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All Together in One Place (Kinship and Courage #1)

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One of the incidents that made a profound impression upon the minds of all: the meeting of eleven wagons returning and not a man left in the entire train; all had died, and been buried on the way, and the women returning alone.
-from the journals of Ezra Meeker, 1852

Their lives would be tempered by adversity, expanded by faith, polished by perseverance.

For Madison "Mazy" Ba
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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published December 24th 2008 by WaterBrook Press (first published March 16th 2000)
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Kate
I feel like after reading "These is my words," no woman pioneer story is ever going to be as good, but this book had potential. It just frustrated me, because I felt like it was underdeveloped, slow moving, and didn't get good(in my opinion) till the very end!! Worst part is, my library doesn't cary the next 3 books!! Now that is frustrating!
GB reader
After perusing through some of the other reviews, I kind of questioned my 5 Star rating. But I really liked it and can't wait to read the other books in the series - I think there are two more. I also loved the Sarah Prine series, the first book is "These Is My Words" which is similar but set in the Southwest. As far as reviewers complaining about detail and constant sorrow etc., I think that's what I expected from a story about travelling to the West in a covered wagon. If you read the Author's ...more
Kristie
Mazy's world is turned upside down when her husband, Jeremy, sells their land and decides, without talking to her first, that they are going to get West. Mazy hates change and she is reluctant at first but she took a vow to love and honor her husband and that is what she will do, but she's not opposed to telling him ever five minutes that she's not happy. We are taken through the journey of heading West and are introduced to numerous of characters, most of whom get on my last nerve.

I wanted to
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kim
Interesting, but not riveting....

I enjoyed this book. It was a slow read, because it contained a LOT of detail. Though it may not have been accurate in all repects, it gave me a feel for what if might have been like to strike out to the unknown and settle our land. Imagine....clean water is not always available....no shelter from the elements...either extreme heat OR wicked storms...no running to the store when the wagon breaks down....abandon some of your most prized possesions by the side of t
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Georgia Herod
This is book one of the Kinship and Courage Series; book 2 is No Eye Can See; book 3 is What Once We Knew. I was captivated during each one, hardly able to put them down. I awoke early, stayed up late.

Historically accurate, with vivid details, dynamic characters, deep themes, real conflict! Because I read them one after another, what I've written below applies to the trilogy, thus the length.

Kirkpatrick seems to say, “Let me tell you about a woman who . . . . She finds a secret place in me and
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Lauren
This is a good story that could've been great. The concept of eleven women traveling west together is an intriguing one, especially since there's evidence that it may have really happened. My main argument with the book is that the women get pretty preachy at the end, speaking in pithy truisms about life and womanhood and family, and I found that hard to swallow. I'm gonna read the next two books, though, and see where some of the story lines go.
Brandi
I am surprised at the low reviews. This is one of my favorite books! I don't read many more than once but I will this one! I felt like it made me understand more of how things were back then. I figured everyone knew that going on a wagon trail and settling in the west was hard for everyone so I wasn't surprised about the hardships. I completely enjoyed this book
Cindy
I enjoyed this book. At first all of the characters are hard to straighten out (especially if you leave the book for a week like I did) but just keep reading and it becomes easy to remember who is who. The book is FULL of heartache. It is unbelievable what these women go through. Many of the people die, but the message of the book is great. I really enjoyed the answers to their trials being from God. The story is about a wagon caravan headed over the Oregon Trail in 1852. The stories behind the ...more
Lisa Rathbun
Whew! I finally finished this, and it was a chore! I found I often got distracted from the story by the author's style. For example, sometimes the author uses unusual metaphors, but uses them in ways that draw your attention to them: "I'd give almost anything to burn the thorns between us." "You'll be able to go on without . . . holding the hammer over my head?" IDK why they strike me as weird but they do.



Then sometimes I just don't get a comment at all, like on p. 88 when Jeremy says, "We hav
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Judy
The central character, in love with her husband and their life on their farm, is suddenly confronted with the fact that he has sold the farm without consulting her and has committed them to going west in a covered wagon. So, starting from the powerlessness of woman under the legal and social systems of the time, the story moves to a treacherous trip west in which women prove themselves to be resourceful and resilient. Their ability to survive the dangers they encounter is largely through the sen ...more
Deann Doolittle
I liked this book even though it was full of sadness and heartache but then again that's probably what they really went through when people were heading west for the very first times. I liked all the characters in the story. Sometimes the story itself was a little slow and made it seem long but overall it was a good read. Shows that you can do things if you set your mind to it. Good story about the power of friendship too! Will eventually read the next couple books in the series.
Kristen
In All Together in One Place, this book launched the Kinship and Courage trilogy series. Based on factual events on the Oregon Trail, this one is focused on Madison "Mazy" Bacon and her journey. After two years of marriage, her husband informed her on their move to head west. Along the way, she bonded with 11 other women who took the same journey from various states to head to California. During their way, they each deal with loss and heartache in their own way, when their husbands or fiancés d ...more
Karen
I love this genre but found the writing to be more stream of conscience than deliberate description and dialogue. Some of the characters went from being loved to irratating and almost whiny. Also I got this at a book sale and didn't realize it was a Christian lit book. I don't think that's the reason it fell short for me but maybe...I mostly just skimmed the preachy sections but I think the style just was too haphazard. I'm still willing to try the next book in the series and see where the story ...more
Sonya
For book club. The author of this book never met a platitude she didn't like. The plot and some of the characters do pull the reader through this unevenly paced story, but not without preaching the Biblical virtues of patience and acceptance and piety throughout, and if that is appealing to some, so be it; this book was written for those who enjoy the heavy-handed religious lessons. For this reader, however, some of the dialogue was so treacly that it had to be eye-skimmed.

A note of caution: the
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S. Willett
Next time you think your road is hard read a book about traveling with the pioneers of this country. This book is based on a true story about women that lost husbands and children on the frontier trails. They persevered, endured and found themselves stronger for it.

Jane Kirkpatrick writes to touch our hearts and help us grow in understanding. Excellent read.
Kendra
Jan 13, 2008 Kendra rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kendra by: Jenna Smith
I guess you could call this historical fiction. The author does a lot of research on the locations and what people wore, how they crossed the plains and tried to make it as real as possible. The book has a strong Christian ideal of overcoming trials. It will definately make you proud to be a woman and make you wonder how strong you could be under similar circumstances. I will definately read the rest of the Kinship and Courage books to see what happens to the characters. I like a particular part ...more
Alysia
I felt the book was okay, but seemed to drag a little bit. The point of hte book isn't necessarily in getting to the West Coast, but I still felt like there could be more progress on that front in parts of the story.
I enjoyed the read, but I didn't love it.
Kristin
I really enjoy Jane Kirkpatrick's books. This Kinship and Courage was the first of her series (there are 4 in this set) that I read. Almost all of her books are historical fiction and she does a lot of research to make her characters true. She is also a Christian author, so there are references to God, prayer, etc, but it's not overkill or anything.

This particular series is based on the true story of a group of women who started out with their men to pioneer across the country and wound up on t
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Laura Leslie
This is a heartwarming book about love and sacrifice. Wonderful characters abide in this book and the ones with poor character are changed. Conclusively, this is a great book about the challenging journey to friendship and love.
Andrea
I read this several years ago and for the life of me couldn't remember what it was called. I haven't been able to get my hands on the rest of the series, but was told they're just as good. Kirkpatrick is a great Christian author who really understands the ins and outs of women. Even though this book takes place back in the pioneer days, the principles apply today. It's such a great story of female unity, of empowerment, of surviving, of thriving even. It reminded me that it is so much easier in ...more
Tricia
I love reading about this time period, but sometimes it seemed to drag on and on - and I would have liked to hear what happened to the ladies when they finally go to where they were going (no spoilers here :-)
Wendy Sparkes
#1 in Kinship and Courage Series, wonderfully read by Aimee Lilly.

Based on the true story of the "turnaround women".

A group of travellers heads west on the Oregon trail to fulfil their ambitions & dreams. However, tragedy strikes & the survivors have to rely on each other to reach their journey's end.

A wonderful, heart-pulling story. The characters become close friends & as the story closes you want to know what happens to them.

#2 No Eye Can See by Jane Kirkpatrick
#3 What Once We Loved by Jane Kirkpatrick
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Carolyn
3.5 stars. A bit preachy for my tastes, but I did enjoy reading of the hardships faced and conquered on the trail west. While I liked this book, the following two in the series wore thin for me.
Peggy
Jane Kirkpatrick is a Christian author-and by this I mean she bring her religion into the story. Some more than others. I find this irritating, but this particular story was OK. It is about a group of settlers moving west to Oregon/California. They were all unknown to each other before the trip. During the trip illness decimated all the men and left the women to continue on alone. Through personal strength and determination these women joined forces and formed bonds with each other that enabled ...more
Wanda
This was another good book by Jane Kirkpatrick telling of the immigration of pioneers to the state of Oregon via California from Wisconsin. The friendship and combined strength of the women in this book told the story of survival at all kinds of levels; grief, celebration, leadership, companionship and friendship. I really enjoyed Jane's reference Biblically to some of the scriptures mentioned. Our foremothers where great believers and often it was their faith alone that helped them confront the ...more
Jenni
I don't usually go for western settings, but this being based on a true story piqued my interest. Although some of it was rather formulaic, it was a very good story about women overcoming differences and prejudices and working together and each becoming stronger in her own way. I would recommend.
Mckown
an interesting read about wagon trains heading West; women and how they live in this time period, 1850. Great character development and detail.
Tammy
A big disappointment. I gave up after 200 pages. The story had good potential, but the characters were whiny and unlikable. Instead of calling it "all together in one place", it should be called "everyone for himself and hating everyone else." Too slow moving also.
Katrina
I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the first Kirkpatrick book I read a couple months ago. Maybe after that one I had too high of expectations. The main characters I felt invested in, but some of the other women I had a hard time remembering who was who and what made them distinct from each other. There were also times that seemed so rosy amid tremendous trials, with the perspective of great faith and trust in the Almighty, that I wondered if pioneer peoples really would have felt/thought this ...more
Judith Teggelaar
Having just finished reading this book for the 3rd time, is it any wonder that I gave it 5 stars? It is hard to imagine the trials that the pioneers had in traveling west in the wagon trains. I am on now to the 2nd book in the series.
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