Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Tricia Goyer & Beyond the Gray Mountains

Posted March 3, 2023 by meezcarrie in Amish, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance, Tricia Goyer / 14 Comments

Beyond the Gray Mountains JustRead Blog + Review TourWelcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Beyond the Gray Mountains by Tricia Goyer, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m honored to have Tricia on the blog today to talk about the setting of her new novel!

Beyond the Gray Mountains

SERIES: Big Sky Amish #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance / Amish Fiction
PUBLISHER: Sunrise Publishing
RELEASE DATE: February 28, 2023
PAGES: 265

Marianna Sommer always dreamed of a simple Amish wedding, but there’s nothing simple about marrying rock star Ben Stone. She loves him—but what about her traditions? Worse, suddenly Ben has questions—the kind that have him putting their wedding on hold.

Ben loves Marianna, but he has regrets—and fears—that are suddenly getting in the way of his happy ending. He doubts he’s going to “hear from God” in the high mountains like Marianna’s father suggests. But sure, he’ll go…

But he might not return. Because high on the continental divide, trouble finds them. Now, it’ll take a miracle for Ben, Abe, and Abe’s brother, Ike, to make it down alive. Maybe Ben will hear from God after all…but if he does, can he become the man he needs to be to save them…and keep Marianna’s heart?

When a runaway horse with a bloody saddle shows up, not only is the media alerted, but Marianna fears she’ll lose them all—her uncle, her father, and her beloved Ben. Suddenly she doesn’t care what the wedding looks like…as long as Ben makes it home.

But is there more to Ben than she knows? And when she discovers his secrets, what sacrifices will she make to save…and marry…the man she loves?

Fall in love with the first book in the cherished Big Sky Amish Collection.

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Welcome to West Kootenai, Montana … and Venture into the Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Tricia Goyer, author of Beyond the Gray Mountains

When you think of “Amish country,” you may not think of millions of acres of rugged mountains or grizzly bears. Yet that is precisely what you’ll discover in my Amish novel Beyond the Gray Mountains. In Montana, you’ll join Marianna Sommer as she navigates marrying rock star Ben Stone and the troubles that follow. When her father insists on a trip to the mountains, Ben must turn to God for survival. Will Marianna be brave enough to help the man she loves?

Beyond the Gray Mountains is the first book in the Big Sky Amish Series, but it follows the storyline of my Big Sky series. The books in that series are Beside Still Waters, Along Wooded Paths, and Beyond Hope’s Valley.

The setting, West Kootenai, Montana, is an actual location that serves as the backdrop for the story. It’s near the Canadian border in Northwest Montana. This is a different type of Amish community, but the Amish still don’t use electricity. Yet they do drive buggies. They may spend their days cutting down trees or working with wood, yet nothing can compare to the dazzling night sky that hangs over the mountain ranges.


The Amish in Montana women still wear bonnets, called kapps, and married men always have beards. They have church services similar to those in the East. These Amish still believe in hard work and honest values, yet they also live peacefully in different ways. In ways that most people can only imagine, the Montana Amish are in intimate proximity to nature and surrounded by God’s creation.

In Beyond the Gray Mountains, you’ll enjoy time in the community. We’ll have pie at the West Kootenai Kraft and Grocery, owned by Annie Johnson—a former outfitter. We’ll also journey into the rugged Rocky Mountains of Montana on the back of a sturdy horse. Once there, you’ll see high cliffs and bluish-green rivers at the bottom of deep ravines. If you listen close, you’ll hear the echoes of hooves and bird songs that break the still silence of nature.

I having a feeling you’ll love the setting of Beyond the Gray Mountains as much as the people. Join me through this story of faith, love, and unexpected surprises. It is one that you won’t want to miss … especially because you get to enjoy these awe-inspiring settings as the story unfolds!

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Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer writes out of her passion for God and her love for family and others. The author of more than 70 books, she writes both historical fiction and nonfiction related to family and parenting.

This USA Today best-selling author has won a two Carol Awards and a Retailer’s Best Award. She was also an ECPA Gold-Medallion Nominee and a Christy Award Nominee and won Writer of the Year from the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

Tricia’s contemporary and historical novels feature strong women overcoming great challenges. She is a beloved author of Amish fiction, having written the Big Sky and Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series.

Whether for fiction or nonfiction, Tricia’s writing style is vivid and heartwarming, allowing readers to take home more than engaging stories, but also messages that inspire faith and hope. Her goal is to write stories that matter.

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Beyond the Gray Mountains JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Beyond the Gray Mountains and a $10 Amazon gift card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight February 27, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 6, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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