Saturday, October 5, 2019

One More River to Cross: Well Written New Historical!


 About the Book
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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I absolutely love a good historical novel and Jane Kirkpatrick knows how to write one! I love her books and I have been so excited to get my hands on this new story. Do you see that cover?! One of the most beautiful covers I have seen. This story is based on a true story, as are most all of Kirkpatrick's novels. The story starts off with a lot of characters. I was a little nervous that I would get lost in confusion with the many characters but I think it was so well written that I never did. I didn't get bored with reading this story since so many things happen that you just have to keep reading. I was pretty much on the edge of my seat near the end. I can't imagine being in a wagon train that gets stranded in the winter! The pages of this book take you right there as if you are a part of it. I highly recommend this book and all of Jane's books they are some of my favorite. 

"Thanks to Revell for offering me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

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