Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Book Review - "Through Rushing Water"

Catherine Richmond's latest historical novel, "Through Rushing Water," is a well-written love story that draws the reader into the time period.

 From the Publisher:

Book Description

Sophia has her life all planned out—but her plan didn’t include being jilted or ending up in Dakota Territory.
Sophia Makinoff is certain that 1876 is the year that she’ll become the wife of a certain US Congressman, and happily plans her debut into the Capitol city. But when he proposes to her roommate instead, Sophia is stunned. Hoping to flee her heartache and humiliation, she signs up with the Board of Foreign Missions on a whim.
With dreams of a romantic posting to the Far East, Sophia is dismayed to find she’s being sent to the Ponca Indian Agency in the bleak Dakota Territory. She can’t even run away effectively and begins to wonder how on earth she’ll be able to guide others as a missionary. But teaching the Ponca children provides her with a joy she has never known—and never expected—and ignites in her a passion for the people she’s sent to serve.
It’s a passion shared by the Agency carpenter, Willoughby Dunn, a man whose integrity and selflessness are unmatched. The Poncas are barely surviving. When U.S. policy decrees that they be uprooted from their land and marched hundreds of miles away in the middle of winter, Sophia and Will wade into rushing waters to fight for their friends, their love, and their destiny.

My review:

I immediately fell in love with the main characters.  Sophia is so likable and lives her life with passion and takes charge, although she runs away from problems too.  I felt as if I learned a lot about the Ponca Indian tribe as well as what life was like on the Dakota Territory.  This is a book that will keep you turning the pages as you hope for a happily ever after for Sophia!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.* 

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