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This Road We Traveled

Jane Kirkpatrick, Jane Kirkpatrick
This Road We Traveled

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, th... Read More

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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.

Product Details:
Pages: 336
Release Date: 09/2016
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2016
  • UPC: 9780800722333
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: Sep 6, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 100
  • Audience Age Minimum: 18
  • Audience Gender: Female
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0800722337

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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

Well-Researched and Accurate Historical Fiction Book by RockandMinerals4Him on 11/13/2016

I'm a sucker for historical fiction, and this is one of the coolest his-fic books I've read!

But seriously, the blurb thing for this book said "based on actual events." Like seriously, BASED! All the characters (well, all but one) were actual people that Kirkpatrick did research and added life to. I really love when I find books written like this that bring life to historical characters.

This book is written from multiple third-person perspectives, and is written in an almost journal-like form. As with many multiple perspective books, this did tend to become slightly confusing at places.

One cool thing about this book was the names of all the interesting characters: Pherne (pronounced the same way as Fern), Orus, Virgil, and Virgilia (this name is really pretty, in my opinion).

I'll have to admit, I was a little turned off from the book initially, because of it's size, and its writing style was a little dry and hard to get through. However, once I got into it, I finished it all in one night (aka I stayed up until ungodly hours of the night reading, as always :P)

Overall, I really liked this book: although it was a little dry at first, it was a really interesting book that documented the Oregon Trail very well.


Thank you to Revell Publishers for sending me a free print copy of This Road We Traveled for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review, nor did I receive any other form of compensation.

GOD is with us by joyful on 10/2/2016

WOW!!! What more can I say but WOW - this is a fantastic Historic story and yet it isn't a story - it is a real life story rapped up in fiction. This is a true Heroin in my book - it is a tale of ingenuity, strength, vivaciousness, self-assuredness in a time when women are not suppose to be. Tabitha "Tabby" Brown was a feminist before her time - she led her family through the Oregon Trail in the 1840's and met up with all that entails - She took her children and grandchildren and paid a driver as well as her brother - in - law - she kept her family fed and clothed through out the whole journey which took about seven months- she became well known for her work with the homeless and orphans - and that work is still going on today - The one thing that was the most important thing is - she was a Christian - that I am sure is what made her make it through GOD is a Great GOD and HE will give you the strength to make it through all things - "You can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens you." and she did. I received a copy of this book to read and give an honest reviews

Would You Do This, Could You? by Becky on 10/1/2016

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 other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Kirkpatrick Never Fails to Please by Claudia on 9/25/2016

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.

1846 traveling an uncharted course by Kathleen E. on 9/20/2016

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.***

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