In The Solitary Path of Courage, a young woman, Sam O’Brien, heads west with her father to the Idaho Territory, where he hopes to become a prospector during the gold rush. Tragedy strikes along the way, and Sam is abandoned at a mission in southern Idaho. When one of her new stepsisters runs off to avoid an arranged marriage, Sam secretly travels to rescue her in the rough-and-tumble boomtown of Lewiston, which is in the heart of gold country. Daring and resourceful, the young woman finds employment as a newspaper reporter and boldly makes her way in a man’s world.
In this realistic and dangerous tale of the Old West of the 1870s, Sam unintentionally becomes embroiled in the struggles of the Nez Perce to remain on their ancestral lands. Torn between her two stepbrothers, she becomes caught in the middle of the Nez Perce War and the tribe’s final flight to Canada. Before escaping to the safety of Lewiston with the stepbrother she loves, Sam O’Brien courageously travels with the Nez Perce and reports from the frontlines of war.
“M.B. Tosi continues her series of wonderful books with The Solitary Path of Courage, an exciting story of the Old West. As with all of her books, this one is alive with adventure, genuine history, difficult decisions, and faith. It is a book to enjoy.”
Director Emeritus of University of Notre Dame Press
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MB Tosi’s tale of a young woman trying to make a difference in 19th century Idaho is adventurous and heart-warming. Imagine masquerading as a male just so you could function as a newspaper reporter in the late 1800s. Her attention to detail in describing the plight of the Nez Perce Nation as white settlers laid claim to their native lands was historically accurate and poignant. This was the fifth book in her series of strong women on the Western frontier, and I promise to read more.
In Solitary Path of Courage, MB Tosi continues her insightful tales of western life in the late 1800s. Her heroines are strong and resourceful, yet considerate and caring (not the prevailing "badass" stereotype) -- the kind of person you'd like to know, and the kind of Americans that you can imagine actually molded the civilization of the Western United States. Samantha O'Brien is orphaned on a wagon train nearing the Idaho territory. The wagon master drops her at the home of a missionary family, who have children near her own teen-age years. It's a time of upheaval. White settlers are encroaching on Indian lands, especially those attracted by news of new veins of gold. Traditionally, the Nez Pearce Indians have been peaceful and willing to move to avoid conflict, but they are being backed into a corner.After Samantha's mission home is attacked by rogue warriors, who kill her adoptive mother and kidnap her step-brother, family life begins to unravel. Finding it unbearable, Samantha disguises herself as a male and leaves for nearby Lewiston. Continuing to impersonate a male, she lands a job as a newspaper reporter, and she makes a name for herself as an investigative journalist, including as a chronicler of Indian life, tribal conflicts, and pursuit by the army. Being well researched, the reader is not only entertained, but educated as well. It's a riveting tale by a masterful storyteller that will leave you unable to put it down.
I was so excited to hear that Author M.B. Tosi had released a new book, "The Solitary Path of Courage", her fifth book in the Indian Path series. She has the wonderful ability to immerse you into the story as it unfolds, so that you are so engaged with the characters and the story that you don't want to stop reading. I loved reading it and learning about the history of the Nez Perce War and the tribe's final flight to Canada. M.B. Tosi did an excellent job of painting the picture and sharing the story from the Indian perspective - it's pretty exciting! I highly recommend reading this book and the whole Indian Path series by M.B. Tosi - they are great books and sure to delight you. Kathy Perry, co-author of "Stepping Stones to Success" at kathyperry .com