About the Book
Book: Hope in the Mountain River
Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2020
This epic journey is not at all what she expected.
Joel Vargas can’t believe he’s lost his older brother in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains after surviving their harrowing voyage across the Atlantic. And he can’t shake the feeling that Adam—his only living relative—is in dire trouble. No matter what the cost, he and his band of friends won’t stop until Adam is found. He doesn’t have time to contend with the two Indian women who seem to be shadowing his every move.
After the devastating loss of her daughter and husband to a sickness that swept through their Nez Perce camp, Elan is desperate to find an escape from her grief. As she and her friend journey through the mountains toward the great river, a band of white men is the last thing she expects to find, especially as winter blows in full force.
When the dangers increase, accomplishing Joel’s mission becomes the only hope for all their survival. If the elements don’t consume them, Elan has a feeling life will never be the same for any of them.
From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and intense adventure.
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I’ll be honest, I was a little hesistant to start Hope in the Mountain River because I was worried it would suffer from the second book slump that sequels tend to fall into. However, I was pleasantly surprised and found myself gripped by this beautiful, fast-paced story – for the most part. I think it also helped that even though this is a sequel to Freedom in the Mountain Wind, it isn’t a direct sequel in that we are following two different main characters, with the characters from the previous book in supporting roles.
I loved getting to know Joel more and his dogged determination to find his brother Adam, however there are also times when this determination gets him and his fellow travelers into trouble. There were times, especially in the latter half of the book his character didn’t seem to be fully developed. However, he is good and I love how he is empathetic towards others most of the time.
Then there is Elan, who I loved getting to know and watching her grow as she continues to work through the grief of losing her daughter and husband in an accident sometime before the opening of the story. I also loved her friendship with Meksem, and watching her friendship with the group of traveleres in Joels’s group, as well as Beaver Tail, who comes from an enemy tribe. I also loved watching her learn more about God and faith in Jesus Christ throughout the novel, and how the characters that she encounters during the novel.
Even though I enjoyed the novel, my only complaint is that the majority of the main storyline takes place in the first half of the book and then everything that happens in the second half of the book seems to be added simply for the sake of adding some extra tension to the story that seemed a little unnecessary. However, I still plan on reading more of Misty M. Beller’s books in the future and I hope that there is another installment in this series because I need to know what happens to these characters, even if they are supporting characters in the next book. 3.5/5 Stars.
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
I’ve always been a horse lover, and was blessed to grow up on a farm. My brother and I each had ponies of our own and rode hours each day. When we were old enough to graduate to full-size horses, we met neighbors who also had horses and loved to ride together. The two mares they rode had a mottled black and white spotted look, which I knew to be part of the Appaloosa breed. Through hears of riding together, I developed a deep appreciation for those two Appaloosa horses, as well as respect for the entire breed! Those two mares proved they could outrun and outlast any of the other horses in our riding group.
I’ve long wanted to include Appaloosas in one of my stories, especially since the breed was said to have begun in the Nez Perce tribe who lived just west of the Rocky Mountains. I’m so excited for you to meet Elan, the heroine in Hope in the Mountain River!
Elan and her friend are traveling through the Rockies on their Appaloosa horses, animals who can ride faster and longer than all the other horses in their group—even through the treacherous terrain of the Rocky Mountains!
I pray you love this story as much as I loved writing it. Enjoy a glimpse of the famous Appaloosa horse!
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