One more river to cross

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader


Book Title:

One more river to cross


Jane Kirkpatrick



Publication Date:





345 pages


Kirkpatrick is a well-loved author of historical fiction with over a million copies of her books sold. In One more river to cross she resurrects the true survival story of the Stevens-Murphy wagon train in 1844-45. When this company left Missouri, the party intact, they were bound for California. In October the elements interfered with a huge snowstorm that forced them to head in four different directions for the sake of staying alive. What ensued is a fascinating story of bravery, fear, plans for escape, plans for death, and the hope of rescue.

The story is compelling and the characters are well written, many will pull at your heartstrings and you will be hoping against hope for their rescues. The only criticism this reviewer would have is that there is a large list of characters and at times, very hard to keep track of each of them. The author’s list at the front of the book certainly helps in that instance. But the story itself with hold the reader’s interest until the very end even to the author’s notes and acknowledgements.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of Christian fiction, particularly historical fiction

Christian Impact:

Even in the most difficult circumstances, love can triumph and ultimately win.

Other Notes:


-map of the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend-Overland Party

-list of characters in each group of the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend-Overland Party

 – Author’s notes and acknowledgements.

-discussion questions

One More River to Cross

About Ceil Carey

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

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