The book for review is “Through Rushing Water” by Catherine Richmond.
This book is set in the 1870’s in the Dakota Territory. A young woman by the name of Sophia leaves the comfort of home to make her way as a missionary for the Ponca Indians. She did have help. The man who she had planned on marrying proposed to her roommate. After that she could not leave fast enough.
Hoping to make her way to China she signs up with a agency only to take her first assignment. This being a teacher to children of the Ponca Indians.
Upon arrival she learns that the area has not had very much luck with instructors, the last one only lasting a month. Sophia understands the plight of these teachers once she starts teaching and realizing how unprepared she is to fulfill her mission.
That is until she meets Agency carpenter, Willoughby Dunn who is a fine specimen of a man on the inside as well as the outside. The sparks fly between them even if neither are willing to admit it.
With the camp being under constant fear of attack by a rival tribe life is not easy for everyone. Especially when the agency’s main goal is to Americanize the Indian children. Something that does not always mesh with the culture of the Ponca.
I loved this book. The tension between the Sophia and Will was tastefully done. It was just enough that I kept turning the pages to see what was going to the pair. This author had a good feel of her material and that came across in her writings. This is a very enjoyable book.
This book was received for free in exchanged for two honest reviews.