Woman of Courage

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Take a three-thousand mile journey with Amanda Pearson as she leaves the disgrace of a broken engagement and enters the work of a Quaker mission in the western wilds. The trip is fraught with danger, and Amanda is near death before reaching her destination. Among those she meets are an Indian woman who becomes her first convert and a half-Indian trapper who seems to be her biggest critic. But love follows her into the wilderness and will determine the course of her future. You are sure to enjoy this historical ...

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Take a three-thousand mile journey with Amanda Pearson as she leaves the disgrace of a broken engagement and enters the work of a Quaker mission in the western wilds. The trip is fraught with danger, and Amanda is near death before reaching her destination. Among those she meets are an Indian woman who becomes her first convert and a half-Indian trapper who seems to be her biggest critic. But love follows her into the wilderness and will determine the course of her future. You are sure to enjoy this historical romance adventure from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

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Editorial Reviews

Readers' Favorite - Brenda Casto
As a fan of Wanda Brunstetter, I can easily say this is probably my favorite book by far. Historical fiction fans will enjoy this story, but anyone who is looking for a faith-based read, where romantic feelings slowly develop, interesting characters, and more than a few twists will find this one to their liking as well.
Lynne Young
I have read many books by this author and have never been disappointed. This book is no exception. Although it is a departure from the Amish genre she normally writes, it is every bit as good and exciting as her Amish books.
The Perfect Beginnings - Bethany DeSelms

...an excellent read and that I enjoyed it thoroughly!

I really enjoyed this book,it had a great message and I liked how it told the story from several different points of view and was realistic without giving too many details. At times it felt like an awful lot of bad things happened to Amanda and Mary,but when you think about it times were hard and it was probably fairly accurate in the portrayal of how bad it probably was.

Amy Campbell

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. I loved the character of Amanda. What a strong and fascinating woman!
Librarian - Patsy Higgason

Loved this book. Both Mary and Amanda were courageous women. Reading this book is like going on a journey across the wilderness with Amanda. It´s amazing just how much faith the people had during this era.
Zac Weikal Blog - Zac Weikal
Not only did Wanda hook me on another one of her books, but she made me appreciate historical fiction at a new level.

Through the adrenaline rushes to the trials and pain, I was transported into this story. I connected to the characters as they came alive in my mind. I could even picture the surroundings throughout much of this story. For me, Wanda delivered, and she delivered big!

Journeys in Prayer - Barbara Bryden
Wanda Brunstetter’s Amish books are a delight, but her story of a Quaker young woman that wants to be a missionary is outstanding. The characters are well done and the story exciting. I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading and I’m sure you won’t be able to either.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616260835
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 81,799
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish way of life when she first visited her husband's Mennonite relatives living in Pennsylvania. Wanda and her husband, Richard, live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the States, where they have many Amish friends.
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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    "While Papa received no pay for his service as a Quaker min

    "While Papa received no pay for his service as a Quaker minister back home, he'd worked as a cabinet maker for a good many years and had saved up some money.  Since they didn't know if or when they would return to New York, he'd sold their home, his business, and all their belongings except for the few things they would need for this trip.  Using some of the money, Papa had secured passage for him and Amanda on a steamboat, which took them to Cincinnati. From there, they'd boarded another steamboat to St. Louis, and then a third boat to Liberty, Missouri.  Continuing on their journey, they rode in wagons with some fur traders, following the Platte River to Fort Laramie, where they met the man who would guide them to the mission.  Harvey had said the rest of the journey would be best made on horseback without taking any wagons over the mountains."   
            Woman of Courage reminds me of the video game where players plan a trip by wagon to the west.   Life is certainly filled with danger and difficulty as Amanda, her Papa and their guide make their way by horseback to the mission.   Amanda likely never expected to have to stop for a long while and stay with an Indian woman and her husband.   I am sure that she never expected to meet a half-Indian trapper who aggravates her at every turn.  Will she survive to make it to the mission?  This book is different from Wanda Brunstetter's normal Amish fiction. Amanda and her Papa are Quakers and they seek to minister to Indians.   I loved this book.  It kept me wanting to sit and turn the pages.   5 Stars and I hope there is a sequel to this book as I would love to know what happens for the characters in the future.   
    I received a kindle version of this book from netgalley and a print copy from the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review.   

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    My Review: With Wanda E. Brunstetter being one of my favorit

    My Review:




    With Wanda E. Brunstetter being one of my favorite Amish writers, I quickly agreed to review her book, Woman of Courage, though it was about a Quaker woman’s experience in the 1837 wilderness.  Wanda is very well known for her accurate descriptions of the scenes, people and adventures, and she didn’t disappoint in this book.




    A motherless young Quaker woman is jilted by her fiancé, so she and her father start out to the Oregon Territory with a guide, over a 3,000-mile trip, so Amanda could fulfill her desire to be a missionary to the Nez Perce’ Indians with Reverend Henry and Eliza Spaldings.
    Tragedy strikes and Amanda eventually finds herself in the cabin of Jim and Mary Beck, healing from her wounds and a ferocious fever.




    This book is not necessarily a fast read, as it accounts for a 3,000-mile trip.  The adventures, tragedies, attacks, and romance are told over nine months of a time period.  That does not, however, make it a boring book.  It gives Wanda the time to describe each and every episode, personalities of each of the characters (and some are pretty wild), and the relational experiences in-depth.  Her main character, Amanda, thinks this will be the adventure of her life, only to find firsthand the harsh realities of traveling through rough, unsettled territory to reach her destination, the dangers of hostile Indian groups, and the loss of loved ones.  Though these characters are fictional, the story line itself is not.




    The loyalty and courage of Amanda’s desire to teach the gospel to the Nez Perce’ Indians will cause you to do an introspective examination of the depths of your calling to preach the gospel to others.  Will the realities of a hard life quash God’s calling in your life?




    This book was provided free from Julie Busteed of Handlebar Publishing, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged for my review, nor was I obligated to give a positive review. 

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  • Posted June 22, 2014

    Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter**** Young Quaker Amanda P

    Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter****

    Young Quaker Amanda Pearson is crushed when her finance Nathan Lane breaks off their engagement the night before the wedding. Not wanting to remain in NY any longer Amanda informs her father that she wants to travel to Oregon Territory and help Rev. and Mrs. Spalding at the Indian missionary there. So her father sells everything and they leave Dansville, NY beginning the 3,000 miles journey across country to the wilderness in Oregon Territory. Now three months into their journey the challenges become harder and while traveling through the Wyoming Territory with their guide Harvey Hanson, Amanda's father dies. But Amanda is determined to travel on and to the Missionary. However, tragedy strikes again when Harvey is killed when a tree falls on him during a storm. Now alone, Amanda is trusting God to lead her the rest of the long way.

    Trapper Buck McFadden comes across an ill woman on the trail and takes her to his friend Jim Breck's cabin so that Jim's Indian wife Mary Yellow Bird can care for the woman. As Mary cares for Amanda they become fast friends. She shares God's love for all mankind with Mary, Jim and Buck. However, Buck does not want anything to do with “Christians” since he was beaten and abused as a young boy by someone who claimed to be a christian.

    Amanda needs a guide to the Nez Perce Indians missionary and asks Buck to guide her. But he refuses. As she continues to recover from her illness and regains her strength she continues to pray that Buck would guide her. As it turns out Jim and Mary, along with their new born daughter guide Amanda to the missionary and to reunite Mary with her family. Along the way tragedy strikes again leaving the women and infant alone to continue on. Buck shows up in time to save them from an evil-intended trapper, again.

    What is God's plan for Amanda? Is working with the Spaldings at the Indian missionary really His plan for her? Where does Buck fit into His plans for her? Despite him not being a Christian, she finds herself falling in love with him. And what of Buck, what surprises does he find at the Indian village? Surprises he never dreamed of. Can he trust God to heal the pains and bitterness of his past? Is there a future after all with Amanda?

    Woman of Courage is full of interesting facts from the 1800's....the characters encounter much in their travels: Indians (both good and bad), bear attacks, deadly snake bites, violent storms, dangerous wild frontier men and the long hard journey. But they persevere and continue on to their destination. This journey is not for the weak, but requires strength and determination as well as faith. This story is a bit different than the Amish stories Wanda usually writes, but I enjoyed it.

    ~~I received a copy of this book from Book Fun Network for my review~~

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    This was great as usual.  I don't think I have ever  read a book

    This was great as usual.  I don't think I have ever  read a book by Wanda that I have not liked.  This one had a girl named Amanda who is a Quaker who is jilted by her fiancé, so she decides to go out west to to be a missionary.  She faces many hazards and a nice romance.  The romance is with Buck.  This story is quick and nice.  It flows along very smoothly.  It is hard to put down.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    A great book with many dangers, many surprises. Amanda wants to

    A great book with many dangers, many surprises.
    Amanda wants to be a missionary at the Spalding Mission but everything goes wrong
    It was neat to see her following her faith in God
    Read the book, you will enjoy it
    I was given this book by tbcn for my honest review

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

    About the Book: Take a three-thousand mile journey with Amanda

    About the Book:

    Take a three-thousand mile journey with Amanda Pearson as she leaves the disgrace of a broken engagement and enters the work of a Quaker mission in the western wilds. The trip is fraught with danger, and Amanda is near death before reaching her destination. Among those she meets are an Indian woman who becomes her first convert and a half-Indian trapper who seems to be her biggest critic. But love follows her into the wilderness and will determine the course of her future. You are sure to enjoy this historical romance adventure from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

    About the Author:

    Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

    My Review:

    To gain some independence and perspective from her recent failed romance, Amanda Pearson decides to go on a mission trip with Quacker Reverend and his wife to minister to the Nez Perce Indians. Little did she know that she was in for a possible romance. Sharing the gospel is proving a bigger feat than Amanda expected and it just seems to get worse and worse.

    Soon she meets Buck McFadden, who is half-Indian that doesn't trust the white man, because he has been treated so harshly by them in the past. He seems to really take an interest in her, which neither he nor Amanda expected to happen. Poor Amanda feels like she will never reach the mission with all the bad luck she has been having.

    The tenacity of the early settlers and the life they had to lead to better themselves at times is astonishing. They beat the odds in order to help themselves and future generations. The harshness of the times and of the people that they had to endure was mystifying. Wanda's research of the history involved in the writing of this book really shows through. She has done an excellent job!

    **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Amanda Person thought she knew what her future would be, it was

    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.

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