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  • Alexis Newlin

Book Review: One More River to Cross

Hi friends! The last of my book reviews for today is a fiction piece by Jane Kirkpatrick called One More River to Cross. Without further ado, here is my review: 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. About the Author: is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books, with nearly two million copies sold, 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 among others. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. My Review: I love historical fiction so I was pretty excited to read this book. After reading the back cover I was hooked. However, I had a really hard time getting into this novel. The book starts off very slow. It is hard to get pulled into the stories of the characters. At times I was very bored, waiting for the stories to get interesting. There are many characters and at times it is difficult to follow their stories. The author does offer you an outline but even that is a bit much. Overall, this book was just not for me. If you'd like to know more about Jane and read more of her book, please check out: www.jkbooks.com

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