My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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.
One More River to Cross is an interesting read. It is based on true events from mid nineteenth century. I thought the author did a great job bringing this moment in history to life. However, there are quite a bit of characters to keep up with that did make me confused at times. I enjoyed reading the book, but it was a little slow at times. About halfway through, I was beginning to be intrigued and could not put it down.
I am giving One More River to Cross three and a half stars. It is definitely worth a read.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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