in writing. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.
millstreetreader 15 days ago
The American history books are filled with stories of brave men whose dreams pushed them further and further west. What we too often ignore is the simple fact that they were almost always accompanied by women. Women who eagerly chose to move in search of a better life, but also women who had no voice in the decisions that forever altered their futures. Those decisions were made by husbands, fathers, and even brothers. Too often the females would soon find themselves alone as family members succumbed to disease and accidents, leaving them too poor or too far away for a return to their previous homes. Jane Kirkpatrick has made telling the stories of these surviving women her life's work. Many of her books center on fictionalized accounts of historical women of the Northwest. In her latest book, she turns to the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend company who left Missouri in 1844 to travel across the Sierra Nevada to California. Their journey was a full two years before the fateful Donner party. As the group approaches the mountains, snows begin and the decision is made to split up. One small group returns to a lower route, mainly to secure a route that will allow Elizabeth Townsend, the ill wife of the doctor in the group, a way to avoid the strain of the mountains. When the remaining travelers realize that they cannot get the wagons through the mountain, three men (one newly married) decide to build a rough structure and wait the winter out, while protecting the wagons full of supplies for their new lives in California. The rest plug ahead, hoping to make it through a narrow passage at the top of the mountain before winter sets in for good. Jane Kirkpatrick's writing always pulls me in, but this novel speaks even louder than most. Instead of revealing the harsh, but inspiring story of one brave woman, we are quickly introduced to a whole traveling community of them, each with her own trials and strengths. There is Ellen Murphy Townsend, a young widow, who wants to move beyond her loss and find joy in life. But her father and brothers feel she must be more reserved and proper. Beth Townsend, the doctor's wife and Ellen's sister-in-law has a strong spirit, but a weak body. The whole group is concerned that the journey up and down the Sierra Nevada will be too much for her. Mary Sullivan is on the trip because her parents had decided to leave Canada for California; their deaths mean she will continue the trip with her brothers as her chaperones. While she cooks and cares for them, the young men never acknowledge her skill with the animals. Maolisa Murphy and Ailbe Miller, sisters-in-law, are what we most often think of when we consider women on wagon trains. Married mothers, they find themselves facing the hardships of caring for little ones and even giving birth while traveling west. And then there is Sarah Montgomery, married less than a year, who must say goodbye to her husband who remains behind to protect the wagons. Despite her pleas that they remain together, he assures her that she will be able to return in the spring to help him continue to California. Jane Kirkpatrick has written over 20 books, most of them historical fiction. I've read most of them and always eagerly await her next book. ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS is not a disappointment. Once again she has taken a moment in history and expanded it into a full narrative, pitting adversity against the strength of the human spirit. And as only Kirkpatrick seems able to
SemmieWise 16 days ago
** “ … I trust God is with us whatever choice we make. It’s what I draw on in the hard times. That I’m not alone and that God wants good things for us at the end.” ** Jane Kirkpatrick brings a story straight from true life to the page with “One More River to Cross,” a harrowing tale of a courageous group of people who make their way across the country in a wagon train, and the battles they face on the way. Taking place from 1844-1845, “One More River to Cross” follows the story of several families that race against time and Mother Nature to make it to California, a land filled with promise for new beginnings and happy endings. But when weather conditions force the group to break into several parties — some pressing on via horseback, some via wagon and some forced to stay behind — each member is forced to be the strongest they have ever been. And in a male dominated world, the women especially are forced to step up into roles that will allow for their very survival. Kirkpatrick does an amazing job of delving into these characters — sharing their hopes, joys, sorrows and fears. She develops strong, inspirational women like 17-year-old Mary Sullivan who’d rather be taking care of the animals than cooking dinner; Sarah Armstrong Montgomery, who struggles with the fact she’s never learned to read; 20-year-old widow Ellen Murphy who yearns to get out from her father’s and brother’s interference; and Beth Townsend, the sickly wife of the party’s overbearing and pompous doctor. The author writes so descriptively that the readers feels they’re right there on the wagon trail, experiencing the trauma and trials of the wagon party. You can tell she deeply researched this topic. Be sure to read the Author’s Note at the end as it goes into detail about this true-to-life story. Besides being a fantastic historical fiction novel, “One More River to Cross” also teaches several incredible lessons, like finding a bridge between grief and new beginnings; finding the courage to overcome major trials; we should feast on joy and not anger; spreading kindness is a gift; and we never know each other’s demons, but sharing them kills their power. Obviously a major theme in this novel is weathering storms, and the fact that anything is possible with God (“Don’t seem humanly possibly to do such a thing, but all things are possible through him that trusts the Lord”). Anyone who loves historical fiction or inspirational novels in general will love “One More River to Cross.” Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Librarycataloger 17 days ago
It has been many years since I learned about the Donner Party's tragic expedition so I was eager to read about this journey that had taken place two years before that ill-fated trip. One More River to Cross relates the hardships that The Stephens-Murphy-Townsend Overland Party encountered during the months from October 1844 -July 1845 as they attempted to cross the Sierra Nevadas to reach California. As I read about these brave people who endured extreme hunger,frigid cold, and snow that was estimated to be eight feet deep, I couldn't imagine how much they had suffered. I was especially touched byThe Wintering Women, a group of eight women and seventeen children who were left to tend for themselves in a makeshift cabin while the rest of the group traveled on to find help. These women faced extreme difficulties but they drew strength and comfort from each other and from their faith in God. They also discovered just how strong they really were! Author Jane Kirkpatrick relates in her Author's Notes and Acknowledgements how this story came to be and she also shares what is true and what she has added as fiction. I am a fan of historical fiction and I admire her efforts but I did find myself having to refer often to the list of characters in the front of the book. There are many people involved in this story and I found it difficult to keep them all straight. One More River to Cross is 345 pages long but those who enjoy reading about the early history of our country and the pioneers who struggled to expand its boundaries will find it to be both entertaining and educational. I received a complimentary copy from Revell and I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts in this review.
Sprinkle23 19 days ago
One More River to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick is a stand-alone novel based on historical events surrounding the Stephens company and its journey to California. I appreciate that the author chose to stick to certain happenings, as odd as they seem to today’s readers. While some of these events led to character development and/or relational healing in the book, other events seemed to pass without sufficient time given to dealing with the trauma they must have caused and I wished those events had been more thoroughly addressed. Much of One More River to Cross is devoted to highlighting the powerlessness of women in that time period and how the women’s mindsets changed. I enjoyed seeing the women find their own reasons to hope and persevere through their severe hardship. They learned to speak up despite oppression from companions and loved ones. They learned to take action when necessary. The themes about powerlessness and gender equality echo into today’s society and are still relevant. Despite its prose being well-written with its smooth dialogue and vibrant descriptions, I struggled to finish One More River to Cross because I never developed deep interest in the characters. There were just so many of them and the story hopped all around in so many different minds that even when I was a third of the way through the book, I needed to refer to the character list. If you have enjoyed previous historical fiction novels by Jane Kirkpatrick, you may enjoy One More River to Cross. While it didn’t captivate my attention, long-time fans of Jane Kirkpatrick will likely be interested in her newest release. Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
RobinWillson 19 days ago
Most of this is facts that the author found in research. One of the first wagon trains to travel this area. In the epilogue Jane said she hoped that this story might celebrate the honor of self-sacrifice, the wisdom of working together, and the power of persevering through community and faith. She did that exactly. This story is set in 1844 as a wagon train is progressing across country towards Oregon first then changing to California, which was still Mexican at the time. A fairly easy trip for the first part, they didn't take into the account the high mountains and altitude around Lake Tahoe, and thought California only had warm temperatures. Never expecting the deep, deep snow in the mountains. These became tremendous obstacles for them. Most were Irish, some from Canada. Good old Irish stubbornness, brains and tenacity came into play as they determined to live and move to their goal. Women were expected to follow without question or input, not expected to think. This group of Irish girls got tired of that and when left to themselves learned what they needed to and proved resourcefulness of their own, as the men left and forged ahead without them. As with all of Jane's books, there are always lessons to be learned that will apply to women everywhere, anytime. Quotes “An old Indian once told me, ‘When you come to a wide chasm— jump. It’s not as wide as you think.’ We had no alternative but to jump and so we did.” “Taking things apart to re-create them,” Mary said. “That’s happening to us too,” Sarah said. “We’re having to remake ourselves here.” And so they did. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” #OneMoreRiverToCross #NetGalley #JaneKirkpatrick #BooksYouCanFeelGoodAbout #5Stars #ChristianHistorical
FayJac 20 days ago
This historical fiction book is about the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend company that was the first company to bring wagons into California. They ended up splitting into four groups and this book gives the story of each group until they finally got to California and the struggles they went through to get there. These pioneers were filled with grit, determination, courage, and perseverance. This book especially portrays what the women went through, following their men and their decisions and sometimes embarking on their own. It is a fascinating story based on real life history. Not only did these men and women portray hardiness and fortitude, but most of them revealed a faith in God to make it through. They faced many hardships, including starvation and freezing snow but their ingenuity got them through. This is is very interesting to read and I highly recommend it as good historical fiction. (Please Note: Although a copy of this book was sent to me to review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, the opinions expressed are my own.)
Mandy Elliott 26 days ago
*I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Revell at Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts below are my own A TRULY REMARKABLE TALE OF COURAGE, ENDURANCE AND PIONEERING SPIRIT.  Jane Kirkpatrick does a magnificent job of remaining true to the real story in her newest novel, One More River to Cross, creating a narrative that is both historically accurate and beautifully told with dynamic characters based on the exceptional pioneers of the day.  I can’t say enough about this masterful retelling of the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend pioneer party. Author Jane Kirkpatrick weaves her magic in a soft and easy to read narrative that inspires, delights and encourages the soul with the perseverance, determination and faith of her characters.  In true early American fashion, these Irish Catholics make their way westward in hopes of finding land for their families to experience religious freedom, peace and prosperity.  As they face the challenges that nature presents them, they come to grips with hard decisions, endure hunger and starvation, and bond together while holding onto hope and ultimately preserving. Kirkpatrick used historical resources to build her dynamic cast of characters in such a beautiful way, they immediately become engraved on the heart and soul of a reader who will find themselves rooting for these pioneers and their families. I personally found myself intrigued by the story enough to do my own research into the history and real people behind One More River to Cross. I enjoyed the dialogue throughout the book, the historical accuracy, the well developed characters and learning about the struggles these families overcame.  The book is well written; a beautiful unfolding of difficult but triumphant events that evoke a spirit of pride, perseverance and hope. As a result, I can’t recommend this new novel enough to lovers of historical fiction of all ages. It will remain a passionate favorite of mine for this particular time era.
amybooksy 27 days ago
One More River to Cross is an interesting read. It is based on true events from mid nineteenth century. I thought the author did a great job bringing this moment in history to life. However, there are quite a bit of characters to keep up with that did make me confused at times. I enjoyed reading the book, but it was a little slow at times. About halfway through, I was beginning to be intrigued and could not put it down. I am giving One More River to Cross three and a half stars. It is definitely worth a read. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
NDowning 27 days ago
This story had the potential to be a really great read. I was excited about reading it when I saw the summary. I generally enjoy the stories of wagon trains, pioneers, and people making their way to a new area, and new life. However…when I opened the book for the first time (other than enjoying that “new book” smell), I was immediately apprehensive because there was a 3 page list of characters, and blurbs about them! I already knew that this was going to be one of those confusing books with so many characters that the author felt it necessary to have a cheat sheet at the front to remind you of who’s who. I was right. It was pretty confusing. By the end I think I was mostly keeping the characters straight in my head…I think… The author split the story into groups of people and changed from one group to another, sometimes in the same chapter. I think it would have been a much better story, easier to read and much more enjoyable if she had just stuck with one group. Another thing that was tiresome to me was the repetitive statements of the women in the book complaining about a “woman’s role” in life. That was very annoying to me. I would give this book a 2 out of 5 stars. Revell publishers provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
LifeofLiterature 27 days ago
This book has truly heart touching stories of trials and survival in the harsh conditions of 1844. The author does such a good job with her research, which shows in her exquisite details, and paints scenes that allow you to really envision the primitive and wild west. I would classify this story as heavy on historical content. The characters discover what is truly important in life and the lessons they learned along the way are lessons that modern readers can even use to apply to their own lives today. Although this book is fiction, it gives a glimpse into what could have transpired during such a difficult time. I liked this book, but would definitely categorize it as a heavier novel, and recommend it to those who like historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Anonymous 27 days ago
Jane has done it again!! She weaves a tale of how hard traveling could be in those days and survival is of the utmost importance. I felt like I was watching a western movie of pioneers traveling West and felt like I was with them. ( Even though I don't think I would make a very good pioneer) too many things and animals I won't eat lol. I'd probably starve to death. I have never heard of the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend Party before I read this book. Many people like the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend Party set out in hopes of new land, life and loss was steady throughout the story. But events do happen along the way. Things that they couldn't control. I felt like it was a mistake to split up like that. I feel that they might've had a better chance of reaching their destination. Overall, a great read that will keep your interest from beginning to end waiting to see what would happen to the party. Will they make their destination or will they all starve to death? I tend to think with God's help they will. Only the strong will survive This story reminds me of the Frozen Trail where the Mormon group almost starved to death trying to reach Zion in Utah. Only they pushed handcarts imstead of wagons. I forgot what this party was called it's been so long since I've read it. It's a good book too! I recommend this book. It's a great historical novel. My thanks to Netgalley. No compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
Anonymous 27 days ago
Jane has done it again!! She weaves a tale of how hard traveling could be in those days and survival is of the utmost importance. I felt like I was watching a western movie of pioneers traveling West and felt like I was with them. ( Even though I don't think I would make a very good pioneer) too many things and animals I won't eat lol. I'd probably starve to death. I have never heard of the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend Party before I read this book. Many people like the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend Party set out in hopes of new land, life and loss was steady throughout the story. But events do happen along the way. Things that they couldn't control. I felt like it was a mistake to split up like that. I feel that they might've had a better chance of reaching their destination. Overall, a great read that will keep your interest from beginning to end waiting to see what would happen to the party. Will they make their destination or will they all starve to death? I tend to think with God's help they will. Only the strong will survive This story reminds me of the Frozen Trail where the Mormon group almost starved to death trying to reach Zion in Utah. Only they pushed handcarts imstead of wagons. I forgot what this party was called it's been so long since I've read it. It's a good book too! I recommend this book. It's a great historical novel. My thanks to Netgalley. No compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
MaureenST 29 days ago
All the while I’m reading this story, I had the feeling that I would never be warm again, or not starving. The author made this story so real, and then I read her notes at the end of the book, and found out that this is based on real people. Along that note, I loved all the updates on these folks that we sure cared about. As you are reading this you kept wondering how they ended up in these circumstances, and then you remember what happened to the famous party that came after them, and I had to wonder how many if any of them would be left at the end of the book. An eye opener of courage and perseverance. I received this book through the Revell Readers Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
connywithay 3 months ago
“That however we are separated, our Father will watch over us and unite us all in this land before the one beyond,” a prayer is offered in Jane Kirkpatrick’s novel, One More River to Cross. ~ What ~ Based on a true story, this three-hundred-and-fifty-two-page paperback targets those interested in a group of wagoners crossing the snowy Sierra Nevadas in 1844. With no profanity, topics of injury, starvation, illness, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The beginning includes a map and list of characters while the ending has the author’s notes and acknowledgments, eleven discussion questions, biography, and advertisements. In this tale, a group of Irish Catholics is on course from Missouri to Alta California when they run into trouble in the snowy Sierra Nevadas. Deciding to divide the large wagon train into three groups to survive, some continue on horseback while mostly women and children are left behind in a makeshift cabin and a few men stay with their discarded but valuable wagons. Focusing mainly from several married and single women’s perspectives of waiting for provisions and overcoming their arduous situations, they rely on God and each other to live another day. ~ Why ~ This is a gut-wrenching story of what men, women, and children had to sacrifice to come into a new land. Since my husband and I were born and raised in California and live in Oregon, I enjoyed reading about the places and terrain I have been. I appreciated the many-faceted characters as well as their strengths and weaknesses. The author’s arduous attention to detail shows her tender love of the topic. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not like stories of the hardship of traveling when there were no roads and lots of snow will avoid this book. Although Biblical references are mentioned throughout the read, it may not be of interest to those who do not believe in God. Some may think there are far too many characters, but the list and map at the beginning of the book can be referred to often. ~ Wish ~ As with other books by the author, sometimes there is too much information or side subjects intertwined in the story. I often got confused of the many women and their roles, finding there were too many mentioned. I also wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. ~ Want ~ If you like historical fiction based on Irish Catholics and their wagon train transversing the mountainous Sierras during winter and how they did everything in their willpower to survive, this may be educational and entertaining. Thanks to Revell for furnishing this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
Marea 3 months ago
This is another great book by a Jane Kirkpatrick. I had no idea that a group of pioneers (including 17 children!) traveled the same pass as the infamous Donner Party and also got caught in the terrible winter snow. Only, this group came 2 years before and made different heroic choices with very different outcomes. I totally got caught up in their dire situations, wondering how I would have survived and how it would have changed me. I really appreciated the character list and map at the beginning of the book. There were so many people and relationships to remember. And, at the end, it adds so much to see what happened to these people in later years. Jane’s research is outstanding. I absolutely would recommend this book.
Christianfictionandmore 3 months ago
They started out together: the Murphy, Townsend, Montgomery, Sullivan, and Patterson families and those accompanying them, following Captain Elisha Stephens on their way westward to California. Meeting hardships and harsh conditions, the group broke apart piece by piece, some taking a different route, others left behind with the hope of being rescued come spring. None knowing whether they would reach their final destination or what awaited them there. As usual Kirkpatrick's story focuses on the strong women who helped mold our nation. As is frequently the case in her stories, this story is set within the westward movement. The matriarchs of the families whose story is told in One More River to Cross were women often left to feel powerless as their fates and the fates of their children were left to the decisions made by the men in their lives. When left on their own, Kirkpatrick shows them to be women of strength, courage, and determination. Kirkpatrick's books are not your typical historical romance, but are more aptly described as historical drama filled with perseverance and true grit. Her books would not be described as fast-paced, but her chosen pace allows for deep character development. I must say that while this story was very interesting, it is not among my favorites of her books. I think that is because, although Mary and Sarah did get a bit more attention than the other women, there really didn't seem to be a main character among the women. I did enjoy the story though, and would choose it to read again. I appreciate having received a copy of One More River to Cross from Revell Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.