This Freedom Journey by Misty Beller

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Adrien Lockman is through with the political unrest and bloodshed in his home country of France, so he sets off to the Canadian territory’s mountain frontier, in search of a place where a man can live his own life in peace. The last thing he expects to find is a woman, half-starved and half-frozen in a shack nestled among the towering peaks of the great Rocky Mountains.

Mary Standish thought she’d finally found a place where she was accepted, trapping with her husband for the Hudson Bay Company. But when he dies after a gruesome grizzly fight, she determines to carry on their work. After all, life in these remote mountains is better than enduring the scorn and snubs of “civilized” folk. When she’s forced to face a winter harder than any she’s endured yet, her stubbornness may just be the death of her. Until a stranger appears at her ramshackle door.

Adrien had planned to explore the mountain country all winter before he settles down to build a farm in the spring, but he can’t leave this woman to die in the elements. Even though she seems desperate for him to go. As Mary regains strength, she’s torn between wanting to save her dignity, and craving the respect of this man who’s slipped past her defenses. As the winter worsens, the truth becomes all too real—the only way they’ll survive is together.

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.

My Review

Misty Beller's This Freedom Journey is an enjoyable read, with two characters pitted against a winter storm. I live in the south, so it's hard to imagine winter as it is, but to imagine winter in a day without modern conveniences--wow. Misty did a beautiful job of creating a storyworld where I almost shivered while the temp outside was 106.

Mary and Adrian don't know each other at all, but the threat of winter forces them to work together. I loved Adrian's faithfulness. He was a strong, noble character. Mary, while hardened by a difficult past, is likable because of what she's facing. You feel for her, deeply.

I don't think I've ever read a book with such a small cast, but it worked. The beginning of the book picks up only a few months after Mary's husband died, so I wasn't sure about reading a romance so quickly, however it was tastefully done.

The book is short and sweet, which makes a read in which you can fully invest yourself in the book. I highly recommend this book. I was given a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required.

 

Guest Post from Misty Beller

A Inside Look at the Cover for This Freedom Journey

My book covers are one of my favorite parts of the creative process! With most of my books, I have the cover done early, usually as I’m first brainstorming the story. I love to have the heroine on my cover, and I work hard to make sure the woman on the front matches the heroine I’m envisioning for the story. That way I can describe her in the novel the way she looks on the cover. Sometimes I even work in the outfit she’s wearing on the cover!

This Freedom Journey is a novella in my Heart of the Mountains series, so I wanted the cover to be similar in layout and style to the other books in that series. The setting is winter in the Canadian Rockies, so I knew Mary (the heroine) had to be bundled warmly! Funny story: Mary is mentioned in the other two books, although they’re set later in her life. When I first described her in the other books, I imagined her with amber brown eyes. When I chose the final cover for This Freedom Journey, I had to go back and change the amber brown eyes in those other manuscripts to the riveting blue on the cover. 😊

3 Comments

  1. Lori Smanski

    thanks for your review. this sounds like a fantastic book. i would love to read one of her books.

  2. James Robert

    I love these tours and finding great books and sharing with my family who love to read. Thanks so much and thank you also for the great giveaway.

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