Friday, June 29, 2012

Through Rushing Water By Catherine Richmond

I received this e-book from Thomas Nelson Publishing through for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

Sophia has her life all planned out—but her plan didn’t include being jilted or ending up in Dakota Territory.

Sophia Makinoff is certain that 1876 is the year that she’ll 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 she’s being sent to the Ponca Indian Agency in the bleak Dakota Territory. She can’t even run away effectively and begins to wonder how on earth she’ll be able to guide others as a missionary. But teaching the Ponca children provides her with a joy she has never known—and never expected—and ignites in her a passion for the people she’s sent to serve.

It’s 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.

My Thoughts:

Through Rushing Waters is Catherine Richmond's second novel and I completely loved it. I had the  privilege  of reading her debut novel "Spring For Susanna", which I loved.  Through Rushing Waters takes place in 1867, taking place mainly in the Dakota Territory.  During this time missionaries were in these areas to bring Christianity and schooling to the Indians.  In this area the Ponca Indians lived.   Catherine Richmond writes with much authority about this time period, the area, and of the lives the Indians lived.  The characters in Through Rushing Waters are well rounded and well written.  I fell in love with them.  The descriptions of the surroundings, the clothing, and the period were vivid and really made me feel like I was right there watching things unfold.  Catherine Richmond's Through Rushing Waters truly spoke to me, especially about the treatment of the Indians and how they had to live.  The whole story really laid it all out.  The relationships of the characters are very tastefully done and throughout the whole story Catherine Richmond includes the characters growth not just personally but spiritually.  If you enjoy Christian Historical Fiction with some romance, You will love this story. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait to read what is next for Catherine Richmond.

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