Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Review: Through Rushing Water

Sophia Makinoff has a comfortable life: a good teaching job at a prestigious college for young ladies, and the expectation of imminent engagement to a rising politician.  But when her hopes and plans are dashed suddenly, Sophia makes an impulsive decision to sign up for foreign mission work.  Only instead of China, her first assignment is a Ponca Indian agency in Dakota territory.

Strong and resourceful, Sophia is determined to make the best of a difficult assignment.  With the encouragement of some of her coworkers (as well as discouragement and disapproval from others), she sets out to make a difference in the lives of the Poncas--particularly the women and children.  Along the way, she also develops a friendship--and maybe something more--with the agency carpenter, Will Dunn.  But when the Poncas are forced to move to another reservation, Will's and Sophia's lives are uprooted.  What will the future hold for them in a very different place?

After reading Catherine Richmond's first novel last year, I was excited to read Through Rushing Water.  I wasn't disappointed!  In fact, I liked this one even more than Spring for Susannah.  The author truly has a gift for bringing the reader into the setting of the story, as well as a gift for dialogue.  I enjoyed learning about the Ponca tribe, and I appreciated the fact that this story was based on true events.  It made me sad for the way the Indians were herded onto reservations and often treated as less than human.  I also really liked Sophia and Will.  They were strong characters who were extremely likable and easy to relate to.  Sophia was probably one of my favorite characters from all the books I've read this year.  It was neat to watch her grow and mature through the story.  The romance between Will and Sophia was sweet and I was very happy with how the book ended.  This was a good read and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

***I received a free copy of this ebook for my Kindle from the Booksneeze blogger review program.  I was not required to give a positive review, and all opinions expressed are my own.

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