Sunday, January 5, 2014

Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter ~ review

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (April 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616260831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616260835

Take a three-thousand mile journey with Amanda Pearson as she leaves the disgrace of a broken engagement and enters the work of a Quaker mission in the western wilds. The trip is fraught with danger, and Amanda is near death before reaching her destination. Among those she meets are an Indian woman who becomes her first convert and a half-Indian trapper who seems to be her biggest critic. But love follows her into the wilderness and will determine the course of her future. You are sure to enjoy this historical romance adventure from New York Timesbestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

My take on this book:
The year is 1837 and twenty-two year old  Amanda Pearson is one day away from marrying Nathan Lane, but when he breaks the engagement, telling her that he is in love with her best friend Amanda realizes that she can no longer stay in New York. So she decides to head west to the Oregon Territory to work as a Quaker missionary sharing the word of God with the Nez Perce Indians. The journey is far from easy, with danger at every turn. When it seems as if Amanda may not make it Buck McFadden, a trapper who lives in the Rocky Mountains comes along and takes her to his friends cabin, where she meets Mary (Yellow Bird) Breck and her husband Jim. As she spends time with these people she is determined to share with them the Good News of God. What is in store for Amanda and her new found friends, will she ever make it to the Spaulding Mission, read Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter and find out!

As a fan of Wanda Brunstetter I can easily say this is probably my favorite book by far. Woman of Courage reads like an epic trek into the wilds of the west during the 1830's. Her descriptions of the settings really brought the story to life, I could just imagine Jim out checking his traps or Buck wrestling a bear. The twists and turns that Amanda faced during her journey lent a tension to the story that kept me anxious to see what might happen next! Amanda was such a strong person, spiritually and physically, as a Quaker woman alone in the wilds of the Rockies her faith was so strong that she never hesitated to witness about God's love, even to those who didn't want to hear it! I will say the "Quaker speak" of the thees and thous was a bit hard to get used to, and I found it slightly amusing that several of the characters in the story complained about Amanda's speech. Several secondary characters make for a well paced plot that never lagged, such as Buck, a trapper/mountain man who thought he was content with his solitary life, but learned differently. Mary Breck was a woman of courage as well, she made the best of whatever situation she found herself in. Each of the characters become real, allowing me to feel their ups and downs, their hopes and dreams! It was easy to see that Ms. Brunstetter did her research sharing a few tidbits about different Indian beliefs and traditions. Historical fiction fans will enjoy this story, but anyone who is looking for a faith based read, where romantic feelings slowly develop, interesting characters and more than a few twists will find this one to their liking as well! 

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