Hope's Highest Mountain (Heirs of Montana, #1)
On her way to deliver vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory, Ingrid Chastain never anticipated a terrible accident would leave her alone and badly injured in the wilderness. When rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man, she's hesitant to trust him, but the journey ahead will change their lives more than they could have known.

Hope's Highest Mountain (Heirs of Montana, #1) Details

TitleHope's Highest Mountain (Heirs of Montana, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764233463
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Christian

Hope's Highest Mountain (Heirs of Montana, #1) Review

  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    "You're going to have to handle this one, too, Lord." But in truth, didn't God handle every step? Every breath. Every moment they lived.I've always been a fan of frontier stories starting with the Little House on the Prairie books I read as a child. This is my first, Misty Beller book and I have now found a new favorite author, wow!I loved so much about this book.The daughter of a traveling doctor is left an orphan in life after her father's accidental death.She traveled with him after her "You're going to have to handle this one, too, Lord." But in truth, didn't God handle every step? Every breath. Every moment they lived.I've always been a fan of frontier stories starting with the Little House on the Prairie books I read as a child. This is my first, Misty Beller book and I have now found a new favorite author, wow!I loved so much about this book.The daughter of a traveling doctor is left an orphan in life after her father's accidental death.She traveled with him after her mother's death and they were the world to each other.The tragedy that causes his death leaves her with a broken femur and unfortunately I can relate since my son broke his a week ago.Ingrid is one strong woman, her faith is so strong despite all she has going against her.Her mission is to get vaccines her father was set on delivering to a remote village that needs them so more deaths don't occur despite her painful injury.Now Micah he has a backstory,sadness and bitter because of the loss of his wife and child he stops practicing medicine since he couldn't save them.Micah is this handsome,work driven, outdoors mountain man but yet he's not afraid to let his tender side show around Ingrid.This perilous journey was literally life or death depending upon the choices they made and the mistakes they may have made. The elements and wilderness were against them, Who was for they you may say? When Micah's spirits lagged with worry and responsibility Ingrid was the one faithfully strong. She had her faith they would survive this dangerous journey.Micah's and Ingrid's romance was a slow burn and it didn't consume the story which I liked to see.There was a romance but the story wasn't bogged down with it.Micah's maturity in his faith walk was so encouraging. Ingrid's strong beliefs in her faith reawakens Micah's dormant faith and he starts he heal from his deep grief through Ingrid's ministrations.I really need to read the REST of this author's books right now!Published October 1st 2019 by Bethany House Publishers.I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    Whenever I pick up a book by this author I know I'm in for a harrowing wilderness adventure! I grew up camping and backpacking with my family so I savor the epic feeling of being in the mountains, the sense of majesty but also isolation. It helps that I'm not the one going through the trials the characters are though! In this story it seems like a matter of what else could go wrong, but having read several of her other books, there are many other dangers that they didn't face, so it didn't feel Whenever I pick up a book by this author I know I'm in for a harrowing wilderness adventure! I grew up camping and backpacking with my family so I savor the epic feeling of being in the mountains, the sense of majesty but also isolation. It helps that I'm not the one going through the trials the characters are though! In this story it seems like a matter of what else could go wrong, but having read several of her other books, there are many other dangers that they didn't face, so it didn't feel like overkill. A fine balance is struck between character development, historical details, inner conflict, external obstacles, sweet romance, and spiritual growth- all throughout the course of the book. The characters feel like real people that come to life and I imagine that they authentically represent the pioneers, explorers, and mountain men and women of the era. Grit, determination, and faith see Micah and Joanna through the heartbreak and grief they endure as they traverse the rugged land, sacrificing to bring relief to the settlers who are suffering.(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.comMuch like its untamed mountain setting, this story's plot possesses a grand majesty, an intersection of beauty, purpose, tragedy, and hope which is both inspiring and captivating. The strength of faith and peace of hope are woven into every fiber of Hope's Highest Mountain.In a journey from comfortable familiarity to the verge of complete disaster, Ingrid and Micah repeatedly face seemingly insurmountable odds from all sides including their own individual Full review on FaithfullyBookish.comMuch like its untamed mountain setting, this story's plot possesses a grand majesty, an intersection of beauty, purpose, tragedy, and hope which is both inspiring and captivating. The strength of faith and peace of hope are woven into every fiber of Hope's Highest Mountain.In a journey from comfortable familiarity to the verge of complete disaster, Ingrid and Micah repeatedly face seemingly insurmountable odds from all sides including their own individual battles that threaten to overwhelm them from within. The tangible ache of grief tugs at heartstrings and the soothing balm of hope is a warm glow that leaps from the pages of the story and settles into the spirit.I highly recommend this incredible reading experience to all fans of the wilderness and our journey to and through it. Beller's masterful storytelling reaches readers at a special level below the surface where intellect, emotion, and spirit collide in a grace-filled dance for the ages.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own. 
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  • Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Hope’s Highest Mountain is the first book I’ve read by Misty M. Beller and it did not disappoint!The story is instantly engaging and filled with beautiful imagery. It’s easy to get lost into the setting of the mountains. The characters were easy to attach to and root for. Micah’s determination to keep his little group safe, all the while struggling with his own guilt, was admirable. Ingrid’s sweet spirit and unwavering faith made her a very likeable female lead.The faith elements were very Hope’s Highest Mountain is the first book I’ve read by Misty M. Beller and it did not disappoint!The story is instantly engaging and filled with beautiful imagery. It’s easy to get lost into the setting of the mountains. The characters were easy to attach to and root for. Micah’s determination to keep his little group safe, all the while struggling with his own guilt, was admirable. Ingrid’s sweet spirit and unwavering faith made her a very likeable female lead.The faith elements were very strong, often weaving prayer into the story with ease.Hope’s Highest Mountain is filled with heartache, hope and perseverance. I enjoyed it very much! I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy historical Christian fiction and wilderness survival stories. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series, Love’s Mountain Quest, due out in June 2020.To learn more about author Misty M. Beller, visit www.mistymbeller.com !Hope’s Highest Mountain is available NOW – visit www.christianbook.com to purchase your copy!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed reading many other books written by this author, so I was very excited to read this latest novel, which begins a new series. Hope’s Highest Mountain did not disappoint!The novel was packed full of adventure and danger as the main characters made their way through the perilous Montana Territory. They battled injuries and sickness, as well as nature.I really liked the characters in Hope’s Highest Mountain. I was able to connect to all of them right from the start. They felt so real, I have enjoyed reading many other books written by this author, so I was very excited to read this latest novel, which begins a new series. Hope’s Highest Mountain did not disappoint!The novel was packed full of adventure and danger as the main characters made their way through the perilous Montana Territory. They battled injuries and sickness, as well as nature.I really liked the characters in Hope’s Highest Mountain. I was able to connect to all of them right from the start. They felt so real, and the struggles they faced were enormous, yet they bravely pushed through pain and trials in order to deliver much needed vaccines to a community in need.The author did a wonderful job of weaving in messages of God’s love and provision through the story, even as one of the characters questioned why God allowed certain events to occur. And I definitely adored the romance that blossomed between Ingrid and Micah. It was so natural and a very healing connection for both of them, as well.I loved this story from start to finish and eagerly look forward to the next book in the series.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Amanda Geaney
    January 1, 1970
    Last spring I read a book by Misty Beller and was impressed by the author's ability to make me feel connected to her characters, how she used man versus nature scenarios to create tension, as well as how her characters wrestled with their faith. This last point resonated with me because I feel like mainstream Christian fiction is becoming watered down (more subtle and/or secularized). All of the elements that initially drew me to this author are present in her new release, Hope's Highest Last spring I read a book by Misty Beller and was impressed by the author's ability to make me feel connected to her characters, how she used man versus nature scenarios to create tension, as well as how her characters wrestled with their faith. This last point resonated with me because I feel like mainstream Christian fiction is becoming watered down (more subtle and/or secularized). All of the elements that initially drew me to this author are present in her new release, Hope's Highest Mountain. I'm particularly pleased with how she stayed true to herself by continuing to write characters who trust in or learn to rely on God. This was a concern I had when I learned Ms. Beller, previously an indie author, had signed with a traditional publishing house. As for the characters in this story, both Ingrid Chastain and Micah Bradley possess a number of endearing qualities and I enjoyed how their affection for one another grew out of mutual admiration rather than mere physical attraction. Micah stood apart from Ingrid, Joanna, and Samuel chiefly due to his compelling backstory and marked growth. While I liked Ingrid, I feel the overall story would have been stronger if she had been presented with a few flaws of her own. The reason for the three-star (good) rating is simply because I feel like I have already read this story. It holds a number of similar elements to The Treacherous Journey— a grieving widower, harsh and seemingly insurmountable trek through the mountains, and a willful yet admirable female protagonist. A reader unfamiliar with Beller's earlier novel would likely rate this book more favorably.I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley. The views and opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255 Guidelines, concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.  
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Hope’s Highest Mountain is a romantic and adventurous historical Christian novel, about two people brought together by tragedy who face the worst of accidents and the elements to bring healing to a community. Touching moments and breath-taking scenery provide the perfect backdrop for this story.Ingrid Chastain knew God was calling her and her father to deliver vital smallpox vaccines to a struggling community in rugged Montana Territory. She just didn’t realise it would cost the ultimate Hope’s Highest Mountain is a romantic and adventurous historical Christian novel, about two people brought together by tragedy who face the worst of accidents and the elements to bring healing to a community. Touching moments and breath-taking scenery provide the perfect backdrop for this story.Ingrid Chastain knew God was calling her and her father to deliver vital smallpox vaccines to a struggling community in rugged Montana Territory. She just didn’t realise it would cost the ultimate sacrifice. When Micah Bradley discovers a wrecked wagon, with three dead and one badly injured woman, he knows he must do what he can to save her - even if it means drawing upon the doctoring skills he left behind him after the death of his wife and daughter. As Ingrid recovers under Micah’s dutiful care, she presses him to continue her purpose to deliver the vaccines - but the journey will test their faith, their health and their fledging relationship. Misty M. Beller has done a wonderful job of creating a beautiful story in Hope’s Highest Mountain. From the glorious scenery and rugged weather to the characters, who each speaks of a great love and strength. Micah is physically strong. He can wrestle carts up hills, survive the wilderness, carry Ingrid, fix her wounds and doggedly continue on. But his heart is hurting from the guilt and grief he carries from his wife and daughter’s deaths. Ingrid is spiritually strong. Despite the deaths of her beloved father and maid, despite the horrific injuries she has sustained and the pain, despite everything she has faced, she trusts God and sees that he has a plan for her even in such terrible conditions. But she is physically weak and injured and must rely on Micah to help her complete her journey. As Micah and Ingrid make their journey, they encounter two other characters, both who are hurting from grief and who need physical assistance. They join Micah and Ingrid and together the four continue their journey toward healing - both by bringing the vaccine and through finding God’s love and mercy.Hope’s Highest Mountain is a touching story and the start of what promises to be a wonderful series.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    January 1, 1970
    The human spirit and will to survive drive this story. When it seems as if there is no possible way for the characters to complete their task, a way is opened and hope is revived.Ingrid Chastain and her father are taking smallpox vaccinations to a frontier town. An accident happens leaving Ingrid alone and with a broken femur. Micah is lead to the scene and saves Ingrid and joins her on her journey to deliver the vaccinations.Both Ingrid and Micah deal with a tragic loss. They help each other to The human spirit and will to survive drive this story. When it seems as if there is no possible way for the characters to complete their task, a way is opened and hope is revived.Ingrid Chastain and her father are taking smallpox vaccinations to a frontier town. An accident happens leaving Ingrid alone and with a broken femur. Micah is lead to the scene and saves Ingrid and joins her on her journey to deliver the vaccinations.Both Ingrid and Micah deal with a tragic loss. They help each other to emotionally heal and move on to a new life. There are many times where they both could have given up. Ingrid gives Micah the courage to practice medicine again and her faith helps him see the hand of the Lord in his life.This book is well written and is realistic. I could imagine myself there with Ingrid and Micah facing the elements and the unforgiving mountain. This book captured the frontier times and the fight for survival. The romance was not rushed and I hoped the characters would find happiness together.This book contains Christian themes, harsh conditions, and mild kissing.Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Vera Godley
    January 1, 1970
    The mountains of the Montana Territory are terrifyingly described in Hope's Highest Mountain as man and woman struggle against impossible obstacles.Pioneering was never easy. Pioneering in the beautiful and treacherous mountains amidst storms of snow and ice enduring insufferable physical hardship is an unspeakably and unfathomably harsh ordeal.The female protagonist, Ingrid, was on a mission with her physician father and personal helpers to convey the new, life-saving vaccine against smallpox The mountains of the Montana Territory are terrifyingly described in Hope's Highest Mountain as man and woman struggle against impossible obstacles.Pioneering was never easy. Pioneering in the beautiful and treacherous mountains amidst storms of snow and ice enduring insufferable physical hardship is an unspeakably and unfathomably harsh ordeal.The female protagonist, Ingrid, was on a mission with her physician father and personal helpers to convey the new, life-saving vaccine against smallpox to frontier outposts especially one whose physician was an old-time friend of Ingrid's father.Tragedy intervened; but, as is the case when God is in control, there was a way out of the despairing situation when a strong mountain man came along and helped.The title is Hope's Highest Mountain and there is so much hope flowing from the pen of Misty Beller. Hope to be saved from danger. Hope to heal physically and emotionally. Hope to complete the mission of bringing a source of medical prevention to suffering. Hope of a future filled with love. And most importantly, hope in the faith one has in an all-powerful, saving, God of Eternity.A beautifully written story.DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    Hope’s Highest Mountain by Misty M. Beller is the first in the series Hearts of Montana. This is the first full length novel I have read by this author. I read a novella about a year ago. Ms. Beller puts the reader in the story with her realistic scenes of mountain wilderness and winter hardships. You can almost feel the cold seeping in. The quest to get a life-saving vaccine to a remote mountain mining town turns treacherous. A spiritually hurting former doctor, Micah Bradley, comes upon a Hope’s Highest Mountain by Misty M. Beller is the first in the series Hearts of Montana. This is the first full length novel I have read by this author. I read a novella about a year ago. Ms. Beller puts the reader in the story with her realistic scenes of mountain wilderness and winter hardships. You can almost feel the cold seeping in. The quest to get a life-saving vaccine to a remote mountain mining town turns treacherous. A spiritually hurting former doctor, Micah Bradley, comes upon a badly injured Ingrid Chastain. Together they forge ahead on their mission. Micah is struck by Ingrid’s strength and resilience. Ingrid tells him: “Relying on God fills me with an inner strength much greater than I could possess on my own.” Can she help heal the inner turmoil of this broken man? This story is wonderfully picturesque and full of God’s majestic beauty of the mountains. There is hope portrayed in the struggle to battle the elements and fulfill a promise. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "God has a plan in this . . . . We need only to make sure we follow His leading."Ingrid Chastain's plans were to accompany her father to Settler's Fort with life-saving vaccines, but when a tragic accident leaves her critically injured on the side of a Montana mountain, she suddenly has to rely on a reticent savior, a mountain man who introduces himself as none other then Dr. Micah Bradley. Micah Bradley has been battling hopelessness and despair since losing his young wife and daughter to the "God has a plan in this . . . . We need only to make sure we follow His leading."Ingrid Chastain's plans were to accompany her father to Settler's Fort with life-saving vaccines, but when a tragic accident leaves her critically injured on the side of a Montana mountain, she suddenly has to rely on a reticent savior, a mountain man who introduces himself as none other then Dr. Micah Bradley. Micah Bradley has been battling hopelessness and despair since losing his young wife and daughter to the ravages of small pox. Happening upon the wreckage of a supply wagon, he is able to rescue the lone survivor and transport her back to his rustic camp site.The lovely young woman has suffered much and is in no shape to travel, yet she insists that they continue across the snow-laden wilderness with the contents of a carefully wrapped crate. Their journey, and that of those they meet along the way, proves that eternal hope may be found on the highest mountains as well as the darkest valleys.Readers will feel as if their own feet are slipping along the icy trails in this dramatic story of survival against all odds, as Micah's faith is rediscovered and strengthened through the sweet example of the one whom he declares that, "God kept you alive for me." I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'I learned long ago trusting God to help never makes things better. It only makes me weaker.'Micah Bradley has lived alone in the Montana wilderness for 5 years now, ever since smallpox took his wife and daughter. He couldn't save them although he was a doctor. He comes across a wagon accident and finds all dead but one woman, who has a broken femur. He does all he can to save her, but when she asks him to transport the smallpox vaccines her doctor father was taking to a nearby fort, he balks. 'I learned long ago trusting God to help never makes things better. It only makes me weaker.'Micah Bradley has lived alone in the Montana wilderness for 5 years now, ever since smallpox took his wife and daughter. He couldn't save them although he was a doctor. He comes across a wagon accident and finds all dead but one woman, who has a broken femur. He does all he can to save her, but when she asks him to transport the smallpox vaccines her doctor father was taking to a nearby fort, he balks. How could God want him to do such a thing after the loss he's suffered from this disease? He's willing to take the woman to the fort a few weeks' journey away, but this favor she's asked? He is not willing to even think about it. Ingrid Chastain endures horrible pain after Micah sets her leg but can't seem to get him to see the importance of getting the vaccine to the fort, even if it will save many lives. Can she trust God to work on Micah's heart?Misty Beller begins this book in a powerful way. Her imagery is very strong and evocative to the reader. I was pulled in immediately and my attention never wavered at all during the book. These people endured much during this time of heartache and pain. Prominent in this book is the importance of surrender to God, even when it might mean great pain and even greater heartache. Her characterizations are vivid and her descriptions of the setting are wonderfully done. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Recommended.*My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a complimentary copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    January 1, 1970
    Misty Beller is a master at telling stories set in the great outdoors. There may not be any wild animals yet in this series, but there’s an avalanche, broken ice, broken bones, and illnesses to wreak havoc in the lives of these characters. There is never a dull moment in this exciting journey, and I couldn’t help but feel as if I was back in Montana with Ingrid and Micah. Beller writes in such a way that you not only see your surroundings, but you can feel them too. When Ingrid was injured and Misty Beller is a master at telling stories set in the great outdoors. There may not be any wild animals yet in this series, but there’s an avalanche, broken ice, broken bones, and illnesses to wreak havoc in the lives of these characters. There is never a dull moment in this exciting journey, and I couldn’t help but feel as if I was back in Montana with Ingrid and Micah. Beller writes in such a way that you not only see your surroundings, but you can feel them too. When Ingrid was injured and riding along the bumpy trail, I could feel those bumps. When they were trying to get across the icy stream, I could feel the coldness of the ice underneath me. And when there were some kissing scenes, well my heart went pitter patter!While I loved reading about Micah and Ingrid, I also enjoyed seeing the secondary characters in Joanna, Samuel and Handsome (the dog!). They didn’t really feel like secondary characters to me – they just felt like they had been there all along. I could see one trait through all the characters – strength. Micah was physically strong, Ingrid was strong in her faith, and Joanna was strong for her son. Having three different characters portray a similar trait in different ways is not something I see a lot of, but Beller did a beautiful job of displaying it.Perhaps the character with the most growth, and the one I think a lot of people can identify with is Micah. His past haunted him pretty deeply. The problem was instead of clinging to God during his time of trouble, he almost seemed to blame God. And haven’t we all done that at one time or another in our lives if we’re honest? Maybe we don’t blame God per-say, but we question what God is doing in a particular situation. Beller’s ability to address this naturally, and poetically though Ingrid’s faith and testimony spoke straight to my heart. And that’s what I want from a lot of my Christian Fiction reads – a story that will inspire and encourage.Once again Beller has brought readers a story that is dangerous, exciting, and full of emotion. Setting the tone for this new fantastic series, I can’t even imagine what is going to come next. I hope it’s a Joanna story!! I highly encourage you to read Hope’s Highest Mountain now so you’ll be ready for the next release!I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Lilian
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book! I started it last night and finished it today and I wasn’t able to put it down except for when I had to go tend to work and school, haha! Definitely a solid read.I guess I’ll start off with the cover. Big kudos to Bethany House’s cover designer for this cover because this is the kind of cover I’d dream of creating. It’s by far one of the prettiest covers I’ve ever seen because of how realistic it is to the plot of the book, but it’s got this dreamy vibe to it that is I really loved this book! I started it last night and finished it today and I wasn’t able to put it down except for when I had to go tend to work and school, haha! Definitely a solid read.I guess I’ll start off with the cover. Big kudos to Bethany House’s cover designer for this cover because this is the kind of cover I’d dream of creating. It’s by far one of the prettiest covers I’ve ever seen because of how realistic it is to the plot of the book, but it’s got this dreamy vibe to it that is absolutely perfect! I also love the side cover and the back.I’ve never read one of Beller’s books, but what stuck out to me in Hope’s Highest Mountain are the characters’ beautiful names as well as the gorgeous fluid writing. The writing was so smooth and worked so well for this book. It really complemented the slow but still action-filled plot as well as the dialogue. I couldn’t get enough of Joanna and Samuel’s sweet bond with each other, and it really broke my heart when one of the characters got sick.Hope’s Highest Mountain is the perfect recipe for a book when one’s craving for a historical fiction with elements of wilderness survival. 5 stars.FTC Disclosure: I received a complementary copy from the publisher. All thoughts are my own and an honest review was not required.
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  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    January 1, 1970
    HOPE'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN is a story of hardship and adversity among the mountains in Montana during winter as a group of characters travel to deliver vaccines to a small, rural town. As these characters face challenging circumstances, grief and pain, they also find hope, friendship and love, as well as faith in God to see them through. Recommended to Christian historical romance readers!This story started intensely from the beginning when catastrophe strikes, then mellows as the characters get to HOPE'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN is a story of hardship and adversity among the mountains in Montana during winter as a group of characters travel to deliver vaccines to a small, rural town. As these characters face challenging circumstances, grief and pain, they also find hope, friendship and love, as well as faith in God to see them through. Recommended to Christian historical romance readers!This story started intensely from the beginning when catastrophe strikes, then mellows as the characters get to know each other and as they work through survival. I loved the characters from the start, especially as they worked together to form a strong team. The darling boy and puppy also added some tenderness and fun in contrast to the rugged mountain man and elements. The story had plenty of other climatic moments as these characters traveled and braced themselves against the harsh winter. The romance was sweet and believable. The faith element was strong, but also woven through the story well.In the end, was it what I wished for? This is an engaging story full of faith, hope and friendship, leading to a sweet romance. Definitely worth the read!Content: CleanSource: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed reading a few of Misty Beller’s earlier books and I was super excited to be able to read this latest addition to her writing collection. I was not disappointed in the least! This story delivered all the drama and beautiful word imagery that I have grown to love from this author. I especially appreciate how she seamlessly weaves the gospel truth and a deep love of God into the characters in such an organic, natural way.Vivid and realistic these characters fairly leaped off the I have enjoyed reading a few of Misty Beller’s earlier books and I was super excited to be able to read this latest addition to her writing collection. I was not disappointed in the least! This story delivered all the drama and beautiful word imagery that I have grown to love from this author. I especially appreciate how she seamlessly weaves the gospel truth and a deep love of God into the characters in such an organic, natural way.Vivid and realistic these characters fairly leaped off the page and into the room with me. While I’ve never broken a bone, I could easily empathize with Ingrid. Not only the loss of her mobility but the crushing loss of her father, her only parent, and her favorite companion. Thrust into a cold, unknown world, on a mission of mercy. Ingrid’s strength of character, her deep faith, and trust in God was a beautiful thing to behold. Micah too has had more than his fair share of heartbreak, he didn’t have a strong faith to fall back on, but he’s learning from Ingrid what it looks like to have strong faith. Even the delightful secondary characters bring charm and faith to this story.Everything in this story blends so well. From start to finish this story is a delight to read! if you enjoy stories set on the western frontier in the 1800s, then I would encourage you to pick up a copy of this book to enjoy!(I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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  • Ebos Aifuobhokhan
    January 1, 1970
    Micah after the great loss that befell him lost faith in God and became so self-reliant.But even in his pain and self imposed exile, God was leading him to help people. God directed his footsteps to be able to help people in direst need of medical attention. Even when we can’t see it God is directing our footsteps.People have gone hurt under his care before and he felt every time he let his guard down someone got hurt, that made him to always what to be there for those under his charge even when Micah after the great loss that befell him lost faith in God and became so self-reliant.But even in his pain and self imposed exile, God was leading him to help people. God directed his footsteps to be able to help people in direst need of medical attention. Even when we can’t see it God is directing our footsteps.People have gone hurt under his care before and he felt every time he let his guard down someone got hurt, that made him to always what to be there for those under his charge even when he couldn’t help. Until he met Ingrid in the snow filled mountains who taught him to rely on God by her lifestyle and words of encouragement. She taught him that turning control over to God would give him peace.Ingrid had lost all she had but not her faith in God. The most endearing virtue she had was her faith in God even in the worst of situations threatening her health. Her inner strength to be able to overcome pain, grief and bitterness came from reliance on God and prayers.I felt sorry about what happened to Joanna and her son but their paths crossed with Ingrid and Micah and it was just divine Providence at work.Together the four of them traversed the harshest of physical conditions which refined their faith and threw them into absolute reliance on God.One of the greatest lessons I got from this book is the fact that when we come to God and rely on him He always brings out beauty out of every bad situation no matter how much we’ve messed up. In Him beauty always comes out of ashes.“Relying on God fills us with inner strength greater than we could posses on our own” My favourite quote.I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed here are mine.ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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  • Hallie Szott
    January 1, 1970
    3.5In her first Hearts of Montana novel, Hope’s Highest Mountain, Misty M. Beller takes readers into the Montana wilderness for a delightful adventure and romance.Ingrid Chastain is traveling with her father to deliver smallpox vaccines when a terrible accident forever alters her future. Injured and alone, she needs the help that only mountain man Dr. Micah Bradley can offer. As she recuperates—and he confronts the past he hoped to leave behind—the vaccine-delivery mission calls for attention 3.5In her first Hearts of Montana novel, Hope’s Highest Mountain, Misty M. Beller takes readers into the Montana wilderness for a delightful adventure and romance.Ingrid Chastain is traveling with her father to deliver smallpox vaccines when a terrible accident forever alters her future. Injured and alone, she needs the help that only mountain man Dr. Micah Bradley can offer. As she recuperates—and he confronts the past he hoped to leave behind—the vaccine-delivery mission calls for attention and takes them on a journey of danger, faith, and hope.As the story of Hope’s Highest Mountain unfolds, it proves to be an interesting one. With their survival at stake, both Ingrid and Micah must takes steps with strength and wisdom. Though at times, the haunting refrain of Micah’s past becomes repetitive, like a broken record, I enjoyed joining their life-saving trek across the frontier and look forward to reading more of the series soon.This review is also posted on Hallie Reads.I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Lila Diller
    January 1, 1970
    The adventure almost never stops! In fact, I think I wished for a few more breathing points between all the terrible things that kept happening. I did love the romance and the tortured hero. I didn't particularly care about the secondary characters much besides Samuel, because they were all one-dimensional. Though I normally like shorter books and novellas, this is one that I think might have been more effective strung out just a little bit more. But a great read altogether!Favorite quotes:“ The adventure almost never stops! In fact, I think I wished for a few more breathing points between all the terrible things that kept happening. I did love the romance and the tortured hero. I didn't particularly care about the secondary characters much besides Samuel, because they were all one-dimensional. Though I normally like shorter books and novellas, this is one that I think might have been more effective strung out just a little bit more. But a great read altogether!Favorite quotes:“Relying on God fills me with an inner strength much greater than I could possess on my own.” (p.175)“Over these past days, he'd come to grips with the fact that her inner strength came from her faith. But could it actually come from God himself, not just the strength of her beliefs? In response to her prayers? If only he could see that play out with his own eyes. Maybe the idea would be easier to believe in.”
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This was a lovely introduction to Misty’s books. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance. Micah and Ingrid were likable characters and the others we met along the way were great additions to the book. The storyline was an interesting and it moved well. It’s a quick easy read. Honestly based on the characters, there would be an easy next book, and it’s one I would enjoy as well. I will definitely be reading more of Misty’s books in the future! I received this book from the publisher and was This was a lovely introduction to Misty’s books. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance. Micah and Ingrid were likable characters and the others we met along the way were great additions to the book. The storyline was an interesting and it moved well. It’s a quick easy read. Honestly based on the characters, there would be an easy next book, and it’s one I would enjoy as well. I will definitely be reading more of Misty’s books in the future! I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Kaitlyn Krispense
    January 1, 1970
    After waffling between 3 and 4 stars...I finally settled on 3. RTC.
  • Becca-Rae Weidel
    January 1, 1970
    Oh wow, where to start?? I don't know if I have the words to do this novel justice. This was not my first read by Misty Beller, and it most certainly will not be my last. I'm already impatiently waiting for the next one now!This novel was a perfect blend of historical fiction mixed with wilderness survival. With a cast of wonderful characters and a setting that seemed to throw every imaginable hurtle their way, the result is an adventure you won't soon forget. The heart and urgency of their Oh wow, where to start?? I don't know if I have the words to do this novel justice. This was not my first read by Misty Beller, and it most certainly will not be my last. I'm already impatiently waiting for the next one now!This novel was a perfect blend of historical fiction mixed with wilderness survival. With a cast of wonderful characters and a setting that seemed to throw every imaginable hurtle their way, the result is an adventure you won't soon forget. The heart and urgency of their mission was palpable and the danger was always lurking.The romance was craftily written into the storyline through the moments that held the readers' hearts the most. It flowed out of mutual, genuine concern for each other's well-being instead of shallow romantic fluff. I appreciated that while it was pretty evident that there was always "chemistry" between them, it wasn't until they got to know one another and experienced each other's character that the real feelings of love started to bud. This was an easy romance for me to swoon over.I appreciated reading a story that was so richly seeped in selfless ambition. Even as they wrestled with very real and heartbreaking emotions, they were still able to see past themselves to consider one other. I adored how Joanna and Samuel joining the ranks only seemed to sweeten the endearment. It was heartwarming to see a story so heavily steeped in people pushing themselves to the limits in an attempt to save the lives of others they don't even know.There is so much more that I could say about this story but I don't want to give anything away. I absolutely devoured it and can't wait to see where the author goes next in the series. You can believe that as soon as it's announced I'll be adding it to my TBR pile. HIGHLY recommend!!*I received a copy of this book through CelebrateLit. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Misty Beller once again delivers a fine story. I just love her writings because she paints a beautiful picture of the mountains or wherever she decides to tell a story. She's one of my very favorite authors. I give this story 5 stars! Misty has always kept my attention from the beginning of her books she does that good of a job! The cover of this book is just gorgeous. I had been waiting for this for awhile now and it didn't disappoint. I enjoyed this story because I like seeing how much Misty Beller once again delivers a fine story. I just love her writings because she paints a beautiful picture of the mountains or wherever she decides to tell a story. She's one of my very favorite authors. I give this story 5 stars! Misty has always kept my attention from the beginning of her books she does that good of a job! The cover of this book is just gorgeous. I had been waiting for this for awhile now and it didn't disappoint. I enjoyed this story because I like seeing how much medicine has changed since then and I"m sure quite a lot!I I also love the messages that she slips in and wants to reminds us that We are each and every one of us is in His hands. Ever hear that song He's got the Whole World in His Hands? Well, He certainly does!! God does not leave us nor does he forsake us. Also too, he never puts on our shoulder more than we can carry. I like to think that Ingrid and Dr. Bradley learns this as they work together in Settler's Fort when the Smallpox breaks out. I can't imagine having that disease. I hear it leaves your skin poxed pretty bad. I'm not sure if this disease still runs around today or not. I'm like other reviewers" what happens to Samuel and Joanna? Misty please don't keep us hanging in the air!! You won't want to miss this beautiful story! She'll capture your imagination from the beginning until the end!! You'll be wanting more!! My thanks to Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Terri
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a heart stopping story of a young woman, Ingrid Chastain, that traveled a long distance with her father and caregiver to deliver vital vaccines for smallpox in the Montana territory. Ingrid was raised by her father and when a college reached out to the good doctor he decided to travel from their home in Boston to Montana to deliver and assist in the administering of the much needed vaccine. Little did Ingrid know when their journey began that her whole world would change. The trip This book is a heart stopping story of a young woman, Ingrid Chastain, that traveled a long distance with her father and caregiver to deliver vital vaccines for smallpox in the Montana territory. Ingrid was raised by her father and when a college reached out to the good doctor he decided to travel from their home in Boston to Montana to deliver and assist in the administering of the much needed vaccine. Little did Ingrid know when their journey began that her whole world would change. The trip was difficult to say the least but one she put her trust in God to see them through. When Micah Bradley lost his family to smallpox he gave up his practice as a doctor and moved to the Rocky Mountains of the Montana territory to get away from everyone and suffer in his pain alone. When he heard a noise and investigated where that noise came from his world would change as well. Finding Ingrid on the side of a mountain with lots of injuries he was forced to go back to doctor mode. Could he save this woman? And better yet could she save him?Ingrid and Micah face so many trials along their way and with Ingrid's faith Micah finally sees he must trust in the Lord to see them through. I was on edge several times reading this book. There are so many times I didn't think they would survive and I wanted to skip ahead to see the outcome but held fast and read page by wonderful page and made this journey with them. I love this author, she always takes us on a journey back in time to feel what the characters would have felt and to paint a picture with her words that gives us a clear picture of the majestic beauty but also the dangers the characters saw and faced to live during this time. I could feel their pain and rejoiced in their victories. I watched as their love for one another grew and was rooting for their happily ever after. This book is so well written and shows us to put our trust in the Lord no matter how large or small our problem is. Very well written and so worth the read.I received an early copy from Netgalley to read and review with my honest opinion. I loved this book and I highly recommend it. 5 stars for me.
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  • Janet Ferguson
    January 1, 1970
    Another great novel by Misty Beller!
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This is the perfect book to curl up with on a chilly autumn night. The cover alone drew me in, and it being the first installation in the new Hearts of Montana series sealed the deal. Misty Beller’s work has been on my to-read list for a while now, and with “Hope’s Highest Mountain”, she just catapulted to the top of my list of must-read authors. With a plethora of Christian historical fiction set during the nineteenth century, it can be difficult to find a unique niche, but this book This is the perfect book to curl up with on a chilly autumn night. The cover alone drew me in, and it being the first installation in the new Hearts of Montana series sealed the deal. Misty Beller’s work has been on my to-read list for a while now, and with “Hope’s Highest Mountain”, she just catapulted to the top of my list of must-read authors. With a plethora of Christian historical fiction set during the nineteenth century, it can be difficult to find a unique niche, but this book accomplishes it beautifully. Setting the story in the Montana mountains in late 1866 opens a fascinating world that I have not encountered before. Add to this the fact that a major part of the plot revolves around medicine and a treacherous journey through the mountains, and this is a novel that you won’t be able to put down!There are so many ways in which Christian fiction can enhance our understanding of Biblical truths and how to apply them to our own lives, and “Hope’s Highest Mountain” is a splendid example of this. The best stories are those that can transcend their own settings to reach and connect with readers. Although this novel may take place 150 years ago, the struggles of the human heart haven’t changed. Ingrid Chastain, traveling with her father to deliver life-saving vaccines to a small town in the desolate Montana Territory, and Micah Bradley, a former doctor who now lives on his own in the wilderness, both have their share of heartache. However, their approaches are different and boil down to seeing things through the eyes of faith versus through the eyes of fear. As the narrative progresses, it is enlightening to witness their interactions and their methodologies, and it makes the reader reflect on their own attitude toward life.Action-packed without being melodramatic, “Hope’s Highest Mountain” is a quick read, but one full of encouragement. Each character brings their own gifts and talents to the table, discovering truths about God and about themselves in the process. I particularly loved how the author shows that even those who are bedbound or very young have a divinely-given purpose to fulfill. Romans 8:28 remained at the forefront of my mind throughout the story, as even tragic and seemingly senseless situations serve as stepping stones to something good. I found the inclusion of a travois interesting and enjoyed the ingenuity of the characters in coming up with solutions to problems. I also appreciated that Beller did not fall back on a deus-ex-machina but instead created realistic resolutions and outcomes, and often unexpected ones, at that. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in survival tales, Christian historical fiction, historical romance, mountain tales, and stories full of faith and hope. I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Iola
    January 1, 1970
    It’s 1866, and Ingrid Chastain has accompanied her father to Montana Territory to deliver a case of smallpox vaccine to an old colleague, a doctor in a tiny town facing an outbreak. But they are about to become victims of a treacherous road they shouldn’t be travelling in October …Micah Bradley gave up being a doctor after his wife and daughter died in a smallpox outbreak five years ago. Now he’s satisfied with his life as a trapper, keeping away from people and relationships. That is, until he It’s 1866, and Ingrid Chastain has accompanied her father to Montana Territory to deliver a case of smallpox vaccine to an old colleague, a doctor in a tiny town facing an outbreak. But they are about to become victims of a treacherous road they shouldn’t be travelling in October …Micah Bradley gave up being a doctor after his wife and daughter died in a smallpox outbreak five years ago. Now he’s satisfied with his life as a trapper, keeping away from people and relationships. That is, until he finds the unconscious Ingrid, and knows he can’t leave her to the elements.So begins what could be a run-of-the-mill Western romance. It’s anything but. Despite her privileged upbringing in the best part of Boston, Ingrid is a strong and intelligent woman with a deep compassion for the sick and hurting—including the people suffering from smallpox in rural Montana. She doesn’t whine or complain even when anyone else would. She has a strong faith in God, knowing Him as her protector. She believes and trusts that despite the death of her father, God is leading her to His best plan for her.We could learn a lot from Ingrid’s strength and faith. Micah gave up on God after the death of his family, and can’t understand Ingrid’s stubborn faith. But Micah is stubborn in his own way, especially his determination to save the life of a complete stranger without complaining the personal cost. He even agrees to help Ingrid deliver the vaccines, even though it’s a journey that will take weeks in the winter snow.Hope’s Highest Mountain is Christian Western romance at its finest. Rugged men and brave women learning to depend on God to get them through life’s battles, using strong writing to show an even stronger God. Recommended.Thanks to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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  • Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
    January 1, 1970
    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOKIngrid Chastain loved helping her father take care of his patients, so when he was ask to bring small pox vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory, she went along with him. But she never realized the harshness of the trip ahead of them. After a horrific accident leaving her alone to die, Ingrid was found byMicah Bradley, who lives in these dangerous mountains.After reading Arthur Misty Beller’s last series, I was excited to read book one in her “Hearts of MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK Ingrid Chastain loved helping her father take care of his patients, so when he was ask to bring small pox vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory, she went along with him. But she never realized the harshness of the trip ahead of them. After a horrific accident leaving her alone to die, Ingrid was found by Micah Bradley, who lives in these dangerous mountains.After reading Arthur Misty Beller’s last series, I was excited to read book one in her “Hearts of Montana” series. And Hope’s Highest Mountain has all of the wonderful characteristics of Ms. Beller’s writing. From the first page, I was pulled into this story from every side. When Micah found Ingrid, his doctoring skills were put to the test, and all through the story my heart went out to him because of the sadness of his past. And as usual, Misty Beller takes readers through so many twists and turns in this story, and just when you think nothing else can possibly happen to these two characters, she throws something else at them that seems impossible to deal with. My heart was in shambles several times as I read this book, and I really was afraid for all of the characters involved. And I love the ending. Someway, Ms. Beller weaves it all together and creates an ending I wasn’t  expecting.If you enjoy stories set in the historical Montana Mountains, this is am awesome one for you to read. And you will love the beautiful cover of this book as well. And I can’t  leave out the way this author weaves the Christian life into the characters everyday lives. This is a book you sure don’t want to miss.A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. 
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    It’s another fantastic Misty Beller journey through the Montana Territory in 1866. With her skillful blending of all the senses through her written words, the author paints a beautifully haunting landscape of the untamed west and provides a plot filled with unseen dangers on a wintery mountain and complex, relatable characters who will draw you deep into their past, fears, and hopes. If you enjoy historical fiction/romance, you will definitely enjoy this book. I can’t wait for the next It’s another fantastic Misty Beller journey through the Montana Territory in 1866. With her skillful blending of all the senses through her written words, the author paints a beautifully haunting landscape of the untamed west and provides a plot filled with unseen dangers on a wintery mountain and complex, relatable characters who will draw you deep into their past, fears, and hopes. If you enjoy historical fiction/romance, you will definitely enjoy this book. I can’t wait for the next installment in this Hearts of Montana series. Ingrid is the daughter of a physician researcher who is traveling with her father to deliver small pox vaccines to a remote fort when tragedy hits her hard. Her sweet determination, loyal and tender heart, and unshakable faith draw the reclusive and guilt-ridden Micah our of his shell to help her in completing her quest. Micah is laden down with past failures and his journey to receiving God’s grace and mercy is raw, heart-breaking, and quite tangible. I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishing via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Misty is a new to me author so I was excited to read this book! This story starts out with a bang and pretty much carries that edge of your seat feeling throughout the book. I was totally invested in the characters and I really liked how strong and faithful Ingrid was for the entire book. Basically the story consists of Ingrid and Micah surviving in the wilderness. I highly recommend having a blanket and being in a warm place because this book will make you feel like you are freezing on the Misty is a new to me author so I was excited to read this book! This story starts out with a bang and pretty much carries that edge of your seat feeling throughout the book. I was totally invested in the characters and I really liked how strong and faithful Ingrid was for the entire book. Basically the story consists of Ingrid and Micah surviving in the wilderness. I highly recommend having a blanket and being in a warm place because this book will make you feel like you are freezing on the side of a mountain. I think the author did a fantastic job writing this story to make it a bit suspenseful and keep the reader engaged. There is a strong element of faith that I thought really added to the pages and I think the romance was well written. It wasn't over the top or unrealistic in my opinion. I am excited to discover this author and if you enjoy historical romance I highly recommend this book! I can't wait to read what she writes next! Five Stars. "I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."
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