Friday, March 30, 2012

The Sacred Path of Tears

Book description: The Sacred Path of Tears is a journal written by a young Cheyenne Indian woman, nicknamed Mokee, during the Indian Wars in Kansas in the late 1860s. After Mokee and her companion observe the Sand Creek Massacre, they warn the other Indian camps along the Smoky Hill River. They take cover in a barn near Salina, Kansas, where they are discovered by a widow and her two sons. Mokee’s companion leaves to join the fight against the white soldiers but hating war, Mokee, with her lighter coloring, gains a safe haven with the widow’s family. She finds a mentor in the well-educated widow and embraces the opportunity to read and write English. As her life unfolds, Mokee is torn between two worlds at war and the two men she loves, one a white settler and the other her companion, who has become a Cheyenne Dog Soldier. Though war is her constant shadow, Mokee tries to find the purpose for her life and a path of peace in her war-torn world.

My review: This is a great book! It is a work of fiction, but there is also a lot of historical facts throughout the book. The fact that it is written like a journal allowed the author, M. B. Tosi, to include historical information in such a way that Mokee became part of true events. I think that added a depth to the story that would otherwise not have been possible. The Sacred Path of Tears is the first book in The Indian Path Series. Each book focuses on a different group of Indians. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from WestBow Press a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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