This Daring Journey: fiction review

Just like the other books in the Heart of the Mountains series by author Misty Beller this story captured me from page one. In fact this story might be the one to capture the readers attention the quickest. In the opening chapter I was captivated by the standoff between main character Moriah who is bi racial and we soon find out a brand new mother. Samuel Grant enters the scene quickly as he was sent on a mission to find Moriah’s husband on behalf of his twin brother and soon to be sister in law. (The story of Samuel’s twin brother (Seth Grant) and his love interest (Rachel Gray) unfolded in This Homeward Journey and you can read my review here.)

While the story is a love story it is also filled with adventure, peril, and serious life challenges. I appreciate that Beller always seems to tackle unusual aspects of life that seem to be relevant to today’s world too. Racial tension and discrimination, death, and motherhood are just a few of the sub stories that unfold in This Daring Journey.

I find the characters completely engaging and my imagination runs with their adventure and the adversity they face. They are truly in a wild frontier and have to make their way by the strength of their character and their own two hands. I find twists in the stories unexpected while still fulfilling my deep enjoyment of a good love story.

Moriah made for a strong, independent main female character and having been introduced to Samuel in the pages of This Homeward Journey I was even more invested in finding out where life would take him. This book was a beautiful addition to the series and as a reader I was left feeling satisfied knowing what came of both the main and minor characters. The good news is that the culminating book in the series, This Healing Journey, releases soon and in title alone I can believe it will be the perfect culmination for this fabulous series.

This Daring Journey can be read as a stand alone novel, but it is true like any good series that as the reader I was all the more invested and experienced a greater depth because I had a background to the characters’ stories from reading the other books in the series. Be sure to check out Misty Beller’s website here, she even sends you a free digital copy of the first book in the series, This Treacherous Journey. Plus there are some great insights into her as a writer in the interview below and a GIVEAWAY so don’t miss that at the end of this post!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Bloggers. All opinions in my reiview are my own.

About the Book

Book: This Daring Journey

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: March 26, 2019

As a half-Indian raised among her Peigan tribe, Moriah Clark knows better than to trust white people. The tragedy that resulted in her birth is proof enough. But when her trusted grandfather marries her to a white man, she has no choice to but to obey and hope this new life isn’t her downfall. Her white husband turns out to be a decent sort, but his unexpected death left her to birth a newborn baby among hostile mountain men. She wants nothing more than to retreat to the safe haven of her tribal upbringing. When a mysterious frontiersman arrives on her doorstep seeking her deceased husband, his offer to escort her and the babe to her people seems like the opportunity she’s been praying to find. But can she trust him?

Samuel Grant has been sent to retrieve Henry Clark for his sister’s wedding, but the sight that greets him at the little cabin in the woods is not what he expected. Not only has the man died, but Henry’s wife is fighting off an aggressive gang of men at gunpoint—while trying to conceal a newborn. He can’t leave the pair unattended, so helping her travel into the mountain country to reach her family seems like the only option. If he can win her trust, that is.

Such a grueling journey with a three-week-old baby will be risky, but the challenges that arise test them far more than either expected. When a devastating surprise increases the danger ten-fold, Moriah focuses all her efforts on keeping her newborn daughter alive. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t realize how much of her heart belongs to the mountain man—until it’s too late.

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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 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

How did I get started writing?

I’ve always loved to read, but several years ago I was putting together my bucket list, and realized that I really did want to write a novel. So, “Write a novel that’s published” made it near the top!

I decided, it’s now or never, and made the commitment to do it. So, I had a general idea that I wanted it to be a Christian historical western romance. But where to start? I finally decided I needed to find a good book to help me plan. I stumbled upon (a.k.a. God led me to) the best possible book to help me get started with a great plan: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. For all you writers out there, I can’t recommend it highly enough!

From there, I’ve soaked in every bit of writing instruction I can from some amazing groups and individuals. And I’ve spent countless hours sitting with my laptop pouring out words onto the screen. Writing is in my blood. It’s my passion. A true gift from my Heavenly Father, and I pray daily that he uses the words for His purpose.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 4

Simple Harvest Reads, April 4 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

The Power of Words, April 5

Jeanette’s ThoughtsApril 5

Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 5

Real World Bible Study, April 6

Pause for Tales, April 6

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, April 7

Splashes of JoyApril 7

Blossoms and Blessings, April 8

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 8

Mary Hake, April 8

Godly Book Reviews, April 9

Connie’s History Classroom , April 9

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, April 10

Carla Loves To Read, April 10

A Reader’s Brain, April 10

Library Lady’s Kit Lit, April 11

Wishful Endings, April 11

janicesbookreviews, April 11

Through the Fire Blogs, April 12

Vicky Sluiter, April 12

The Becca Files, April 12

Carpe Diem, April 13

For Him and My Family, April 13

BigreadersiteApril 14

Daysong Reflections, April 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 14

Connect in Fiction, April 15

Texas Book-aholic, April 15

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 15

Inspired by fiction, April 16

For the Love of Books, April 16

Inspiration Clothesline, April 16

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, April 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 17

Inklings and notionsApril 17

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! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/de81/this-daring-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway

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