Through Rushing Water by Catherine Richmond
I will admit that I started this book with some trepidation. The last few review books I've read haven't been the greatest. When I began Through Rushing Water, I didn't think it was going to be that great either. It seemed sort of dry, the language style somewhat stiff, I was quickly (and gratefully) proved wrong.
When Sophia is jilted by the future congressman she thinks will become her husband, she leaves the women's college where she is teaching to become a missionary. That doesn't work out as planned either. Instead of going to China as a missionary (close to Russia, the land of her birth), she is headed to an Indian agency in Dakota to be a teacher. Through Sophia's work with the Indians, she learns about trusting God and relying on His plan through her life. And, she falls in love with Will, the agency carpenter.
Sophia is a wonderful heroine. She's beautiful and spunky and full of life. Will is dashing and gentlemanly, but not so perfect as to be unbelievable. The writing style, almost more like reporting than a story at times, turned me off at first; but I ended up really enjoying it as something fresh and different in a story. There is a hint of romance, but the book has so much more to offer than just a romance. This one turned out to be hard to put down and very moving. The historical fiction buff in me also loved the piece at the end telling the "true" story of this Indian agency and the chief of the Ponca tribe.
I give this one a rare 5 stars. I'd rate it PG and consider it good reading for most anyone.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.