When Joanna Watson’s young son goes missing, along with her friend Laura, she turns to the one man she knows she can rely on, the mountain man who helped see them safe to Settler’s Fort. Isaac Bowen is determined to bring the Samuel and Laura back safely and finds that he can’t refuse Joanna when she insists on accompany him. But as they track the men who have kidnapped them, there are hardships and difficulties to overcome, not least of which is the consequences Isaac may have to face when he reveals his shameful past to the woman he has come to love.
In this second book of the Hearts of Montana series, author Misty M. Beller again brings out the core of strength that makes her characters survivors. Interspersed into the story of Joanna and Isaac’s journey is the struggle of Laura and Samuel to survive the violence, deprivation, and the threat of worse – and for Laura, more personal – treatment at the hands of their kidnappers.
While this story does seem to have a disconnect between the danger Joanna’s son is in and the romance thread, the overall story outweighed that concern for me as Beller portrays the natural and man-made dangers of the American frontier while also showing both evil that man can do and the yearning to live a better life, defined by faith, regardless of circumstances. With Laura and one of the outlaw gang members as the central couple in book three, I am looking forward to continuing this rugged Historical Christian Romance series.
Definitely another one for the reread shelf as Misty M. Beller is on her way to becoming a must-read author for me.
This review refers to a temporary digital galley that I voluntarily read through NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher (and a library ebook, too). An honest review was not required and this contains only my own, honest opinions.
Love’s Mountain Quest by Misty M. Beller (Hearts of Montana #2) | Bethany House, June 2020 | ebook, 304 pages
Young widow Joanna Watson is struggling to make a new home for her five-year-old son, Samuel, in the little mountain town of Settler’s Fort. When she returns home from work to find Samuel and the woman watching him missing, with no lawman in town, she enlists a man she prays has enough experience in this rugged country to help.
Isaac Bowen wants nothing more than a quiet, invisible life in these mountains, far away from the bad decisions of his past. But he has a strong suspicion of who’s behind the kidnapping, and if he’s right, he knows all too well the evil they’re chasing.
As they press on against the elements, Joanna fights to hold on to hope, while Isaac knows a reckoning is coming. They find encouragement in the tentative trust that grows between them, but whether it can withstand the danger and coming confrontation is far from certain in this wild, unpredictable land.