Sunday, September 18, 2016

Book Review: This Road We Traveled

 Drama, Adventure, and Family Struggles Abound as Three Generations Head West on the Oregon Trail
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.

~My Review~
2 out of 5 stars

 It took me a long while to finish this book. I couldn't seem to get into it, and the characters, for lack of a better word, annoyed me. And thought the author may not have meant it, two of the three main characters came across as very feminist. It didn't seem to fit the era at all, and that just really bugged me. So maybe you can do it as good as the guys! You don't need to hold it over them. :P And yes, it IS okay to accept help!
The family relationships were also very strained and distant, which really bothered me. Especially when they all seemed to be okay with it.
The premise was interesting. The Oregon Trail is not a time period I read a lot about, so that was fun to be able to learn more about.
I loved all the history tidbits! And using the map at the front while reading was so much fun! It made it almost as if you were traveling with the characters.

If you enjoy books around about the Oregon trail, this might be one for you. I think just because it's not one of my favorite time periods, I couldn't connect with the characters, and the unfamiliar writing style was what made it a 2 star for me.

~I received this book from Revell publishers in exchange for my honest review~


  1. I've read a couple Oregon trail stories, but none by Jans Kirkpatrick. I don't think I'll be reading this one. :P Great review!

    1. Yeah, don't read it. It will make you dislike the Oregon Trail. ;P Thanks! I hate giving bad reviews for books, so I hope it didn't come across as horrible. :)