Friday, August 8, 2014
Book Review~Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter
Amanda Pearson, a young Quaker woman in the early 1800s, was left by her fiancée the night before her wedding. She decides to travel over 3,000 miles west with her father to minister to the Nez Perce' Indians at the Spalding Mission. They hire a guide for the long, rough journey and set out. They encounter many dangerous situations along the way.
Amanda soon finds herself at a trapper's cabin, recovering from a near-death accident. The trapper, Jim, is not happy with her being there, but his Indian wife Mary tends to Amanda and they quickly become friends. Amanda teaches Mary about Jesus. Amanda worries that she may never make it to the mission. She gets to know Jim and Mary's friend Buck McFadden, and asks him to accompany her to the mission. Amanda and Buck both are starting to have feelings for each other, but they are from two different worlds.
What I thought: I've read Wanda Brunstetter's Amish fiction before and enjoyed it, so I was interested to try something different. Woman of Courage is a well-written story that engaged me immediately and I found hard to put down. It is amazing to think about a woman traveling across the country by horseback in the early 1800s. The only thing I can think of negative about this book is that for part of the story Amanda uses 'thee' and 'thou', which I found annoying, but it is correct for Quaker people during that time period. Woman of Courage has it all-drama, romance, history, and more!
*Disclosure: I received this book free from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review.