Woman of Courage  -     By: Wanda E. Brunstetter
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Woman of Courage

Barbour Books / 2014 / Paperback

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Amanda Pearson, a Quaker woman suffering from a broken engagement, leaves her home in New York and travels west, to minister to the Nez Perce Indians. Along the way, she encounters many problems, yet she never gives up. Like a true woman of courage, Amanda trusts God to see her through, even when she fights illness, abandonment, misunderstandings, and an unexpected event.

Set in 1837, this historical novel has many twists and turns that will take readers from the rugged Rocky Mountains to Oregon Territory and the home of the Spalding Mission, where the Nez Perce Indians were first introduced to Christianity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1616260831
ISBN-13: 9781616260835
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Publisher's Description

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 Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

Author Bio

New York Times bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish way of life when she first visited her husband's Mennonite relatives living in Pennsylvania. Wanda and her husband, Richard, live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the States, where they have many Amish friends.

Editorial Reviews

As a fan of Wanda Brunstetter, I can easily say this is probably my favorite book by far. 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.

I have read many books by this author and have never been disappointed. This book is no exception. Although it is a departure from the Amish genre she normally writes, it is every bit as good and exciting as her Amish books.

Not only did Wanda hook me on another one of her books, but she made me appreciate historical fiction at a new level.

Through the adrenaline rushes to the trials and pain, I was transported into this story. I connected to the characters as they came alive in my mind. I could even picture the surroundings throughout much of this story. For me, Wanda delivered, and she delivered big!

Wanda Brunstetter’s Amish books are a delight, but her story of a Quaker young woman that wants to be a missionary is outstanding. The characters are well done and the story exciting. I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading and I’m sure you won’t be able to either.

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  1. Vicky
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read
    July 29, 2014
    Vicky
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A Quaker woman dare the unknown to be a missionary. This statement was one of the reasons I picked this book for review. Normally, I am not a huge historical reader but the author was Wanda Brunstetter and I knew she writes good books. This books actually drew me in throughout the story and kept me guessing just how Amanda would survive and make it to her destination.

    Amanda Pearson was jilted by her fiance' and decides to pick up and embark on a three-thousand mile journey in 1837. She wants to follow the Rev. and Mrs. Spalding into the western wilderness to minister to the Nez Perce' Indians along with her father. The trail is long and difficult and there are many dangers and tragedies that Amanda has to overcome. She faced a near death experience but God showed her the people she was sent to help and minister to even before she got to the Spalding Mission. I felt that was the key to this story-her obstacles and her courage to go on. Amanda also has no desire for any relationship but a certain man enters her life as he guide but he has no desire to help anyone who claims Christ as their lord. How can Amanda reach the Indians if she cannot reach anyone around her for Christ. As the journey continues, it becomes life changing for her and those she meets. The choices she has to make are almost unbearable.

    This was a really good book laced with scripture and and forgiveness by some of the characters. I received this book from Barbour Publishing free for my honest opinion.
  2. Teddy G
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Perseverance through trials
    July 29, 2014
    Teddy G
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Amanda Pearson has essentially been left at the altar, as her fiance tells her just before their wedding that he's leaving her for her best friend. Rather than remain in shame within their Quaker community, Amanda convinces her father that they should set out for the Oregon Territory to bring the Good News to the Nez Perce Indians. Trials and hardships shadow Amanda as she travels, and she is forced to examine her faith and her decisions to pursue this path.

    I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but I do enjoy the time period of the expansion west. I can't even imagine the hardships of crossing the country on horseback, with very few comfort items and months on the trail. Amanda doesn't immediately strike the reader as one of hardy stock, yet she perseveres through tragedy and difficult circumstances while keeping her faith intact and even attempting to share the Word with all she comes in contact with. Her character comes across as naive, yet sincere, and it's believable that she would grow on the people who initially resist her "Bible thumping." However, I did find it difficult to believe that that many tragedies could befall both her and every person she met. Maybe not the tragedies themselves, but the catalyst they provided to turn the characters to God felt too neat and tidy. Not all tragedies lead to conversions, and not all conversions are proceeded by tragedy, but you wouldn't know that from this book.

    Overall, I give this book 3 stars. It could have felt a little deeper, with more examination of the faith that Amanda was sharing, but the characters were tied together well; and as a reader, I cared about them enough to be happy when things turned out well for them.
  3. loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Historical Fiction!!!!!!!!
    July 28, 2014
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Woman of Courage is another great book of Wanda Brunstetter. Amanda was rejected by her fiance on the eve of her wedding. She decides to go on a mission trip with a Quaker Reverend and his wife to minister to the Indians with her father. They met many obstacles along they way. She met Buck, an half Indian along with Mary and Jim. Her experiences made her into a stronger, more independent person.

    I received this book from the publisher and the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  4. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Woman of Courage
    July 25, 2014
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    An epic tale of courage and faith though I think the title should be Women of Courage since it was the Indian woman, Mary's story that held me spellbound. Now that's courage! Amanda's journey into the wilderness does make for a fascinating read as well. Exchanging her orderly life in a Quaker settlement for the perils of being a missionary among the Nez Perce tribe results in many life altering consequences. Amanda and those closest to her survive untold dangers. I barely had time to catch my breath before something unexpected lurked on the next page. From one peril to the next Amanda struggles to find her place in this untamed land. An interesting look at a fascinating time in American history.

    My thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for a review copy of this book.
  5. BevK
    WI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Reviewing WOMAN OF COURAGE by Wanda E. Brunstetter
    July 21, 2014
    BevK
    WI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Reviewing WOMAN OF COURAGE by Wanda E. Brunstetter

    First of all, the cover and print of the book is beautifully done and easy to read. I was glad to see a book about the Quakers! The author does a good job of inserting 'modern' comments throughout the book, including describing the people as "Bible-thumpers" when this story takes place in the mid 1800's.

    The story of the 'heroine' goes from bad to worse, and the suspense builds as you think of all the dangers surrounding her. The author does a good job of explaining the custom of selling women by trade or bargaining or cash. The comments people make blaming God for their troubles are realistic and readers may find themselves in the same attitude in their own lives today. She weaves in death and rituals of the times and some other detailed descriptions into her stories, and I felt sometimes to the extreme. She makes use of healing herbs and description of birthing which add interest to the time the story is taking place.

    I particularly liked the hawk in the story, and his trainer; I wished there was more of that included and they fast became my favorite characters.

    I did enjoy the book, and would recommend it.

    I received this book free from Bethany Publishers Barbour Pub. Shiloh Press for review without any restrictions as to my opinion.

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