Widowed and with child, Emma Malcom is fleeing from the reward offered for her arrest. She’s innocent of the dirty dealings her deceased husband orchestrated, but the angry townspeople didn’t stop to listen to her defense before she narrowly escaped with her life. Now, she and her twin brother, Joseph, must battle the mountain wilderness of the Rockies to reach Canada and the clean start she craves. But when a fall from the rocky cliff leaves Joseph wounded and weak, could the strange mountain man they encounter be God’s gift to see them to safety?
Simeon Grant makes bad choices. His deceased wife and twin babies are lost to him now because of his reckless decisions, and the penance he pays by living alone in this mountain wilderness is only a small piece of what he thinks he deserves. When a city woman, heavy with child, appears on his doorstep with her injured brother, her presence resurrects the memories he’s worked so hard to forget. And when she asks for his help to travel deeper into the mountain country, he can’t help wonder why God would force him to relive the same mistakes he’s already suffered through. Or maybe taking these two to safety could be the way to redeem himself.
But when their travels prove more treacherous than he imagined, Simeon finds himself pressing the limits of his ability to keep Emma and her brother safe. Can he overcome the past that haunts him to be the man she needs? Will Emma break through the walls around Simeon’s heart before it’s too late, or will the dangers of these mountains be the end of them all?
SERIES: Heart of the Mountains #1
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Misty M. Beller Books
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2018
“God loves you. He’ll never stop trying to show you.”
This Treacherous Journey by Misty M. Beller has it all – adventure, danger, friendship, family, faith… and of course romance. It’s beautifully written and will keep your interest fully engaged from start to finish.
Simeon Grant is such a heartbreaking character, right from the very beginning. I just wanted to give him a hug. (Plus he looks like this… so…. yeah ♥) After losing his wife and twin babies, he holes up in the mountain wilderness and wallows in his grief. But let’s not give up on Simeon just yet. God is pursuing him, just as He does us when we are lost. And this, even more than the romance, is the most beautiful part of the novel.
Emma Malcom is a delightfully brave heroine. An East Coast city girl, she courageously and fiercely presses on through the western mountain wilderness. In the middle of winter. Several months pregnant. With a bounty on her head. I mean… one of those things would be enough to send me back home. But all together? She’s the kind of role model I want for my nieces.
And then there’s Joseph – Emma’s twin brother who, bless his heart, spends most of the journey deathly sick or severely injured. There’s a lot of depth to him though, and I hope we get to know him even better (and hale & hearty) in future books of this series.
“Even when we are lost, we aren’t lost from God.”
Did I mention the romance? Blissful sigh. Some delicious kisses and tender moments, but my favorite part of Simeon and Emma’s romance? The HUGS. Particularly before they have progressed into a kissing relationship… when he slides his arms around her, or she him, and they just hold each other? Oh my heart. I love. That feeling of being exquisitely cherished and protected by another person. Not just physically but emotionally, even almost soul-deep. That’s incredibly romantic to me, and I love that Beller made this such a sweet part of their friendship/romance.
Bottom Line: You might want to invest in an alternate oxygen supply for this read! Whether you’re holding your breath over imminent disaster or danger … or holding your breath over a beautifully written romantic scene … the point is that you won’t breathe much during This Treacherous Journey. Best to be adequately prepared 😉 Misty M. Beller has written an inspiring and tender story of a wilderness trek that in many ways symbolizes Simeon and Emma’s own journey through life. The message that God has us in His hand – always – is sweetly presented and woven naturally throughout the story. A great story to cozy up with this winter … or any season!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / Love it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion
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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.
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