Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Book Review: The Crimson Path of Honor by M. B. Tosi

The Crimson Path of Honor is written by M. B. Tosi and is published by WestBow Press.

In this book, the third in the Indian Path series, Luci Garling is a pretty, petite girl born into an affluent home. In order to escape an arranged marriage, she sneaks off to the west via train with a man she barely knows. When she says goodbye to her traveling companion and continues to travel westward by coach, her plans are cut short by an attack by the Lakota tribe. Luci is the only survivor but she does not escape. Instead, she is taken captive by the chief's son. The rest of the book pretty much follows Luci's life among the Lakota tribe. She is now called Morning Star and she has fallen in love with the very Indian who kidnapped her. He is skilled at killing and scalping his victims. Not only that, but once he becomes chief, he knows that he cannot marry anyone other than a Lakota woman. Morning Star now fights for her man.

I cannot say that I particularly care for this book. I found it to be almost unbelievable in the way that Morning Star completely took to the Indian way of life, not really caring anything about her heritage as a white woman. She didn't seem to miss her family or others that she once knew. Also, in the mid-1800s, doctors like Luci's father really weren't all that affluent. Most were poor. Reading about a rich doctor during that time period sort of left me feeling bewildered.

I don't feel that story appropriately addressed the spirituality of Morning Star in the way that the author likely intended it to. Some of the "love scenes" made me think more that I was reading a mainstream novel rather than Christian fiction. I will say that the author did not cross the line, but she did seem to come close.

In the end, I read the story and enjoyed parts of it. However, it did not feel real to me and I was left feeling confused. 

*I received a copy of The Crimson Path of Honor in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own.*
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