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.
Reviewing WOMAN OF COURAGE by Wanda E. Brunstetter
July 21, 2014
Age: Over 65
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.
Young Quaker Amanda Pearson is crushed when her finance Nathan Lane breaks off their engagement the night before the wedding. Not wanting to remain in NY any longer Amanda informs her father that she wants to travel to Oregon Territory and help Rev. and Mrs. Spalding at the Indian missionary there. So her father sells everything and they leave Dansville, NY beginning the 3,000 miles journey across country to the wilderness in Oregon Territory. Now three months into their journey the challenges become harder and while traveling through the Wyoming Territory with their guide Harvey Hanson, Amanda's father dies. But Amanda is determined to travel on and to the Missionary. However, tragedy strikes again when Harvey is killed when a tree falls on him during a storm. Now alone, Amanda is trusting God to lead her the rest of the long way.
Trapper Buck McFadden comes across an ill woman on the trail and takes her to his friend Jim Breck's cabin so that Jim's Indian wife Mary Yellow Bird can care for the woman. As Mary cares for Amanda they become fast friends. She shares God's love for all mankind with Mary, Jim and Buck. However, Buck does not want anything to do with "Christians" since he was beaten and abused as a young boy by someone who claimed to be a christian.
Amanda needs a guide to the Nez Perce Indians missionary and asks Buck to guide her. But he refuses. As she continues to recover from her illness and regains her strength she continues to pray that Buck would guide her. As it turns out Jim and Mary, along with their new born daughter guide Amanda to the missionary and to reunite Mary with her family. Along the way tragedy strikes again leaving the women and infant alone to continue on. Buck shows up in time to save them from an evil-intended trapper, again.
What is God's plan for Amanda? Is working with the Spaldings at the Indian missionary really His plan for her? Where does Buck fit into His plans for her? Despite him not being a Christian, she finds herself falling in love with him. And what of Buck, what surprises does he find at the Indian village? Surprises he never dreamed of. Can he trust God to heal the pains and bitterness of his past? Is there a future after all with Amanda?
Woman of Courage is full of interesting facts from the 1800's....the characters encounter much in their travels: Indians (both good and bad), bear attacks, deadly snake bites, violent storms, dangerous wild frontier men and the long hard journey. But they persevere and continue on to their destination. This journey is not for the weak, but requires strength and determination as well as faith. This story is a bit different than the Amish stories Wanda usually writes, but I enjoyed it.
~~I received a copy of this book from Book Fun Network for my review~~
This is not Wanda Brunstetter's normal Amish book. This is about Amanda Pearson, who is a Quaker. After being jilted by her fiance' Amanda tells her father that she wants to travel west to join a missionary couple. Her father doesn't want her to go alone, he sells his property and they head west. From there you have Indians, wild animals, bears, illness. Amanda is lost and rescued by a mountain man, who takes her to his friend's cabin. The wife is Indian and of the same tribe that Amanda is hoping to spread the word of God to. The Indian wife becomes her friend and first convert. When traveling toward the Indian Village of the Quaker's Missionary Camp, there are hardships. snake bites, rough mountain men that try to take advantage of the two women when they are trying to trade pelts. The mountain man that first rescued her (Buck McFadden) seems to always be there when she needs help.
This book is slow in a few places but the characterizations, the plot and Wanda's own unique style of writing will keep you going. I can't say too much without giving away this unique storyline by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I'm so used to her writing Amish fiction that I kept looking for Amish to show-up. Sorry Wanda, but that's all I've read by you previously.
I received this book through the publisher and www.bookfun.org to read, review and all they asked was to leave my honest opinion. I found the book to be enjoyable and different than I expected. I read the book in about 3 sittings. Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. If you have ever read any of Wanda E. Brunstetters' books then you will find this to be a unique read.