The road we traveled

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, ECLA co-president and long time book discussion leader



Title: The road we traveled

Author: Jane Kirkpatrick

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2016

Format: Paperback book

Length: 340 pages


Kirkpatrick’s historical fiction is well known and this story, based on the life of Tabitha Brown, is fascinating and filled with rich thoughts on life and Christianity. Her family is setting out for Oregon and her oldest son, one who has strong opinions and is definitely a leader in the family, feels she should not accompany them. Her age (mid sixties) and a lame leg are reasons given. But Tabby is independent and strong willed and mans her own wagon with her brother-in-law John, even older than she is.

The reader gets to know many of the family members intimately amid the tough trip and many dangers that arise. Tabby has a sharp tongue and tends to voice her opinions indiscriminately yet she has a tender heart and wants to please the Lord. What does God have planned for her? So many decisions to make along the Oregon Trail and beyond. Will she make the right ones is her concern.

Some of Kirkpatrick’s writing is a little clipped and takes some time to get used to but the story is wonderful.


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

Adult fiction readers, particularly seniors.

Christian Impact

Tabby considers what her older years will be like, what does God have for her, does He have anything for her? Her ruminations and the results will all touch the hearts of seniors who may have had these same thoughts and fears.

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This Road We Traveled

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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