I have so enjoyed the books in the series by Misty M. Beller! I found the stories to be intriguing and engaging, so much so that I barely put them down. There’s nothing too complex about them and yet I find the characters believable and the stories enjoyable.
I think it’s the setting and the extreme differences between life today and life during these pioneering time periods that I find so interesting. Survival being the top priority and then the relational Dynamics between characters. Particularly in this story I loved the mother and son relationship.
While I love a good romance I also loved the hiccups that the characters faced and the level of patience they had to have with each other in such a life-threatening and endangering experience but also given their complex histories. Beller really chose to tackle some complicated issues like abuse and the ways trauma can affect uus.Whike this is just an underlying part of the story line I loved how Beller was realistic with the ways that trauma and abuse influence all parts of our lives, and the lives of those we love.
I cannot wait for the next installment and I am so glad I requested to review the book and appreciate Celebrate Lit providing it to me. These opinions are completely my own. I would love to know what you think of the book as well.
About the Book
Title: This Homeward Journey
Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Christian historical romance
Release date: January 1, 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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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.
Guest Post from Misty
Why Christian Historical Romance?
I don’t know about you, but my life can get crazy…busy…chaotic. Historical fiction gives me a haven, allowing me to immerse in a simpler time and place. Add in remote mountain settings—log cabins and horses and snow…what could be better? Sometimes I wish God had let me live a couple centuries ago, but then I remind myself He knew exactly what He was doing. I don’t do well without a shower every day. And He even lets me go back to that simpler time through stories!
If you’re reading this, you probably enjoy immersing yourself in a good book, too. Story can be such a powerful thing! Becoming an intimate part of the characters’ lives, feeling their struggles—the desperation, the elation, the emotions, the love.
I enjoy reading and writing Christian fiction because it provides a place where I don’t always have to be concerned about inappropriate language or too-graphic love scenes. It’s a “safe zone” where my imagination can escape, living out exciting times and experiencing God-orchestrated happily-ever-afters—without having to clean-up at the end of the day. Can you relate?
I’m excited to share my latest Christian Historical Romance story with you, and hope you enjoy it as much as I loved writing it!
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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! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d9bc/this-homeward-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway
I loved the first Misty Beller book I read and I’m really looking forward to this one! These pioneer stories are my favorite type of historical fiction. There is something about the tangible physical danger of that time, and the physical challenges men and women had to overcome each day, that helps us process the tough stuff we go through today that often doesn’t on that physical, tangible form. I love to envision myself in the worlds created (or recreated!) by Janette Oke or Lori Wick, and Misty Beller has joined the list! This one is going on my “to read” list.
I so agree. Life then must have been such a challenge. Even the simplest things were so hard and had to be done with so much effort. I have her next book in the series in hand but a couple to read ahead of it and I am chomping at the bit!
PS, the giveaway link doesn’t work if you click it. Copy-paste works.
I’m so sorry, I have not idea what happened but thanks for the insight.