This story of Amanda Pearson, a young Quaker girl, who goes from an engaged young daughter of a preacher, to the jilted missionary headed to the Nez Perce' Indian reservation in Oregon territory in 1837 is amazing and heartbreaking. One tragedy after another befalls Amanda as she travels across the country. She is so strong in her faith, which never wavers no matter what happens to her. In fact, she continues to minister to those around her. I could not put this book down.
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Wow! Unforgettable! Brunstetter's young, jilted Quaker, Amanda Pearson starts out for the land of the Nez-Pierce' and the Spaldings, missionaries who are ministering to them. She has only her father and guide with her. Soon she has neither of them and is on her own. Will God be her guide? Will He provide a physical guide "with skin on"? Amanda meets a white trapper married to an Indian woman. While Mary Yellow Feather decides to follow God, neither the trapper, Jim, nor his friend, Buck McFadden, want anything to do with Amanda's God. How can Amanda hope to teach the Indians about God when she cannot even reach these few she is in daily contact with? Why are the men so bitter? Just as a softening seems to take place, tragedy strikes, and Amanda's future and ability to ever reach her destination are in grave question. What does God really want from Amanda? Is God really with her(and, by extrapolation, us,) during the hard times? How can a loving God allow so much evil and wrong to take place? Does God care about each individual and have a plan for each? Some questions are asked directly, some are asked in your heart as you read the book and are forced to grapple with the tough issues, even in fiction form.
I come away from this book saying,"What a book! What characters! What a God they served! What a God I serve! Thank you, Wanda Brunstetter!"
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I have read nearly all of Wanda Brunstetter's books and enjoyed each one. Woman of Courage is outstanding and is now my favorite by this author! Usually writing about the Amish culture, in her latest book, Wanda has taken on a story about the Quaker faith and the American West. A new area for her, but a wonderfully written novel! The historical detail is excellent and the story itself is deeply inspirational!
Amanda Pearson is jilted by her fiance on the eve of her wedding. Convinced that she will lead a solitary life from that point on, she convinces her father to travel west to a Nez Perce settlement in order to introduce them to Christ. This becomes her mission now that she has vowed to remain single.
During their trip across the country, they are met with hardships and tragedy. Amanda nearly dies, but is rescued by Buck McFadden. He is half Indian and takes her to the cabin of his trapper friend, Jim, who is married to an Indian woman named Mary. Amanda forms a bond with Mary and converts her to Christianity. Later, after his son's birth, Jim also accepts Christ into his life. Mary and Jim's story is wonderful in itself and adds to the depth of the novel.
Meanwhile, Buck comes back into Amanda's life as her journey continues. Amanda develops deep feelings for Buck. Buck also cares for Amanda and can't seem to forget her, but he is a bitter man scarred by his past. He refuses to even consider Christianity as a choice in his life. This is a heartbreaking challenge for Amanda. Buck's lack of faith makes it impossible for her to consider allowing herself to fall in love with him.
Amanda truly is a woman of great courage. Will that be enough to sustain her? Will her abiding faith be enough to change Buck and lead him to Christ? Will they overcome their differences and find love? You must read this book to discover the answers...and it is a MUST READ!
Woman of Courage is well written and deeply moving. I highly recommend this novel and found it to be and exceptional read!
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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.
About the Author:
Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.
To gain some independence and perspective from her recent failed romance, Amanda Pearson decides to go on a mission trip with Quacker Reverend and his wife to minister to the Nez Perce Indians. Little did she know that she was in for a possible romance. Sharing the gospel is proving a bigger feat than Amanda expected and it just seems to get worse and worse.
Soon she meets Buck McFadden, who is half-Indian that doesn't trust the white man, because he has been treated so harshly by them in the past. He seems to really take an interest in her, which neither he nor Amanda expected to happen. Poor Amanda feels like she will never reach the mission with all the bad luck she has been having.
The tenacity of the early settlers and the life they had to lead to better themselves at times is astonishing. They beat the odds in order to help themselves and future generations. The harshness of the times and of the people that they had to endure was mystifying. Wanda's research of the history involved in the writing of this book really shows through. She has done an excellent job!
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Fun.