By Misty M. Beller
When Ingrid Chastain 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. Rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man who tends her injuries, but she’s hesitant to put her trust in this man who seems to have wounds of his own.
After tragedy struck his family, Micah Bradley left his work as a doctor and escaped to the wilds of Montana. But his self-imposed solitude is broken when he finds Ingrid in desperate need of medical attention, and he’s forced to call on his doctoring skills once again.
Micah can’t help but admire Ingrid’s tenacity 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 delivering 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.
(Back cover summary from Bethany House)
After reading such high-praise endorsements from authors like Laura Frantz and Tracie Peterson, I was eager to jump into this story. And really, it did not disappoint.
The story takes off with a high-stakes beginning, and I love how quickly the characters are thrust into making life-changing and life-threatening decisions. As the story progressed, there was never a spot where I felt like the plot lagged or I got bored.
What I really enjoyed was how real and full these characters felt, even though for most of the story, there are only four that appear in the pages. And yet, though we know comparatively little about their lives previous to the start of the story, they feel just as fleshed-out as if we’d found them in their natural settings.
Both Ingrid and Micah find their faith and trust in God challenged throughout this book. I liked how simply, yet realistically, Misty portrayed them taking those steps of trust.
In all, I enjoyed this book. It was the perfect start-to-fall read, though there were times I felt a sympathetic shiver for these travelers.
About the Author
After working for 13 years in the corporate world, Misty M. Beller (mistymbeller.com) is now the author of fourteen independently published Christian historical romance novels. Raised on a farm in South Carolina, she combines her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life by writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. She lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina, is an active member of ACFW, and teaches regularly at conferences and writing groups on effective book marketing.
(Biography from Bethany House)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.