The title is to me a little deceiving. Actually there are two women of courage, Amanda and Mary. The story begins in 1837 and follows the travels of Amanda Pearson, a Quaker, heading from New York to the Oregon Territory. Her goal is to be a missionary to the Nez Perce’ Indians.
She starts out with her father and a guide. There are many trials and setbacks. They are hindered by the weather, unfriendly Indians, treacherous travels and occasionally a lack of nutrition. It always amazes me at the hardships of the travelers of those times and what they went through. They were certainly made of tougher stuff than we are these days. When Amanda falls ill and almost dies, she is found by a mountain man named Buck and taken to his friend’s cabin. Jim is married to an Indian named Mary (Yellow Bird). She has knowledge of healing with herbs and begins to minister to Amanda. Thus begins a lifetime friendship.
The further travels to the Oregon Territory are halted for a time and take on a whole new adventure when they begin once again.
I enjoyed getting to know these characters and what they were made of physically as well as spiritually.
An added bonus was the novella of Little Fawn as a coming of age young woman, Woman of Hope. She was determined to be a missionary like her mother and disliked being held back because of age and safety. “What if many die in the year I have to wait never knowing Jesus”. Wow! Many could take a lesson from her including me!
This was a departure from Wanda Brunstetter’s usual Amish stories and I loved it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.