Friday, August 8, 2014

A Woman of Courage

It's been a long time since I've reviewed anything around here.  When I got the opportunity to review A Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter, I just couldn't res
ist.  Even though the to-be-read pile beside my bad is tall, I dropped everything to read this novel.  I'm a Wanda Brunstetter fan.  My mom got me started reading her books after we had gone through all the Beverly Lewis Amish books that were available.  I have enjoyed Wanda's style of writing and her stories immensely!

A Woman of Courage was a bit different, though.  This is historical fiction.  Although the lead character is Mennonite, the book doesn't really focus on the annabaptist culture like some of the other Amish Fiction books would.  So if you shy away from Amish Fiction, don't think that A Woman of Courage can be lumped into that genre.

This book does not quit.  The action starts at the very beginning when our heroine, Amanda, is left by her fiancee the night before she is to be married.  It is this pivotal moment in her life that causes her to examine her calling.  She and her father sell everything, leave New York, and head west to join a missionary couple already ministering to the Nez Perce Indians.  I don't want to spoil it for you, but suffice it to say, you will not believe what happens to Amanda on the trail west!  And after she connects with a couple trappers and one trapper's wife, the action does not stop there.  As a matter of fact, the twists and turns in the story don't really stop until the very end.

If I offered one criticism it is that the way the Indians are portrayed seems a little stereotypical.  Maybe Indians of the time period really did talk in the stilted, "Me not know about that..." way of speaking, but it did sometimes seem a little trite.  But that is easily overlooked with the story line.

I enjoyed A Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter very much.  It is very good historical fiction.  I learned about myself and how I want to be the type of woman who does not give up when she knows God is with her like Amanda did.  I learned that I give up too easily.  And Amanda is an inspiration to me.

Give it a try!

disclaimer:  This is my honest opinion of A Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter.  I was given my copy by Handlebar for the purpose of posting this review this week.  But I was never told to give an only positive review.  This is my true opinion.

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