Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Review: Joy on the Mountain Peak by Misty M. Beller

My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it


Will this epic journey be their second chance or the final heartbreak?

Heidi Wallace came west with secrets. When she accompanied her cartologist cousin to map terrain in the Montana Territory, she never imagined he would die from a snakebite. As she and her maid bury the body in this wild country, the last person she expects to come to their aid is the man she's no longer sure she wants to find. But now that Ben Lane is standing before her... her heart demands answers. 
Ben never thought he'd see Heidi again... let alone find her burying a body beneath a pile of rocks in the fierce Rocky Mountain plains. A man she claims was her husband. The last time Ben saw her, tears cascaded down her pretty cheeks as he walked away forever. He'd planned to marry her. Planned to spend his life making her happy. But to protect her life, he had to leave her behind. Now she's alone again...and once more in danger. 
Heidi must finish her contract to map the Marias River. When Ben insists she'll need more than a maid to keep herself alive, he determines to travel with them into the treacherous northern country. As Ben and Heidi uncover each other's secrets, the threat of the mountain wilderness may not be half as dangerous as the love that once flamed between them. 
From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

My Review

I've come to love these intrepid travelers in the rough wilderness where danger lurks around every boulder, yet their faith and camaraderie get them through even the most trying of circumstances. The original band has grown quite a bit as they have married and extended their families and friendships. This was a fun one to read since I not only share my name with the main character, I also love to draw! I don't know that I'd be as dedicated as she is to her job of detailing every view along the river as she maps it as well. The group that joins her is patient and supportive, and it was sweet that she and Ben had the opportunity to get close again, after his lack of communication with her in the past. Dangerous falls, dangerous wildlife, and dangerous tribes ramp up the intensity in between slower scenes of introspection and connection.

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 other books in the Call of the Rockies series . . .


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