This Healing Journey
by Misty M. Beller
Series: Heart of the Mountains #7
Published by Inc.
Publication Date June 18, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Setting: Montana Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Written for: Adults
She’s never left her home in the mountain wilderness of the Canadian Rockies—until now. Little did she realize this journey would change her life in every way.
The mountain wilderness of her family’s home in the Canadian Rockies is all Hannah Grant has ever known. Now at the age of twenty-four, she’s on a journey to help her father to find the son he gave up for adoption three decades before. This is Hannah’s chance to discover the life she’s missed out on so far—and hopefully find a husband along the way. But she certainly doesn’t plan to fall for the first man she meets.
Years in the cavalry provided Nathaniel Peak with more than his share of violence and adventure. That life behind him, he wants nothing more than to settle down in the beautiful Montana mountains and raise his own stock—in peace. The last thing he expects is the savagely wounded child who shows up in his barn. Nor the woman he comes to rely on for the girl’s care.
Hannah can’t help but fall in love with the brave Indian child who so desperately needs her, but no matter what, she can’t let herself fall for the man whose past choices go against everything she believes in. As the situation grows worse, Hannah and Nathaniel are forced to make a heart-rending decision to save the girl’s life. Little do they imagine, the choice they make could spell disaster for them all.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.Also in this series: This Wilderness Journey, This Freedom Journey, This Courageous Journey, This Homeward Journey, This Daring Journey
I’m a little sad that this is the end of the Heart of the Mountains series though it is is nice to have it all wrapped up in such a wonderful way. The series started with Simeon Grant and ends with the daughter he adopted at the end of this book.
Each of the previous books in the series followed the journey of someone into the Canadian wilderness. This Healing Journey breaks the pattern with the journey taking place in Montana. And with the journey being unintentional!
I loved the way Nathaniel’s care for Itu, the injured Indian child he found in his barn, drew Hannah and him together. Seeing each other’s heart of compassion and care formed a bond between them quickly, yet not so quickly to seem unreasonable.
With a deep sense of isolation and alone-ness, the story brought me back in time to the rustic wilderness of Montana. The sense Hannah kept having, of someone watching the cabin, added suspense yet not in a frightening way. I was surprised at the events that happened at the end leading to the journey.
While there was an encounter that occurred which appeared to have significance, nothing ended up coming of it. I was a little surprised and had actually been watching to see where that was going. It didn’t, so I’m not quite sure why it was there unless it will appear in another series. Hmm.
I also felt disappointed that what Reuben did to help Hannah and Nathaniel at the end was not explained. That what he did worked was clear but I would have liked to know what it actually was.
As with the other books in this series, This Healing Journey has characters from the others and yet easily stands alone. Lovers of historical and Western fiction will enjoy reading about Hannah and Nathaniel.
More from Misty
Occasionally I hear readers debate about whether they prefer to read a series of books from an author, or only standalone novels. Personally, I love series—both reading and writing them. There’s something about seeing characters I know and love from past books that makes me warm and happy inside. Can you relate?
One of the first series I wrote, the Mountain Dreams Series, included five books that told the stories of several families intertwined through marriage and God’s connections. Those characters are still so dear to my heart! When book 5 ended, I had so many readers ask for more in the series, I began dreaming of a spin-off series with a very special connection to the hero in book 5. Enter: the Heart of the Mountains Series.
I’ve LOVED every story in this 7-book collection, taking each journey with the characters as I laughed and cried and uncovered their secrets. For the final 7th book, I’m thrilled to announce that I’m reuniting many of the characters from BOTH series! Simeon Grant (from Heart of the Mountains, book 1) goes on a journey to find the son he gave up for adoption as an infant (the hero in Mountain Dreams, book 5).
This Healing Journey has its own leading lady, Hannah Grant (the baby born at the end of This Treacherous Journey, all grown up and as tough as any lady raised in the Canadian mountain wilderness). And a new character, Nathaniel Peak, who stars as the hero (and who I fell in love with IMMEDIATELY!).
Even if you’ve never read any of my stories, I think you’ll enjoy this one. Especially if you love adventurous mountain stories as much as I do!
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