I can't imagine riding a wagon or walking for miles wearing a long-sleeved, long dress in scorching heat. Or, for that matter, preparing meals, being pregnant, taking care of children, or burying a loved one on the side of the road. But these women did all these things in stride. Modern women focus on what women weren't able to do in the 19th century but this book shows that women have always been strong, brave and capable. It's a wonderful book which you will enjoy for years to come.
How anyone made it across the Oregon Road or Overland Pass is still a mystery to me. These people were incredibly strong willed and determined especially the women. I liked the book, however I would have liked to have read more of the actual diary entries. If your expecting a book containing many diaries you will be dissapointed. The book only contains 4 diaries and the rest you will see small snippets from others explaining certain situation that everyone faced as they made this trek. Their were 3 different migration treks that took places and each one a little different from the previous one. All 3 were very difficult, but in each trek lives were lost, people became sick, accidents were everywhere, and the Indians were a threat to the wagon parties.
This book has a permanent place in my collection. I love reading the true accounts of women's experiences as they traveled westward. I highly recommend this book if you love reading published diaries and memoirs.