This Road We Traveled

This Road We Traveled

by Jane Kirkpatrick


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780800722333
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 341,706
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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

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Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Monday, September 19, 2016 This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick, © 2016 Tabitha Moffat Brown traveled west from St. Charles, Missouri in 1846 to the new Oregon Territory. Fearing her son and daughter’s families would leave her behind, she funded her own wagon, convinced her 78 year old brother-in-law to go with her and hired a driver. She was 66 years old. Her story of survival while on an ill-fated cutoff into Oregon is legend in Oregon’s history.--author Jane Kirkpatrick Virgilia had so little time to herself she wasn't sure she knew how to be frivolous, but she liked the idea of trying to find something that mattered that she could take. She'd be sure to take the pewter icing knife. Surely she'd be able to bake cakes. --This Road We Traveled, 66. Going West from your Missouri home, how would you manage? Would you have a particular keepsake that is a part of you? As the deciding goes on, what would be left behind? A memory, a hope, a love not known? Opening up the new country, Orus Brown returned to Missouri to encourage others to join the settlement he is now part of in Oregon. Engaging others in St. Charles to follow the wide open spaces of 640 acres granted ~ all those with exception of his mother, Tabitha (Tabby) Moffat Brown. What would be behind his refusal to take her along? 1846, St. Charles, Missouri Not to be detoured into sameness, Tabby goes to see her son, Manthano, as the youngest and separated part of her family a hundred miles away. Part of the deciding factor to travel to Oregon, she finds Orus has already been there to talk with him. The decision is hers to make now. Eight months later, Oregon Arriving finally at their destination, determined and agreeable to settle, Tabby begins anew the venture of her life. Where is she to choose to go? To nearer Salem, with her daughter Pherne and her family, or continuing on to the settlement of her son Orus? The arduous journey has brought changes and growth. Jane Kirkpatrick takes us on a perilous factor of choices made by real people and their outcomes by stories passed on through faith and diligence. Part of the story I am saying, "No, don't go that way!" Have you been cautioned and chose your own way? We learn from the past, to go forward. I always learn so much from her stories. Perseverance, triumphs and failures, the drive to go ahead, mending of ways, a truth revealed. A time past applicable to today. For there is nothing new under the sun. Overcoming obstacles, encouraging others, an unexplored land, a dream. It is interesting that in the research other figures from previous stories written have met each other ~ crossing paths happened upon unsuspectingly until sought out. Author Jane Kirkpatrick and her husband, Jerry, live in Central Oregon. Learn more at her website. ***Thank you to Revell Reads for inviting me to be part of the book tour for Jane Kirkpatrick's This Road We Traveled and for sending a review copy to me. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
MissTadoodles More than 1 year ago
I like Jane Kirkpatrick ever since I read her Emma of Aurora trilogy. I haven't been able to read too much of her books since that one (I read one but it wasn't quite as good to me; Emma of Aurora was just that good to me!) but I'm glad to say this one was good! This story takes places in the mid-1800's on the Oregon trail with Tabitha (Tabby) and her family. Late in life, around 66 I think it was, she decides to travel with her two children and their family from Missouri to Oregon. Jane Kirkpatrick writes beautifully and adds a nice little vocabulary to her works. Much of this was based on true events and a true person. Now, I've sadly never heard of Tabitha before so I can't say what I thought of this story in comparison to her real life but that's fiction for you. If you like Historical fiction, especially this time period, then pick up this book! I give this book a 4 out of 5! I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for this honest and unbiased review as part Revell Tour blogging program.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
When I pick up a book by Jane Kirkpatrick I know that I will be reading a fascinating story about a little known woman in American history. Her newest book This Road We Traveled keeps that tradition alive with the account of Tabitha Brown. Tabby, as she's more commonly called, braves the treacherous trek across the country from Missouri to Oregon in a covered wagon in order to stay with her family. Interestingly enough it is Tabby that makes this happen. Her family has come to the conclusion that the trip will be too much for her and want her to stay behind. I'm the grandmother of our family and the thought that they would leave her behind just brought up all the emotions in me. Could they really leave her behind so easily? Just like Tabby I was irritated and sad that these offspring of hers could think so little of her feelings. This Road We Traveled is alternately told through the perspective of Tabby, her daughter Pherne,and her granddaughter Virgilia. Each woman discovers strength that they had no idea they were capable of. Tabby has a tendency to be overly optimistic and questions whether her optimism will be to her detriment. Pherne tends to be pessimistic and continually questions every decision she and her husband make. Virgilia struggles with envy and wonders if life is going to pass her by. My favorite part comes from the wisdom of Tabby. She continually tells her children and her grandchildren that they must "Trust in the manna." Just as God provided for the Hebrews He would also provide for them. A profound lesson that we all need to take to heart. If you enjoy historical fiction then I highly recommend that you treat yourself to this read. Just like all of Jane's books I think you will come away with an appreciation for the women's stories and the sacrifices they made to make this country what it is today. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Another enriching masterpiece by Jane Kirkpatrick full of life’s wisdom told from a rich Christian view. Based on the true story of Tabitha (Tabby) Moffat Brown, in her 60’s, who traveled to Oregon. Her children had decided to go, but decided that Tabby was too old and lame to be able to make the journey. She determined to go anyway, funding her own wagon. Tabitha is known as “The Mother of Oregon”, who established an orphanage, school and university in the Tualatin Plains following the tragedy at Whitman Mission in 1847. She was among the first to travel the Scott-Applegate Trail in 1846 – an alternate trail to Oregon that didn’t follow the Columbia River. They decided to split off from most of the group and try this new trail, later finding that it had not been cut yet for wagons to pass. Most wagon trail stories tell of the difficulty and tragedy emigrants experienced – this also includes starvation. A widow, she travelled with her brother in law, who was 18 years older than she. At one point the two of them barely survived a three-day journey they travelled alone. It’s amazing that anyone survived it, let alone this elderly malnourished couple, each with disabilities. There are always so many things to learn from Jane’s books. A perspective on life’s trials, a way to view our situations - not with a pity party but with great wisdom. I’d like to share some examples that inspired me, interspersed within the story. At one point Tabby wished they had taken “the more established route, but it was too late now. Regrets must be treated like wounds, remembered only for how well they healed. Or didn’t.” “We gather facts, then listen to our hearts.” “Think of all the discoveries about life and living and myself that I’ll enjoy.” “We must leap on a cloud of faith, believing that we won’t fall through. Not only that we won’t fall through, but that we will thrive on that cloud of faith, draw new energy each time we need it, knowing that God is an unending source of hope no matter the trial. That’s what journeys are about, you know. It’s not just the destination. “ I truly hope you’ll read this and other books that Jane has written. You’ll find your views expanded and greatly enriched, with perspectives that will help lift and support you through life. I have been blessed with strong women who were/are wonderful role models. My Grandmother who was my best friend, my Sister In Law Paula who died of complications from Lupus. I am blessed to still have my Mother and Mother In Law. I have learned and gathered strength from each of them. I believe that Jane Kirkpatrick’s book All Together in One Place should be required reading for all women. This book would be my next choice. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Author and Revell/Baker Publishing Group - 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.”
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
Even though Tabitha Brown is an older woman she wants to be with her children and grandchildren. Her son and daughter, as well as her granddaughter are going to Oregon. She has decided that she is not going to stay in Missouri by herself. This is the story of their journey across many obstacles. They have love , faith and they are trying to make sure that it will be enough to keep them safe. The Oregon Trail was unimaginable to the people who wanted a new life at any cost. What will she be able to do if they really find themselves in trouble? Will she make it? Will the ones she loves live? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book by Revell Publishing Company and all opinions are my.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
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. If this time period interests you or you want to discover what life was like traveling the road west this book is for you. As with most of the books I read the author has included valuable questions at the end for group discussions. 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.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book of Ms. Kirkpatrick’s I did not enjoy – a lot! It isn’t just her outstanding skills as a writer that draws me, but the fact that all her books are based on real people and events. Most I had never heard of. Tabitha Brown lived during the 1840’s and became known as the Mother of Oregon. She founded the Oregon Orphans’ Asylum and School at Tualatin Plains. It was a boarding house, had a teacher from the east. Children were fed, clothed educated and loved. Eventually it became the Tualatin Academy. She did all this with very limited funds, in her senior years and in a newly settled area. The diary she kept along the journey was a great source of information for the author. All this is quite amazing, but there was much more to Tabitha than that. She was a widowed pastor’s wife, a spunky, outspoken, independent woman. When her family decides to move to Oregon from Missouri, her son announces it is best for to stay behind! He cites her age, 65, and a lame leg that makes it difficult to get around. She is hurt and stunned. With her usual determination she buys her own wagon, supplies and animals, announcing she is going. The trip is treacherous and dangerous, testing her in ways she had never been challenged. In the 1840’s such trips were trying even for the young. Not only did she face every peril, but actually helped her family in different crisis’s. I related to Tabitha in several ways. I am in my 60’s also a widowed pastor’s wife. How would I feel if my children announced they were all moving away and leaving me behind? What if I lived in that era and the trip would not mean jumping in a car and being there in a few hours. Would I have the courage and strength? Her strong faith in God is what carried her. I admired that as with all the discomfort, opposition, and hazards she faced it showed she had true trust in God. It would have been so easy to give up. No matter how difficult the experiences were, she continued to think of and care for others. What an inspiring woman! Six stars to Ms. Kirkpatrick for another outstanding book! I received this book free from Baker Publishing
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Once the wagon wheels start rolling, this story is an interesting look at some of the struggles and trials many pioneers of the Oregon Trail encountered. As a fan of historical fiction and the Oregon Trail, I enjoyed the story as well as the healthy dose of historical facts and figures. Although the focus is on historical figure Tabitha Brown, this story is also told from the perspectives of her daughter and granddaughter. Best of all, the story doesn't end when the wagon train arrives in Oregon, Kirkpatrick goes on to give closure and reveal the line between factual and fictional. I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through NetGalley and Revell Reads. The opinion expressed is my own.
DBeason More than 1 year ago
Jane Kirkpatrick, the author of This Road We Traveled, has written over 25 historical fiction books, many based on real people or incidents in the American West. Jane’s attention to detail and historical accuracy are evident as she follows the story of Tabitha Brown. This story starts in Missouri when Tabitha Brown’s oldest son returns from a trip to Oregon, eager to return. Because of her age, her family doesn’t want her to go on the difficult journey with them. She refuses to be left behind and hires her own wagon team. Showing true grit and determination, she joins them on the long trip to Oregon. The book tells the story of leaving friends and family behind, the difficulties on the trail as fellow travelers get sick and die, and the hardships – and joys – in starting over in a new frontier. As she says at one point, “Just because a person chose a thing didn’t relieve them of pain.” I didn’t realize until I read the author’s notes at the end of the book that Tabitha Brown is known as the Mother of Oregon. When she discovers how many children are orphaned along the Oregon trail, she gets busy. She starts a school that is now known as Pacific University. As one who loves Oregon, its landscape and its history, I felt that this made the story she told come alive for me. Jane Kirkpatrick ( is a Christian author who writes about historical Christian women, women whose faith was deeply important. I received a free book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.
queenofmyfairytale More than 1 year ago
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.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Would You Do This, Could You? Imagine riding a bumpy oxen cart on unbroken ground over 2,000 miles. That is what Tabitha Brown did in 1846. What makes it even more remarkable was that she did this as a widow in her sixties with a deformed foot--that was painful and caused her to use a cane to walk. Tabby lived a comfortable life in St. Charles, Missouri, with two of her children and their families close by. She was a spunky lady, who was always ready for new adventures, and had an upbeat outlook on life. No matter what difficulties came her way, she firmly believed God would take care of her. When her son, Orus, announced that he and his family, along with his siblings and their families, were all going to Oregon in a wagon train, Tabby was ready to go. It was a quite a blow for her when Orus didn't want her to. He said she was too old, and handicapped to make the journey. In order to get her to stay, Orus had even tried to arrange a marriage between Tabby and her brother-in-law, John. The fireworks really went off when Tabby wouldn't marry John, but instead got him to agree to go on the wagon train with her. Tabby promised Orus that she would not be a burden to anyone, and she kept her promise. It was quite an agreement to make, too, because no one knew what terrible hardships awaited them. They made the trip the same year as the infamous Donner Party that had to resort to cannibalism to survive. On her trip, Tabby witnessed the death of many of the people in her group. They faced many calamities including starvation, lack of water, along with possible attack from various animals and people groups. Their wagons broke with nothing to repair them with, and animals they counted on for transportation died. One night, Tabby's granddaughter Virgilia, was rescued from a five foot long rattle snake that curled up by her as she slept. Another time, a teenager became separated from her family, and an intriguing account unfolds of the efforts made to reunite them. As if making a trek across the country in a wagon train wasn't enough for a woman of Tabby's age, she had even more projects she started once she made it to the Pacific Northwest. Despite arriving penniless, Tabby believed God would provide funds, ideas and people for her work. The things Tabby put her hand to are still providing for people today. This is a fascinating account. It is made even more so because it is based on the real life story of Tabitha Brown who did indeed go west as part of a wagon train in 1846. The author spent lots of time researching Tabby. But do not think this is a dry, historical book, far from it! There are lots of interesting stories here. For instance, Tabby's daughter Pherne did not want to leave her luxurious home and memories to go on the wagon train her husband was ready to join. The problems their marriage faced because of it are not much different than those today's relationships deal with. Virgilia's longing for romance along with adventure, and how she thinks she will get it, add even more to this tale. Plus the hardships of facing life with a handicap are explored through the eyes of an orphan named Judson. This is a book that will encourage you to never give up no matter what obstacle you are facing. I highly recommend this 5-star book. Revell Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Road We Traveled, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any oth
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I have always admired and have been awed by stories of our ancestors who left everything known and stable and set off for parts unknown in a wagon train following the Oregon Trail. I certainly do not think I would have had the stamina and I am very thankful that I live in the time period I do. In author Jane Kirkpatrick’s latest, This Road We Traveled, we are given a glimpse at what brave and adventurous pioneers those emigrates were. Based on historical figures, the author gives us a story that will take us along with Tabitha Brown and her family down that road they traveled to help make this country great. We are treated to three viewpoints in this story, Tabitha (in her 60’s), her daughter, and her granddaughter. We see through their eyes this often times harsh and dangerous trail and get to experience their hopes, fears, and feelings. Tabitha was a strong woman, lame in one foot since childhood; she was a resilient character who did not think she was too old or too crippled to go along with her family when her children decided to emigrate to Oregon. I cheered on her and John, her brother-in-law (in his seventies), as they faced that road fearlessly. Her daughter Phernie, was not as adventurous as her mother as she liked where she and her husband and children lived. She questioned and doubted and grieved over the decision to move to Oregon. I felt for her as she had to decide what to keep and what to leave behind, thus showing her struggle with letting go of the comforts of her current life. Again, I am not so sure I could be that brave. This was a fascinating look of one family’s resilience and survival as they travelled that Oregon Trail. I have not read anything by Jane Kirkpatrick before and her attention to detail and history had me feeling I was right there with that pioneer family. I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
"This Road We Traveled" by author Jane Kirkpatrick is about a family and how they stand together. Tabitha Brown is older now but has decided that she is going to go to Oregon with her son. Many are surprised but her mind is made up. This is the story of the journey and all of the trials that they had to go through with others. Tabitha is finally at the point where she has to make a decision that is going to impact the rest of her life and all of the lives around her. Her decision will affect many other lives and will be a part of the country's history. I have always loved to read stories about strong women in history and this was one that I really enjoyed. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Revell Publishing Company and all opinions are mine.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
The Road We Travel is a Christian historical story written by Jan Kirkpatrick. The story starts in 1845 with Orus Brown returning to St. Charles, Missouri from spending time in Oregon. He has come back with stories and the news that he is taking the Brown family to Oregon but he does not intend for his mother, Tabitha, to go with. He tries to convince her that he is only thinking of what is best for her. He tells her that the trip will be long and hard and added to that her age and lameness, he does not intend to take her with. He thinks she should stay behind with her other son,Manthano, while Orus and her daughter, Phernie and their families make the move to Oregon country. Tabitha can not be stopped she sets out to try to find a way to make the trip. She teams up with her late husband's brother to get a wagon and hire someone to take them on the trip with her family. Together with Orus and Phernie and their families, Tabitha join a wagon train group and head to Oregon. They endure illness, hardship and eventually run out of food and have to leave many belongings behind without know for sure that they will make it to Oregon. This is a wonderful story of the trials that the wagon trains had to go through, as well as the emotional and physical challenges the people faced during the journey. I really enjoyed reading this book. It shows the strength that Tabitha had and how she managed to find ways to support her self even when she had nothing. It also showed the generosity that Tabitha showed towards others. I did wonder about Orus though. That he would talk his extended family into making this trip, but he went off with his wife and children ahead of the rest. He did not stick with the wagon train to help out. He was not there to help them decide which route to take when they were faced with two different options. I especially like that the author shares with us at the end of the book, that this story is based on true people and true events. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing for an honest review.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
This historical novel really takes the reader back in time as we follow the story along the Oregon Trail. The journey is long and hard for these characters, but their travels are also life-changing and full of God’s mercies. It becomes an epic journey for the readers just as much. The book follows three generations of women in the Brown family – each unique in their own way, but equally memorable. The grandma, Tabby Brown, stands out throughout the story as the rock of the family. She’s headstrong and stubborn, but she also has a heart for the Lord and her kids. She has many wise words throughout their journey west and proves to be a guide of sorts for her wandering family members. Through her daughter’s and granddaughter’s perspectives, we learn more about their family and the hardships they’ve each experienced. And in a way, we experience it with them. Through the eyes of these three women, we get the unique opportunity of traveling the Oregon Trail as an old woman, a struggling mom, and an excited teenager. I will say… there were times where the pace of the story seemed a bit slow to me. However, the author did a great job in telling the history of the people and the arduous trek west so many families endured. It almost read like a biography at moments, the details so clear and the conversations so honest. This may be a fictional story, but it sure felt like real life history to me. This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
I have to admit I was pulled into this story quickly and found myself unable to put the book down once I started reading. This is an incredible story of making a choice, then learning to change for a chance at the path God wants you to travel. This story is based on factual events that occurred in 1845 where this journey started St. Charles, Missouri. It's a story that lingered in my mind long after I had closed the book. Tabitha Moffat Brown was an incredible woman with a great strength of character and fortitude. She was born in the year of 1780 in Stonington, Conneticut, married to Clark Brown and mother of three children: Orus, Pherne and Manthano. She traveled to Missouri in 1824 with her family where they settled until 1845. During the winter of 1845 we find Tabby now 66 years old and a widow for the past 28 years. Orus has traveled to the Oregon territory and been gone for 2 years, but as the story opens he has just returned home with great hopes and dreams of moving his family there. Tabby is heartbroken when her son tells her she is too old and, due to a childhood injury, lame to even consider the journey. They plan to leave her behind in Missouri. Tabby was a character that grabbed my heart from the beginning. She reminded me so much of my great grandmother, Emily, in spirit and spunk. She kept a journal of her life as a way of remembering the days gone by and by way of organizing what her life was really like. She had a great faith in God and that he would never fail her, other might, but not God. She had a motto: Living in the what-ifs is dangerous. Those are good questions to ask in the planning of a thing. But once you've decided, well then, you can't keep worrying about what lies ahead. It will rob you. You must take each moment, find the good in it, and be grateful. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves history or just a good read. I received this book from the publisher for a honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sharp tongued yet loving, opinionated yet understanding, lame yet persevering, brave yet fearful of becoming a burden, a life filled with dichotomy, light well spent. This is Tabitha Moffat Brown, pioneer, also known as “The Mother of Oregon.” Once again Jane Kirkpatrick has fleshed out the life of a strong woman from America’s history, holding true to her life, drawing reasonable conclusions, and adding enough fiction to allow her to live once again in the hearts and minds of readers. In this endeavor, Kirkpatrick is a master. Tabitha Brown, along with her son’s, Orus Brown’s, family and her daughter’s, Pherne Pringle’s, family, traveled from St. Charles, Missouri to the Salem and Forest Grove areas of Oregon, traveling together most of the way, then with Orus taking the Oregon Trail, and Tabby and the Pringles separating to follow the California Trail into Oregon. Those following the Applegates through northern California encountered extreme hardships, with the survivors entering their new lives in Oregon with not much more than the clothes on their backs, depending on the kindness of those who had gone before. Tabby’s relationship with her children plays an important role in her story. While her deep love for them, and them for her is obvious, there is tension and more than just a bit of friction between them. While Tabby may not totally comprehend the root of this, she does, often unsuccessfully, try to avoid adding fuel to the fire. Success does seem to come more easily once Tabby finds meaningful ways to spend her light during her later years. While reading This Road We Traveled I flagged twenty pages on which I underlined pearls of wisdom, quotes that I will copy into my reading log to revisit in the future. How many authors of fiction offer such treasure? I highly recommend this book to readers of historical fiction, to those looking for strong female role models, and to those who love the beauty of words. I thank Revell Publishing and the Christian Blog Alliance for providing this book for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for providing this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another gem written by Jane Kirkpatrick. Highly, highly recommended!!! The novel includes the journey from Missouri to Oregon, the death of a child, determination, fear, starvation, injuries, a faithful chicken, trials, survival, hard work, orphans, love, standing up, and much much more. The book is based on actual pioneers and other historical facts. This book deserves A++++++
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
This Road We Traveled, by Jane Kirkpatrick, is a wonderfully told story of a family's journey on the Oregon Trail. The main character, Tabitha Moffat Brown, is a widow in her sixties who joins her own wagon to the wagon train that is carrying her family west. This novel is based on real characters, and their journey from Missouri to Oregon in the 1840s. It is well-researched, and well-written. Most of all, it is a story of family and of the ways we can all have purpose in life. Many of the characters are memorable, and I enjoyed watching them develop throughout the novel. There are plenty of trials along the way, which is to be expected on any story about the Oregon Trail. The story flows well, and I didn't want to stop reading. I read and liked another book by this author (The Memory Weaver), but I think this book is even better. I enjoyed this book very much, and I highly recommend it. I received this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
cathyc1 More than 1 year ago
Jane Kirkpatrick has penned an amazing story of Tabitha Brown and her family as they travel from Missouri to Oregon. The preparations and sacrifices they make before setting out was incredible and a bit sad, as they had to decide what would be useful to them and what needed to be left behind. The hardships they faced and the fellow travelers they encountered are interesting and rich in history. Tabitha Brown is known as the Mother of Oregon for the work she did with orphans and Ms. Kirkpatrick told her story beautifully. Her family didn’t want her making the journey due to her age, but with grit and determination she made her way and made a difference to so many. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion, which I have given.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Jane Kirkpatrick, And Revell in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your work with me. Tabitha Brown - the real Tabitha Brown - is known as the "Mother of Oregon" for the extensive work she did with orphans and the homeless, as well as bringing education to the new citizens of the Territory of Oregon. Jane Kirkpatrick brings this woman to life for all of us. Tabby Brown is a headstrong, elderly disabled woman, a widow who raised her three living children by teaching school and has her own opinions about everything in the world - but a loving, Christian woman who gives of herself, her time, and loves her children and grandchildren with an open hand and a warm heart. A woman who, despite the opinion of her eldest son that she is too frail to travel with the family across the 1840's Oregon Trail, outfits her own wagon, hires a driver, and invites her brother-in-law, 18 years her senior, along for the ride. And what a trip it is - so well described, so map perfect that you can follow their journey on your road atlas today, and the trip can be done in a couple of long days. Then, it took six or seven months, and keeping all three generations of Brown and Pringle families fed and safe was anything but easy. But getting to Forest Grove and Salem was only the beginning. Once there, Tabby turns her hand at all sorts of things to make her own way, and basically falls into creating the legacy that lives on even today in this land that she loved. She personifies the adage "It isn't love till you give it away". Thank you, Jane Kirkpatrick, for bringing this strong, wonderful woman to our attention. This is a book I will keep, and read again.
ConR More than 1 year ago
A new book from Jane Kirkpatrick is a highly anticipated treasure in my world. I have followed Jane's writings for years and she absolutely NEVER fails to capture my heart with her characters. Her newest book, "This Road We Traveled" did not fail the test of anticipation. I did receive this book in exchange for reviewing it, but I would have bought it anyways. One of the strengths I love most in her writing is her penchant for the history and authenticity of the story. Tabitha Moffat Brown's story became flesh in my imagination and I struggled through her journey with her. My faith was stregthened as I read Tabby's story, and that of her family, and their hope became my hope. And I almost could not wait to finish so I could read Jane's notes at the end. I know that she diligently and doggedly pursues the history of the stories she weaves!! A quote I loved was, "Her prosperity began when she had given everything away, when she had nothing left and when she'd prayed to understand what her poverty was meant to teach her." Another one earlier in the book spoke to me of my own life, "Just because a person chose a thing didn't relieve them of pain."
amvkv More than 1 year ago
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Masterful storytelling breathes new life into the tale of real people and their contributions to Oregon's history! A must read for historical fiction fans who enjoy an inspirational story. It was amazing what they went through and survived along the trail, beginning again with so little once they reached their destinations. In 1846 the Oregon trail was still fairly new, plus the existing threats of attack by both natives and the British made them question the existing route to the Willamette Valley. I learned so much about the people, why they made the decisions, struggled with each new challenge, and how they overcame such defeating circumstances. Loved the indomitable spirit of the main character, Tabitha "Tabby" Brown, and how her wisdom, faith, courage and commitment to her family helped them survive. Her desire to seek the Lord's will for her life in her later years led her to do such remarkable things too. She is an inspiration! Having the perspective of the three women--grandma, daughter and grandaughter--really enlarged my understanding of how the journey affected everyone. Loved the nods to other people they encountered along the way and in the places they settled, weaving more of the history together. They truly were part of the fabric and foundation of the state of Oregon. The end notes with all of the historical notes and bibliography was very interesting too. Hats off for the "mother of Oregon", Tabitha Brown! Highly recommend! (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest, original review.)