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A Small Part of History

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Remarkable. Inspiring. Heartbreaking.

In the summer of 1845 Rebecca Springer and her family join the Oregon wagon train in search of land thousands of miles away. It's a hard and dangerous journey through blizzards and searing heat, over prairies, desert plains and mountains and, at times, it seems as if it will never end. But an unbreakable bond develops amongst the travel
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Hardback, 304 pages
Published February 7th 2008
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Tanti
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Bland and forgettable. But I didn't expect too much from it anyway. I was just curious because on the front cover of my copy there's a red sticker that says, "Guaranteed to break your heart". Well, not many books break my heart, so i wonder if this one truly would. And...it didn't.

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Camille
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was a very good novel. It read very-well and was fast paced. If you are interested in pioneer stories, then definitely give it a go. It shows the hardships of going West without sugar coating it.

I am only giving it 4 out of 5 as I was sometimes bothered by the change of point of view from Sarah's first person account to the third person account of Rebecca's story. I also felt there was something lacking from the story but I can't pinpoint it for sure. It may be that it is too fast paced to go
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Jan
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this gritty tale about the Oregon trail in America in the mid 19th century.
Told from the perspective of several of the few women travelling with their menfolk in wagon trains across an unimaginable distance of practically uncharted hostile territory.
You really feel as if you're travelling with them having to accept whatever's decided by menfolk who often make ill advised choices due to lack of experience and difficulties of communication common to that age.
Heartrending in places
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Rita
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having just visited the area of the Oregon Trail I found this book quite fascinating. It is written in different voices and occasionally I couldn't figure out who was "talking" but I still found it enlightening. The characters are well-rounded and their words pull the reader into the story and their thoughts.

What these women went through is unbelievable. The author took many stories of that time and changed the immediate circumstances and blended them into the story. I don't think I would have
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I enjoyed this book, it wasn't a gripping tale, but interesting from the viewpoint of the women forging the Oregon trail. I liked the historical facts inter-weaved into the story and the interesting narrative that flicked between characters journals and storytelling. I felt I could believe the characters and relate to them but wasn't all that impressed with all the bad luck... Something you'll understand if you read it!
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Verena Berger
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. Even though I have heard and read many stories of this migration many times before, none touched me in the way this story did. It made me reflect on my life and realize how lucky we are... As an immigrant myself I am in awe of how much these early pinoeers risked and sacrificed.
Frauke
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
ok - a bit simplistic and emotionally sterile. fails at its undertaking to recreate the female side of the Oregon trail. All I remember is that ALL the women die in childbirth or as a result of childbirth on the trail!! the teenaged girl survives. What do I learn: No sex on the trail ;-). fine as a go-to-sleep book.
Eva
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mother in law recommended this book to me a few years ago and I have finally read it. It was a good historical novel. As I read it, I kept thinking about 'Little House on the Prairie' by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved reading that series when I was younger. This novel is a grittier version and very sad. Worth reading. ...more
Penelope
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Whilst I did enjoy this book I did think it was a bit history-lite. Lacking in detail and emotional depth it could have been so much more. It has made me want to read more about this period of history though so not a complete loss.
Sabelmouse
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i loved this book. a great inside into the hard ships of those people and especially the
women.
i weas surprised that not everybody on ths journey was desperate but that some people went because they wanted more or new.
i'd always thought only people with nothing else would have gone.
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Jaffareadstoo
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Set in 1840,this follows the fortunes, and hardships of the Springer family as they make their way along the Oregon trail. Forced to make dreadful sacrifices along the journey , this is a story of hope over adversity. Enjoyed it.
Susie
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm previewing this to read aloud for the "Idaho Commission for Libraries Talking Book Service". It looks like it will be great (unlike some of the stuff I have to read). I am partial to pioneer stories. ...more
Jane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
I love pioneer fiction, but this was disappointing.
Alexandra
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: colonialism, history
Liked it better the second time around...I've always loved Sarah though! ...more
Rachel
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't a 'can't put this down' story but it was interesting to read about the Oregon Train from the prospective of the women on the journey. ...more
Fi
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I already thought those pioneers were brave (or foolhardy!), but after reading this my admiration for the women in particular has grown exponentially
Cat
Oct 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: randomfiction
Their husbands decided to go to Oregon and they supported their choices despite sorrow and death. I wouldn't call it great literature but it was nice plane reading. ...more
Caroline
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Perfectly enjoyable, but not a specially memorable book. The characters are well drawn, but the narrative style lets it down.
Odetta
May 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Odetta by: Talking Books
I could not have been a pioneer.
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