The trip proves to be fatal for her weakened father and then for their guide--and almost for Amanda, as well, but our hero, Buck, discovers her illness wracked body just in time.
What follows in Woman of Courage (affiliate link) is the story of how they overcome stereotypes and misconceptions to become friends, and eventually fall in love. Supporting players include Mary and Jim, the couple that Amanda stays with while recuperating from her illness. Mary gives birth to Little Joe, and Amanda acquires a baby she names Little Fawn. And even Thunder, the dog, gets an active role, growling at villain Seth Burrows and finding water for Amanda on command.
One particular part of the story I found far-fetched was when Amanda's former fiance shows up thousands of miles from home to try to rekindle things with her. I can look past Buck getting saved by a free pet bird and other improbable leaps, but if Nathan were as shallow as he's portrayed to be, he would never have made the financial and personal sacrifices needed for such a journey.
Still, it's a wholesome story. I had no problem sharing this book with my 14 year old daughter, Brianna. She liked it and asked if there would be a sequel she could read.
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