Her wounded heart might keep her from a happily-ever-after... This Homeward Journey by Misty Beller (Review & #Giveaway)

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This Homeward Journey
(Heart of the Mountains #5)
By Misty Beller

Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 232 Pages
January 1st 2019


After her husband’s death, Rachel Gray is finally free from the turmoil his addictions caused. She wants nothing more than a new life with her twelve-year-old son. If she can reach her brother in the wilderness of the Canadian territories, they’ll have help to start over in peace. She knows better than to put her life in the hands of another man, but she never expected the Montana mountains to be so treacherous. When two brothers invite her to join their small group traveling to the same area, she refuses. After she and her son narrowly escape a bear attack, she’s forced to admit they need the safety of numbers in this untamed land. If the men prove dangerous, she can always leave with her son and strike out alone again.

Seth Grant has made some bad choices in his life, but God healed him from the addiction that mired him in his sins. Now, he’s determined to live the life God called him to, starting with a journey northward to see the Canadian mountain both his brother and sister have fallen in love with. When he discovers the woman and boy who plan to travel the same mountain trail, he can’t fathom why she refuses to join in the safety of their larger group. Though her decision seems unwise, he has no other choice but to pray God provides her protection.

Despite Rachel’s best efforts, she can’t seem to fight her attraction to the Seth—until a secret from his past proves he’s not at all the man she thought. When a new peril threatens her son’s life, she must choose between trusting in what she can control, or the man who her heart says is trustworthy, no matter his previous sins. The path she chooses just may determine whether she can step into the new life God has in store for them all.

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My Review

THIS HOMEWARD JOURNEY is a story of perseverance and learning to trust when life has shown you that you can't. Full of adventure, family, and romance, this is an inspirational tale historical readers are sure to enjoy.

I enjoyed reading this. There was so much heart in this story. I especially loved Rachel, Seth, and Rachel's son, as well as Seth's brother and their tour guide. I felt the chemistry between Rachel and Seth and I loved seeing their relationship develop, as well as the relationship between Seth and Rachel's son. I could easily picture her son and the stage he's in, between a teenager and becoming a man. Their journey was a long one (making it slow in places), but it felt realistic. I liked seeing what they had to do and the hardships they had to deal with. There were some tough choices. As the story unfolds, you can see these characters change. I enjoyed watching to see how they faced their challenges, and how the difficult and hard things made the ending that much sweeter. There's a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of this one and I'm curious to see what the next story brings.

There was one thing that felt off to me in this story. Seth references God and prayers throughout, but Rachel does not. The story is almost to an end and all of a sudden she includes those references and in the same way that Seth does, making their voices sound rather similar. This made it feel like it wasn't genuine. Besides that, Rachel was really, really dramatic in spots and some of that was too much for me. I also felt she had a change of heart rather quickly and would have liked that to have happened over a little more time.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I'm beginning to become a fan of this series and am looking forward to find out more about these characters. This was an enjoyable addition. If you enjoy inspirational historical romance, than definitely check this series out!

Content: Some innuendo and violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

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About the Author

Misty M. Beller writes 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 daughters 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.

Tour Schedule

The Power of Words, December 29
Carpe Diem, December 30
Splashes of Joy, December 30
Mary Hake, December 31
Pause for Tales, January 1
Simple Harvest Reads, January 2 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Among the Reads, January 3
Connect in Fiction, January 5
Creating Romance, January 8
Texas Book-aholic, January 8
Wishful Endings, January 10
Cafinated Reads, January 10
Bigreadersite, January 11

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

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