Book Review: “Outlasting the Trail” by Mary Barmeyer O’ Brien
I loved this book. It is a fictionalized book based on the real life adventure of Mary Rockwood Powers as she made the journey from Wisconsin to California in 1856. This would be a very hard journey for anyone, but once she embarked with her family, her husband’s mental state deteriorated--possibly a case of severe depression--and he made some very inappropriate decisions. Probably the worst of which was picking unsuitable horses for the trip.
The book was a page turner. Each chapter is from a different character, so you can see it from all points of view. The hardships this family was incredible. To see the change in Mary from a subservient wife to a strong leader was empowering.
I highly recommend it.