A Quaker woman dare the unknown to be a missionary. This statement was one of the reasons I picked this book for review. Normally, I am not a huge historical reader but the author was Wanda Brunstetter and I knew she writes good books. This books actually drew me in throughout the story and kept me guessing just how Amanda would survive and make it to her destination.
Amanda Pearson was jilted by her fiance' and decides to pick up and embark on a three-thousand mile journey in 1837. She wants to follow the Rev. and Mrs. Spalding into the western wilderness to minister to the Nez Perce' Indians along with her father. The trail is long and difficult and there are many dangers and tragedies that Amanda has to overcome. She faced a near death experience but God showed her the people she was sent to help and minister to even before she got to the Spalding Mission. I felt that was the key to this story-her obstacles and her courage to go on. Amanda also has no desire for any relationship but a certain man enters her life as he guide but he has no desire to help anyone who claims Christ as their lord. How can Amanda reach the Indians if she cannot reach anyone around her for Christ. As the journey continues, it becomes life changing for her and those she meets. The choices she has to make are almost unbearable.
This was a really good book laced with scripture and and forgiveness by some of the characters. I received this book from Barbour Publishing free for my honest opinion.