The love they shared for an untamed land brought them together.
Isabella Bird was a proper Victorian lady, a minster’s daughter, a writer who traveled the globe. She was expected to marry a man of means and position instead she was drawn to a gruff mountain man, a desperado named Jim Nugent.
The unlikely pair met in Estes Park, Colorado in 1873. Jim was enchanted by Isabella and she was infatuated with him. In a published version of Isabella’s letter to her sister, she said of Jim that “he was a man any woman might love but no sane woman would marry.” On a climb to the top of Longs Peak their friendship blossomed into more than expected.
This book reveals the true story of Bird’s relationship with Nugent as they traveled through the dramatic wilderness of the Rocky Mountains.
Chris Enss is a New York Times best selling author who has been writing about women of the Old West for more than twenty years. She has penned more than forty published books on the subject. Her work has been honored with five Will Rogers Medallion Awards, an Elmer Kelton Book Award, an Oklahoma Center for the Book Award, and was a Western Writers of America Spur Finalist. Her book The Pinks: The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency has been optioned by NBC is currently in development to become a television series. Enss’s most recent work is According to Kate: The Legendary Life of Big Nose Kate Elder, Love of Doc Holliday.
A touching, well-researched story of the love shared between a prolific author and Victorian lady in the Rocky Mountains and the renegade trapper who helped her realize her dream of climbing Longs Peak.
Thank you Chris Enss, for this marvelous introduction to Isabella Bird, an English lady who refused to let unremitting pain keep her from exploring the American West. Isabella was a prolific writer whose reports on all she saw and experienced brought admirers from across the world to bask in the wonders of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. Americans today will gain greater appreciation for our country, seeing it through this woman’s eyes even as she fell in love with a crusty, drink-riddled mountain man. Enss, a prolific and engaging writer in her own right, beautifully brings this woman to life.
A delightful account of the peregrinations of Isabella Bird, footloose nineteenth-century English travel and inspirational writer. She documented journeys in Britain and the Pacific, finally ending in Colorado, where she befriended legendary Rocky Mountain Jim Nugent. Her wanderlust later took her to Asia and north Africa. If you don’t know Isabella Bird’s story, you’re in for a treat. A good read by Chris Enss, a perennial winner.
The Lady and the Mountain Man: Isabella Bird, Rocky Mountain Jim, and their Unlikely Friendship is the extensively researched, true-life account of how two people with tremendously different backgrounds and temperaments shared a mutual love of a wild land. Isabella Bird was a well-to-do woman, an author and a traveler with dreams, expected to marry a man of means and position. Yet she became infatuated with the gruff desperado Jim Nugent ("Rocky Mountain Jim") in Estes Park, Colorado in 1873. Their unlikely friendship bloomed over the course of a climb to the top of Longs Peak. Extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index round out his in-depth examination of a journey and a relationship that would transform both Isabella and Jim of them for the rest of their lives - although Isabella was ultimately destined to have a much longer life than Jim. A thoroughly captivating slice of history, The Lady and the Mountain Man is highly recommended especially for public library Western History collections.