Rocky Mountain Redemption
Series: Rocky Mountain Revival #1
Published by Wild Heart Books
Publication Date May 5, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Washington Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: Adults
A Rocky Mountain logging camp may be just the place to find herself.
To escape the devastation caused by the breaking of her wedding engagement, Isabelle Franklin joins her aunt in the Rocky Mountains to feed a camp of lumberjacks cutting on the slopes of Cougar Ridge. If only she could out run the lingering nightmares.
Charles Bailey, camp foreman and Stony Creek's itinerant pastor, develops a reputation to match his new nickname — Preach. However, an inner battle ensues when the details of his rough history threaten to overcome the beliefs of his young faith.
Amid the hazards of camp life, the unlikely friendship growing between the two surprises Isabelle. She's drawn to Preach's brute strength and gentle nature as he leads the ragtag crew toiling for Pollitt's Lumber. But when the ghosts from her past return to haunt her, the choices she will make change the course of her life forever—and that of the man she's come to love.
I would like to thank Lisa J. Flickinger for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Isabelle’s past was filled with shame, regret, and sorrow. Sadly, she carried guilt for a crime enacted upon her, not realizing that it didn’t belong to her.
Preach was a new man. He had repented of his wild ways and turned his life over to the Lord. Though he still struggled with temptation, he was determined to follow the Lord and live a life pleasing to Him. Which wasn’t easy, living in a crowded bunkhouse with a bunch of lumberjacks and listening to their talk!
Both characters were flawed. Preach had a bad habit of saying just the wrong thing. He left Isabelle confused and hurting at times. Isabelle was so wounded; she didn’t know who she could really trust. They both learned about forgiveness and grace. And the power of the blood of Jesus to cleanse sins – making the sinner white as wool!
I enjoyed Preach’s protective nature towards Isabelle. And the way that he saw her as one of the sparrows that God cares for. (Though I’m glad to know that our worth is actually more than many sparrows!)
While Rocky Mountain Redemption is a story of healing and grace with a strong spiritual message, it also has a mystery, the conclusion of which surprised me!
Author Lisa J. Flickinger handled a very sensitive subject with aplomb and grace. I was impressed with how she clearly communicated the ugly tale of what happened to Isabelle, without going into any details .
If you enjoy redemptive stories and historical fiction, Rocky Mountain Redemption would be a great addition to your library.