Johanna and Henriette Kuyper (Chosen Daughters)
As the 1800s draw to a close and a new century begins, forces for change are already at work in the Netherlands' entrenched society when custom is further challenged by two bold women, Johanna Kuyper and her daughter Henriette.
Johanna is a traditional wife eager to both support and challenge her strong-willed husband, Abraham Kuyper, a dominant leader in church, education, and politics. She serves her family and community through celebrations and sorrows, social upheaval and political conflicts.
The more progressive Henriette Kuyper is an international traveler, champion of women's suffrage, and wartime correspondent"among much else!
Risking reproach and defying custom, both will find very different ways to change their world for good and for God's sake.
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The Chosen Daughter series are wonderful pieces of historical fiction. Each one depicts the life of a courageous woman in history who allowed herself to be used by God. Christine Farenhorst writes two books in the series: A Cup of Cold Water and Wings like a Dove. The first one is based on the life of Edith Cavel, a WWI nurse who faced death assisting allied soldiers. The second highlights the life of Jeanne D'Albret, a queen who risked her life hiding persecuted Huguenots. In Against the Tide, written by Hope Irvin Marston, the story of Margaret Wilson and the dilemma she faced is recounted - to remain obedient to Christ or follow the orders of the king. Lastly, Dr. Oma by Ethel Herr captures the life of Countess Juliana von Stolberg, a gifted healer, and her granddaughter Maria. Weight of a Flame takes place at the height of the Reformation in the 16th Century. Olympia Morata is determined to remain firm in the Truth, despite the dangers of not following Roman Catholicism. She's off to Ferrara to tutor the duchess' oldest daughter, but it turns out that this might only be the first stop on a long journey that will take her far away from home. All are paperback, around 200 pages. - Tasha