THROUGH RUSHING WATER
Through Rushing Water
By Catherine Richmond
Published by Thomas Nelson
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.
Sophia had her life all figured out, and her soon engagement to Congressman Montgomery will make her life complete. Or so she thinks. To her surprise and horror, Mr. Congressman decides to propose to Sophia’s roommate, totally turning her life upside down.
She couldn’t stay around to see the happy couple so Sophia decided to become a missionary to China. But again, she is met with a horrible surprise that she is being sent to a Ponca Village in Dakota Territory to be a schoolteacher. How on earth is she suppose to live in the wild west among Indians and teach children? She was soon to find out yet another surprise, but this one is a more pleasant one. She ends up falling in love with the Ponca Village people. And then there is a special pretty handsome carpenter that she finds she can’t keep her eyes off as well. But being humiliated by one man is enough, isn’t it? Can she trust carpenter Will enough to give him her heart?
Will is a handyman and a good person to be around. The Indians have very little, and Will is there to build homes for them to live in. But then the Indians are forced to leave their land and Will and Sophia have to leave as well, both taking jobs in the same town.
Things are just not working out the way Sophia wanted them too. It seems everything she wants turns bad. Will she be able to trust God with her future, and will she and Will have a future together? What happened to the Indians that they were helping?
This is a really good light read that will warm your heart. Catherine Richmond creates characters that will steal a place in your heart as you follow their lives working in the Ponca Village and after they leave and work elsewhere. I appreciate that Catherine weaves Biblical principles into the lives of her characters as they trust God for their future. This is the second book I have read by this author, and I am looking forward to more Catherine Richmond books in the future.
I highly recommend this book for you to read and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.
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