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One More River to Cross

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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 ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Hallie Szott
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

In the 1800s, no trip to the West occurred without unanticipated hardship. The Donner Party, of course, remains infamous for what they endured in 1846-47. Lesser known is the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend company, which chose to make the same crossing through the Sierra Nevada—with much different results.

In One More River to Cross, Jane Kirkpatrick imagines the experience this group of people had, facing a dangerous snowstorm and difficult decisions to make. Her writing is exquisite as the histori
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a thoughtful, inspiring, beautiful book! I truly believe in 2019, people need instant gratification and action. That is why this amazing book is getting low ratings. This book is historical fiction based on real pioneers. It naturally happens and is authentic to the time. Yes, it's leisurely but it's exactly authentic and how a pioneer story should be. I grew up listening to my grandmother telling me stories of my pioneer ancestors. Jane Kirkpatrick sounds like my grandmother sitting at her ...more
Deanne Patterson
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Based on a truth, this wagon train crossing happened two years before the Donner party crossed the Sierra Nevada's. All was fine til October when the harsh snows hit the mountains.
The struggle was real and I am once again impressed with the strength of this author's research.
The vast wilderness,going without food for days on end including children,bone chilling cold,crossing rivers. Just amazing!
All had to work together to survive.
All the women had different strengths and weaknesses. The author
Allison Tebo
Sep 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
FTC Disclosure: Revell Reads gave me complimentary copies of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.

Did not finish. I’m afraid I couldn’t get past the first few chapters. The writing is really poor. It’s not only bland and stilted, it’s confusing, and I had to pause at the end of every paragraph to decipher the sentences I had just read. A lot of the statements felt utterly random and had no connection to the previous phrases. The characters were so colorless
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you Revell for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

One More River To Cross
By: Jane Kirkpatrick

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I wanted to like this book much more than I actually did. The idea of wagon train life in all its hardships, particularly for the women, intrigued me. I felt disconnected from the characters because their were too many. No one individual occupied enough space to become familiar with. I felt a great deal of sadness and melancholy
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Set in the American West of the 1840's, this novel is based on the obscure true story of a group of pioneer families who set out for and reached California, after enduring hardships, obstacles, and setbacks. Quite a contrast to the unfortunate Donner Party, this group all pulled together, helped each other, and were willing to separate into several groups, so that at least some of them would reach their goal and no one would hold anyone else back. I liked the author's note where she explained ho ...more
Abigail Harris
Oct 02, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
My Review of One More River To Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick: I promise I tried to read this book . . . Truly, I did, but I am a girl, eh, woman that believes that some women overreact with feminism, men should automatically be put in three categories; stupid/weak/needy, overbearing/controlling, or wanting an inappropriate relationship. Since this book has shown a lack of respect for the men, bitter woman that "was what women did" talking about taking care of a family, and I tried flipping through t ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to the publisher, Revell, via LibraryThing, for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is a story of survival based on true events in 1844 about a group of people from Missouri traveling through the Sierra Nevada mountains to find a better life in California. They encountered unimaginable hardships of starvation, cold, separation from loved ones, and birthing babies in the wilderness.

I am always interested in how an author gets an idea for a novel. Jane Kirkpatrick saw a footnote i
Robin Reynolds
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: revell-reads
*Received through the Revel Reads Blogger Program and voluntarily reviewed*

There are many, many characters in this story, but with one exception the focus is on the women, with the narrative constantly shifting from the point of view of one character to another. Unfortunately I struggled to keep track of the characters, men and women alike. There were a few who stood out, such as Maolisa and Moses, a young man who was the exception I mentioned above. I particularly enjoyed his sections of the bo
Lisa Johnson
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: One More River to Cross
Author: Jane Kirkpatrick
Pages: 352
Year: 2019
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
I am always amazed to read how various authors get started on a novel. Whether it’s a person of history or an event it just fascinates me. The novel One More River to Cross began when the author read a footnote, which you can read about in your copy, and from there she set out to learn more. Jane Kirkpatrick does a very good job of researching and portraying true events as close
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
I have mixed thoughts on this book. I was so excited to start reading it based on the book blurb. I needed to know if these families would live or die! Unfortunately the amount of characters in the book made it hard for me to keep everyone straight. I tried to piece together which woman was married to which man, and who the children belonged to, but it was just hard for me. Too much for me to try and remember as I was reading the book. However, I do understand that could be something that not ev ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
So much as been written about the wagon trains going west and it seems as though we have romanticized those trips quite a bit. Jane Kirkpatrick though, lays it on the line and doesn't mince what it was like when the wagon trains ran into trouble. The hardships are everywhere in this story and it makes me think if I could survive such a trip. These women were strong and so were there children. They grew closer, as times got rough and formed a bond that couldn't be broken.

One More River to Cross
Danielle Urban
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
One More River to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick is an interesting read. One that brings a story of traveling from one land to another, alive. There were so many dangers presented in this book. Many did not survive trips like these. Still so many treaded forward. Hoping for the promise of a new life. Loss, grief, fear, and hope were mixed on every page. The unpredictability was good. I kept on wondering what next. They story was well-written. Slow but steady was the pacing. I did feel like the plot w ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read most of Kirkpatrick's books and have always enjoyed learning some new history about the west where I live. It was fascinating to read this account of a large group of over 50 people successfully make it to California 175 years ago, over the mountains in deep snow, via covered wagons, horses, and on foot. I am familiar with the Truckee, Donner Lake, and Lake Tahoe area, so I am in awe of what this group achieved with the conditions they faced. I generally research more information whe ...more
Emily Yager
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. It was fascinating to read about the pioneer families that traveled west and some of the struggles that they went through. The story itself is well written and had a somewhat slow and steady pace. The story was an enjoyable read. It's a time frame that i usually enjoy reading. Yet for whatever reason, I couldn't quite get into this book.
To be fair I won't rate this since I didn't finish it. It started off with a long list of character names and their relationships to one another. I mean a LONG list. OK, I thought, I've done this before, so I kept reading. But it didn't take long for my little brain to start spinning, trying to remember who was who. I've enjoyed other Kirkpatrick books, but this was just too much work. Sadly, I'm done.
Sara Wise
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** “ … I trust God is with us whatever choice we make. It’s what I draw on in the hard times. That I’m not alone and that God wants good things for us at the end.” **

Jane Kirkpatrick brings a story straight from true life to the page with “One More River to Cross,” a harrowing tale of a courageous group of people who make their way across the country in a wagon train, and the battles they face on the way.

Taking place from 1844-1845, “One More River to Cross” follows the story of several families
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it

This is my first novel by Jane Kirkpatrick and I’m now wondering why I haven’t already come across some of her previous novels. This newest work is set in 1844 and involves a wagon train that travels through the Sierra Nevada mountains en route to California.

Most of the settlers from the wagon train are Irish Catholics, but regardless of where they are from or what their religious views are, they are all searching for a better life in California.

Unfortunately, the journey didn’t move fast enough
Robin Willson
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Most of this is facts that the author found in research. One of the first wagon trains to travel this area.
In the epilogue Jane said she hoped that this story might celebrate the honor of self-sacrifice, the wisdom of working together, and the power of persevering through community and faith. She did that exactly. This story is set in 1844 as a wagon train is progressing across country towards Oregon first then changing to California, which was still Mexican at the time. A fairly easy trip for t
Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)
I had high expectations for this book because it sounded like something right up my alley. Unfortunately, many aspects of this book were disappointing.
When I first opened this book, I noticed the map (which was pretty cool) and the three-page character glossary. Even with the help of the glossary, which I consulted often, I still struggled to understand who was who, who married whom, and which children belonged to each person.
Secondly, I found the writing of this novel bland. It presented every
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gosh, I adored this book. I am a fan of the way Jane Kirkpatrick brings history to life. Growing up in California, I of course had heard of the ill-fated Donner Party. But never of this earlier wagon train, which attempted a crossing of the Sierras two years earlier - in 1844. Many of you, now in modern times, may have driven a car at 60-70 mph along Hwy 80 past the huge granite cliffs of the Sierras. This novel really brings home the struggles these people actually faced, on foot, with horses a ...more
Evelyn  Fonseca
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
One More River to Cross is based on the true story of a group of travelers heading west in the 1840s. It was a large group with 17 children. Forced to split up in 3 groups after encountering a brutal winter, each group must find a way to survive and fend for themselves.

I had never heard of the Stephens- Murphy- Townsend expedition nor the Donner Party so it piqued my interest. However, I was let down by this book. There are way too many characters and although I appreciate the character table o
Rachel DeVaughn
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This historical fiction story caught my eye because I enjoy reading historical novels in the west during that time period. This story is not a lighthearted, easy story to read however.

These "pioneers" had major struggles like starvation, death, illness and separation from loved ones. It was hard (and depressing) to read their struggles and at times I was confused since there were alot of main characters and women in this story. The author attached a listing of characters in the beginning of the
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars... Story of immigrants traveling west in 1844 (two years before Donner Party). I was so excited to find this audio download at my local library. Book started off very good with typical problems encountered by pioneers, including an early snowfall. But, later the book seemed to go on forever. Maybe because the character overload was confusing and exhausting.

Or maybe it was because I was still exhausted from our August 10th, 140 mph Derecho which damaged so much of our area. We did not
Rebekah Lewis
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I immediately grabbed this book because 1) It's by Jane Kirkpatrick; 2) the history! 😍

This book definitely did not lack in the history department. I was soo intrigued by this true story of travelers.
But this book did, however, lack in compelling, lovable characters...... I didn't like any of them.
Actually, I disliked many of them thoroughly

The story was good, the writing was off.
The book just wasn't as amazing as I'd expected.

It became boring very quickly and I did not want to finish it.

Anne Rightler
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful historical fiction by Jane Kirkpatrick. Mid-1800s trek to California. Difficult decisions, dangerous situations, strong characters that display realistic and relatable emotions and actions. Family and friends deciding to split up to make the journey more doable, lots of action. I enjoy stories like this as they make me wonder how I would've responded in similar situations. I listened to the library copy of the audiobook and Christina Moore did a great job narrating the story wh ...more
Virginia Campbell
Acclaimed author Jane Kirkpatrick is known for the meticulous detail found in her inspiring works of historical fiction. "One More River to Cross" is her storytelling of the "Murphy-Stephens-Townsend Overland Party", which traveled from Missouri through the Sierra Nevada Mountains to reach California in 1844. Decisions of varying wisdom by members of the group. the twists and turns of Fate, and the undeniable force of Nature itself lead the travelers on an eventful, life-altering journey for whi ...more
Patricia Stoltey
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One More River to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick is based on true events that happened when the first pioneers tried to take wagons over the mountains to California. A story of resilience, survival, and true grit, especially among the women. Highly recommended!
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
Another fabulous title from Jane Kirkpatrick. I have read extensively about the famous Donner party but the group depicted in this book was never before brought to my attention. It's a very compelling story. If you enjoy the history of the settling of the west then you should read this one.
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