Courage in the Mountain Wilderness and a Giveaway!

It didn’t take long for author Misty M. Beller to become an automatic read for me. I love the beautiful Western landscapes she paints in her stories, the dangerous journeys her character’s face, and the strong theme of faith throughout. They are the perfect escape for this mountain-loving girl.

Keep reading to find out more about her latest release, Courage in the Mountain Wilderness. It is book for in the Call of the Rockies series and is Caleb’s story. Finally! 🙂

Scroll all the way to the end to find a special note from Misty and more information about the giveaway.

About the Book

Book:  Courage in the Mountain Wilderness

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: April 6, 2021

Courage in the Mountain WIlderness

Keeping her son safe on this epic journey may be harder than she imagined.

Caleb Jackson is on a journey. And not just the mission he and his friends have embarked on to fetch the Nez Perce chief’s runaway daughter. Maybe someday, he could also find God’s plan for his life. He’d once thought being a small town minister was the Lord’s will for him, but he’d proved a failure at living under the scrutiny of his congregation. Yet the chief’s niece and her feisty toddler accompanying them on this expedition make him feel like he might be able to make a difference yet.

Otskai is eager to take on a challenge. She’s lived under the shelter of other’s choices her entire life, especially when she was betrothed to one of the village braves at the tender age of eight. Now with her husband dead, she’s finally found the freedom she always craved—even with a two-year-old to raise. She’s built her camas root harvest into a thriving trade to provide all she and her son need and more, yet she can’t seem to keep her active child safe. When she agrees to accompany her new friends on a trip to bring back her wayward cousin, she knows she’ll have her hands full managing her boy.

The journey turns out nothing like Otskai expects, and for the first time in her life, she’s thankful to have others around to help. Especially Caleb, whose gentle attentions captivate her son and occupy him for hours at a time. But as the danger escalates and her worst fears come to light, she must find the courage to choose between freedom and a love more liberating than she imagined possible.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts

Courage in the Mountain Wilderness is the fourth book in the Call of the Rockies series by Misty M. Beller. I have read every book in the series, and this one may be my favorite. (But that’s hard to commit to because I love each story!) This is Caleb and Otskai story as the regular gang (Beaver Tail, Susanna, Joel, Elan, Adam, Meksem, and French) go in search of Otskai’s cousin as a way for Joel to earn Meksem’s tomahawk back from the Nez Perce chief.

Like all of Misty M. Beller’s books, this story takes you through breath-taking mountain country while following the characters on their quest. I always enjoy the landscapes in her books, and how realistic she makes them for the readers. In this book, the rivers and waterfalls play important roles in the story, and I could definitely hear the roaring of the water as I read her words.

Caleb was always a bit quiet in the other books, but always solid, reliable, and godly in his manner. So, I was delighted to get to know him better in this story. His big physical size is proportional to his heart. It amazed me how he could see people through Jesus’ eyes and would step in to help them or pray for them. It was inspiring. I wish we could have gotten a little more information about his backstory, but I can’t complain. I loved his story.

Otskai and her son, River Boy were an excellent addition to the original traveling party. I could totally relate to her wanting a few moments to herself while feeling guilty about not taking care of her son every minute. (A mom’s life!) But it was heartwarming to see everyone in the party step up to help with River Boy–it really does take a village sometimes. And the scenes between Caleb and River Boy were too cute–all the sighs and warm fuzzies.

Overall, I loved Caleb and Otskai’s story. Their slow, tentative romance was perfect for Caleb’s personality and only highlighted what an amazing man he is. Fans of Christian historical fiction, like Tracie Peterson, would enjoy this story. But start at the beginning! You won’t want to miss a single installment of this epic journey!

I was given a copy of this book by Celebrate Lit with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Misty M. Beller photo

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.

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 children 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.

More from Misty

Mom Guilt—it’s real, no matter what your race or tribe.

One of the things I love about writing the Call of the Rockies series is the cast of characters that covers almost more races than I can count on all my fingers! From Spaniards, to Frenchman, to Southern Americans, to Blackfoot, to Nez Perce, to Salish, to Shoshone. And let’s not talk about the various sectors within some of the tribes (Peigan Blackfoot, Blood Blackfoot, Pikunin of the Nez Perce…oops, we weren’t going to talk about those!).

But what I love the most about so many people groups represented is learning how much we really are alike, down deep in our cores! Sure, some are introverts, some are extroverts. Some like to swim, some hate to swim. Some like to cook, some like to play with the kids (okay, maybe most like to play with the kids!).

Yet there are common threads that connect us all. As I was writing Courage in the Mountain Wilderness, I discovered a new thread that I have in common with Otskai, the Nez Perce hero of the story.

Mom guilt.

Yep. Our situations are a little different—I’m married with four kiddos, and she’s widowed with one very energetic two-year-old son. But we both struggle with that same push and pull. That same set of conflicting longings. When I’m with my kiddos, sometimes I just desperately want time alone. Time to actually get things done. But then at night when they snuggle close at bedtime, wrapping their sweet arms around my neck and not just saying, but showing, how much they love me, I can’t imagine how I could ever want to do anything but spend time with these sweet little ones God has trusted me with.

Thus, the guilt.

Maybe Otskai and I are the only ones who’ve ever experienced that particular strain of Mom Guilt. But I’ll bet there are other ways you can relate—both to these very real fictional characters who may or may not be the same race as you. And also to the very real real-life characters you meet every day.

The great news is that God loves each and every one of us, Mom Guilt and all.

Blog Stops

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Betti Mace, April 9

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 11

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 11

Texas Book-aholic, April 12

Maidens for Modesty, April 12

Inklings and notions, April 13

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 13

Older & Smarter?, April 14

Blessed & Bookish, April 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 15

Splashes of Joy, April 15

Wishful Endings, April 16

Mary Hake, April 16

For Him and My Family, April 16

She Lives To Read, April 17

Connie’s History Classroom, April 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 18

Adventures Of A Travelers Wife, April 19

Simple Harvest Reads, April 19 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10a1f/courage-in-the-mountain-wilderness-celebration-tour-giveaway

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did! Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

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Dreams Rekindled

Dreams Rekindled is the second book in the Mesquite Springs series by Amanda Cabot, and I believe it is my favorite of the series. As an avid reader and aspiring author, I loved watching Dorothy and Brandon worked together to bring each issue of the town’s newspaper together. Their relationship is adorable and sigh-worthy. You’ll love this book–trust me!

Keep reading to find a link to purchase your own copy and read my full review!

More About the Book:

He’s bound and determined to find peace . . . but she’s about to stir things up

Dorothy Clark dreams of writing something that will challenge people as much as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin seems to have. But in 1850s Mesquite Springs, there are few opportunities for writers–until newspaperman Brandon Holloway arrives, that is.

Brandon Holloway has seen firsthand the disastrous effects of challenging others. He has no intention of repeating that mistake. Instead of following his dreams, he’s committed to making a new–and completely uncontroversial–start in the Hill Country.

As Dorothy’s involvement in the fledgling newspaper grows from convenient to essential, the same change seems to be happening in Brandon’s heart. But before romance can bloom, Dorothy and Brandon must work together to discover who’s determined to divide the town and destroy Brandon’s livelihood.

Get your copy here.

My Thoughts:

Dreams Rekindled by Amanda Cabot is the second book in her Mesquite Springs series. I liked Dorothy from the first novel in the series, so I was thrilled to read her story in this book. As a book lover, I adore characters who are writers or aspire to be writers, so fell in love with Dorothy’s dream of making a difference in the world through her writing. Her passion is contagious, and her kindness and generosity are admirable. I loved her quick, witty mind, too. Dorothy is just a great heroine in my opinion!

And Brandon. Sigh. He may be a little bit of an atypical hero, but he is still so, so swoon-worthy. His tender heart, his brilliant mind, his respect for Dorothy’s opinion, and his desire to serve his community all add up to make an honorable and attractive man. Whew! I just loved all the witty banter between Dorothy and Brandon. Their friends to more romance was a joy to watch develop.

I loved all the secrets and mysteries surrounding Phil Blakeslee and his sudden arrival in town. Watching Dorothy and Brandon work together to put all the pieces together was so much fun. It kept me turning pages 

Overall, I loved this story! This series keeps getting better, and I can’t wait to read the third book! Fans of Christian historical fiction will enjoy this story.

I hope you enjoy this sweet novel as much as I did!

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

The Girl in the Painting

I am really falling hard for historical dual-time stories. First with Kristy Cambron’s The Paris Dressmaker, and now with Tea Coopers’s The Girl in the Painting. Ahh! They are so good!

Here’s the blurb for The Girl in the Painting:

Australia, 1906

Orphan Jane Piper is nine years old when philanthropist siblings Michael and Elizabeth Quinn take her into their home to further her schooling. The Quinns are no strangers to hardship. Having arrived in Australia as penniless immigrants, they now care for others as lost as they once were.

Despite Jane’s mysterious past, her remarkable aptitude for mathematics takes her far over the next seven years, and her relationship with Elizabeth and Michael flourishes as she plays an increasingly prominent part in their business.

But when Elizabeth reacts in terror to an exhibition at the local gallery, Jane realizes no one knows Elizabeth after all—not even Elizabeth herself. As the past and present converge and Elizabeth’s grasp on reality loosens, Jane sets out to unravel her story before it’s too late.

From the gritty reality of the Australian goldfields to the grand institutions of Sydney, this compelling novel presents a mystery that spans continents and decades as both women finally discover a place to call home.

Here are my thoughts on this exquisite mystery:

The Girl in the Painting by Tea Cooper is a dual-time mystery set in Australia over several decades. This is my second novel by Tea Cooper, and I have fallen in love with her writing. The complex blend of the timelines. The colorful and memorable characters. The artfully crafted historical landscapes of such a unique land and people. There is nothing to dislike!

The Girl in the Painting is a gripping story. The combination of blurry memories, secrets, and outright lies make for an unpredictable and un-put-downable book. I could not stop until I knew the full truth! Even though the hairs on the back of your neck rise up the closer you get to it. I hate to give away many details of the story because you will want to savor them all.

Overall, I loved The Girl in the Painting from beginning to finish, and I look forward to reading more books by Tea Cooper in the future. Any fan of dual-time historical fiction will thoroughly enjoy this book. 

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review all opinions are my own.

Thank you to TNZ Fiction for my copy of this book. It was a treat!

Happy reading and God bless,

–Kristina

The Paris Dressmaker and A Giveaway!

Have you read Kristy Cambron’s The Paris Dressmaker yet? Non? I highly encourage you to do so! It is fantastique!

I enjoy history, and I am sorry to say I didn’t know much of the details behind the German occupation of Paris. I was appalled by what the Parisienne women were forced to endure, and how courageous they were to fight back in any way they could. They are an inspiration and a beacon of hope in a dark and evil world. If you enjoy Christian historical fiction, then this dual-time masterpiece will be perfect for your TBR.

Keep reading to find my full review, purchase link and a link to the Just Read Tours giveaway on my Instagram account.

More About the Book:

Based on true accounts of how Parisiennes resisted the Nazi occupation in World War II—from fashion houses to the city streets—comes a story of two courageous women who risked everything to fight an evil they couldn’t abide.

Paris, 1939. Maison Chanel has closed, thrusting haute couture dressmaker Lila de Laurent out of the world of high fashion as Nazi soldiers invade the streets and the City of Lights slips into darkness. Lila’s life is now a series of rations, brutal restrictions, and carefully controlled propaganda while Paris is cut off from the rest of the world. Yet in hidden corners of the city, the faithful pledge to resist. Lila is drawn to La Resistance and is soon using her skills as a dressmaker to infiltrate the Nazi elite. She takes their measurements and designs masterpieces, all while collecting secrets in the glamorous Hôtel Ritz—the heart of the Nazis’ Parisian headquartersBut when dashing René Touliard suddenly reenters her world, Lila finds her heart tangled between determination to help save his Jewish family and bolstering the fight for liberation.

Paris, 1943. Sandrine Paquet’s job is to catalog the priceless works of art bound for the Führer’s Berlin, masterpieces stolen from prominent Jewish families. But behind closed doors, she secretly forages for information from the underground resistance. Beneath her compliant façade lies a woman bent on uncovering the fate of her missing husband . . . but at what cost? As Hitler’s regime crumbles, Sandrine is drawn in deeper when she uncrates an exquisite blush Chanel gown concealing a cryptic message that may reveal the fate of a dressmaker who vanished from within the fashion elite.

Told across the span of the Nazi occupation, The Paris Dressmaker highlights the brave women who used everything in their power to resist darkness and restore light to their world.

My Thoughts

The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron is a historical, dual-time novel set in Paris in World War II. It follows two women as they struggle to find a way to live within the confines of German-occupied Paris and still maintain their morals and duty to their country.

This is the first novel I’d read from Kristy Cambron, although I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about her writing. And after reading The Paris Dressmaker, I am hooked! This story combined a dramatic historical backdrop with the struggles of everyday life for people who had to live through a horrific time. The acute details of the occupation of Paris and its effect on the people, especially the women, left behind to endure the German’s reign were both fascinating and terrifying. 

The author does an amazing job of using the dual timelines to create suspense and an overall sense of urgency and danger. It was difficult to talk myself out of the ‘one more chapter’ for this story. I needed to know what happened next to the characters!

And the characters in this story are all so vibrant, deep, and genuine–whether part of the Resistance or Axis Alliance. I felt the chill of having an SS officer look over your shoulder or the heart-pounding danger of walking through Paris after curfew. You will become completely immersed in this story, and you won’t want it to end.

My only complaint is it took me a few chapters to settle into the multiple timelines. This was mainly because I listened to the majority of this book, and it was difficult for me to understand where each scene was starting because it was in French. But once I was familiar with the characters and the timelines, this was no longer a problem. And I found I enjoyed listening to the amazingly beautiful voice of the narrator and her addicting accent.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Paris Dressmaker and will be adding Kristy Cambron to my list of must-read authors. Fans of Christian historical fiction will enjoy this story. Even if you aren’t a fan of dual-time stories, I believe the incredible historical detail and unforgettable characters make this book worth reading.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

A Dance in Donegal

I’ve been wanting to read this beautiful novel, A Dance in Donegal, since I had the opportunity to help with the cover reveal months ago. It is Jennifer Deibel’s debut novel, and I loved this story so much, I can’t wait to see what she creates next! If you are craving a trip across the ocean to the Emerald Isle after all this isolation and quarantine, then all you must do is open the pages of A Dance in Donegal. You will be transported to the Irish coast and the small village of Ballymann, with it’s colorful cast of characters.

Keep reading for more information about the book, a purchase link and my full review!

Thank you to Revell for my copy of this book.

About the Book

All of her life, Irish-American Moira Doherty has relished her mother’s descriptions of Ireland. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira decides to fulfill her mother’s wish that she become the teacher in Ballymann, her home village in Donegal, Ireland.

After an arduous voyage, Moira arrives to a new home and a new job in an ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira’s mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she’s journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends–and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced–as she seeks to navigate a life she’d never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live.

Jennifer Deibel’s debut novel delights the senses, bringing to life the sights, sounds, smells, and language of a lush country and a colorful people. Historical romance fans will embrace her with open arms.

Get your copy here.

My Thoughts

A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel is a fantastic debut novel! The story follows American Moira Doherty on a journey to her mother’s hometown of Ballymann in Donegal County, Ireland to be the village school teacher. But secrets from her mother’s past and town gossip make her question her reasons for staying in the small sea-side town.

The author brings the village of Ballymann to life with her vivid landscapes of the Emerald Isle. As I walked the hills of the lush countryside with Moira, I could almost smell the chilled, salty air from the sea and hear the churning of the ocean waves. It made me long to visit such a place myself. Oh, to see all the green!

This story held my heart from beginning to end. Moira is such a kind and gentle soul, I absolutely fell in love with her and wished we could be friends. It was difficult to watch her go through so much adversity, but it was a true inspiration to watch her faith mature and grow through it all. I can’t say enough about this sweet young lady!

The romance between Moira and Sean is slow, sweet, and oh-so-swoon-worthy. I loved their slow-blossoming relationship, and especially how Sean recognized and respected Moira’s faith.

The village of Ballymann is full of one colorful character after another. I loved getting to know each one of them, and I especially enjoyed getting to know some of the local customs. It was a treat to discover the finer details of Ireland and its people with Moira’s enthusiasm.

Overall, I enjoyed every page of this story, and I can’t wait to read more of what the author creates. Fans of Christian historical fiction will enjoy this story. I would definitely recommend putting it at the top of your TBR!

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own. 

I hope you enjoy this trip to Ireland as much as I did! Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

The Vanishing at Loxby Manor

Oh. My. Goodness! The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson was a phenomenal gothic mystery! I have enjoyed every book I’ve read from this author, and I think this story beats them all! This book will satisfy all your craving for a good story–mystery, gothic-appeal, and Regency romance. If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you should!

Keep reading to find out more about the story, snag a purchase link, and read my full review!

More About the Book:

A story of second chances and secrets, this mysterious Regency romance will transport you to 19th-century England as one young lady reunites with her childhood love to find his missing sister.

Her friend is missing.

After five years abroad, Charity Halliwell finally returns to Loxby Manor, the home of dear friends—and her lost love. No longer a young girl, she is now haunted by a painful secret and the demise of her dreams. Instead of the healing and happiness she hopes to find, she encounters a darkness lurking in the shadows of the once-familiar house. When her friend, Seline, disappears the very night of her arrival, Charity is determined to uncover the truth.

Her only hope is the man who broke her heart.

Branded a coward, Piers Cavanaugh has lived the last five years as an outcast far from his family home. When his sister presumably elopes with a stable hand, Piers joins forces with an unlikely partner—the one woman he thought he’d never see again. Together they launch an investigation that leads to strange nightly meetings in the ruins of an old abbey and disturbing whispers of a secret organization. The more they learn, the more desperate the situation becomes. 

The house seems determined to keep its secrets.

As they struggle to piece together the clues, Charity and Piers also endeavor to rebuild their friendship. One cryptic letter changed everything between them. To find happiness they will have to overcome the grief and shame keeping them apart. But first they must discover why Seline vanished and confront the growing fear that she may never return.

My Thoughts:

The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is another stellar gothic-inspired Regency by Abigail Wilson. This author has quickly surged onto my must-read list. Her books keep getting better and better!

The story tells of Charity Halliwell who, after a five-year absence, is seeking a safe-haven in the halls and fields she used to frequent in her youth–Loxby Manor. The manor is home to some of her dearest friends, and after suffering a traumatic experience while away, she longs for familiarity and simplicity. But Loxby Manor is in turmoil from the minute she arrives. The home and its occupants are shrouded in secrets, mystery, and life-threatening danger. Will Charity find the courage to seek the truth before it’s too late?

I devoured this book. I could not put it down! I loved the mystery–the eerie visits to the ruins of the abbey, the faceless statue, the history of the secret society. It was all perfectly crafted to create a heightened and frightening atmosphere from the first time we see the light outside Charity’s window. All the goosebumps!

I’m a lover of second chance romance, and Charity and Piers’s story did not disappoint. Pier’s gentle nature is a perfect complement to Charity’s broken heart. I adored them together. Somewhere between Piers calling Charity Captain Halliwell and Charity working up the courage to tell PIers about her time away–I fell in love with them both. Sigh. They are the kind of characters you miss when you turn the last page.

If you enjoy Regency romance, and if you also like to indulge in a good mystery to unravel, then The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is the perfect book for you. Fans of Michelle Griep and Sarah E. Ladd will want to try this story. 

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did!

Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

Faith’s Mountain Home & A Giveaway

About the Book

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Book:  Faith’s Mountain Home

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian historical romance

Nate Long has always watched over his identical twin brother, Aaron, even when it put him on the wrong side of the law. When Aaron is wounded in a shootout, the brothers are taken to Settler’s Fort to recover. As Nate works to make reparations for their past, he marvels at the nursing Aaron receives under the care of a woman with all the reason in the world to resent him.

Laura Hannon knows what it is to start over, and she knows Nate’s newfound faith is real. What she can’t look past is how far he allowed himself to be led astray by his brother’s weaknesses.

As a fledgling trust grows between Nate and Laura, they stumble upon a mysterious cave in the mountains that may not be as uninhabited as it seems.

As they work together for a common cause, will the new lives they seek for themselves include love, or is there too much that stands between them?

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts

Faith’s Mountain Home is the third book in the Hearts of Montana Series by Misty M. Beller. This novel follows Laura Hannon, who we met in the second book when she was kidnapped by a gang of criminals. Laura is trying to move on with her life after her traumatic ordeal and find purpose in her days. She longs to be useful to others, but she is not sure what God is calling her to do. To complicate matters, her job at the doctor’s office requires her to care for a member of the gang who kidnapped her and his brother, Nate, who visits daily. When Nate and Laura stumble upon an unexpected discovery, Laura finds her purpose–and budding feelings for Nate.

I have loved each book in this series, but I think Faith’s Mountain Home is my favorite of the three. There is something about watching two people in desperate need of healing in mind and spirit find each other. It was a sweet, slow-burn romance, but what induced all the sighs and warm fuzzies for me was the significance of Laura and Nate finding affection after all they had lived through. I admired Laura’s determination to forge ahead with her life and heal her own hurts by helping others. She is such a gentle creature, and I was rooting for her to find happiness from the very beginning.

Nate is such a hard-working man. Generous with his time and his possessions, he is always willing to help anyone in need. Trying his best to live a redeemed life, it’s encouraging to watch Nate’s young faith mature.

This story may not have had the epic journey that I’ve read in other books by Misty M. Beller. But I loved it just the same. I don’t want to give away the plot, but like all of Misty’s books, there’s plenty of beautiful mountain vistas, adventure, danger, and sweet romance. If you enjoy Christian historical fiction, especially stories set in the West, you will love Faith’s Mountain Home.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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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.

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 children 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.

More from Misty

Who doesn’t love a good cave?

Well, maybe not everyone, but I have to confess, I love exploring!

While there aren’t many caves near my South Carolina home, I’ve always loved the idea of finding an opening hidden in the rocks. Then venturing in and finding a huge cavern filled with stalactites and stalagmites and a host of other beauties I can’t pronounce!

And dark tunnels? As long as I have a light and a string to unravel as I go so I can get back out, I’m game!

Unfortunately, I’ve never found a large cave in real life that had never been explored, but in Faith’s Mountain Home, Nate and Laura found exactly that! Although…turns out, it had been discovered by someone already. I won’t give you (too many) spoilers, but let me just tell you there’s a precocious Native American girl involved, and a few other things not so delightful.

The good news is, you can enjoy the story without actually entering the pitch black cavern!

Last summer, I had the opportunity to tour a cave with many features like Nate and Laura discovered in their hidden cave. The Caverns of Sonora in Sonora, Texas was a fantastic experience! As you can imagine, it’s hard to get good pictures in solid darkness, but here are a few of the amazing formations still growing in those two miles of underground tunnels.

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 26

Artistic Nobody, January 26 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

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Betti Mace, January 28

Connect in Fiction, January 28

Texas Book-aholic, January 28

Lighthouse Academy Blog, January 29 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

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Through the Fire Blogs, January 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 31

Fiction Book Lover, January 31 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Inspiration Clothesline, January 31

Wishful Endings, February 1

Life of Literature, February 1

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 1

deb’s Book Review, February 2

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, February 2

Blossoms and Blessings, February 2

For Him and My Family, February 3

Splashes of Joy , February 3

Simple Harvest Reads, February 3 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Blessed & Bookish, February 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 4

To Everything There Is A Season, February 4

Older & Smarter?, February 5

Sara Jane Jacobs, February 5

Pause for Tales, February 5

For the Love of Literature, February 6

Tell Tale Book Reviews, February 6

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 6

Remembrancy, February 7

Inklings and notions, February 7

Hallie Reads, February 7

She Lives To Read, February 8

HookMeInABook, February 8

Genesis 5020, February 8

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize package of the entire Hearts of Montana series, plus a “Faith Moves Mountain” sign!! (See Here: https://etsy.me/2JjZAVV)

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/1062c/faith-s-mountain-home-celebration-tour-giveaway

Active Defense

I was blessed to attend the virtual ACFW conference this fall, and I sat in a class taught by the talented Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason. I loved the lecture so much I knew I had to rectify one problem–I had never read a Lynette Eason book. Boy, have I been missing out. Historical fiction/romance may be my main game, but I love suspense, too. And this book was an absolute thrill ride! I loved it!

More About the Book:

As a former field surgeon in Afghanistan, Heather Fontaine is used to life-or-death situations. She just didn’t expect them to follow her home. When she returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house–and threatened her friends–she assumes it is the stalker who has been following her and creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble has followed her even there.

Luckily, a stalker isn’t the only one watching Heather. Travis Walker has been secretly watching out for her for weeks. As owner of his own security agency, it’s what he does. Together, Travis and Heather must figure out who wants her dead–and why–before it’s too late.

Get your copy here.

My Thoughts:

Active Defense is the third book in the Danger Never Sleeps series by Lynette Eason. Heather Fontaine is a former-Army field surgeon who recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. She thinks the trouble and heartache from her deployment will stay in Afghanistan, but danger finds her again when she notices a stalker following her. Travis Walker, one of Heather’s friends and owner of a private security company, is concerned for Heather’s safety. But Heather is reluctant to let anyone help her and put themselves in danger. Will Travis convince Heather to let him get close enough to keep her safe? 

Active Defense was a thrilling ride! Full of danger, twists, turns, and explosives, this story was impossible to put down! The characters were well written, and I loved getting to know their individual stories in between all the action. I particularly loved the connection between Heather and Ryker. It was special to see two broken hearts help mend each other. I also loved how honest Heather and Travis were with each other–especially when Heather confessed about her past.

I will admit to being fooled by all the twists in the story. I thought I had it figured out, but the final switchback in the plot ruined my whole theory! That’s okay, though. I love when a good suspense novel can make me gasp in surprise!

I have not had the pleasure of reading the first two books in the series. (Although I want to do so now!) I do think it made some of the relationships of Heather and Travis’s friends a little fuzzy for me, but it did not take away from the overall story. I am looking forward to the next installment in the series!

Any fan of romantic suspense will love Heather and Travis’s story. If you are looking for a thrill-ride while staying at home, look no further, and check out the Danger Never Sleeps series.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

I hope you take a chance on Active Defense by Lynette Eason!

Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

Beauty Among the Ruins

Thank you for stopping by to check out this gorgeous book from author J’nell Ciesielski. Beauty Among Ruins is a phenomenal read and should be sitting at the top of your TBR! Keep reading if you are craving a visit to Scotland and want to learn more about the story.

Also, find my full review below. I listened to this book on audio, and I loved it! The accents brought such depth to the conversations and tone of each scene (including the stark contrast with Lily’s American accent). I hope you enjoy!

More About the Book

In Ciesielski’s latest sweeping romance, an American heiress finds herself in Scotland amid the fallout of the Great War, and a wounded Scottish laird comes face-to-face with his past and a woman he never could have expected.

American socialite Lily Durham is known for enjoying one moment to the next, with little regard for the consequences of her actions. But just as she is banished overseas to England as a “cure” for her frivolous ways, the Great War breaks out and wreaks havoc. She joins her cousin in nursing the wounded at a convalescent home deep in the wilds of Scotland at a crumbling castle where its laird is less than welcoming.

Alec MacGregor has given his entire life to preserving his home of Kinclavoch Castle, but mounting debts force him to sell off his family history bit by bit. Labeled a coward for not joining his countrymen in the trenches due to an old injury, he opens his home to the Tommies to make recompense while he keeps to the shadows. But his preference for the shadows is shattered when a new American nurse comes streaming into the castle on a burst of light.

Lily and Alec are thrown together when a series of mysterious events threatens to ruin the future of Kinclavoch. Can they put aside their differences to find the culprit before it’s too late, or will their greatest distraction be falling in love?

You can get your copy here.

My Thoughts

Beauty Among the Ruins by J’nell Ciesielski follows New York socialite, Lily Durham, on a journey across the ocean to her relatives in England. Her parents hope she gains a sense of direction and responsibility, but they never imagined how playing a role among war-torn men would change her forever. Alec MacGregor is giving all of himself to keep his family’s crumbling legacy–Kinclavoch castle and the abounding estate–from bankruptcy and ruin. But a bubbly American works her way under his skin and changes his perspective on almost everything, but especially himself.

The author has a special gift for painting a luscious landscape of the land surrounding Kinclavoch, to the point you can see the beautiful, rolling hills of the Scottish estate and wish to stroll beside the loch in the spring to see the wildflowers. The descriptions brought a vividness to the story and made you feel as if you were walking alongside the characters.

And those characters are wonderful. Lily may be flippant in her duties at Kinclavich castle at first, but she quickly comes to realize the value of what she is doing. I loved her optimistic attitude, and I am jealous of her ability to handle hostile situations with grace (and maybe a little venom).

Alec is a grumbly mystery, but it is impossible not to have respect for a man who tries so hard to provide for his family and his fellow countryman. He is part of the noble beauty of Kinclavoch, and it was both entertaining and heartwarming to watch Lily soften his heart little by little.

I listened to this book on audio, and I loved it! Hearing the Scottish brogue and Gaelic sayings made the story even more genuine.

Overall, I loved this story. The Scottish countryside. The witty quips from Lily. The brooding of Alec. This is a beautiful, historical romance that also has a twist or two of mystery. This is a novel you will devour but wish you didn’t have to reach the end! Any fan of historical fiction/romance will enjoy Beauty Among the Ruins.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane and A Giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I’m excited to finally share this new release here with you all! The Thief of Blackfriars Lane is Michelle Griep’s newest novel, and it’s 100% full of fun! Unique and memorable characters, a twisty mystery, and all sorts of good, old-fashioned adventure, this story is sure to please! Keep reading to learn more about the book and read a special note from the author.

And don’t forget the giveaway! Details are at the end of the post!

About the Book

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane

Book:  The Thief of Blackfriars Lane

Author: Michelle Griep

Genre: Christian historical

There’s Often a Fine Line Between a Criminal and a Saint

Constable Jackson Forge intends to make the world safer, or at least the streets of Victorian London. But that’s Kit Turner’s domain, a swindler who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashioned way—conning the rich to give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, Jackson is tasked with finding the man, and the only way to do that is by enlisting Kit’s help. If Jackson doesn’t find the cabby, he’ll be fired. If Kit doesn’t help Jackson, he’ll arrest her for thievery. Yet neither of them realize those are the least of their problems.

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My Thoughts

The Thief of Blackfriar’s Lane by Michelle Griep is an adventurous romp through the streets of 1885 London. From the smelly, grimy sewers to the opulent mansion of the Lord Mayor, following Kit and Jackson on their quest to find a missing cab driver is sure to entertain–with laughs, intrigue, danger, and romance.

I absolutely loved this story, and I felt like it kept getting better the more I read. I loved how Kit, with her intimate knowledge of the city, worked alongside fresh-from-country constable, Jackson. They may make an unlikely pair, but their search for the truth forces them together. And the results are plenty of witty barbs, electrifying scapes with death, and a blooming admiration for each other.

I loved Kit, her independent spirit, and her compassion for others. I laughed more than once at her enthusiasm at jumping headfirst into danger to find her friend. She is truly fearless, and it was entertaining to see the more logical Jackson get flustered at following her into one dire situation after another.

Jackson’s story of struggling to succeed was touching. So many can relate to not measuring up to the standards we set for ourselves. It warmed my heart to see how he dealt with his disappointments and the idea that even our failures are God’s way of shaping our paths in life. 

Overall, I enjoyed this action-filled, twisty-mystery of a story. There was never a dull moment with Kit and her schemes. I would recommend this novel to any fan of historical Christian fiction. It is a real treat!

I was given a copy of this book by the author with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Michelle Griep

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the Christy Award-winning author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at http://www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

More from Michelle

Zootopia in Victorian London

I admit it. I like kid’s movies. You know, the animated sort that entertain both young and old alike. One of my favorites is Zootopia, a rollicking adventure about a bunny whose dream it is to be a police officer and make the streets of the big city safe for all animals. In fact, I loved it so much that I thought why not set it in Victorian London?

So I did.

And that’s what The Thief of Blackfriars Lane is all about, but that meant I had to do a little digging into the history of police force of the late 1800’s. Here’s what I learned…

The Metropolitan Police (founded in 1829 by Robert Peel) was composed mostly of young men, many of whom were recruited from rural areas. Few were from London, the philosophy being that they would thus be free from local patronage and influence.

It is a bit of an anomaly that hero Jackson Forge and his friend, Officer Baggett, carry a sidearm. Some did, but most relied on truncheons. It was up to the officer. Revolvers were usually only supplied after the death of a police officer by an armed criminal, at the discretion of the Divisional Officer, or if a constable requested to use one during night duty. In 1884, after the deaths of several police officers, the Home Office ordered nearly a thousand revolvers from Webley & Scott to be issued to branches of the London police. . .which is where I got the idea of a shipment of guns for the villain to attempt to steal.

Police detectives were recruited from within the ranks of existing uniformed officers. There were actually women on the force at the time, employed as police matrons. But these were behind-the-scenes workers, tasked with guarding women and children. If my heroine, Kit, were to be out in public, serving as Jackson’s assistant, she’d have to keep her job secret. The first female police officer wasn’t seen on the streets until 1919.

And so, armed with that information, I wrote the adventures of not a police bunny and a con artist fox, but of Jackson Forge, a fresh-faced constable, and his thorn in the side, swindler Kit Turner. Snatch up your own copy and enjoy a visit to Victorian London!

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, January 23

Bigreadersite, January 23

Inklings and notions, January 23

Bizwings Blog, January 23

Remembrancy, January 24

Connect in Fiction, January 24

deb’s Book Review, January 24

Blogging With Carol, January 24

She Lives To Read, January 25

Blessed & Bookish, January 25

Genesis 5020, January 25

Where Faith and Books Meet, January 25

Library Lady’s kid Lit, January 26

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, January 26

All-of-a-kind Mom, January 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 27

Reflections From My Bookshelves, January 27

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, January 27

CarpeDiem, January 27

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 28

For the Love of Literature, January 28

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 28

Connie’s History Classroom, January 29

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 29

Rachael’s Inkwell, January 29

Life of Literature, January 29

Betti Mace, January 30

Older & Smarter?, January 30

Texas Book-aholic, January 30

HookMeInABook, January 30

For Him and My Family, January 31

Tell Tale Book Reviews, January 31

Mia Reads, January 31

Godly Book Reviews, January 31

Through the Fire Blogs, February 1

KarenSueHadley, February 1

The Book Chic Blog, February 1

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, February 1

Artistic Nobody, February 2 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Simple Harvest Reads, February 2 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Mamma Loves Books, February 2

Blossoms and Blessings, February 2

Splashes of Joy, February 3

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 3

Vicky Sluiter, February 3

Pause for Tales, February 3

The Write Escape, February 4

Wishful Endings, February 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 4

Hallie Reads, February 4

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, February 5

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, February 5

To Everything There Is A Season, February 5

Daysong Reflections, February 5

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Thief of Blackfriars Lane!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/1062a/the-thief-of-blackfriars-lane-celebration-tour-giveaway

Good luck with the giveaway, and happy reading!

–Kristina