“A Woman of Courage” Didn’t Thrill Me

courageAmanda Pearson has been jilted by her fiancé the day before her wedding and decides that she is going to take this as a sign to give up on romance and make her way to the Oregon Territory to join the Spaulding Mission. Instead, she finds herself alone and recovering from a close brush with death in a trapper’s cabin. His very pregnant Indian wife is grateful for her company and nurses her with care but her faith stirs anger in the trapper and his half-Indian friend. Amanda doesn’t know how she will continue her journey but prays that God will soften the trappers’ hearts so that they will be inclined to help.

I have to admit that I’m willing to suspend some belief for a good set of characters but, frankly, Amanda and her companions left me cold. Setting aside some of what I felt where, at best, historical improbabilities, Amanda is preachy and annoying. Everyone in this book has a series of standard-issue spiritual revelations that don’t feel particularly resonant or real. I realize that Romance as a genre is fond of happy endings but there is only so far one can go before the improbability factor begins to grate on the nerves. Overall, I’d give this one a three. I can’t really recommend it, but maybe it will suit someone else’s taste better than mine.

This book was provided to me by the publisher for this review.  The opinions, however, are entirely my own.

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