October 31, 2012

Through Rushing Water

by Catherine Richmond
Christian Historical Fiction
Sophia has her life all planned out--but...

Description from Goodreads:
When the life she planned for herself is snatched away, Sophia's eyes open to the life God has planned for her.

Sophia Makinoff is sure that 1876 is the year she's going to become the wife of an up-and-coming congressman. But when the congressman humiliates her by proposing to her mousy roommate, Sophia wants nothing more than to disappear and avoid the wedding plans. She grasps at her first opportunity for escape and signs up for the Board of Foreign Missions.

She thinks she'll be going to China . . . but even running away doesn't go as planned when she's instead sent to the Ponca Indian Agency in the Dakota Territory. It's an abysmal, primitive place for a lady of society, but as she gets to know the people, she discovers she can't abandon them. The motives that led her there were anything but pure, but she finds a new purpose in trying to protect "the least of these."

The water rushes around her—literally and figuratively—as Sophia learns that the only way to fulfill her purpose is to ignore the distractions and focus on God's leading.

Sophia Makinoff is both humiliated and heartbroken when the man she hoped to marry announces he wants to marry her roommate! She is completely devastated and makes a hasty decision to become a missionary. Instead of being sent to an exotic country (China) like she'd hoped, her first mission is to a Ponca Indian tribe in the Dakota Territory.

When she gets there she meets Will, a (hunky) carpenter from the agency. He builds homes for the struggling Ponca people and Sophia, a teacher, assures they receive the best education possible. But when their plans go awry she wonders how they will all cope--and ultimately finds God's purpose in her life.

ProsI was easily drawn to the characters in this book. Their struggles and changes are believable and I empathized with their plight. 

Cons: No.

OverallCatherine Richmond seamlessly infused the story with biblical principles and created characters and scenarios that evoke many emotions from the reader.

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 368
Pace: steady
First Line: Sophia Makinoff had the perfect job.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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