When her son convinces the entire extended family to leave their Missouri homes and claim land in the Oregon territory, Tabby Brown must decide if she has the strength and stamina to travel in a covered wagon across the country. Though her son tries to discourage her, Tabby finances her own wagon with her brother-in-law and sets out on a new and dangerous adventure.
In This Road We Traveled, Jane Kirkpatrick tells the true story of Tabitha Moffat Brown, often called the "Mother of Oregon." Kirkpatrick's character development in this latest work of historical fiction is nothing less than masterful. The strengths and flaws of each character make them absolutely real, and their decisions absolutely believable. The historical details involved in a cross-country journey in the 1840s were fascinating, and engaging. Each sub-plot was as engaging as Tabby's, and I found myself unable to stop reading until I knew the fate of the Brown/Pringle party. As a whole, the book is nearly perfect, but the romantic in my would have enjoyed more developed love stories.
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.