Woman of Courage

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 01 Mar 2019

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3 stars
I am totally conflicted by this book. The writing is superior; however, Woman of Courage is just loaded with so many people, ideas and conflicts. This book could have been easily two or three books instead of one. For example, I realized when I was only about 35% done with the book that Amanda had already had her fiance leave her, her and her father sell their home to journey to the Nez Perce reservation, her father dies, her guide dies, she decides to go it alone, she becomes gravely ill, was found by a trapper who took her to a Native American woman(Mary) and her white husband’s(Jim) home to be healed, she helps deliver Mary’s baby and almost got assaulted by a white man who wanted their horses. 

This all happened within the first third of the book!

It is just ridiculous the sheer number of things happening in Woman of Courage.I kept reading until about 60% because Wanda Brunstetter wrote a story with amazing characters and feeling but I just could not get past all of the never-ending conflicts, people and plot lines. I just finally had to give up.

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Amanda and her father set of across the country, heading towards Spalding Mission in Oregon Territory.  Along the way she meets Buck, Jim and Mary, who all play a prominent part in the story.  Travel through the lands with sometimes hostile Indians and wildlife as well as weather make for a long journey.  A good story with lots of action sprinkled through out.  The bonus addition with Little Fawn is nice to catch up on the characters from the original story.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided courtesy of Barbour Publishing.  A review was not required and all thoughts are my own.
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I’m writing this review about the Collector’s Edition, which contains the book “Woman of Courage” as well as a new novella, “Woman of Hope”.  The book “Woman of Courage” was originally published in 2014.  The novella “Woman of Hope” continues the story of Little Fawn, a character in the previous book.

Wanda Brunstetter is well-known for her beloved Amish novels. This book has a completely different storyline:  In a story set in the 1800’s, an American Quaker missionary travels west to become a missionary to the Nez Perce Indians.  Amanda Pearson faces many dangers on her journey to the western wilderness, but her faith in God and her passion for sharing the Gospel with this tribe never waivers.  She makes a close friend of Yellow Bird, an Indian woman who accepts the Gospel message and she also displays courage as she faces a new life.  I think this is one of Mrs. Brunstetter’s best books.  The storyline is suspenseful and the characters are some of her best yet.  The author is respectful of the Indians’ beliefs, yet shows the good work of the missionaries to the tribes.

The new novella, “Woman of Hope” rejoins these characters as the children from the first book reach adulthood.  This story focuses on Little Fawn and her desire to reach her people with the Gospel message. She has some maturing to do, and her impulsive actions are the basis for this story.

I enjoyed both these stories and know fans of Wanda Brunstetter will love these stories, too.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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I loved being given access to Women of Courage from netgally and Wanda  Branstetter. It is a story of many challenges and tons of obstacles. The courage of the woman in the story to go on and find faith no matter what is so heartwarming and just an amazing story of one's faith in God. This is one of my favorite stories I have read from this author so far.
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Amanda Person thought she knew what her future would be, it was the night before her wedding and she was so happy. But an unexpected visit from her fiance changed everything. No wedding, no happily ever after, no future in the Quaker congregation where her father preached.

So Amanda and her father set out toward the West to Join a couple in their Mission to bring Christ to the Nez Perce  Indians in the Oregon Territory.

She was worried about her father who looked so tired. He finally was forced to tell her that his heart was failing, he was not long for this world and secured her promise she would continue on without him. She could have never guessed at the trials, dangers and the strengths she never knew she had as she struggles to fulfill that promise!

A wonderful story of a brave woman and her Journey with God toward true happiness.  From one of my favorite Authors and now one of my favorite of her stories
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I found this book by Ms. Brunstetter to be full of adventure, intrigue and strong faith. This is not your normal Amish book that Wanda Brunstetter is known for. 
Our main character Amanda Pearson has just been jilted by her fiance, for her best friend. She has decided to give up on romance and join family friends, Rev. And Mrs. Spalding as missionaries to the Nez Perce' Indians. The year is 1837 and the trip is three thousand miles on horseback. Amanda's preacher father is escorting his daughter from New York to this Indian reservation in Oregon. They have hired an experienced guide. Amanda is a very strong courageous young woman, but even she might be overtaken by the elements. She promised her father she would continue on and bring the Bible and Jesus to these Indian people. She is determined to do just that, no matter what the circumstances.
There is something in this book for everyone. It has friendly and hostile Indians. Rain storms, snow storms, and dessert sun. The fear of running out of food and supplies. Her strong faith and dedication keeps her going. There are a couple of very sweet love stories also included, for people liking the historical Christian romance.  

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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This is the first full length book that I have read from Brunstetter. I read a novella not too long ago and I have to say that I enjoyed this one even more. This book follows a missionary on a 3,000 trek to witness to Native Indians in the Oregon territory. This story gave me a huge appreciation for the struggles and heart aches the early settlers experienced. I felt the heroine, was a very courageous woman as the the title of the book implies. I also enjoyed the novella sequel that was included in the back of the book. This was an inspirational story and had a bit of romance. The gospel of Christ is shared in a precious way and it was sprinkled all through the book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys western frontier stories.
*I was given a copy of this book by Barbour Publishing and this is my honest opinion.
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Woman of Courage was a good book with well written characters. The main character, Amanda, faced many trials as she traveled west after her fiance decided not to marry her, the evening before the wedding. Most of the story is about her journey west. 
Also included was an added short story, kind of an added plus!
I enjoyed this book very much and I have no doubt I will read it again!
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A story of courage, faith and friendship that makes you think about your own journey in life. Wanda's writing pulls you into  the story while being thought provoking at the same time.
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Hard-to-put-down historical novel about a father and daughter who set out from New York to travel west to the Rocky Mountains to a mission.  Along the way, Amanda gains courage as she faces multiple discouraging and difficult situations.  Amanda's story of grace and love and faith in God encourages the reader as she develops into a "woman of courage" and discovers love along the way.  Great read!
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Woman of Courage really shows how talented Wanda Brunstetter is and why she is so popular. I think this novel is probably one of her better works and among my favorite of hers. I loved the main character of Amanda. She is such a strong, admirable, influential and fascinating woman! 
I highly recommend Woman of Courage. I am giving it a well deserved five plus stars. It is most definitely not one to be missed. 
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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Wanda E Brunstetter may be most well known for her Amish fiction novels, but Woman of Courage is continuing proof that she's mastered the western historical fiction genre as well. What really stood out to me throughout enjoying this title was its focus on extreme faith, and faith that keeps going no matter what circumstances are thrown our way. The young heroine in this novel, Amanda Pearson, doesn't truly know what she's getting herself into when she sets out on a three thousand mile journey to join a mission intent on preaching God's Word to the Indians. Running away from a broken heart, Amanda's sure that being a missionary is God's new plan for her, but along the way she'll literally be brought to rock bottom in her attempt to spread the news of salvation.

While at first glance Amanda may come across as a society girl who doesn't know anything about the dangers of the west. She'll quickly prove everyone wrong in the way she's able to handle everything that's thrown her way, and continue to trust in God's plan for her, even when it seems that everything is crashing down around her. Amanda was a character I found myself rooting for, and her faith demonstrated in this novel was a really good representation of Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." No matter what happens, Amanda knows that God's got this, and she never turns away from Him despite so many obstacles.

As this time period in North American history was not a pretty one, I was grateful that Wanda E Brunstetter stayed true to the times, but did so as nicely and respectfully as possible. I was engaged in the story from start to finish, and I was kept on the edge of my seat as cliffhanger after cliffhanger after cliffhanger happens from one chapter to the next. And I appreciated just how much growth is shown in the characters from their initial introduction until the conclusion of the story. I honestly don't think this book could have had a more appropriate title as courage is definitely the main character trait demonstrated throughout. Woman of Courage is a fantastic read on its own, and having the addition of the new epilogue, Woman of Hope, about Little Fawn was just the icing on the cake.

I'm once again blown away by Wanda's beautiful writing, her vivid settings, and her compassionate characters that come to feel like old friends by the end of the story. I will be recommending this title, and looking forward to more books from this author in the future.

Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Barbour Publishing, Shiloh Run Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to advance read this!


I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.
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Determination, bravery, strength, trust and faith are shown in the story of adventures in the wilderness. The main character, a woman, must deal with many obstacles as she travels the roads of the forest, meeting unsavory characters and also, making new friends along the way. Interesting sequel is included in this copy. I received a copy of this book from the author and Net Galley. This is my honest personal opinion. No review was required.
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Well done Wanda! That sound you hear is me giving you a slow clap. You have written some great books over the years, but this one is by far my favorite because you stepped it up several notches. 

This novel has us facing death, physical abuse, violence, and the peace that only comes from a personal relationship with Jesus. 

My takeaway from this novel is when adversity comes, where does your strength come from? We see several responses in Woman of Courage, but until the person learns to trust in God they're swept away by their emotions. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Francine Rivers novels because the style and reader experience is similar. I would also recommend it to anyone who enjoys fiction about American Indians.
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Woman of Courage is definitely not what I was expecting! Wanda Brunstetter has written a wonderfully adventurous story of a young girl bringing God’s word to Native Americans in the 1800’s. During a hazardous 3000 mile journey Amanda Pearson encounters life changing situations that proves she is a Woman of Courage. But the story isn’t just about her. We meet several other courageous women. While Amanda’s plan is to “save” the Nez Perce’  she encounters others during her journey that strengthen her determination but also teach her God has a plan for her too. And it may not be what she thought it was!  I think this might be my favorite Wanda Brunstetter book. Although I was exhausted the story kept me awake long after my bedtime. I couldn’t put it down!
I voluntarily received a copy of this book from Netgalley.
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This is not your typical Brunstetter Amish book, make no mistake by me saying this I don't mean I don't like them because I do enjoy them immensely! This is a bit different than her Amish books and her cookbooks. The main character, Amanda Pearson is a woman of deep faith taught to her by her preacher father. After a failed engagement this Quaker woman decides to spread God's word and become a missionary woman to the Indians. Before she gets there her and her traveling mates, her father and a trail guide go through many perilous things including fatalities that leaves Amanda on her own to navigate. Determined to continue on in the wilderness herself she becomes deathly ill before being rescued by an Indian woman married to a white man. They become friends despite not having the same religion and the Indian woman speaking just enough English to get by. I love how I felt as though I was there experiencing the wilderness from the travel,to the descriptions of the herbal medicines,to the clothing type and lodging descriptions. What a wonderfully inspirational writer Brunstetter is! I would love to see more historical books like this by this author!
Pub Date 01 Dec 2018 
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc. through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Amanda Pearson has decided to become a missionary to the Nez Perce Indians after a broken engagement.  Her father accompanies her but dies during the journey.  Her guide is killed.  Will she carry on or will she turn back?

This was a good clean historical book.  It moved a little slow which I like something I can't put down when I'm reading, so am not giving it a high rating.
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WOMEN, OF COURAGE. Wanda. Brunstetter
Amanda expecting to marry the next day, when Nathan comes by in the evening to speak to her. Traveling west, they would be on their own, without pay,as it was before as a Quaker minister. As a cabinet maker he made, and gave them money for expenses. With the Spaulding, to work along with them to bring Christianity to the Indians, Her trials start on the trail, and she forges ahead, relentless as a missionary in 1837. A realistic look at the life she endures, the heartaches, and hardships she has.
Little Fawn is an Indian child that Amanda found, and tells her story. The love of family and faith in God..
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This  book by Wanda E. Brunstetter was absolutely wonderful!  I have read most of her Amish books and I would say this is my favorite book so far from this author.  It wasn’t Amish, it was about a Quaker woman, Amanda Pearson, who after being left by her fiance, decides to become a missionary in the frontier bringing Indians to Christ.  She begins her 3,000 mile trek in 1837 during the time of frightening Indian attacks and many other hardships common to pioneering people of the early to mid1800’s.  

Her trials begin to seem unsurmountable but she forges on till she finds help and friendship.  She is relentless in her missionary goal.  She meets Buck McFadden, a non-believer who she finds herself attracted to.  But her strong Christian convictions will not allow more than a friendly relationship.
Amanda endures many hardships and experiences things she had never imagined she would experience.  The trials are continual and she surely must wonder if her decisions had been right or not.
The title of this book is very appropriate for Amanda as well as other women she encounters.  You really have to admire the women that helped to forge our country.  This was a 5 star book!  Very well done, Wanda!


The Story of Little Fawn (Sequel)
Little Fawn is the Indian daughter  found by Amanda.  This is her story.  It was wonderful.  Little Fawn has some adventures of her own.   This is a story of faith, trust in God and family and love.  It was a great addition to the book!  So happy to have read this as well.  Loved finding out what happens and it was so worth the read.

I received an ebook copy from NetGalley.  All thoughts are my own.
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Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter is the fictional story of more than one very brave woman. It begins in Dansville NY in1837 when Amanda Pearson’s fiancé tells her he is in love with her best friend the night before they were to be wed. Amanda and her father are Quakers and decide to travel to Oregon to assist with the Spaulding Mission to bring Christianity to the Indians. Along the way her father passes away from a heart attack and then their guide is killed in an accident. How will Amanda find the courage to continue the journey? Still quite a way from the Mission will she be able to survive on her own in the wilderness?
I really enjoyed this story. The characters are all very strong and so well-written I almost felt like I was there. I have read many of Wanda’s Amish books so this was a change for me. I like the fact that she gives some historical background and information on the beliefs of the Indians we encounter in the story. There is so much hope and trust in God in the story without it being “preachy”. I give this book 5 of 5 stars. 
I received an advance copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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