Woman of Courage and Woman of Hope by Wanda Brunstetter

I love historical fiction.  A good historical fiction takes me on an adventure to a time and place that I have never been.  It also teaches me something about them.


In her historical Christian fiction, Woman of Courage, author Wanda E. Brunstetter takes me on a journey from New York to the Oregon Territory.  It is the story of Amanda Pearson as she joins a Quaker mission to spread the word of God to the Indians out West.

The author has given us delightful, strong characters.  It is easy to become invested in their lives and this story.  Amanda’s journey has so many trials but she preserves.  This shows a strong faith and trust in God.


In the second story, Little Fawn is a very likable character.  She has developed a strong faith and wants to share it with other Indians.  Her story is intriguing and captivated me quickly.

Conversation is easy and plentiful in this book.  I felt like I was right there listening.  Descriptions were spot on and my imagination painted a vivid picture of Amanda and her friend a Yellow Bird as well as the scenery.  The same with the second story. Emotions were transferred from the characters to me.  I felt their sadness, fear, and joy.

The author has written well researched stories.  There is a plethora of information on the various Indian tribes and beliefs.  Material was well organized, planned, and written.  Author Brunstetter is a gifted wordsmith whether she is writing historical or Amish novels.  Readers will always find Christian encouragement and inspiration woven throughout her stories.

I definitely recommend this book.  Fans of historical fiction and Wanda’s Amish fans will love it.  If you are interested in learning about Indians, you will also enjoy this book.  This would be a great reading club book and Christmas gift.  I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to write a review. All opinions are my own, honest ones.

About:  A Woman of Courage Makes an Epic Journey

Take a three-thousand mile journey with Amanda Pearson as she leaves the disgrace of a broken engagement and joins the work at 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 Timesbestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

Woman of Hope, with Little Fawn’s story:

Raised as an orphan by a loving white couple, Little Fawn always felt something was missing from her life. She longs to take the news of Jesus to the Nez Perce Indians, but despite being a missionary herself, Little Fawn’s mother forbids it. Will White Wolf, her intended, support Little Fawn’s decision when she abruptly follows the tribe’s migration onto the Plains?

About the author:


New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

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.


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