Sunday, April 12, 2020

Book Review With a Giveaway: Hope in the Mountain River by Misty M. Beller

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 grizzly attack, 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.

Click here to get your copy.

My Review

Montana mountains in the winter of 1830.  Traveling by horseback.  Threats of hostile Indians.  Those dangers and more, plus the relationships between the characters, made for a great read!

Hope in the Mountain River  is the second book of the Call of the Rockies series, and although there was a shared history among some of the characters, this book read well as a stand-alone.  It ended in a way that really made me want to read the following book to find out what happens next!

One thing I loved was the bond between the characters.  They knew each other well, and appreciated each other so much.  Their bonds came, obviously,from plenty of shared experiences.

This book was 175 pages long.  For a self-published novel of this length, I was very happy with the quality of writing.  I recommend this book to readers of historical romance.  Readers with an interest in Native American culture and Appaloosa horses will especially appreciate this book.

I received an ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

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 hours 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!

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, March 31
Mary Hake, March 31
Through the Fire Blogs, April 1
deb’s Book Review, April 1
A Baker’s Perspective, April 2
Genesis 5020, April 2
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 2
Texas Book-aholic, April 3
Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 3
For the Love of Literature, April 4
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 4
Rebecca Tews, April 5
For Him and My Family, April 5
Blessed & Bookish, April 6
Splashes of Joy, April 6
Bigreadersite, April 6
Betti Mace, April 7
She Lives To Read, April 7
Book of Ruth Ann, April 8
Locks, Hooks and Books, April 8
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 8
Simple Harvest Reads, April 9 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 10
janicebookreviews, April 10
Blossoms and Blessings, April 11
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, April 11
Artistic Nobody, April 12 (Guest Reviewer Donna Cline)
Pause for Tales, April 12
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 13
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 13


To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. So glad you enjoyed the book and hope your readers do, too! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wonderful review, Kathy! This series sounds fascinating.