In The Crimson Path of Honor, the Civil War is over, and a violent period known as the Indian Wars is erupting. Ignoring the danger, a feisty young woman from Boston rebels against her tyrannical father’s plans to marry her off to a family friend, and she seizes an opportunity to go west to teach. On the way to the Oregon Territory, her stagecoach is attacked, and she is captured by a marauding band of Lakota (Sioux) Indians who call the Rocky Mountains home.
Accepting her perilous situation, the young woman courageously confronts the daily hardships inherent in early Native American life. At first treated like an outcast, she eventually adapts to her circumstances and comes to respect the camaraderie of the Indians, even falling in love with her captor. Over time, she begins to challenge her abductor’s traditional views on bloodletting and violence as the path of honor. Torn by her inability to justify her growing feelings for her captor in a culture of violence, she continually wonders why God has abandoned her in such a desolate place.
“M.B. Tosi has done it again. This is the historical novel at its best—realistic, filled with tough issues against a background of conflict and unrest.”
Director Emeritus of University of Notre Dame Press
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About the Author
M.B. TOSI is a bestselling author of The Indian Path Series. She has also been an editor of non-fiction books and a weekly newspaper. She teaches piano and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in education. Born in Pierre, South Dakota, she has lived in Alexandria, Virginia; Bucks County, Pennsylvania; and Toledo, Ohio. She has three children and four grandchildren.
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A captivating story about a wealthy young woman in the 1860’s who ran away from her stable Boston life to avoid an arranged marriage. Planning to use her skills as a teacher changed when during her escape she ended up captured by a band of Lakota Sioux. Luci Garling became Morning Star, named by her captor, Golden Eagle. The story encompassed three long years as Morning Star assimilated into the Lakota culture. She developed into a better fighter alongside the braves than a squaw among the women. Her new life demanded courage and bravery as she fought to survive. M.B. Tosi kept me engaged with rich Lakota Sioux history as Morning Star struggled in dangerous situations. Forced to decide unexpected choices maintained my interest throughout the book. Along with history and adventure, a complicated romance between Morning Star and her captor, Golden Eagle, influenced both their lives. Trust and friendship prevailed over extraordinary situations revealing morals and values of the characters. I recommend The Crimson Path of Honor by M.B. Tosi to readers of all ages, especially those who enjoy historical fiction. An ideal approach to experience the Lakota Sioux Nation is by appreciating this significant novel.
Once again, M.B. Tosi has created a character whose shoes you step into as you read. In this creative story woven into the history of the 1800’s in Indian Territory, you leave the pampered life you’ve always known, expecting to create it anew in your own way. In the process of escaping a pre-arranged marriage with a man you don’t love, your stagecoach is attacked by a rebel band of Natives and you land in the arms of a well decorated Indian Chief with whom you fall in love. You learn the language and way of life. You learn ways to fit in. You teach others your native tongue and beliefs. You stand your ground and maintain your honor at all costs, even at the threat of death. The result is the awakening of peace in a previously warring tribe and the unification of that tribe with the white man. When you sit down to read this page-turner, plan to stay put ‘til the very last page of The Crimson Path of Honor! I believe you will love this book every bit as much as I did! Sheryl Cox - Author of Bestseller Beings & Doings