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Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Leah Townsend, a recently orphaned heiress, flees Richmond after discovering her fiancĂ©’s plot to kill her after their wedding. She needs a safe place to hide, and finds herself accepting a newspaper marriage proposal 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 thought 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?

Genre: Christian historical romance
Title: The Lady and the Mountain Man
Author Name: Misty M. Beller
Series Info: (The Mountain Series, Book 1)

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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. 

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This has been a wonderful look at the life in the days when mail order brides were a common thing. I would expect our leading lady not to entertain the thought  of becoming a  mail order bride. Well things do change and our lovely Leah has found herself in a bit of a pickle. She is not happy with the choice her father made as to who her husband was to be. Since he has passed, Leah's life is in danger. Greed shows its ugly head in the image of Simone Talbert. I didn't like him at all. He was money hungry and Leah was his ticket to wealth. 

Leah leaves as soon as she can when by chance she overhears a conversation that threatens her life. I loved her spunk and adventure as she travels as far as she can away from the mean spirited Simon. I loved how she became this woman who would do whatever it took to survive on her own. Meeting Gideon may change her life but he isn't real excited to see her. Remember the mention of mail order bride earlier, well Leah was all set to do that but the groom past away. Gideon is not very talkative and is ready to find passage for Leah back to wherever she calls home. I wonder if Gideon will start to become attractive to Leah? 

God is in the midst of this story as Leah finds herself wanting to find a place to belong. She knows God has a plan for her and she has to trust His direction. The story is clean and  easy to read and filled with adventure. It spotlights a woman who reads her Bible faithfully to make sure she is not being lead astray. I loved how two strangers find a way to co exist and learn to trust each other. The author is consistent in her writing and always brings readers stories of encouragement and strong  faith filled characters.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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