Book Review: The Missadventure Brides Collection

As the title of the book aptly describes the book is a collection of stories written by different authors. Altogether I thought the series to be unremarkable and sadly predictable. They all end up happily married. (Yes, I know that’s supposed to happen especially when the title has the word “brides” in it, but come on, there was never a question about the ending while reading through it. I felt like I had to just endure reading the middle of each story but knowing what was going to happen because each plot was designed to lead the woman to their man. Not worth reading in my opinion. Not just for that.

Now, you’re undoubtedly thinking, wow Katharina, this is so harsh of you. Well yeah, I think the collection needs a bit of harsh reality. If each had been published separately with more detail and backstory, I think it would have benefitted each book so much more. The only thing I liked about the collection is that it went in chronological time. The first setting was in 1832 and the last book had a time period of 1936. Each one was written accurately for the historical aspect as far as I know.

One thing I want to address is a thought attributed to one of the men characters one of the women fell for. In Lesson of Love Luke thinks, “All teachers should be just the right side of ugly in order to stay unmarried or a temptation.” Wow, that stung. Like my eyes actually started to sting from the welling of tears that I just barely held back as I reread the words over and over again. I got so stuck on it. Do all men really think like that? Christian men? Even if they do, I’d rather not see it in black and white in a Christian book. I have had many moments thinking I’m too ugly to ever get married and I didn’t need that opinion echoed in a book I thought had a purpose for lifting up spirits. I has hurt and even though I have more confidence as a single woman currently it can still be hard to be alone. I am learning to cling on to the Lord for my strength and feeling loved. I only wish that the author of the book had emulated the same importance. Cling to God, not to men.

I give the collection 2 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Woman of Courage

I had the chance to read Wanda E. Brunstetter’s book about Amanda in exchange for an honest review. The main character is a Quaker woman who travels west with her father after getting her heart broken. The title of the book is so accurate in describing Amanda and many other characters in the book. Amanda’s faith is so strong and she is a great evangelist which explains her determination to make it to the Spalding Mission on the other side of the country. She is traveling from New York by boat and horse!

Although I admire the character for her beliefs and strive to spread the gospel of Jesus like she did I found myself thinking she was annoying for the way she talks. She uses thou and thee a lot which made reading many sides of her conversation very tedious. The other characters also are annoyed by it but at that time they aren’t Christians. So maybe I need to work on my acceptance of her differences from mine.

Half of the characters come from various tribes of Native American groups. The author informed me in so many ways about their cultures. Many of their common practices and lifestyles were not accepted by white people and deemed harmful. Some of them were harmful but others, such as wearing different clothing and using different names for their children was something special to the Native Americans.

As I near the end of this book review I think one big takeaway I have is the acceptance of other people’s choices. The only thing I wish the book had done better is the way of differentiating the Christians’ God and his son Jesus from the Great Spirit many Native Americans prayed to. Sure there are similarities to Almighty God and the Native American’s god but the author never did explain the importance of knowing that Jesus is our savior and therefore our God is very different from their Great Spirit.

I rate this book a 3 out of 5.