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Teddy GAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Perseverance through trialsJuly 29, 2014Teddy GAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Amanda 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.
loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Historical Fiction!!!!!!!!July 28, 2014loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Woman 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.
KavRCanadaGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Woman of CourageJuly 25, 2014KavRCanadaGender: femaleAn 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.
BevKWIAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Reviewing WOMAN OF COURAGE by Wanda E. BrunstetterJuly 21, 2014BevKWIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Reviewing 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.
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Wonan of Courage by Wanda BrunstetterJune 22, 2014MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter****
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~~