Review of 'Woman of Courage' by Wanda Brunstetter

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Woman of CourageWoman of Courage by Wanda E. Brunstetter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Suggested Age: 17+
Genre: Christian, Historical Fiction
I adore Wanda Brunstetter. She’s super friendly and engaging on social media and just such a dear.

I’ve read most of Wanda’s Amish fiction and I’ve never been disappointed with her books. I had never read anything about Quakers before but I was excited to give this book a try. I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the book. It was well written and I’d read more Anabaptist or Quaker fiction that is written by this author.

Amanda was set to marry Nathan Lane, but the day before their marriage he announced that he had fallen in love with another woman. As if adding insult to injury—Penelope claimed to be Amanda’s close friend!

Brokenhearted, Amanda talks to her father about leaving their State of New York to be missionaries to the Nez Perce Indians. Along the way, tragedy befalls—multiple times. It’s no real surprise, really. A three thousand mile journey is no easy feat—especially in the 1800’s. Traveling was fraught with danger and Amanda has seen her share of it.

To fulfill a promise to her dying father, Amanda continues on her journey. She is rescued from a precarious situation by a mountain man by the name of Buck. She is taken, by Buck, to the home of another local mountain man, Jim and his wife, Mary.

Mary is a skilled herbalist, in truth, her name is Yellow Bird and though she is pregnant with their first child—Jim is positively awful to her. You see, Yellow Bird is an Indian maid that was traded to Jim. Jim is a hard man, he blames himself for the death of his first wife and in his grief, and he won’t allow himself to love his young wife.

As time goes on, Amanda finds herself being able to witness to Mary and Jim. She becomes great friends with Mary and even gets to help with the birth of Mary’s son, Little Joe. It is after their son is born that Jim comes to accept Christ and agrees to help Amanda reach her destination –the Spaulding Mission.

Once again, Amanda is on the trail. Unfortunately, tragedy seems to strike at every turn and during an hour of great need, Buck is once again thrown into Amanda’s life. Amanda finds herself falling for the intriguing “half-breed” but it isn’t his parentage that is a problem. It is his lack of faith.

This is a beautiful love story that emerges from the ashes—actually, there are three love stories. Beautifully written and like real life—filled with heartache and joy.

I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to friends of historical and Christian fiction
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A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has seen her book sales over the two million mark. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.

I received this book free from the publisher through Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

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