Two women. Four children under the age of eight. Three thousand miles. The middle of summer. . .
When my sister asked me to help her on their cross-country move, I jumped at the chance. Not having had many opportunities to spend with her family, I wanted to be able to get to know her little ones better. For the most part, she drove and I navigated.
Her husband and a friend were driving separately with all the household goods, we conveyed the true valuables.
Despite our maps (yes, it was back when we used the paper version of those!) and a new GPS, her husband was convinced that we would get lost. (Maybe my casual attitude of “as long as we head East and follow the signs to Connecticut, how lost can we get?” didn’t help.) Then again, how was he to know that I have a great sense of direction?
The last portion of the drive, just after we entered New York City, my sister told me to pick a place on the map West of where we should be. She then called her husband and told him we were making good time – we were just outside of Schenectady – which is almost three hours away from where we should have been (and were)!
Even having to take a last minute detour due to traffic on I-95, which we were able to navigate perfectly, thank you very much, and arrive long before expected.
This Daring Journey
by Misty M. Beller
Publication Date March 26, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Canada Reconstruction Era – US – 1863 – 1877
Written for: Adults
The only hope to keep her newborn baby alive is to reach the safety of her Indian people… This mountain man is the last person she should trust to get her there.
As a half-Indian raised among her Peigan tribe, Moriah Clark knows better than to trust white people. The tragedy that resulted in her birth is proof enough. But when her trusted grandfather marries her to a white man, she has no choice but to obey and hope this new life isn’t her downfall. Her white husband turns out to be a decent sort, but his unexpected death left her to birth a newborn baby among hostile mountain men. She wants nothing more than to retreat to the safe haven of her tribal upbringing. When a mysterious frontiersman arrives on her doorstep seeking her deceased husband, his offer to escort her and the babe to her people seems like the opportunity she’s been praying to find. But can she trust him?
Samuel Grant has been sent to retrieve Henry Clark for his sister’s wedding, but the sight that greets him at the little cabin in the woods is not what he expected. Not only has the man died, but Henry’s wife is fighting off an aggressive gang of men at gunpoint—while trying to conceal a newborn. He can’t leave the pair unattended, so helping her travel into the mountain country to reach her family seems like the only option. If he can win her trust, that is.
Such a grueling journey with a three-week-old baby will be risky, but the challenges that arise test them far more than either expected. When a devastating surprise increases the danger ten-fold, Moriah focuses all her efforts on keeping her newborn daughter alive. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t realize how much of her heart belongs to the mountain man—until it’s too late.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Imagine traveling on a multiple day journey through the wilderness. In the Canadian Rockies. In the cold. With a newborn and a man you had never met. . . Without a map or GPS, and on an unmarked route!
This Daring Journey chronicles Moriah’s journey back to her people after the death of her husband. This amazing French-Indian woman had a strength and determination not often seen. The story of her tragic birth was hinted at enough to give the sense of what had happened and yet it wasn’t explained. I appreciated that the author knew that she didn’t need to go into more details than she did.
Samuel, who we met in This Homeward Journey, was determined to help this strong, yet fragile woman on her journey. I loved his protective nature and the way that he fell so quickly and completely in love with Cherry, the newborn.
I really like the way Misty Beller gives such a sense of place in her books. The details of the surroundings, the frigid temperatures, and the perils of the journey seemed very real.
Despite the dangers of the journey and the developing romance, a few parts seemed to drag a little.
I recommend this for lovers of historical fiction who do not require high action or intrigue to keep them interested.
How did I get started writing?
by Misty Beller
I’ve always loved to read, but several years ago I was putting together my bucket list, and realized that I really did want to write a novel. So, “Write a novel that’s published” made it near the top!
I decided, it’s now or never, and made the commitment to do it. So, I had a general idea that I wanted it to be a Christian historical western romance. But where to start? I finally decided I needed to find a good book to help me plan. I stumbled upon (a.k.a. God led me to) the best possible book to help me get started with a great plan: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. For all you writers out there, I can’t recommend it highly enough!
From there, I’ve soaked in every bit of writing instruction I can from some amazing groups and individuals. And I’ve spent countless hours sitting with my laptop pouring out words onto the screen. Writing is in my blood. It’s my passion. A true gift from my Heavenly Father, and I pray daily that he uses the words for His purpose.
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To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
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