ROCKY MOUNTAIN PROMISE by Misty M. Beller
SERIES: Sisters of the Rockies #2
GENRE: Historical Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House Publishers
RELEASE DATE: November 21, 2023
“Misty Beller is one of the most amazing and enticing storytellers. I love reading her books and enjoy her ability to bring the characters to life. I encourage my readers to give her a try.”–TRACIE PETERSON, bestselling author of the Pictures of the Heart and The Jewels of Kalispell series
Lorelei Collins possesses a soft heart for any animal in need, so when she finds a buffalo calf bawling beside its lifeless mother, she can’t help but bring it home to raise on the ranch she and her sisters are building in the Rocky Mountain wilderness. Little does she realize that its white coloring is rare and considered sacred by Native Americans, which makes it highly valuable to them and European trappers alike. Men soon begin to visit their ranch to regard the marvel, with some trying to woo Lorelei into marriage and others trying to steal the calf outright.
When the men’s advances become more sinister, Lorelei approaches Tanner Mason, the quiet and mysterious owner of the new trading post, with an idea: she and the calf will move to his post, along with her family’s trusted Blackfoot friend. This will solve both their problems by bringing customers to his trade room and protecting her family from the trouble brought on by so many strangers. Yet as the danger travels with her, Lorelei and Tanner are faced with a threat greater than anything they’re prepared for–one that will test the limits of their abilities and the love growing between them.
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“Treasure is found in ashes.”
I bonded with the Collins sisters in book one, so I’ve been eager to spend more time with them and greatly looked forward to book two – Rocky Mountain Promise. Beller’s writing voice is warm and engaging, and she is particularly skilled at making the Rocky Mountains setting – as well as the characters – come alive on the page. Let me tell you, I devoured this story! It read super quickly for me, and I enjoyed every minute of Lorelei’s story from the instant she rescues the adorable Curly to the sweet epilogue at the end.
Lorelei has a tender heart toward animals, particularly those in need of rescue and/or healing, which is how she finds herself raising an orphaned white buffalo calf and fielding the many curious people who come to see the rare creature that is the stuff of legends. Enter Tanner Mason, the owner of a new trading post nearby, who quickly develops a growing affection for Lorelei that battles with his feelings of inferiority. I loved getting to know Lorelei better in this book, and I thought Tanner’s character was the perfect match for her. And vice versa.
Of course, there will be obstacles in their path that need to be overcome before a happily-ever-after can begin (or it would be a very short story indeed) but there’s no denying the chemistry between Tanner & Lorelei or how they support each other’s weaknesses with their own individual strengths. Specifically, I thought the spiritual journey that Lorelei walks with Tanner was meaningful and touching. The subplots involving Curly, Juniper, and White Horse, as well as Tanner’s challenges with the trading post, added several layers that gave this historical romance more depth and dimension. There are some threads that I feel will continue into the next book, and I’m really looking forward to a possible romance between Rosemary and White Horse – not to mention still wanting to find his mother!
Bottom Line: Rocky Mountain Promise by Misty M. Beller is an adventure-filled trip out west with strong characters (women included!) who knew how to survive in conditions that would send most of us running back to our cherished amenities. Lorelei’s valiant spirit co-exists with her tender heart, both serving her – and Tanner – quite well in this story, and I loved watching these two grow from strangers to friends to more. Usually I’m gushing over the hero’s protectiveness, and Tanner definitely delivers some swoony moments on behalf of Lorelei’s safety, but I absolutely adored how Beller flips the script in this one – in more than one way. I could, in fact, talk about this at length, but I’ll let you discover it for yourself. Another charming and absorbing read from this author!
(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/review tour at a later date. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion
USA Today bestselling author Misty M. Beller (www.mistymbeller.com) 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.
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