A gorgeous cover on this title.
Blurb from Amazon:
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 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.
I have two words for you: Mountain Adventure
What a wonderful way to travel…through the pages of a book. For as long as I can remember, I have loved books that included travel via horseback. Life is best seen from the back of a horse. (I read that somewhere…)
Now let’s get into the story:
Even though this is book 5 in the series, I was never lost as far as who the characters were. Beller starts you off with immediate action and suspense, and she carries that throughout the entire book. The impact of taking on such an arduous journey is not neglected as trouble seems to come from every side. Growth of each character is realistic as they each go through their own set of trials.
Rachel has such strength. She’s fearful but not broken. The things she endured would have crushed a weaker woman. Rachel took those situations and used them to become more than she was. As a result of her past, Rachel refuses help from anyone, afraid that she will somehow become weak or bound by debt. In her eyes, all men are the same and none of them should be trusted.
Seth is the one man who manages to see through her armor. He sees the fear and turmoil lurking and knows better than to fight against it. If Rachel is going to trust him, it will have to be on her own terms. As they travel deeper into the wilderness, it’s not just Rachel who must learn to accept help. Seth must learn that he will also find himself in need of aid.
This Homeward Journey is more than Seth and Rachel’s physical journey to the Canadian Mountains. They both experience a spiritual journey that strengthens their faith in God and their hope in their own futures. For me, this was the best part of the book. It’s not every author who can reach into the abyss of pain and turmoil and work it into glory for God.
Each step of the journey, each conflict or accident is a way for them to learn how to reach out to the one who holds the world in His hands.
I could nearly feel the fear and excitement of each character as they made their journey. The land they passed through captured my imagination. Rugged mountain peaks and treacherous slopes were so well described I was able to lose myself within the pages.
Favorite moment in the book…Seth to Rachel, “With God, we can be better together.”
I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good historical romance. The elements of God are strong without being what I often hear as “preachy”.
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit team. I was not required to leave a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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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.