A journey full of surprises... Courage in the Mountain Wilderness by Misty M. Beller (Review & #Giveaway) #histfic #christianfiction #christianromance #newbook @celebrate_lit

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Courage in the Mountain Wilderness
(Call of the Rockies #4)
By Misty M. Beller
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 240 Pages
April 6, 2021


Keeping her son safe on this epic journey may be harder than she imagined.

Caleb Jackson is on a journey. And not just the mission he and his friends have embarked on to fetch the Nez Perce chief’s runaway daughter. Maybe someday, he could also find God’s plan for his life. He’d once thought being a small town minister was the Lord’s will for him, but he’d proved a failure at living under the scrutiny of his congregation. Yet the chief’s niece and her feisty toddler accompanying them on this expedition make him feel like he might be able to make a difference yet.

Otskai is eager to take on a challenge. She’s lived under the shelter of other’s choices her entire life, especially when she was betrothed to one of the village braves at the tender age of eight. Now with her husband dead, she’s finally found the freedom she always craved—even with a two-year-old to raise. She’s built her camas root harvest into a thriving trade to provide all she and her son need and more, yet she can’t seem to keep her active child safe. When she agrees to accompany her new friends on a trip to bring back her wayward cousin, she knows she’ll have her hands full managing her boy.

The journey turns out nothing like Otskai expects, and for the first time in her life, she’s thankful to have others around to help. Especially Caleb, whose gentle attentions captivate her son and occupy him for hours at a time. But as the danger escalates and her worst fears come to light, she must find the courage to choose between freedom and a love more liberating than she imagined possible.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

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My Review

COURAGE IN THE MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS is a story about two people of different cultures who journey together, facing challenges and building friendships and must decide if they're willing to trust their hearts. It's a story of faith, found family, and romance. Recommended to fans of the author and the genre.

I loved both of the main characters! Caleb is a steady, gentle giant. He's strong and tough, which you have to be in the wilderness, but he also has a calm and loving presence. He is especially attracted to Otskai and is slow to decide what to do about it. Otskai and her son are just sweet together, but she has had to also learn to stand on her own and support them both. She isn't sure she wants to tie herself to a man again. Their journey is a slow-build romance and also a growth faith as Otskai learns more about the faith of her companions. I loved the realistic feelings of Otskai as a mother and the antics of her son. The faith element is fairly strong, but not pushy. The romance was definitely my favorite aspect of this story.

There were a couple of issues I had with the story. One was that I wanted a more distinct difference in the voices of the two character POV's. I felt like Otskai should have used "Great Spirit" initially before using English language. It's like she just went from being a native not believing to believing and using English terms. I wanted more of a transition. I also wanted more of a transition between the characters learning each others' language. From the synopsis I was also expecting more danger and intensity. There was some, but quite a bit milder so I think I went in expecting one thing and got something a bit different. Not necessarily bad, of course.

In the end, was it what I wished for? Overall this was a steady read and enjoyable from beginning to end. Readers will fall in love with these characters and their romance.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review. All opinions 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.

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

Mom Guilt—it’s real, no matter what your race or tribe.

One of the things I love about writing the Call of the Rockies series is the cast of characters that covers almost more races than I can count on all my fingers! From Spaniards, to Frenchman, to Southern Americans, to Blackfoot, to Nez Perce, to Salish, to Shoshone. And let’s not talk about the various sectors within some of the tribes (Peigan Blackfoot, Blood Blackfoot, Pikunin of the Nez Perce…oops, we weren’t going to talk about those!).

But what I love the most about so many people groups represented is learning how much we really are alike, down deep in our cores! Sure, some are introverts, some are extroverts. Some like to swim, some hate to swim. Some like to cook, some like to play with the kids (okay, maybe most like to play with the kids!).

Yet there are common threads that connect us all. As I was writing Courage in the Mountain Wilderness, I discovered a new thread that I have in common with Otskai, the Nez Perce hero of the story.

Mom guilt.

Yep. Our situations are a little different—I’m married with four kiddos, and she’s widowed with one very energetic two-year-old son. But we both struggle with that same push and pull. That same set of conflicting longings. When I’m with my kiddos, sometimes I just desperately want time alone. Time to actually get things done. But then at night when they snuggle close at bedtime, wrapping their sweet arms around my neck and not just saying, but showing, how much they love me, I can’t imagine how I could ever want to do anything but spend time with these sweet little ones God has trusted me with.

Thus, the guilt.

Maybe Otskai and I are the only ones who’ve ever experienced that particular strain of Mom Guilt. But I’ll bet there are other ways you can relate—both to these very real fictional characters who may or may not be the same race as you. And also to the very real real-life characters you meet every day.

The great news is that God loves each and every one of us, Mom Guilt and all.

Tour Schedule

Betti Mace, April 9
Splashes of Joy, April 15
Wishful Endings, April 16
Mary Hake, April 16
Simple Harvest Reads, April 19 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Tour-Wide Giveaway

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