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For Madison “Mazy” Bacon, a young wife living in southern Wisconsin, the future appears every bit as promising as it is reassuringly predictable. A loving marriage, a well-organized home, the pleasure of planting an early spring garden–these are the carefully-tended dreams that sustain her heart and nourish her soul.

But when her husband of two years sells the homestead and informs her that they are heading west, Mazy’s life is ripped down the middle like a poorly mended sheet forgotten in a midwestern storm. Her love is tried, her boundaries stretched, and the fabric of her faith tested. At the same time, she and eleven extraordinary women are pulled toward an uncertain destiny–one that binds them together through reluctance and longing and into acceptance and renewal.

Based on an actual 1852 Oregon Trail incident, All Together in One Place, speaks to the strength in every woman and celebrates the promise of hope that unfailingly blooms amidst tragedy and challenge.

The first book in the Kinship and Courage series. Based on a true story.


  • Bestseller List, 2001, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
  • Bestseller List, 2001, Christian Booksellers Association (CBA)
  • Best Inspirational Books, 2000, Affair de Coeur
  • Finalist, 2001, Reader’s Choice Award, Romance Writer’s of America
  • Nominee, 2001, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, Romance Writer’s of America

Other books in this series: #2) No Eye Can See, #3) What Once We Loved


“…This beautiful novel speaks to the heart of human relationships – full in love. Jane Kirkpatrick’s book is a treasure, well worth reaching beyond our genre to experience.”—Romantic Times, 4.5 stars

“Jane Kirkpatrick has, almost literally, created her own genre of fiction. Her books enfold a reader…whisper ‘let me tell you about a woman who…’ They find a secret place in each of us and bring it gently to the surface.”Salem Statesman Journal

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