Through Rushing Water - eBook
Not My Normal Reading, But Still Enjoyable
One thing I really liked about this book was simply that Sophia was Russian; I havenÃ¢ÂÂt come across very many books with a heroine of that heritage, and I quite liked her unusual, globe-trotting background.
So many of the things in this book made me so mad- the way the government was treating these Indians were just- ugh! I wanted to go in there and do something myself. Though the plot was not one that I am normally attracted to or would really want to read, I still ended up enjoying it. However, I felt like I didn't really get to "know" the characters as much as I'd have liked to. I also found that the last few chapters lagged a little bit, and it took me awhile to get used to the very new setting that they introduced the reader to. After being out in the wilderness for a year with Sophia, suddenly coming back to civilization with her was a little difficult!
If youÃ¢ÂÂre interested in the history of American Indians and the American West, IÃ¢ÂÂm sure youÃ¢ÂÂll really enjoy this this novel.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
December 1, 2012
A reminder of what is more important in life and not the material things.
November 27, 2012
A Classic Historical Romance
Through Rushing Water
Book Summary: Sophia has her life all planned outÃ¢ÂÂbut her plan didnÃ¢ÂÂt include being jilted or ending up in Dakota Territory. Sophia Makinoff is certain that 1876 is the year that sheÃ¢ÂÂll become the wife of a certain US Congressman, and happily plans her debut into the Capitol city. But when he proposes to her roommate instead, Sophia is stunned. Hoping to flee her heartache and humiliation, she signs up with the Board of Foreign Missions on a whim. With dreams of a romantic posting to the Far East, Sophia is dismayed to find sheÃ¢ÂÂs being sent to the Ponca Indian Agency in the bleak Dakota Territory. She canÃ¢ÂÂt even run away effectively and begins to wonder how on earth sheÃ¢ÂÂll be able to guide others as a missionary. But teaching the Ponca children provides her with a joy she has never knownÃ¢ÂÂand never expectedÃ¢ÂÂand ignites in her a passion for the people sheÃ¢ÂÂs sent to serve. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a passion shared by the Agency carpenter, Willoughby Dunn, a man whose integrity and selflessness are unmatched. The Poncas are barely surviving. When U.S. policy decrees that they be uprooted from their land and marched hundreds of miles away in the middle of winter, Sophia and Will wade into rushing waters to fight for their friends, their love, and their destiny.
Review: I really enjoyed the vivid picture that Catherine Richmond paints with her words. The characters were well developed and the storyline was very engrossing. It was an adventure just getting to the reservation. I enjoyed the interplay between all of the characters. It was an extremely realistic plot and kept me turn the pages to the end. I was very interested in the Poncas and how they assimilated into the white manÃ¢ÂÂs world. It was a well flushed historic book and a treat to read.
I would like to thank Book Sneeze and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
November 1, 2012
a well researched book and is broadly based on tru
Through Rushing Water is the first book by Catherine Richmond that I have read, but it wonÃ¢ÂÂt be the last. Through Rushing Water is beautifully written. For the review, I had scheduled to read chucks of this book through out a week. To say the least, that schedule was an epic fail. I stayed up to nearly three a.m. on two different nights simply because I was so drawn into the story that I could not put it down. This is not something I do regularly, so that really tells you how much I enjoyed the story.
I was easily drawn to SophiaÃ¢ÂÂs character. The way she was spurned by the man she thought she was going to marry made her very sympathetic. Her decision to become a missionary seemed to go against what I saw her character being. It wasnÃ¢ÂÂt her becoming a missionary so much as that it was such a spur-of-the-moment decision, which I thought went against the traits we had come to know about her from earlier in the book. I saw Sophia as being more in control and even keeled. But that decision sets the course for the resplendent story to come. I relished watching SophiaÃ¢ÂÂs faith grow and how God took her spur-of-the-moment decision and molded it for His glory. SophiaÃ¢ÂÂs romance with Will is sweet and satisfying. I was enchanted by their sweet romance set against such a stark and tragic background.
While Sophia and Will were an integral part of the story, it was the Ponca people that kept me engaged. I became so invested in their fate that I simply could not put the book down. I was really struck by how much we take for granted today. The absolute poverty and the abysmal treatment of the Ponca Indians was disheartening. This treatment of the American Indians is a shameful chapter of our countryÃ¢ÂÂs past.
Through Rushing Water is a well researched book and is broadly based on true events, which are explained in the AuthorÃ¢ÂÂs Note at the end of the book. IÃ¢ÂÂm a history junkie and am drawn to books that are true to history and life. Nothing frustrates me more than reading an historical novel filled with inaccuracies. I didnÃ¢ÂÂt find that with this book. Richmond has done and admirable job with Through Rushing Water . She has woven a beautiful romantic tale, while still staying true to the tragic facts of the dismal treatment of the Ponca people. Richmond now has a new fan, and I look forward to reading more from her. I simply cannot recommend Through Rushing Water highly enough!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
October 16, 2012