Several families leave Missouri in 1844, heading west to California through the Sierra Nevada. But along the way, a winter storm forces them to separate into different groups. As they each face their own struggles by either waiting for rescue or journeying on, they are pushed to the limits of what they can handle. They must rely on faith to carry them through the toughest of winters and circumstances.
This book has truly heart touching stories of trials and survival in the harsh conditions of 1844. The author does such a good job with her research, which shows in her exquisite details, and paints scenes that allow you to really envision the primitive and wild west. I would classify this story as heavy on historical content. The characters discover what is truly important in life and the lessons they learned along the way are lessons that modern readers can even use to apply to their own lives today. Although this book is fiction, it gives a glimpse into what could have transpired during such a difficult time. I liked this book, but would definitely categorize it as a heavier novel, and recommend it to those who like historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.