ROCKY MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS by Misty M. Beller
SERIES: Sisters of the Rockies #1
GENRE: Inspirational Historical/Western Romance
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2023
In 1837, Juniper Collins and her sisters are shocked by their father’s deathbed request for them to return a special set of beads to a Piegan Blackfoot woman he credits with saving his life during his travels West. Together, the sisters set out for the trapper rendezvous to find the woman, but their mission turns more daunting when they come upon the mass of men and lodges spread out in the Green River Valley.
Riley Turner came West to find peace and quiet and live off the land, but when four unprotected women arrive at the rendezvous, he feels compelled to help them and is more fascinated by Juniper than any other woman he’s known.
As their search brings only empty leads and dead ends, the sisters must decide whether to return East or stay in the mountains to continue looking–and that’s if the mystery woman is even still alive. Is the risk to honor their father’s last request worth the danger they find at every turn?
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I am woefully behind on my Misty M. Beller reading, something I’m very sad about as she’s one of my favorites. But Rocky Mountain Rendezvous kicks off a brand new Beller series, and I’m excited to follow this series from the beginning!
I loved Juniper and her sisters at our first meeting and felt bonded to them as we stared down together at the horde of men arriving for the trapper rendezvous. And yes, I may have wondered whether these young women were as prepared for this rowdy gathering as they thought they were – but they spend the rest of the book proving how strong they really are. Each of the four sisters have a distinctive personality and role in the family dynamics, and this makes me look forward even more to their individual stories throughout this series.
And then we have swoony Riley Turner, who takes the Collins sisters under his wing and provides protection, food and friendship. He also joins their search for the woman they are there to find – an old Piegan Blackfoot woman who once saved their father’s life – so they can fulfill their father’s last wishes. I adored Riley. He was, like the sisters, strong but vulnerable and as Beller unpacked his layers my heart went out to him. Watching him fall for Juniper was purely a pleasure and, as swoony as his kisses seemed to be, the moment that had me melting the most involved a sweet kiss to the side of her head instead. (I’m still sighing over it.)
A colorful band of supporting characters – including an orphaned coyote pup – round out the mix and, as I’ve come to expect from this author, the mountain wilderness comes alive on the pages. In fact, in many ways, it is another supporting character and I felt completely immersed in the setting. It was very easy for me to picture all that was going on, to hear the din of the trapper rendezvous, to smell the mountain air (and some of the less desirable odors haha).
Bottom Line: Take a rugged mountainscape, four sisters, a heartfelt wish, a horde of trappers, some native tribes, a coyote pup, themes of belonging and value, and one swoony hero and you’ve got a new Misty M. Beller story that you won’t want to put down! I was solidly invested in the quest to find Steps Right, and some twists related to that search definitely took me by surprise! In short, Rocky Mountain Rendezvous is a thoroughly entertaining read full of wonderful characters and a vibrant setting. I loved it from beginning to end, and I’m already eager for the next one!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. In the interest of full disclosure, the company for which I freelance as a blog/review tour coordinator was hired to promote this book with a social media tour at a later date, with which I have no involvement. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion
USA Today bestselling author Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories set on the 1800s frontier and woven through with the truth of God’s love. Her Southern roots run deep, and she lives in South Carolina with her husband and children. Connect with Misty on her website.
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