THROUGH RUSHING WATER
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 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 US 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.
A historical romance with substance. You'll relive a piece of American history that should never be forgotten. The plight of Native Americans is heart-wrenching to read -- the blatant prejudice, well-meaning ignorance, mis-guided charity -- well let's just say there's enough fodder to drive a tender-hearted reader into despair.
Thank goodness for Sophia and Will. Their passion for the Ponca people and their way of life is a refreshing change -- though will it be enough to change the course of the tribe's fate? Well, you'll just have to read Through Rushing Water to find out.
When I first started reading I wasn't sure if I would like Sophia. She wasn't shallow exactly, but definitely single-minded with a teensy lean towards entitlement -- looking forward to becoming a congressman's wife and the place in society that would afford her. Those dreams are quickly dashed and on the rebound she volunteers as a missionary to exotic China. It's when she finds herself in the Dakota Territories instead that we really see what Sophia is made of. Richmond has given her a fascinating background which has uniquely prepared her for all she encounters.
And it's as I watched Sophia come into her own that I came to love her. Much like Will, I was dubious at first, but quickly enchanted, astonished, and entertained by Sophia's antics. And humour in unexpected places! Oh my, I'm still grinning!
This is the kind of the book that has your alternately laughing and crying and screaming out in frustration not to mention sighing over the slow and exacting romantic development. Definitely a fulfilling and thought-provoking read. Bravo, Catherine Richmond
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