I’ve read other novels by Jane Kirkpatrick and I enjoy the fact that she uses real historical events, although partly fictionalized. In her author’s notes in the back of One More River to Cross, she acknowledges that most of the characters in the book are used with their real names. She even gives a history of what happens to them “on down the road.”
This was a brave group of travelers on their way from Missouri to California. The journey began when the weather was agreeable but turned into a hard snowy winter. They had to abandon most of the wagons and broke the fifty travelers into groups. Some traveled on and others braved the cold in makeshift cabins built of some of the wood from the wagons. The women amazed me with their strength and fortitude. Spending lots of time freezing cold and literally starving, they talked, told stories and played games with the children to pass the time. The men tried to hunt game but little was found in the deep snow drifts of the areas. I felt for the women in that the men made the decisions without consulting the women. I truly believe they were the stronger of the two sexes in the end.
Interesting note, this was the winter of 1844. It was two years later that a party called the Donner Party headed out on basically the same route.
This was an interesting novel that those with an historical bent will greatly enjoy!
This was a personal purchase. My review is done of my own accord, all opinions are my own.