Monday, August 10, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: Love's Mountain Quest by Misty M. Beller



About the Book

Book: Love’s Mountain Quest
Author: Misty M Beller
Genre: Historical romance
Release Date: June 30, 2020


After losing her husband in the Rocky Mountain wilderness, 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–and the sheriff dead–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 murder, 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.

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My Review

I was really impressed with the writing in this book.  Immediately, I felt for Joanna.  Just surviving as a single parent in a remote mountain town would be incredibly difficult, and I felt her struggle right away.  In spite of the difficulties life had handed her, she was a loving mother, willing to do what it took to take care of her little boy.  Isaac was very likable.  He was willing to help Joanna, in spite of the terrible danger he endured.  

The bad guys were written in such a way that there was no decrease in tension in the scenes where they were featured.

The mountains.  They may have been majestic and beautiful, but they were treacherous.  The pace of the book mimicked the plodding of the horses as they made their way up, down, and around the mountains.

The romance developed at just the right pace, also:  not too fast; not too slow.

It is the second book in the Hearts of Montana series, but reads as a stand-alone.

Those who enjoy historical romances and westerns will certainly want to read this book.

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

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.






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The Story Behind the Story: Love’s Mountain Quest

Love’s Mountain Quest was one of the hardest books I’ve ever written, even though I LOVE Isaac and Joanna and their story. What made this book so hard was the fact that I wrote most of the story during my third trimester of pregnancy with our son!

Our little Matthew is our fourth baby (and first boy), so I was VERY heavy with child during the last three months I carried him, and that was the time that I’d scheduled to write Love’s Mountain Quest. Needless to say, the words were not flowing very well. My creativity was as exhausted as the rest of me! I could see Isaac and Joanna’s story in my mind, but showing it for readers using real words was the hard part.

Thankfully, I have an amazing editor at Bethany House (waving at Jen Veilleux!) who helped me massage the first draft, pushing both me and the story to be the very best we could be. Unfortunately for her, the edits for this book were the first bit of writing I did after taking a short maternity leave after the birth, so my brain was still a bit mushy from all the post-partum hormones and lack of sleep a newborn always brings. Jen’s patience through the process was remarkable, yet I so appreciate her determination not to stop until we had the very best book possible.

Our little Matthew just turned one, and Love’s Mountain Quest is finally making its way out into the world. Because of Jen, I’m so excited to share it with you! I can’t wait for you to meet the characters and story I love so much.

Blog Stops

Emily Yager, August 1
Reviewingbooksplusmore, August 1
Simple Harvest Reads, August 1 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Inklings and notions, August 2
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 2
She Lives To Read, August 3
Genesis 5020, August 3
For Him and My Family, August 3
Texas Book-aholic, August 4
Read Review Rejoice, August 4
April Hayman, Author, August 4
Betti Mace, August 5
Blossoms and Blessings, August 5
Life of Literature, August 5
For the Love of Literature, August 6
Adventures of A Travelers Wife, August 6
Daysong Reflections, August 7
Labor Not in Vain, August 7
Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 7
Older & Smarter?, August 8
Locks, Hooks and Books, August 8
Mary Hake, August 8
Through the Fire Blogs, August 9
Pause for Tales, August 9
Just Your Average reviews, August 9
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 10
Blessed & Bookish, August 10
Hallie Reads, August 10
Wishful Endings, August 11
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, August 11
Lighthouse Academy, August 11 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
Artistic Nobody, August 12 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Bizwings Blog, August 12

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize package of Love’s Mountain Quest, Hope’s Highest Mountain, and a bath bomb!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/fe39/love-s-mountain-quest-celebration-tour-giveaway

1 comment:

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

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