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The Lady and the Mountain Man (The Mountain series Book 1) Kindle Edition
When a murder plot forces a Southern heiress to flee to a ranch in the wild Montana mountains, love is the last thing she expects to find.
Leah Townsend, a recently orphaned heiress, flees Richmond after discovering her fiancé’s plot to kill her after their wedding. Desperate for a safe place to hide, she accepts a newspaper proposal for a mail-order bride from a God-fearing young rancher in the Montana Territory. But when Leah arrives at the mountain ranch, she learns her intended husband was killed by a grizzly, leaving behind a bitter older brother and a spunky younger sister.
When Gideon Bryant finds an eastern lady standing in his log cabin, his first instinct is to send her back where she came from. He’s lost too many people to the wild elements of these mountains––his parents, his wife, and now his brother. His love for this untamed land lives on, but he’s determined not to open his heart to another person.
But when an accident forces Leah to stay at the ranch for seven more months, can Gideon protect his heart from a love he doesn’t want? Has Leah really escaped the men who seek her life? Will her presence here put Gideon and his sister in danger too?
Get this inspiring Christian historical romance novel from a USA Today bestselling author.
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Read all the books in the Mountain Series:
- The Lady and the Mountain Man
- The Lady and the Mountain Doctor
- The Lady and the Mountain Fire
- The Lady and the Mountain Promise
- The Lady and the Mountain Call
- This Treacherous Journey
- This Wilderness Journey
- This Freedom Journey
- This Courageous Journey
- This Homeward Journey
- This Daring Journey
- This Healing Journey
Misty M. Beller
Christian Historical Romance Author
Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.
Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.
About the Author
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.
Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family--both immediate and extended--is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.
Learn more at MistyMBeller.com.
- ASIN : B00MQB7F4U
- Publisher : Misty M. Beller Books, Inc.; 1st edition (September 23, 2014)
- Publication date : September 23, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4889 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 288 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,547 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2018
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There is excitement and danger and humor and love. Lots of love.
Leah is a from an extremely wealthy family. After her father’s death, she finds that he promised her hand in marriage to another wealthy man. That man wants her in marriage and then he plans to kill her in order to inherit her wealth.
Leah escapes and after a train ride, a boat trip and a long ride in a wagon, she finds herself in a cabin in Montana. The cabin is owned by Gideon. He lives with his young sister Miriam.
Leah and Miriam become instant best friends. And there is a strong attraction between Leah and Gideon. There is another important character in the story, Old Mose. He drives a wagon and delivers things for people. He also is a strong reminder of how God works in everyone’s life. In short, Mose is the one who acts as a guardian angel.
This story is entertaining. The characters are well developed. We learn the thoughts of the characters. We begin to understand why they behave as they do.
The story has a Christian theme. It gives a warm and loving feeling about life and overcoming adversity. The only problem I had was Leah was simply too much at times. Every now and then too much sweetness made my teeth ache. But, that was a minor part of the story.
If a reader enjoys adventure, humor and affection this is a book to enjoy.
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- mail-order-bride element, combined with
- elegant, sophisticated "Up-Town Girl" heroine, and
- Rustic, Simple Country hero
However, unfortunately the elements that I dislike overwhelmed the story:
- INSTA-LUST (so tedious - kills the romance)
- a saccharine sanctimonious righteous-judgemental heroine
- preachy stuff
Usually with Christian romance books you can avoid the INSTA-LUST stuff.
The heroine and hero's generally aren't so susceptible to shallow attraction. There's usually a slow build-up where personality combined with looks is the focus of the attraction. They acquaint themselves with each other's strengths and weaknesses before the whole Eyes-Meet-&-Time-Suspends.
No such thing here with the heroine swooning over the hero meh, blushing and generally acting like an imbecile.
Leah Townsend: 22 yo Town/City sheltered young lady from Virginia, an orphan heiress on the run from a dangerous fiancé. Unfortunately, I couldn't warm to her country.
She clearly states that she has no friends (apart from a paid companion - and I'm not surprised the only person to befriend her was paid to do so).
She's a sanctimonious, righteous judgemental Poor-Little-Rich-Girl who judges all the other society girls as being shallow and empty-headed.
And the way she goes on about how she's JUST-BEST-FRIENDS with ALL-THE-SERVANTS is so patronising that I wanted to slap her.
Then there's all her "poor me" nonsense and swooning over the hero.
Gideon Bryant: 28 yo widow, lives in remote Montana with his younger kid sister (his brother recently died) and works as a rancher/farmer. He's quiet, shy/ reserved (how you'd expect a Mountain man to be). He's confused and conflicted about his attraction to Leah, and cynical about emotional attachments after losing so many loved one's so soon. And he's definitely sceptical about Town Girls after his former wife's experience.
Plot: Leah's fiancé want's to murder her. The manner in which she discovers this, and her reaction soon after was executed poorly and sounds far-fetched. But I can do without those details.
Unfortunately the rest of the story is equally unsatisfying.
I generally like reading about women learning new skills and improving people's lives, the pioneering woman - whether she's a doctor or a homemaker. However, in this story it wasn't quite the same. Leah doesn't have any cooking skills but miraculously becomes a good cook without any poor attempts.
She breaks her legs but preserves like a good-little solider to work hard and show her best. To me it just looked like a bored rich girl playing at poor and enjoying the learning experience.
Prior to her running away she doesn't seem to have had anything going for her - just a dull rich girl
Anyway the story began to drag and I found all the swooning etc really dull. DNF
Leah may have grown up as a woman of privilege, but needing to run for her life brings out the best in her. Unafraid to try hard work she relies on the fact that God has a plan for her life and he will bring it whatever it takes.
Gideon has lost almost everyone in his life, only his little sister survives. He is drawn to Leah, but the hurt runs too deep. He feels that God has let them down. Why didn't God protect them all when he could so easily have done so.
Read how God heals Gideon from his past and gives Leah the future she longs for. I received this book free for an honest review and can highly recommend it.