This Homeward Journey by Misty M. Beller – Book Review, Preview

Posted January 3, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways, Guest Post /

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This Homeward Journey by Misty M. Beller - Book Review, Preview

Have you ever wonder how the early Christians really felt about having the man who had spent so much time persecuting them in their midst? How often did they think that Saul’s conversion was just a ploy to get access to their leaders? Was distrust the reason he spent all that time in the desert and then went to Tarsus?

We know from history that Paul was truly a changed man. We can see by his life and the way he shared the Gospel regardless of the cost that he was indeed different and had changed his mindset enough that he was willing to die for Christ.

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:16-17

This Homeward Journey

by Misty M. Beller

Series: Heart of the Mountains #5
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Published by Misty M. Beller Books, Inc.
Publication Date January 1, 2019
Genres: Action/Adventure, Western, Historical Fiction, Clean Romance, Christian Fiction
Setting: Montana Reconstruction Era – US – 1863 – 1877
Written for: Adults
Pages: 232


She’s desperate for a new life in the Canadian mountains…He’s the last person she should trust to get her there.

After her husband’s death, Rachel Gray is finally free from the turmoil his addictions caused. She wants nothing more than a new life with her twelve-year-old son. If she can reach her brother in the wilderness of the Canadian territories, they’ll have help to start over in peace. She knows better than to put her life in the hands of another man, but she never expected the Montana mountains to be so treacherous. When two brothers invite her to join their small group traveling to the same area, she refuses. After she and her son narrowly escape a bear attack, she’s forced to admit they need the safety of numbers in this untamed land. If the men prove dangerous, she can always leave with her son and strike out alone again.

Seth Grant has made some bad choices in his life, but God healed him from the addiction that mired him in his sins. Now, he’s determined to live the life God called him to, starting with a journey northward to see the Canadian mountain both his brother and sister have fallen in love with. When he discovers the woman and boy who plan to travel the same mountain trail, he can’t fathom why she refuses to join in the safety of their larger group. Though her decision seems unwise, he has no other choice but to pray God provides her protection.

Despite Rachel’s best efforts, she can’t seem to fight her attraction to Seth—until a secret from his past proves he’s not at all the man she thought. When a new peril threatens her son’s life, she must choose between trusting in what she can control, or the man who her heart says is trustworthy, no matter his previous sins. The path she chooses just may determine whether she can step into the new life God has in store for them all.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: This Wilderness Journey, This Freedom Journey, This Courageous Journey, This Daring Journey, This Healing Journey

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Rachel didn’t trust men and she especially didn’t trust men who drank and gambled. In fact, she didn’t trust men to not drink and gamble. Her past experiences had taught her that lesson well and good. So the widow took her son on a treacherous journey into the wilderness to find her brother and seek his protection. When she met up with Seth, Samuel, and Eilas and finds herself needing their help, she only reluctantly joins their party on the trek.

Seth has a past that was mired in addiction and vice. When he called out to God, he was delivered and determined to never go back to that way of life. Yet when Rachel heard of his past, would she ever trust him?

I liked the way that Rachel found the strength to do what she needed to simply because she needed to. As their journey took them to perilous heights, despite her terror of them, she endured wordlessly. No complaints. It wasn’t that she was strong, she was simply determined.

I appreciate the way that this journey was unlike those in the previous books of the series. As they traveled through the mountains in the summer, it was a different set of dangers they faced. There were some details about the fur trade that were included which I found quite interesting. I enjoyed learning about how the skins can be preserved – I really had no idea that was an option.

There was a point in the story where the motivations didn’t make sense to me, how the villain knew about Rachel and Andy to even plot what he did, or why the things that happened as a result did. Nevertheless, it was easy enough to shrug that off and just go with the story – it was still quite enjoyable.

As with the other books in the series, this one stands alone even though Seth’s brother and sister who have already been introduced do appear in it.

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Why Christian Historical Romance?

by Misty M. Beller

I don’t know about you, but my life can get crazy…busy…chaotic. Historical fiction gives me a haven, allowing me to immerse in a simpler time and place. Add in remote mountain settings—log cabins and horses and snow…what could be better? Sometimes I wish God had let me live a couple centuries ago, but then I remind myself He knew exactly what He was doing. I don’t do well without a shower every day. 😊 And He even lets me go back to that simpler time through stories!

If you’re reading this, you probably enjoy immersing yourself in a good book, too. Story can be such a powerful thing! Becoming an intimate part of the characters’ lives, feeling their struggles—the desperation, the elation, the emotions, the love.

I enjoy reading and writing Christian fiction because it provides a place where I don’t always have to be concerned about inappropriate language or too-graphic love scenes. It’s a “safe zone” where my imagination can escape, living out exciting times and experiencing God-orchestrated happily-ever-afters—without having to clean-up at the end of the day. Can you relate?

I’m excited to share my latest Christian Historical Romance story with you, and hope you enjoy it as much as I loved writing it!


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To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


About Misty M. Beller

Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

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17 responses to “This Homeward Journey by Misty M. Beller – Book Review, Preview

  1. Lori Smanski

    Thank you for for telling us a bit about the book. This looks like another great one from Misty. Sounds like a good book about second chances and learning to follow God’s guidance.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “This Homeward Journey” by Misty M. Beller and for being part of the Celebrate Lit book tour.

    Love the cover and the book sounds amazing. I would love the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Stephanie Phelps

    This book sounds amazing and I cannot wait to read it. Thank you for sharing the preview with us!

  4. Brittany Carter

    This sounds like a great book thank you for sharing another new to me author I love finding books that I wouldn’t have found any other way