When Mountains Sing
by Stacy Monson
Series: My Father's House #1
Published by His Image Publications, Mosaic Collection
Publication Date August 7, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Colorado, Minnesota Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
When the truth cost her everything, she thought there was nothing left to lose.
Mikayla Gordon loves nothing more than sleeping under the stars, reeling in the “big one,” and long hikes in the wilderness. A medical crisis reveals a 30-year-old secret that turns everything she’s known and believed upside down, unraveling her dreams and her identity.
In search of answers, she follows a trail from Minnesota to Colorado and discovers more unwelcome secrets even as she falls in love with the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains, and a wilderness camp leader who shares the greatest secret of all.
Knowing her life can never go back to what it was, she must make decisions that will impact far more than just her future.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
What Mikayla learns about her heritage, has her stunned. It starts her on a journey of discovery, an attempt to find the truth about who she is.
I have a hard time imagining what finding out this secret would have been like. My family life has always been quite stable and my parents are still madly in love with each other, all these years after their wedding. Yet Stacy Monson has given me a glimpse of what it would feel like to find your hero has feet of clay. My heart went out to Mikayla. While I don’t think I would have reacted as she did, I got it.
I really liked the way Mikayla was so independent and able to do so much by herself and for herself. When she got a flat tire, she didn’t wait to be rescued (for long), she just jumped in and figured out how to fix it. I admire that, even if I’m not sure I could do that myself. And though she questioned her relationship with her dad, she treasured the things he taught her and was constantly quoting him and acting on the things she had learned.
Dawson was fascinating. While I doubt I would have liked him when he was a teen, he was now such a great example of a new life in Christ. I loved the way he poured himself out for the youth coming to his camp and how he turned everyday lessons into spiritual ones. He had a gift for encouraging them to hear the truth about the Lord.
While this story is listed as a romance, if you are looking for lots of flirting and kisses in a story, you should keep looking. I was not disappointed. While I enjoy romance, I actually prefer stories where the romance is secondary to the life change or the adventure or mystery, as with When Mountains Sing.
Mikayla’s borrowed dog, Lula, was so fun! I enjoyed the way this little pipsqueak confidently approached life, not being intimidated or cowed by the bigger dogs!
If you enjoy soul-searching stories with a spiritual bent, I recommend When Mountains Sing to you. I have hopes that following in this series will be more about the other sisters in Mikayla’s family. I am looking forward to reading more books by Stacy Monson.