About the Book
Title: This Freedom Journey
Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: July 11, 2018
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.
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A french hero, a strong willed widowed pregnant woman, a fierce cold snap with high winds, a cave, a lynx! I mean what more could you ask for in a book!? I have really enjoyed this series by Misty Beller, but this novella might be my favorite. Her ability to write a scene that pulls you in is amazing. I felt like I was trudging through the wind with Adrien and Domino, and shivered a time or two. When Mary and Adrien were about to enter the cave, I think I held my breath for a moment waiting for a bear or bats to come out of it. There was adventure throughout the entire story, as I have found is always the case in this series which is probably why I like them so much.
Then we have the characters. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t like Mary at first. I thought it was silly that she was hiding her pregnancy. Wouldn’t Adrien have been able to help her more knowing that? But it was just her nature. Adrien was a stranger, and she had been on her own for months. You can’t blame her for being a little leery, I just personally wanted her to spill the beans so to speak. But I quickly overlooked that and started to be amazed at how strong she was. Even after something horrible happening to her, she was still right there with Adrien trying to help survive in whatever way needed. I actually liked the fact that she wasn’t immediately drawn to his french charm. Let’s face it, if I was alone, stranded, and this handsome man with a french accent came around, I’m pretty sure I would blush and swoon internally right away 😉
In the midst of adventure, Misty Beller easily weaves in the great message that we all need to hear. It is not forced, nor preachy. It is written delicately, yet speaks straight to your heart. The story moves quickly, as is needed with a novella, but it wasn’t too fast moving in my opinion. And – get your fans ready girls – the kissing scene in this book is certainly fan worthy! All in all, this is a lovely addition to an already wonderful series. A series that I cannot seem to get enough of!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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.
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. 😊
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