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 Courageous Journey book 4!
about the book
As the fifth daughter in a family of nine, Noelle Grant spent her life striving to be unique. Her love of telling stories helps define her goal—to be known around the country as one of the top news correspondents of her time. And what better way to uncover sensational tales than to travel through the mountain wilderness to visit her brother? The trip comes together perfectly as she journeys with family friends who will be settling in the same area. Her first inkling that things may not be as perfect as she’d imagined shows up in the form of the mountain man hired as their guide for the final leg of the journey.
When Daniel Abrams agrees to guide the small group of easterners along his usual route northward to the Canadian mountains, his gut tells him he’s making a terrible decision. But if he doesn’t take them, who will? The crew’s leader refuses to consider turning back. As they start out, Daniel can’t help but notice the woman traveling under the care of her friends. Though she appears too genteel to last long in these mountains, she soon reveals a strength that draws him more than he should allow.
When the dangers of this wilderness become more than the group bargained for, Noelle must choose to delay her trip northward or proceed alone with the man she’s come to trust against all reason. She never dreams her decision will place her—and the man she loves—in a situation more hazardous than any story her imagination could conjure.
The wilderness landscape and perilous winter weather play a major role in the adventure and romance which unfolds across the American and Canadian Rockies.
Noelle is a driven and determined young lady with big plans and dreams. I admire her willingness to learn and work hard while braving the dangerous wilds of the Rockies. She is resourceful, open-minded, and big-hearted. Imagining her reaction to seeing those majestic peaks for the first time then boldly venturing into the unknown (with a qualified guide) gave me chills of excitement.
Daniel has grown-up in the wilderness of the mountains, has the skills to survive and even make a living there, yet maintains a healthy respect of the ever-present perils. I adore his sweet canine companion and his gentlemanly regard for Noelle. Daniel’s unique heritage creates an additional layer of vulnerable authenticity to his rugged mountain-man persona.
As always it’s a joy to revisit old friends and Beller delights faithful fans with these throwback moments to previous installments without alienating new readers in the process. This Courageous Journey is an excellent addition to the Heart of the Mountains series.
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.
about the author
Misty 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.
Heart of the Mountains series
Have y’all visited the Rockies?! Can you imagine trekking through on foot or horseback?
Be sure to add This Courageous Journey to your tbr!