- Book: Hope in the Mountain River
- Author: Misty M. Beller
- Genre: Christian Historical Romance
- Release Date: March 31, 2020
This epic journey is not at all what she expected.
Joel Vargas can’t believe he’s lost his older brother in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains after surviving their harrowing voyage across the Atlantic. And he can’t shake the feeling that Adam—his only living relative—is in dire trouble. No matter what the cost, he and his band of friends won’t stop until Adam is found. He’s not sure if two Indian women they meet on the way will be a help or hindrance.
After the devastating loss of her daughter and husband to a grizzly attack, Elan is desperate to find an escape from her grief. As she and her friend journey from their Nez Perce camp, through the mountains and toward the great river, a band of white men is the last thing she expects to find, especially as winter blows in full force.
When the dangers increase, accomplishing Joel’s mission becomes the only hope for all their survival. If the elements don’t consume them, Elan has a feeling life will never be the same for any of them.
From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and intense adventure.
When Elan journeyed from her home after the death of her daughter and husband, she never expected to meet someone who could fill the emptiness consuming her heart. She yearns for something to live for, a fulfilling purpose. These desires cause her to wonder about her relationship with God.
A seemingly accidental meeting in the wilderness leads to Elan and her friend Meksem agreeing to guide Joel Vargas and his group on their quest to find Adam, Joel’s brother. But nothing, with God involved in our lives, is really accidental. Joel and Elan are drawn to each other from their first meeting. Elan’s heart is not healed from her loss and she fears falling in love.
As they traverse the wilderness in this second book of the Call of the Rockies series, the dangers of the winter test their faith. Both Joel and Elan turn to God individually as the only source of protection and healing.
One of the things I enjoyed was reading about the different native american cultures depicted in Hope in the Mountain River. I also especially enjoyed scenes with an adorable toddler. It surprised me to realize some tribes had such negative views of each other. Yet the members of the group in this adventure worked to see the good in each other and overcome any racial prejudices.
…surely there was some good among the tribe. As Joel said, I’ve always tried to judge a man according to his own actions, not what people or tribe he was born into.
I enjoyed the little details that showed Joel’s and Elan’s growing feelings for each other. Their concern and tender care for each other is charming!
Misty M. Beller puts her characters through a lot. It was difficult to put this book down during the final chapters!
As the book concludes, Joel, Elan, and their friends embark on a new mission which I predict will be extremely challenging. All the important plot points of this novel and the romance wound up well by the end.
I want to learn how the characters make it out of their dilemmas in the next book of the series! If you love Christian historical romance, especially set in early America, check out this captivating story.
I received a free advanced reader copy of this book. All opinions are completely my own.
About the Author
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.
She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.
More from Misty
I’ve always been a horse lover, and was blessed to grow up on a farm. My brother and I each had ponies of our own and rode hours each day. When we were old enough to graduate to full-size horses, we met neighbors who also had horses and loved to ride together. The two mares they rode had a mottled black and white spotted look, which I knew to be part of the Appaloosa breed. Through hears of riding together, I developed a deep appreciation for those two Appaloosa horses, as well as respect for the entire breed! Those two mares proved they could outrun and outlast any of the other horses in our riding group.
I’ve long wanted to include Appaloosas in one of my stories, especially since the breed was said to have begun in the Nez Perce tribe who lived just west of the Rocky Mountains. I’m so excited for you to meet Elan, the heroine in Hope in the Mountain River!
Elan and her friend are traveling through the Rockies on their Appaloosa horses, animals who can ride faster and longer than all the other horses in their group—even through the treacherous terrain of the Rocky Mountains!
I pray you love this story as much as I loved writing it. Enjoy a glimpse of the famous Appaloosa horse!
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