Love's Mountain Quest by Misty Beller

June 9, 2020

by Misty M. Beller
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Hearts of Montana Series 
Releasing on June 30th


Young widow Joanna Watson is struggling to make a new home for her five year old son, Samuel, in the little mountain town of Settler's Fort. When she returns home from work to find Samuel and the woman watching him missing, with no lawman in town, she enlists a man she prays has enough experience in this rugged country to help.

Isaac Bowen wants nothing more than a quiet, invisible life in these mountains, far away from the bad decisions of his past. But he has a strong suspicion of who's behind the kidnapping, and if he's right, he knows all too well the evil they're chasing. 

As they press on against the elements, Joanna fights to hold on to hope, while Isaac knows a reckoning is coming. They find encouragement in the tentative trust that grows between them, but whether it can withstand the danger and coming confrontation is far from certain in this wild, unpredictable land.

My Thoughts ~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is my first book by Misty M. Beller and it was truly amazing. Her story draws you in from the first line.

"The woman stood in the wind, skirts billowing, hair flying, as though the gusts swept away all her inhibitions."

I mean after a description like that you can't help but continue reading and want to know more. The story is about young widow Joanna and her five year old who gets kidnapped along with Laura Hannon, the young woman that watches him. After witnessing  the demise of the town's sheriff they get kidnapped by the gang who committed the murder. 

Isaac Bowen is the gentleman that feels a strong pull to Joanna but has never shown his feelings towards her. When Joanna finds out that her little boy Samuel is missing, she goes for help and runs into Isaac who immediately enlists himself to help her find him. They set out on the trail on the mountains of Montana which is very rough terrain and not something that Joanna is used to. But she is desperate to find her son. You can definitely relate to her as a mom and can feel her desperation as she gets frustrated when they don't go as fast as she would like to go or doesn't reach him when she wants to.

Even though Isaac will do anything to help Joanna inside he is battling with his own demons. He knows the gang that took Samuel and although he knows God has completely forgiven him for his past he still struggles with thinking that he isn't good enough for others but especially Joanna. Through this trip you see them get closer to each other and develop stronger feelings which makes for a super sweet love story. 

God's redemption is great throughout this story and I love how Misty Beller interweaves faith and how it impacts and changes the lives of people. She does this without being preachy or completely in your face which is always a refreshing thing to see. I think this is important especially when you are recommending a Christian Fiction book to a new believer.

I definitely recommend this book and although it is part of a series I think it worked well as a stand alone novel. I do want to read the first one just because this one was so good. Plus we do see the character from the first book towards the end of the story!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers via Netgalley. The opinions in this review are 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. For a limited time, you can get a free bestselling novel here:

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.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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