today’s book: Joy on the Mountain Peak by Misty M. Beller
This week we kicked off the summer-long Road Trip Reads Giveaway where we will be visiting all 50 states on the pages of recently released books. Because road trips are always better with friends – and books – right? So grab your fave snacks, a cold soda or bottled water, an upbeat playlist and let’s head to…
today’s stop: Montana
JOY ON THE MOUNTAIN PEAK by Misty M. Beller
SERIES: Call of the Rockies #10
GENRE: Inspirational Historical/Western Romance
PUBLISHER: Misty M. Beller Books, Inc.
RELEASE DATE: April 11, 2023
Will this epic journey be their second chance or the final heartbreak?
Heidi Wallace came west with secrets. When she accompanied her cartologist cousin to map terrain in the Montana Territory, she never imagined he would die from a snakebite. As she and her maid bury the body in this wild country, the last person she expects to come to their aid is the man she’s no longer sure she wants to find. But now that Ben Lane is standing before her…her heart demands answers.
Ben never thought he’d see Heidi again…let alone find her burying a body beneath a pile of rocks in the fierce Rocky Mountain plains. A man she claims was her husband. The last time Ben saw her, tears cascaded down her pretty cheeks as he walked away forever. He’d planned to marry her. Planned to spend his life making her happy. But to protect her life, he had to leave her behind. Now she’s alone again…and once more in danger.
Heidi must finish her contract to map the Marias River. When Ben insists she’ll need more than a maid to keep herself alive, he determines to travel with them into the treacherous northern country. As Ben and Heidi uncover each other’s secrets, the threat of the mountain wilderness may not be half as dangerous as the love that once flamed between them.
From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.
“He needs one more rock on his head. A big one.”
Ben Lane pressed against the boulder, hiding him from the women as he replayed their words in his mind. Something rang familiar in the hushed tone of one of them, like the aroma of a favorite dessert he hadn’t eaten in years. As it happened, he hadn’t eaten any of his favorite foods in years. Two full years, in fact, since he and his sister had left Illinois to go west and become missionaries to the Indian tribes.
That’s about how long it had been since he’d heard that same half-whisper, half-frantic tone.
It couldn’t be.
The sounds of stones clanking drew his focus back to what might be happening on the other side of his hiding spot. Surely they weren’t striking a man on the head with a rock.
He shifted to peer around the boulder. Two figures were working over a cluster of rocks. Both wore long skirts, not the knee-length buckskin that clad the women in the Gros Ventre village.
Ben’s mind struggled to catch up with what his eyes took in. It wasn’t as if he hadn’t seen white women recently. His sister was with him, after all. And there was Lola, who, along with her Shoshone husband, had been working as a translator for them this past year. But both Elise and Lola had taken to wearing buckskins through the winter. Leather was much warmer through these long frigid months. Far more practical, as well, and the two didn’t stand out as much from the people they lived and worked among.
Which made these two strangers he’d stumbled upon stand out all the more. They looked like they’d stepped from a shop on Main Street in Marcyville. What were they doing in this wilderness, at least two months’ journey from any form of civilization?
One of the women turned away from the pile of rocks, staying partly bent as she scanned the ground.
A jolt of recognition swept through him. He’d been right. But how could…?
His mind stuttered to a slow crawl even as an ache pressed in his chest—pain he’d worked hard to push aside for two years. One glimpse of her brought it all back like an avalanche.
Her gaze raked the grass around her, then lifted to the hedge of stones and brush that blocked her position from view on three sides. Before he could duck away, her eyes caught on his.
He froze, a rabbit confronted by a fox. Yet she was no fox, as much as the sight of her made his throat clog and a spurt of panic sweep through him.
How in the world had Heidi, the woman he would love for the rest of his days, found him out here in this mountain wilderness?
Misty M. Beller, Joy on the Mountain Peak
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Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.
Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.
Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets. Connect with her at her website.
Misty M. Beller is offering a signed, print copy of the first 3 books in the Call of the Rockies series – Freedom in the Mountain Wind, Hope in the Mountain River, Light in the Mountain Sky – to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read Joy on the Mountain Peak by Misty M. Beller Have you ever visited Montana?