Woman of Courage

Woman of Courage

by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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ISBN-13: 9781616260835
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 316,135
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author


New York Times, award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs. When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties.
Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband Richard have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com. 

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Woman of Courage 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
5 stars ***** out of 5 Historical Romance This story did not seem to be as much about a Quaker woman becoming a missionary as it was about a woman following a calling against some almost insurmountable hurdles. I am not sure if it was Amanda's dream to help the Spaldings as they ministered to the Nez Pierce Indians as much as it was an escape from a failed romance. In 1837 a journey of three thousand miles would not have been started without a lot of preparation, and yet it seemed the small group was terribly unprepared. Amanda was, in my opinion very strong willed and some of the trials she faced could have been avoidable. If anyone needs to know that obstacles can be overcome with enough diligence, this book gives many examples! A great book, one that Wanda's readers have been looking forward to, and if you want something different than Amish, you will want to read this one! Through Wanda's great use of imagery I saw what the country must have looked like almost 200 years ago. I received this book free from Fred at The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions stated are my own.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
"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.   
somi19ad 12 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s quite an eye opener into the life that many missionaries lived years ago as they traveled the wilderness sharing God’s love to the indigenous people. I look forward to reading more in this new series
Mama-Pat_ 3 months ago
This book blew me away! I was not able to put this book down! What Amanda went through is just amazing! Today's woman is courageous in very different ways than what Amanda faced! I saw God walking with her in every step she took! The power of God's Word was really emphasized when all she had to do was hold the Bible up to ward off the Blackfoot Indians. Her struggles, dreams, and determination to serve God are all relatable to women today. I highly and enthusiastically recommend this book!
Christa4 4 months ago
The Woman of Courage Collector's Edition by Wanda Brunstetter is a historical gem! Amanda Pearson cannot wait to marry her fiancé, Nathan Lane. The day before the wedding, Nathan breaks off the engagement. Shocked, Amanda decides to travel West to become a missionary to the Nez Perce Indians. Determined, Amanda faces many obstacles along the way that do not stop her. She also meets some people, some friendly, some not so friendly. You will definitely want to read this story to find more out about her amazing journey. The author really brings the characters to life in this book and you will feel like you are right there with them in the year 1837. This edition also continues the story of Little Fawn in the end. A definite must read! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.
chemil33 4 months ago
Courage to Complete Your Mission This book is another example of excellent writing by Wanda Brunstetter. The characters are well developed and the plot is interesting. The story is about a young Quaker woman with a desire to teach about the love of Jesus to the Nez Perce Indians in the wilderness of Oregon. Amanda starts her journey with her father and a guide. Both of whom die along the journey. She continues on alone and almost loses her own life. She is rescued by a mountain man, who takes her to a cabin of a friend and his Indian wife. As Amanda recovers, she is able to reach the wife with the gospel message. The adventures continue as she makes her way to the wilderness mission. Amanda is a strong woman and her faith and courage sustain her during the adventure. She has tough choices to make as she tries to be true to her mission. The book is easy to read and will hold the readers’ attention. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
tlgreear 4 months ago
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.
DKStevens119 5 months ago
Wow. what a strong and courageous woman! She travels through a hard 3000 miles to fulfill a commitment to serve her Lord. Blizzards, Indians and a trapper who saves her life made an interesting, what is coming next story.. Plenty of action and the descriptions had me feeling the blizzards and seeing the Indians up close and personal!! I was gifted a copy, no review was required.. My review is voluntary..
Soupersally 6 months ago
With many adventures, surprises, twists and turns it is difficult to summarize how this book affected me. I felt caught up as though I was there in the shocking losses, mishaps, fears, and surprises while Amanda Pearson went on her journey across the country to be a missionary to the Nez Perce Indians in Oregon during 1837. I enjoyed knowing these extraordinary courageous women and men experiencing riveting drama. Sometimes I imagine what it be like to travel in a covered wagon like the brave individuals in those days. But Amanda didn't even have the luxury of a wagon! She traveled on her horse! There is a bit of romance too. This is an excellent account of how it could be less than 200 years ago and well worth reading. I feel thankful to be living in this 21st century. The Novella at the end of Woman of Courage, Woman of Hope is a continuation of the story and I enjoyed it just as well. A sweet young woman is taken hostage and treated cruelly by a tribe that is unfriendly to say the least. It is quite the adventure! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Ruthi 6 months ago
Wow...this novel by Wanda E. Brunstetter kept me engaged as she gives us a story of Amanda Pearson and her travels from New York to the western wilderness in 1837 with only her father and a guide hired to take them. She had been betrothed, but the night before her wedding, her fiance tells her that he is in love with her best friend, thus Amanda decides that her life would be better spent witnessing to the Nez Perce Indians at a mission. Her travels are amazingly difficult and she isn't prepared for the problems encountered by the small group, but she learns that her inner strength is much more than she realizes due to the scriptures that give her strength to endure each situation. What an amazingly different novel given to us by Wanda Brunstetter! This story kept me intrigued from the very first, and as it progressed, I wondered how survival and situations would be resolved. What a great story! Although this book was a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing and I was under no obligation to post a review, this is a novel I would seek out to read given the time period and the interest I have in this type of historical novel.
Ddeb 7 months ago
Woman of Courage On a cold wintery day, I found this book delightful and was drawn into the story very quickly. I couldn’t put the book down. Courageous, stubborn, yet faithful to her calling Amanda is determined to share the gospel with the Nez Perce Indians. While on the journey from New York to the wilderness of the west Amanda is faced with many set backs. I identified with this story having spent some time on the mission field and encountered many obstacles in my journey. Amanda’s heart for others to find the one true God is what drives her to endure the hard times. Buck heart is hardened by his experience as a child at the hand of his step father. Buck comes to Amanda’s rescue saving her life from the harsh elements of a storm. Despite this rescue Buck while intrigued with Amanda holds her values and love of God with disrespect. This story is rich with character development and believable characters. The inner struggle of Buck is a real experience many have had. Amanda’s strong yet vulnerable faith is tested many times. The Indians were depicted with compassion and integrity. Through this story I was able to peek inside the possible daily life of the Indians. I found it quite intriguing. This book will not disappoint. It was a refreshing change from the usual Amish books that Wanda Brunstetter writes. Superb story telling from a gifted writer. I will recommend this novel to all of my friends. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
BEASTEWART 7 months ago
WOMAN OF COURAGE by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the story of a courageous, 22-year-old Quaker woman who travels over 3,000 miles from Danville, New York, to the western territory in 1837 to minister to the Nez Perce Indians. Readers will be challenged by the courage shown by Amanda Pearson as she survives her trek across the wilderness, much of it completed after traveling companions and tour guides have died. Amanda’s story is riveted with losses and near death experiences—which she determinedly overcomes. The reader’s appetite will be satisfied with a story line that includes adventure, humor, fear, loss, determination, faith, mystery, surprise, and love. I highly recommend this book, as it was one of those books that keeps your interest and is difficult to put down. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Cheri5 7 months ago
Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter is a great book. I love the storyline, the characters and that it talks about history in a story setting. That’s the way I love to read about history – through fiction. The author created a delightful tale that kept me interested from the beginning through the end. I’ve already wrapped a copy for my mom for Christmas because I know she will love this book just as much. I received this book from the publisher as a complimentary copy but was under no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions are strictly my own.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This was a wonderful story of great courage for a woman alone and on a 3000 mile trip. I was surprised that it wasn't Amish, as I'm use to by this author. Don't miss this one if that fact disappoints you. It shows what brave hearted woman with God in their lives can handle. A failed marriage didn't hold Amanda down, travel with her on her journey and you'll see just how a independent woman can cope with problems. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Pub but was under no obligation to leave a review
PamMooney 7 months ago
A wonderful historical romance! Full of adventure and a page turner. My favorite aspect of this book is all of the perspectives represented and respected. It really felt as if it could have happened this way because people of all faiths and situations had to rely on each other during desperate times during this era I am fascinated how people of faith were able to not lose their way in the harsh frontier environment - and stories like this tell how it could have happened. I also enjoyed the story of Little Fawn followed - happy to have that surprise. A good read.
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DebbieCossey1 7 months ago
Amanda Pearson and her father head west to Oregon territory to a mission settlement to help Henry and Eliza Spalding teach the Nez Peree' Indians. Amanda and been jilted by her fiance and wanted away from Dansaville, New York. Her father dies on the journey and Harvey -- the guide they hired agrees to take her on to Oregon. During their trip a storm arises and Harvey is killed when a tree falls on him. Determined to go on Amanda becomes ill and is found by Buck McFadden- a trapper. He takes her to a friends cabin-- Jim Breck and his wife-- Mary tends to Amanda. They become close friends and Mary learns about God. Amanda learns all three have a story to tell from their past and wants to help . Amanda is captured by Blackfoot and is recused by Buck, She is a woman of courage who never gives up. This is one of the better books in this series to me. It has history, adventure, heart ache and faith all wrapped together. It is a book I highly recommend . I`received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
SimpsonsPB More than 1 year ago
WOMAN OF COURAGE WANDA BRUNSTETTER On the eve of their wedding, Amanda Pearson's fiancee calls off their wedding. Amanda decides to follow her father, Rev . Pearson, a Quaker minister, to a mission in the Oregon wilderness run by Rev and Mrs Spalding where they will teach the Nez Perce Indians about God. On the 3,000 mile trek through the rough and dangerous wilderness Amanda first loses her father and soon after that her guide is killed, when a tree falls on him. Amanda is then left alone to continue her journey to the Lawpi Valley. When Amanda, herself, is injured, she wakes up to find herself at the cabin of a trapper and his Indian wife, Mary (Yellow Bird). Mary is Amanda's first convert, and they become good friends. Mary's husband and his trapper friend do not want to have anything to do with Amanda and her Bible teaching. Will Amanda make it safely to the Lawpai Valley, so she can join Reve and Mrs. Spalding at the mission and what other hardships, loss, and life -changing experiences will Amanda and friends experience before they reach the Lawpai Valley. I very much enjoyed reading Woman of Courage. I enjoyed the detail how life was back in 1837, when the missionaries reach their missions so they could teach the Indians and others about God. i would highly recommend this book to read. This is thesecond time that I have read Woman of Courage and I enjoyed reading it the second time, as much as I did the first.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Nice historical from Wanda E. Brunstetter. I've only read Wanda E. Brunstetter's contemporary Amish stories before, so a historical with a Quaker heroine sounded interesting. Toss in the Lapwai Mission which, was close enough that I learned about it during my school years, and my attention was caught. I also liked how Woman Of Courage features some rather little-known history, unless you live in the Northwest, including the Spaldings, the mission, Indian traditions, and quite a bit more. This story populated with varied characters and filled with rich scenery. Amanda's journey encompasses many miles of travel by foot and by horse and also the Lapwai Mission area itself. Through dangers and heartbreak, Amanda and her friend Mary face things they never expected. Amanda's faith never seems to waiver even when faced with the most trying of circumstances, and ever so slowly Buck begins to open himself little by little to that faith and to Amanda herself. I have to admit, though, that my absolute favorite character in this book was Thunder. He is protective and very loyal to his friends. I think another thing that caught my attention is the lovely cover. It teases the reader's imagination and hints at the exciting story within. A story of discovery, faith, loyalty, sacrifice, and love that transcends cultures. If you love Wanda E. Brunstetter or historicals or both, Woman Of Courage just might be a good pick. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher through TBCN in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
nonnyPM More than 1 year ago
Full of faith and trust that can only come from a strong relationship with her Lord, Amanda Pearson begins her journey west to minister to the Nez Perce' Indians. She is a young woman of inner strength and determination who caries herself with grace and humility as she meets trials, heartaches and love along her journey. Wanda Brunstetter does not disappoint us with the complex characters and surprise twists that she weaves into her novels and has once again left me craving more!!
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Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  Wanda Brunstetter's latest book takes us on a vivid journey. We delve into the soul of a gentle Quaker woman, who fell in love and lost that love to betrayal. Instead of growing bitter, she turns her heart outward... and plans to become a missionary.   Amanda never imagines the loss and desperation she'll undergo, the enemies and the friends she will meet, the gifts she will give and the peace that she will find on her quest. The people she meets all jump off the page. Jim, the harsh settler, who adopted a young misfit named Buck. Buck, whose upbringing soured him against Amanda's preaching. Mary, Jim's Indian wife who will fight for you and earn your respect.  This novel is filled with themes of renewed purpose, and redemption. This book introduces us to several ladies who are truly Women of Courage. 
VicG More than 1 year ago
Wanda E. Brunstetter in her new book, “Woman Of Courage” published by Shiloh Run Press takes us into the life of Amanda Pearson. From the Back Cover:   A Quaker woman dares the unknown to be a missionary. Jilted by her fiancé in 1837, Amanda Pearson gives up on romance and turns to her Quaker faith for reassurance. She becomes determined to follow the Rev. and Mrs. Spalding three thousand miles into the western wilderness to minister to the Nez Perce Indians. The trip is fraught with danger, and soon Amanda finds herself recovering from near death in a trapper’s cabin. His Indian wife becomes Amanda’s first convert, but the trapper and his intriguing half-Indian friend want nothing to do with Christians. Will they still help her reach the mission in the Lapwai Valley? The story begins in 1837 Dansville, NY where Amanda is rejected by her fiance the day before the wedding. To fill the void and hide the pain she and her father begin a 3,000 mile journey to the Wyoming Territory to minister to the Nez Perce Indians. You would not think it would be this much trouble but for Amanda she almost doesn’t make it. Ms. Brunstetter has crafted an adventure as Amanda leaves home for the first time and meets people that she would never have met had she stayed in NY. The journey takes nine months and Ms. Brunstetter fills it with characters and events that show not only the harshness that had to be endured but also the warmth and help of some people. Amanda is a fascinating character and the story is very exciting and interesting. “Woman of Courage” will hold your interest, keep you flipping pages and give you something to think about even long after you have finished this wonderful book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Handlebar for this review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
Amanda Pearson expects to be married and settled in a modest home with her husband within the year, so when her fiancee confesses that he has fallen in love with another, Amanda finds herself totally lost. Her Quaker faith leads her to the decision to travel West and offer her services to the missionaries of the Nez Perce Indians (Oregon Territory) The 3000 mile journey is fraught with danger and disasters.  While her guides and others along the way believe Amanda is a mere girl, it becomes clear that she IS a woman of courage who will not give up.   Injured and near death, Amanda is found on the trail by Buck McFadden who takes her to the nearby cabin of a trapper and his Indian wife.  Buck, himself the child of a Native American woman and a white father,  trusts almost no one, and he certainly does not want to hear Amanda's Bible stories.  Neither does the trapper, but strangely enough his Indian wife is eager to make friends with Amanda and learn what the Black book says.  Wanda E. Brunstetter balances the views of the various Indian nations with those of the white man. Authentic details about life in the 1830s were threaded throughout the story which helped the story of Amanda and Buck come alive.  Nearly as important is the story of Mary, the young Indian married to the rough neck trapper Jim.  I especially liked the "back stories" for both Jim and Buck; they had reasons for their hard hearts and I can imagine dozens of other loners of the west who had similar stories.   I have not read much by Wanda Brunstetter because she mainly writes Amish fiction, and while I do read some Amish fiction, I don't choose that genre often.  This  stand-alone historical fiction title, with its Quaker/West setting is well written and well researched.  I highly recommend it and will be checking out more of her work myself.  I received a copy of WOMAN OF COURAGE from Handlebar and Barbour Publishing for review purposes.