Her Secret Song
Series: Brides of Hope Mountain #3
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date October 6, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Setting: Colorado Reconstruction Era – US – 1863 – 1877
Written for: Adults
He hunts down outlaws.
She hides away from everyone.
When a long winter alone has each rethinking their lives,
Will they be ready to spring for unexpected second chances?
With both her sisters gone and married, Ursula Nordegren is the only one left clinging to their grandma's fears about the outside world. But after a winter spent in isolation, even she is rethinking those warnings. She bravely starts to venture down Hope Mountain, only to stumble upon a badly wounded stranger and realize God may have had an extra special purpose behind sending her out.
Wax Mosby thought he was a skilled hired gun with principles. But that identity was upended the day he realized he'd been duped into wrongfully driving out the Wardens. He's spent the winter planning to climb Hope Mountain to find the family and atone for his deeds. But when he's wounded during the climb, the last person he expects to rescue him is a beautiful blond woman with the voice of an angel.
As both Ursula and Wax weigh the costs of leading new lives, the two find an unlikely bond. And they're joined by Ursula's sisters and the Warden family as the final showdown over the Wardens' ranch looms with the coming of spring.
I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers, Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Aiming for Love (Brides of Hope Mountain Book #1), Woman of Sunlight
Sure. I knew who Ursula was. After all, I’d come to know her in the first two books of the Brides of Hope Mountain series. And somehow she still surprised me. And what probably surprised me the most is how much I enjoyed her.
Another surprise was that after the first two stories in the series showing the other sisters’ reactions to towns and cities and any number of people, author Mary Connealy managed to replicate these experiences for Ursula in a way that didn’t seem repetitious.
I hadn’t expected to like Ursula more than either of her sisters. Especially due to her extremely introverted nature. And her fear. Yet somehow, I think these factors made me love her more as she stepped way out of her comfort zone to do the things that frightened her the most. What an amazing woman! And the kindness she showed a stranger. She truly personified the Good Samaritan.
Wax Mosby’s role in the previous stories clearly showed him to be an enemy. Still, at the end of Woman of Sunlight, he was showing signs of not having as black a heart as it first appeared. How fun to see him become the hero!
Wax’s search for redemption for his sins clearly communicated the message of salvation. The strong spiritual themes in Her Secret Song are integrated in a natural manner which in no wise dilutes their effectiveness. One that was so relevant is the recurring theme of “do not worry”. It was so fun how each of the characters sitting in church that Sunday morning thought the pastor was preaching his message directly to them!
I promise this isn’t a spoiler! After all, with a series name like Brides of Hope Mountain you have to know there will be a proposal in it. But, oh, what a proposal!! The circumstances under which it was offered and the manner in which it was delivered just might have made it my favorite fictional proposal ever!! I’m still laughing as I picture it!
Her Secret Song combines suspense, action/adventure, romance, and faith with sprinkles of quirky humor to create a wonderful series conclusion. In some regards, this is the Return of the King of the series, culminating in an amazing battle for the Warden’s ranch!
Be sure to read the entire series – each story builds on the previous ones and they are all just too good to pass up!