HEALING THE MOUNTAIN MAN’S HEART by Misty M. Beller
SERIES: Brothers of Sapphire Ranch #1
GENRE: Historical/Western Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Misty M. Beller Books, Inc.
RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2023
In the wild mountains of the Montana Territory, the Coulter ranch is a place of family, loyalty…and a hidden fortune.
Jericho Coulter, the eldest of six fiercely devoted brothers, is entrusted with safeguarding his family and the secret that binds them together: the Sapphire mine. To keep tragedy from striking again, he allows no outsiders on their land. When two women stumble upon their ranch, claiming Jericho himself sent for one of them as a mail-order bride, he aims to send them straight back where they came from.
Dinah Wyatt, a talented and determined doctor, wasn’t about to let her twin sister travel to Montana alone and marry a stranger. Dinah’s skills are immediately put to the test when one of the younger Coulter brothers is gravely injured, forcing the family to trust his life to her.
As Dinah and her sister become entwined in the Coulter family’s life, sparks fly between the enigmatic Jericho and the captivating doctor. In a world where trust is hard to come by and secrets hold the power to change lives, Jericho and Dinah must learn that sometimes, the most precious secrets are those buried within our own hearts.
From a USA Today bestselling author comes a mountain family saga filled with a mail-order bride, hidden treasure, and love that heals wounded hearts.
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Nobody has brought the Montana/Wyoming/Canadian mountains to life for me in historical romance quite like Misty M. Beller. I devour her stories as quickly as possible – always to my ultimate regret because then I have to wait rather impatiently for the next one lol – and I love her talent for putting me right in the heart of the setting.
And at the heart of this particular book’s setting is Jericho Coulter. Steady, swoony, protective, swoony, sweet, swoony, reserved… did I mention swoony? Okay, okay, in all seriousness I really loved Jericho’s character. He’s got gruff-but-tender mountain man down to an art, and his sense of duty to his family is definitely to be admired. That sense of duty, however, comes with some heavy self-imposed burdens (which explains the ‘gruff’ part of the above description), and I thought Beller does a marvelous job of revealing his layers bit by bit under the ray of sunshine that Dinah brings into his life. Watching him fall in love was truly a pleasure and brought a big smile to my face more than once. I also had to laugh every time he or one of his brothers referred to the sapphires in ‘code’… I could almost see some comically raised eyebrows and a wink for emphasis. So cute!
Dinah and her pregnant twin sister Naomi have traveled all the way to Montana in response to an advertisement for a mail-order bride. An advertisement from “Jericho”… except the poor man has no idea what they’re talking about once they barrel onto his land. I’m very eager to see how this plays out in future books in the series, namely how many other women show up in response. Oh the delightful (and humorous) possibilities! For her part, Dinah is a very likable protagonist. Whip-smart, intuitive, full of faith and compassion, she is an excellent doctor and truly does bring light and life onto the ranch. I particularly enjoyed watching her interact with Jericho’s niece Lillian and the bond they quickly formed, and I also really appreciated the scenes where Beller lets us get to know Dinah as a doctor. I can’t imagine how harrowing it would be to practice medicine in the frontier, without all of our modern technologies, and then as a woman to boot. But the author shows us Dinah’s inner strength so beautifully in so many ways, including a nearby smallpox epidemic.
Bottom Line: Healing the Mountain Man’s Heart is another layered romance from Misty M. Beller, a story whose characters won’t leave you anytime soon. I fell in love with Dinah, Naomi and the whole Coulter family (including little Apple), and the best part of this being the first in the series is that I’ll have hopefully many more opportunities to spend time with them on the pages. The author’s vivid settings and engaging writing voice paint an almost tangible picture of the place and time in which the story occurs, and the faith thread is so touching and relatable. Last, but not least, the romance is incredibly sweet, full of respect and grace as well as attraction, and I’m excited to see where the series goes from here!
(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I read via Kindle Unlimited. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion
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 Misty on her website.
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