Impatient with Desire - Gabrielle Burton
This was an absolutely beautiful and sad novel that I didn't want to end. I knew the same little bits of history about the Donner party that most people know but Gabrielle Burton brought the story to life with this novel. Told through the eyes of Tamsen Donner in the form of letters and journal entries I agonized with her over every what if and backwards glance deciding how it might have gone differently. Tamsen's thoughts that her feelings of wanderlust may have cost her family their lives and her heartache over this really resonated with me.