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Woman of Courage

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  429 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
Jilted by her fiancé, Amanda Pearson gives up on romance and turns to her Quaker faith for reassurance. She becomes determined to follow the Rev. and Mrs. Spalding into the western wilderness to minister to the Nez Percé Indians.

But a three-thousand-mile journey in 1837 is fraught with danger for anyone, and soon Amanda finds herself recovering from near death in a trapper
Paperback, 316 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Shiloh Run Press
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Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This was my first book that I read by this author and I can tell you right now that I was very,very,very impressed! I really enjoyed reading this book. I think I've had interest in reading books that includes the Quaker lifestyle ever since reading Siri Mitchell's book called,"The Messenger" (which is a very good book by the way if anyone hasn't read it yet).

This book was very different for me. I loved the plot's twists and turns! This book certainly has its share! On certain parts of the book I
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Skip this and read Jody Hedlunds "the doctors lady" (about narcissa Whitman) or Lori Benton's "the wood's edge." The concept of "Woman of Courage" is compelling but everything underwhelms and fails to deliver. The diction is obnoxious starting with the thees and thous and continuing with the native Americans broken speech whenever they are supposedly speaking English. I get the author was attempting to be historically accurate, but it is unnecessary to alter the characters' speech to do so and r ...more
Jalynn Patterson
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is not Wanda Brunstetter's normal Amish book. This is about Amanda Pearson, who is a Quaker. After being jilted by her fiance' Amanda tells her father that she wants to travel west to join a missionary couple. Her father doesn't want her to go alone, he sells his property and they head west. From there you have Indians, wild animals, bears, illness. Amanda is lost and rescued by a mountain man, who takes her to his friend's cabin. The wife is Indian and of the same tribe that Amanda is hopi ...more
Sarah Wood
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book..
Dawn Teresa
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, for-review
Woman of Courage is my second experience with Wanda E. Brunstetter (see my review of White Christmas Pie). Having revisited my thoughts on my first Brunstetter read, I’m not surprised to see that my newest impression lines up it.

Character development takes a backseat to plot. I would have liked getting to know Amanda better. We don’t learn much about her beyond the fact that she is the daughter of a Quaker preacher and she is jilted the day before her wedding. Aside from all the “thee”s and “tho
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 coul
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"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 steamboa ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Frontier Fiction!

In Woman of Courage, Wanda Brunstetter has penned an amazing, historical fiction novel of two women's brave quest through the perilous wilderness -- where dangers of wild animals, savage Indians, immoral men, and inclement weather jeopardize them on every hand.

After her fiancé rejects her the night before her wedding, Amanda Pearson, a lovely young Quaker, sets off with her father on a journey through the wilderness to be a missionary to the Nez Perce Indians. On the tra
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ado
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Loved this story. A wonderful historical novel. The characters were amazing and the description of the journey West was phenomenal. The narrator really brought the story to life. I hope this is going to be a series.
Patience Neal
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have always enjoyed Wanda Brunstetter Amish books, so I wasn't sure if I would like this one. I was pleasantly surprised and I enjoyed this book. I would recommend to anyone who loves Wanda Brunstetter.
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I quickly selected 7 books at the library in 5 minutes; this was one of them and a book that is not really my taste. I do not read romantic novels. It is a matter of my personal taste, not from any personal conviction.

However, my main reason for not enjoying this book is the attempt by a 21st century author to put native tribes of almost 200 years ago, those of "mixed blood", and Caucasian missionaries into her perception of how these peoplewould have acted, thought and talked. The conversations
Patricia Bond
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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 her guide is killed, when a tree falls on him.. Amanda is then left alone to continue
Amy Fields
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
OK, when I started listening I was a little concerned. The audible narrator, Jaimee Draper, was a little extra perky and chipper. Thankfully, she toned down as the story progressed and by the time we were halfway through she really was a fantastic Amanda.

Through the story Amanda is being refined and becomes, with God's help, a true woman of courage. Spunky, caring, and bold in her witness Amanda desires to work with a Native tribe in a mission after being jilted by her creeper fiance. Having to
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Nancy Granger
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though a departure from her usual Amish genre, Wanda again writes a compelling story. Follow Amanda as she travels west, losing those who are leading her. But her abiding faith in God leads her safely on. A great overview of the history of the early western states.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Was a good story, but a bit predictable.
Pat Bettis
Different but interesting on how they lived
I loved this book!! I love all her books i have read so far!! I will reading more of her books!!
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ugh, Amanda was so annoying and I saw the ending coming from miles away.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Handlebar Marketing for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinion expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

Jilted by her fiancé, Amanda Pearson gives up on romance and turns to her Quaker faith for reassurance. She becomes determined to follow the Rev. and Mrs. Spalding into the western wilderness to minister to the Nez Percé Indians.

But a three-thousand-mile journey in 1837 is fraught with danger for anyone, and soon Amanda finds herself r
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“A Quaker Woman Dares the Unknown to be a Missionary

Jilted by her fiancé, Amanda Pearson gives up on romance and turns to her Quaker faith for reassurance. She becomes determined to follow the Rev. and Mrs. Spalding into the western wilderness to minister to the Nez Perce Indians.

But a three-thousand-mile journey in 1837 is fraught with danger for anyone, and soon Amanda finds herself recovering from near death in a trapper’s cabin. His Indian wife becomes Amanda’s first conve
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
Marilyn Rondeau
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After being told by her then fiancé that their wedding would not be taking place the next day, Amanda Pearson was utterly destroyed. Soon thereafter, Amanda and her father took themselves off on a 3,000 mile trek across America to the unknown wilderness to teach at a Mission settlement and teach the Nez Perce people Christianity. Danger abounded along the way, for her and the people she met along the way. Her first converts are Mary, an Indian woman and later her reluctant mountain man husband, ...more
Vera Godley
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wanda Bruestetter brings the reader another story complete with well-drawn characters, good dialogue, descriptive scenes that capture one’s imagination, and strong faith. Beginning slow and gentle, the scene soon moves from adventure to miss-adventure to tragedy upon tragedy. It coils around depth of emotions and rank despair to dependence upon and grace given by an Almighty God.

Amanda and her father, both Quakers, leave their established home and go West. They are heading into unknown Indian te
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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 m
Isis Ray-sisco
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes
Shelves: net-galley-books
I received this book free from Net Galley for my honest review.

Woman of Courage was a really awesome read and I can’t say enough about it. I loved, loved, loved Woman of Courage. I could not put it down once I started reading. It is well written and really kept my attention. Woman of Courage is the first book that I have ever read by this author and it will certainly not be the last. I look forward to reading many more books by her. Woman of Courage is Amanda’s story. It follows her from San Fr
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Pearson is a young Quaker woman living in New York in 1837. Her plans to marry Nathan Lane fall flat when he informs her – the day before their wedding – that he is in love with her best friend, Penelope! Hurt, Amanda prays and feels that God is leading her to travel west, to share her Christian faith with the Nez Perce Indians. Her widowed father joins his only daughter for the journey.

A journey west in those rough times was a dangerous one, however. Soon, her father's heart fails, and
Lori Lydell
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 t
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