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Monday, August 8, 2016

Book Review: “Outlasting the Trail” by Mary Barmeyer O’ Brien

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.

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