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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 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 love 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 17 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.

©2019 Jane Kirkpatrick (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • 14-02-2021

Sad but interesting

I didn't know these parties were stranded and starving before the Donner Party. How sad that the Donner Party didn't learn from this party's experiences. The narration was pleasant to listen to, and the story, although so very sad, was written in terms descriptive enough to be accurate while at the same time, not too gory. Sad and real, but so interesting.

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  • Koni Bock
  • 28-05-2020

Great story

I really enjoyed the story and the history blows my mind what people had to endure just to survive.

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  • Amy Kinnes
  • 20-02-2020

Favorite author!

Love all of her books. The reader did a great job with all the accents. I really liked having the historical info at the end.

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  • John B. Davis
  • 10-01-2020

Exciting History of Crossing to California

I love historical fiction that moves me- to feel the cold icy wind that can throw thoughts of despairing paralyzing fear into these pioneers, and still they conquered by one more day tenacity and group problem solving risks - this is a story that is the backstory of the 1840s pioneers to California. The author kept me cheering and reading on. Five stars!

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