This Homeward Journey is a beautiful and adventurous addition to the Heart of the Mountains series, yet it is easily read as a stand alone novel, as well. This author does such a great job of creating characters that I cannot help but love and care for, faults and all.
I really enjoyed watching the two main characters, Rachel and Seth, get to know each other. Actually, I liked the entire traveling party, which included Rachel’s son, Andy, Seth’s brother, Samuel, and another companion, Elias. But it was Seth’s thoughtful insight regarding Rachel’s fears and hurts that endeared him to me. Seth worked hard to earn Rachel’s trust and it was obvious that he was a capable, trustworthy man who loved God. However, in his recent past, Seth battled some of the same addictions as Rachel’s late husband did.
This story does a great job of highlighting how addiction can grab hold of people and cause such harm to the one who is addicted, as well as the people around them. It also highlights the importance of leaning on God and learning to trust Him to help you overcome things that are stumbling blocks, be they fears or addictions, or anything else.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
She’s desperate for a new life in the Canadian mountains…He’s the last person she should trust to get her there.
After her husband’s death, Rachel Gray is finally free from the turmoil his addictions caused. She wants nothing more than a new life with her twelve-year-old son. If she can reach her brother in the wilderness of the Canadian territories, they’ll have help to start over in peace. She knows better than to put her life in the hands of another man, but she never expected the Montana mountains to be so treacherous. When two brothers invite her to join their small group traveling to the same area, she refuses. After she and her son narrowly escape a bear attack, she’s forced to admit they need the safety of numbers in this untamed land. If the men prove dangerous, she can always leave with her son and strike out alone again.
Seth Grant has made some bad choices in his life, but God healed him from the addiction that mired him in his sins. Now, he’s determined to live the life God called him to, starting with a journey northward to see the Canadian mountain both his brother and sister have fallen in love with. When he discovers the woman and boy who plan to travel the same mountain trail, he can’t fathom why she refuses to join in the safety of their larger group. Though her decision seems unwise, he has no other choice but to pray God provides her protection.
Despite Rachel’s best efforts, she can’t seem to fight her attraction to Seth—until a secret from his past proves he’s not at all the man she thought. When a new peril threatens her son’s life, she must choose between trusting in what she can control, or the man who her heart says is trustworthy, no matter his previous sins. The path she chooses just may determine whether she can step into the new life God has in store for them all.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams Series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy.
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.
Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.