Brave Pursuit Author:Marguerite Allis Set in the burgeoning Midwest of the 1800ís, this stirring historical novel tells the adventurous, dramatic story of a girl who bravely sought a freedom and opportunity denied the women of her time. — Connie was the youngest of Lawyer Field's children and his only daughter. As high-spirited as her venturesome brothers, she yearned for the indepen... more »dence find education they had been given. But her father, following the custom of the day, wanted to keep her "safe" in woman's place. He chose a husband for her - a middle-aged widower with a flock of children - and announced her wedding date.
Connie's whole being rebelled against the distasteful match and against the injustice of having her life dictated in this manner. On the eve of her wedding she ran away from home - disguised as a boy!
Cut off from all that was dear and familiar, she was alone in a world that had no place for lone women. On the one hand lay the perils of the forest; on the other, if she kept to the road, were unpredictable strangers and the danger of being discovered and returned to the waiting bridegroom. Even her older brother, who finally offered her refuge in his home in bustling Cincinnati, refused to help her toward her goal. Yet neither her father's threat of disinheritance nor the hard tasks she had to undertake to earn her school fees blunted her determination. For all her high purpose, however, Connie could not escape the powerful magnet of romance. Unwittingly she aroused a stormy rivalry between two hotheaded young men. Under the spell of youth's first love, she made a promise to one of them. It was a promise she could not break, even when she at last found the one man who could give her enduring happiness ....
How Connie discovered the wisdom that is of the heart as well as the mind, and how finally she earned the right to travel toward her chosen goal hand in hand with the man she loved is a moving story of personal courage and high endeavor. In Brave Pursuit the author of such outstanding historical novels as Now We Are Free and The Splendor Pays unfolds the matchless drama of growing America and portrays the hardy, dynamic people whose vision made our country great.« less