It’s the fictional account of the true story of ‘The Donner Party’ who left their home in search of a better life in California in 1846. Burton uses the perfect amount of, what I believe to be painstaking, research and intelligent illusion to get into the mind of Tamsen Donner and what it must have been like to see her family go through what they did. Their experiences are told through fictional diary entries and letters to Tamsen’s sister. Her actions when her family, friends, and those around her are starving and freezing and trapped in the snowy mountains show her to be a woman of strength and I came to admire her greatly.
Thanks to the folks at Hyperion Voice for sending me this book for review.