7 10 2019

river cover


This was a very interesting book.  You have a bit of history put into a story.  This is set in 1844 and heading from Missouri to California by wagon by the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend families.  What they didn’t expect was snow – lots of snow.  They end up separating.  First one group separates and goes following the river.  Then another has to separate and stay with the heavier wagons.  Then with the remainders, the men separate leaving mostly women and children behind in a crudely made cabin that is made from the lighter weight wagons. There are 8 women and 17 children, including two newborns.  They end up eating their oxen until there is no food left and no game nearby to kill.  The question is, will there be a rescue party to gather up everyone.  If there is, will there be survivors?  Will they live through this?  That is where you will need to read this book to find out.


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.




Jane is internationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire.


A New York Times Bestselling author, her works have appeared in more than 50 national publications including The Oregonian, Private Pilot and Daily Guideposts. With more than 1.5 million books in print, her 30 novels and non-fiction titles draw readers from all ages and genders. Most are historical novels based on the lives of actual historical women often about ordinary women who lived extraordinary lives. Her works have won numerous national awards including the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award,, Will Roger’s Medallion Award and in 1996, her first novel, A Sweetness to the Soul, won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage and National Cowboy Museum. Her novels have also been finalists for the Spur Award, the Oregon Book Award, the Christy, Reader’s Choice and the WILLA in both fiction and non-fiction. Several titles have been Literary Guild and Book of the Month choices and been on the bestsellers list for independent bookstores across the country, in the Pacific Northwest and the Christian Booksellers Association. Her books have been translated into German, Dutch, Finnish and Chinese.


One More River to Cross became available for sale September 3, 2019.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.


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