Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Woman of Courage By Wanda Brunstetter

I received this book from Handlebar Marketing for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinion expressed here are my own.

Book Description: 

Jilted by her fiancé, Amanda Pearson gives up on romance and turns to her Quaker faith for reassurance. She becomes determined to follow the Rev. and Mrs. Spalding into the western wilderness to minister to the Nez Percé Indians.

But a three-thousand-mile journey in 1837 is fraught with danger for anyone, and soon Amanda finds herself recovering from near death in a trapper's cabin. His Indian wife becomes Amanda's first convert--and friend. But the trapper and his intriguing half-Indian friend want nothing to do with Christians.

Buck McFadden has received nothing but pain from white men who claim Christ as their lord. He wants only to be left to his solitary life, but he can't seem to walk away from Amanda.

Amanda fears she'll never reach the mission in the Lapwai Valley. This journey has become life-changing for her--and those she meets--and the choices she must make are almost unbearable.

My Thoughts: 

Woman of Courage is one of Wanda Brunstetter's latest books and it is FANTASTIC. As a HUGE fan of Amish Fiction, I have read all of Wanda Brunstetter's Amish Fiction books and she is in my top 5 must reads so I was excited to experience one of her Christian Historical Fiction books and I am so glad I did.  In this book, Amanda Pearson, A Quaker, with her father start their journey to follow Rev. and Mrs. Spalding into the wild to minister to the Nez Perce Indians.  Their journey is a 3,000 mile journey through rough terrain and Amanda's journey is fraught with tragedy and she has to decide whether to turn around or continue on, putting herself in a very unconventional situation. When Amanda gets sick, she wakes up inside a trapper's cabin with the trapper and his Indian Wife, Mary Breck.  Mary becomes Amanda's friend and her first convert to Christianity.  As tragedy continues to strike, Amanda isn't sure of her choice or if she will ever reach The Rev. and Mrs. Spalding Mission. 

As a fan of Wanda Brunstetter I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review this latest book, Woman of Courage. On top of being a huge fan of the author, I am a huge fan of Christian Historical Fiction and this book is that, taking place in 1837.  Wanda Brunstetter writes with authority about Quaker Faith, Missionaries, Indian Tribes and customs, and The  US during this time. I learned so much in this book about Quaker Faith and the lives of the Indians during this time in US History. Wanda Brunstetter weaves the perfect balance of fact and fiction that kept me reading. Although this book is a work of fiction,  it is based on the lives of Rev. and Mrs. Spalding and their missions.  I found myself unable to put this book down and surprised until the end of the journey and the outcome. All of the characters in this book were great, but my favorite would have to be Buck McFadden. He is a strong character and I enjoyed watching the transformation he went through.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Wanda Brunstetter and/or Christian Historical Fiction, it will not disappoint. I hope Wanda Brunstetter writes more of these books! I give this book 4.5 STARS.

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