Historical Fiction, Review

This Wilderness Journey by Misty M. Beller

Mountains and the people who live among them have always fascinated me! It is time for another installment of the Heart of the Mountains series, This Wilderness Journey book 2!

about the book

This Wilderness Journey by Misty M. BellerJoseph Malcom has spent his life protecting those in need, but now that his sister is safely settled with her new family in the Canadian Rockies, his help is no longer required. That is, until he’s asked to safely retrieve the priest’s cousin to help minister to the local Indian tribe. But his passenger is not at all who he expects.

After the death of her mother, Monti Bergeron has nothing to keep her in Montreal. While the prospect of ministering to the Indians out West is daunting, she looks forward to assisting her beloved cousin in his mission work. The life of a nun may be just what she needs to heal her grief, serving her Heavenly Father and fellow mankind, especially if no more pesky suitors are around to ask for her hand in marriage. But the man who’s been sent to guide her through the mountains might make her second-guess her plans before she even begins.

As Monti settles into her ministry, Joseph finds his wandering feet drawn back to the Indian camp. Monti’s focus on God is more unsettling than he’d like to admit. Add to that her beauty which tests his willpower at every turn, and she’s made it crystal clear she doesn’t want a husband. But when his determination to keep distance between them puts Monti in danger, protecting her might require something Joseph might not be able to give.

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my thoughts

Brace yourselves for a rugged trek through the wilderness of the northwestern Rockies with two endearing lead characters, familiar faces, and a clash of cultures along the way in the appropriately named This Wilderness Journey.

Joseph Malcom is an all-around good guy, fierce protector, and skilled mountain man. Those three qualities alone are enough to sell me! Joseph takes it up another notch with his gentlemanly tenderness towards the ladies and a special fondness for children.

Monti Bergeron is a determined, independent, and complex young woman. I have to admire her gumption, she takes her sour city lemon experiences out to the wilderness of the frontier and squeezes a sweet (and compassionate) lemonade life for herself.

With some mild meddling from a couple of secondary characters, our hero and heroine learn important lessons about their faith and about themselves. This setting is appropriately larger than life yet God’s presence and everlasting hope is the prevailing force in the storyline. I enjoyed this encouraging story and its authentically flawed characters.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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about the author

Misty M. BellerMisty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family–both immediate and extended–is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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Heart of the Mountains series

This Treacherous Journey by Misty M. Beller This Wilderness Journey by Misty M. Beller  


Do you ever find yourself getting in the way of God’s plans for your life perhaps by relying on your own power or doubting your worth in Him?
(Hypothetically speaking… because I only experience this all the time.)
Have you read This Wilderness Journey or added it to your tbr?

7 thoughts on “This Wilderness Journey by Misty M. Beller”

  1. I think that’s part of human nature that we all do from time to time. Sometimes it takes a real shaking up to realize we can’t do this on our own or to see our value in his eyes.


  2. Hi Beth! I loved the way you captured the essence of my heart for this book in your statement: “God’s presence and everlasting hope is the prevailing force in the storyline.”

    Isn’t it relieving to know that no matter how many times we get in the way, God never stops pursuing us? 🙂

    So glad you enjoyed the story! 🙂


    1. YAY! Oh, this makes me so happy! We just had a moment there, very cool! “…no matter how many time we get in the way”… that’s the best part, we can’t mess up more than God can fix!


  3. Praise God for his faithfulness 1` Sometimes we get ahead of him and he allows things to happen to remind us to seek him first and trust in his timing. Vivian Furbay


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