From the age of three Marion believed her father was dead. The first time Marion’s mother said her father had died in a plane crash. But in truth her father had abandoned his family as well as his name. Her mother would never talk in any way about her father when Marion asked. Thirty three years later an an executor informed her father hadn’t died so long ago but made a new life for himself. She would be inheriting one of the greatest collections of Pre-Columbian art in the world. There were some stipulations with the inheritance George Gaudin had been Edmund Magni’s- Marion’s father- P A until a week ago when Edmund had been found in Peru dead. Marion met with Gaudin in her father’s home and he was taking her down in the cellar to see the collection. There was a reinforced steel door and than three rooms. Two rooms with hundreds of clay sculptures and vessels that Marion felt there was nothing pleasing in this collection. The space was a shrine to her father’s obscenity negotiated at the cost of gutted tombs and stolen memories. Than Marion was led to a third room with thirty beautiful pieces- intricate lapis lazuli inlays. Than Marion suggested they go back upstairs and look at pictures of three sculptures she had to find which was a provision of the will. Magni had sold the pieces three years ago. He had kept them barely six months before selling them. As long as the three sculptures weren’t found Gaudin stayed master of the house and owner of everything in it. That was the second provision of the will. Thirty years Gaudin had served Magni Gaudin would tell Marion nothing to help her. Marion worked at SearchArt. Her boss gave her a case she didn’t want and was another employees expertise and not hers. Marion goes to two lifelong friends of hers in the art world to help her find the sculptures. As Marion looks for the pieces her ;life is threatened and she is almost drowned.
I had mixed feelings about this book. I did learn about the art market and rich determined collectors and not all activities were legal and I feel this was realistic in a lot of ways. I liked Marion’s character in her love of art and determination to finish something she started even when her life is being threatened. I enjoyed the action, mystery and danger in this book. I was however disappointed by the end of this book. There are: life threats and murder attempts, tomb raiders, missing sculptures, statuettes -forged and real, double dealing, thieves, a hidden collection, a creepy assistant to a dead man, stolen art and so much more in this book. I had some problems at times keeping my attention on this book. So as I said I had mixed feelings on this book and wouldn’t read it again.
“I am a woman of faith who is trusting in the Lord to give her courage.”
“Woman of Courage” has been on my reading list for a few years now, and I am glad that I was able to read this collector’s edition, which includes the sequel novella “Woman of Hope.” Expecting “Woman of Courage” to be a travel novel and an Oregon Trail-like experience, I was surprised to discover that it fell more into the genre of wilderness survival and mountain living. Traveling was still a part of the tale, but most of the narrative was focused on the characters’ experiences and interactions with each other rather than on the trek itself. Fraught with omnipresent danger, this story did not have any lulls or tedious sections and proved to be a quick read, even taking into consideration the appended novella. The situations seemed realistic and not contrived, and there were several twists that I did not expect, which I always appreciate. Amanda, the eponymous heroine, was a sweet character, and I would have liked to have more of her background; other than being unerringly Christian and using quaint language (“thee” and “thou”), there were no other indications that she was a Quaker. It would have been worthwhile to add more information about this particular religious group to the story, in my opinion. However, I did appreciate the author’s use of Native American and mixed-race characters.
Despite very much enjoying this story, there were a few points with which I had issues, and I wavered between a four and a five-star rating. Some of the language and slang used in the narrative was not period-appropriate, and several of the characters were stereotypical, including Amanda. She was too perfect and therefore did not seem to grow or change throughout the course of the story, whereas Jim Breck’s attitudes and place in the story shifted too quickly. Yellow Bird and Buck McFadden were my favorite characters, as they were the most dynamic and realistic, given their pasts and what became of them. Because Amanda was a missionary, the Christian underpinning of the novel did come across as preachy, but not overbearingly so. Amanda’s story dovetailed well into that of Little Fawn’s in “Woman of Hope”, and this novella is what ultimately bumped up my rating. Little Fawn’s story was not as idealistic and yet it was still hopeful and inspiring. Amanda’s character was also more realistic, and all of the characters’ actions were credible. The story was well written for its short length, as well, and it did not seem like it was too abrupt. Being able to see how circumstances changed for the characters from “Woman of Courage” in the approximately seventeen-year time gap and being introduced to the next generation of characters was a fitting way to end the saga.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
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