Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Review: Honor's Mountain Promise by Misty M. Beller

My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it


They both want a new start, but nothing prepared them for this treacherous journey.

Finally on the right side of the law, Aaron Long expected his life to take an upward turn. Instead, he ends up with a bum leg and driving a freight wagon through the wild Rocky Mountains. At least he has the joy of his newfound faith in God. The last thing he expects in the middle of an urgent delivery to Settler’s Fort is to discover a woman begging him to take her the opposite direction. She’s heavy with child, so he can’t leave her, but neither can he take her where she wants to go.

Katie Barlowe has never had control of her life. Especially not when her parents married her off to a successful businessman who was determined to start a ranch in the faraway Montana Territory. Now she’s a widow left on her own in these breathtaking but treacherous mountains. She’s determined to forge a better future for herself and the new life growing inside her. To do so, she needs to get back to civilization before the babe is born. When she finally finds a freighter to take her the first leg of the journey east, all seems to be falling into place. Then the driver is killed and she’s left with a stranger who’s unwilling to take her farther than a tiny mining town, far from Fort Benton and the steamship she’d hoped would carry her home.

When Aaron and Katie set out through the mountain winter, the journey ahead will change their lives more than they could have known.

My Review

This fourth book in the Hearts of Montana series follows the journey of Nate's brother Aaron who wasn't the most pleasant person in the previous book. His injury has humbled him and I was impressed with his grit and determination in his job and helping Katie. The story follows a formula oft-used by the author- dangerous wilderness conditions, an injury or two, the desperate need to arrive at their destination before the winter storms leave them stranded, an increase of faith, and a dash of romance. Somehow I'm always up for the adventure! I loved Aaron's kindness with Katie and the way they supported each other. The delivery of her baby and the way he bonds with them both is endearing. I was surprised when the story ended as quickly as it did, but I think that meant that I was hoping for more of their story together.

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

Don't miss the previous books in the Hearts of Montana series . . .

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