The Promise Tree
Series: Montana Treasure #1
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date May 5, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Western
Setting: Montana Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
A preacher’s daughter shouldn’t encourage a troublemaker—no matter what her wayward heart desires.
Liberty has always believed she should marry a man of God, but Jake doesn’t qualify. The promises they’d made at age twelve can’t change that. If only Jake would stop pursuing her, she might keep from falling in love with him.
Jake fears he’ll lose Liberty to Beau, the new man in town. He doesn’t trust the smooth-talker—and certainly not with Liberty. Expressing his opinion sounds jealous and pushes Liberty further away. Jake’s efforts to forget the woman he loves lands him in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.
A bounty hunter on the trail of a notorious outlaw gallops into town, and Liberty finds herself in unexpected peril. When Jake rides after her, he faces a test of faith. Jake and Liberty must each overcome their own false beliefs. Only then can they experience the truth of God’s redeeming love.
Set during a troubled time in America, the Montana Treasure series explores faith, courage, and love in the Wild West. Read this heartwarming story to affirm your faith in love.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Nobody thought Jake was good enough for Liberty – not even Jake himself. I felt very sorry for him as he ached, regretting his carefree and somewhat wild childhood as the consequences followed him into adulthood. Even his Ma had come to expect trouble from him. But he wasn’t a reprobate. He was a kind man who loved his family and especially loved Liberty. The Promise Tree journals his spiritual journey as he came to realize that no one, not even Liberty or her godly Pa, was truly good, and that is the reason for the sacrifice Jesus made. The freedom that came from having his slate wiped clean changed his life.
Liberty wasn’t necessarily proud or boastful and yet she didn’t believe that Jake would be a good son-in-law to her Pa. His past would bring a stain that was just not acceptable. I love the way the author showed how this wasn’t due to an elevated sense of worth on her part, but more due to her duty to her family to marry appropriately. The secret she learned flipped her life upside down and had her reevaluating her worth. And discovering where her true value comes from.
It has been a while since I have read any of the Montana Gold stories and yet I found that as I read The Promise Tree, particular scenes came vividly to mind. I pictured the cabin near the schoolhouse and realized I was remembering an image I had formed previously. I imagine this is due to the beautiful way these stories paint the surroundings and find a long-term home in my imagination.
The details were so clearly illustrated. Not only did the characters hear and see the birds, I knew what kind of birds they were and how they behaved. And was able to see the trees and plants and flowers clearly. And yet these things were carefully inserted into the story as a part of its fabric, adding to the enjoyment and not detracting from it.
As with the other stories I’ve read by this author, romance is only one aspect of it. Steeped in faith, the emphasis is on the way that only Jesus can change lives. And added to these was an adventure with unexpected peril. One of my favorite parts of the story was Liberty’s way of staying sane through her fear and the uncertainty she found herself in – reciting Psalm 91.
If you enjoy Christian romance that goes deeper than simply surface issues with a hint of mystery and danger, you will want to read The Promise Tree. While you are at it, be sure to read the Montana Gold series – though it isn’t entirely necessary for understanding the story , knowing the background of Liberty’s family will enhance your reading.