I read this book many years ago. It is the only book I have read that I was thirsty when they were thirsty, cold when they were, hungry along with them. It is a marvellously well written book you can't put down as you follow the Donner Party over the desert and into the mountain pass, to be stranded by heavy snow storms, building shelters covered with the hides from the cattle. The courage of the MOTHERS as they hoarded what little food they had for their children, in the end cooking the roofs off their shelters to feed them, while they waited and hoped that the ones that were walking out would be able to get help to come to their rescue. It is a courageous but sad tale of the strengths of women when they are put to the test of life. I lost my book on loaning it to another reader, and for a number of years tried to find a copy without any luck. This winter I was able to obtain a 1943 copy though Amazon.com. It still gives me the same feelings as it did years ago. A great insight to the lenghts a mother will go for her children and family.