Rocky Mountain Revelation
Series: Rocky Mountain Revival #2
Published by Wild Heart Books
Publication Date November 3, 2020
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Western, Clean Romance
Setting: The Old West Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 15-18, 18-24
Written for: Adults
A Rocky Mountain logging camp may be just the place to start her new life.
Widowed at nineteen, Madeline Lamb seeks to find a new husband amongst the crew of the Rocky Mountain log drive. With a baby growing inside her, she has no choice. She signs on as cook's helper, and it soon becomes apparent her options for a mate are limited. Madeline's grieving heart wavers between the security an older man offers and the tender feelings a new crew member stirs.
Will Matheson earned the chance to work the high-paying spring log drive. The boon ensures he can recoup the logging wages stolen by a pretty face with some fast fingers. Frustration builds when the boss pulls him from the river and assigns him the job of camp chore boy. If it wasn't for the pretty cook's helper, he'd take the first train home.
When the dangers of the river journey prove more treacherous than anyone expects, the budding attraction between Will and Madeline is put to the test. If they survive the adventure, life as they know it will never be the same.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Rocky Mountain Redemption, Rocky Mountain Restoration
While I have read more than a handful of stories about logging camps, Rocky Mountain Revelation is the first one I’ve read that tells about a log drive. I was fascinated by the many details about how a log drive works, including the information about how the cook and his staff traveled. While the entire story was very good, I do think that was my favorite part!
If you haven’t read Rocky Mountain Redemption yet, you’ll want to hurry and do that first – the cause for Will’s guilt is covered there. (Plus, it is simply a great story!)
Will and Maddy were both wonderfully flawed characters making them very relatable and more lovable.
Will carried guilt over his father’s death, which had driven him, even more, to provide for his ma and siblings. I enjoyed watching Will grow in maturity. It touched me to see him reading his pa’s Bible even though he didn’t understand what he read. And that he tried to pray even though he doubted God heard his prayers. He learned quite clearly the truth of the salvation we are offered through the blood of Jesus. The author explained this quite well.
Maddy was fun. She was so convinced that she knew better than her uncle or her father what she needed. And she felt she was far too mature for Will! Not that she was arrogant, per se. She just had too much confidence in herself. And I smiled at her “list” of what she was looking for in a husband. After all, I had a similar list.
I would describe Rocky Mountain Revelation as an adventure with a hint of mystery and more than a hint of romance. The sense of something not being quite right was the first hint of the unknown danger lurking around the group. I was thrown off guard and ended up on the wrong trail about what that was for a bit and though I knew who the troublemakers were, I had no idea what they were up to until it was revealed!