Hearts of Montana Book 1
About the Book
Ingrid Chastain readily agreed to accompany her father to deliver vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory. She never could have anticipated a terrible accident would leave her alone and badly injured in the wilderness. When rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man who tends her injuries, she’s hesitant to put her trust in this quiet man who seems to have his own wounds.
Micah Bradley left his work as a doctor after unintentionally bringing home the smallpox disease that killed his wife and daughter. But his self-imposed solitude in the wilds of Montana is broken when he finds Ingrid in desperate need of medical attention, and he’s forced to face his regret and call on his doctoring skills once again.
Micah can’t help but admire Ingrid’s tenacious determination despite the severity of her injuries, until he learns the crate she brought contains smallpox vaccines to help quell a nearby outbreak. With Ingrid dead set on trekking through the mountains to deliver the medicine–with or without his help–he has no choice but to accompany her. As they set off through the treacherous, snow-covered Rocky Mountains against all odds, the journey ahead will change their lives more than they could have known.
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I’ve had the privilege of reading a lot of Misty Beller’s books and I’ve enjoyed every bit of them. This was no exception.There’s never a loss of adventure in her stories and this one had just the right amount. From a near death experience for Ingrid that led to the loss of her father, her maid and their wagon driver in the process to her breaking her leg and having to be dependent on Micah, her determination to complete her father’s journey and help the people who needed them, upped my respect of her. It’s never easy to move around wth a broken bone.
And Micah, sweet Micah with his demons and feelings of inadequacy. Taking on so much because he felt he needed the punishment after his wife and daughter die due to his bringing smallpox virus home when there was an outbreak in the town where he was the doctor so he leaves doctoring and decides to become a recluse. My ached for him and his pain, and rejoiced with him when he found peace and went back to God.
The author talks about Gideon and how God gave him and his army strength to defeat their enemies. This rings true throughout the story. Even when it seemed like hope might be lost from illnesses to near death, God gave them strength to accomplish each task.
Their relationship is so sweet, it’s funny how they each turned out to be the person from their favourite childhood memory. Their romance was sweet not taking away from the story but instead adding character to it.
And Samuel and his mother too were a lovely addition to this group of travelers his questions always putting a smile on your face.
Recommended for lovers of historicals and romance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through the publisher via Netgalley and was in no way expected to give a favourable review.
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.
Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family–both immediate and extended–is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.