Friday, October 12, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: This Courageous Journey by Misty Beller

About the Book

Book Title: This Courageous Journey  
Author: Misty Beller  
Genre: Christian Historical Romance  
Release date: October 9, 2018

As the fifth daughter in a family of nine children, Noelle Grant has spent her life working to be unique. Her love of stories helps define her goal—to be known around the country as one of the top news correspondents of her time. And what better way to uncover sensational stories than to travel through the mountain wilderness to visit the brother she hasn’t seen in years? The trip comes together perfectly as she plans to journey with family friends who will be settling in the same area. Her first inkling that things may not be as perfect as planned comes in the form of the mountain man they hire as their guide for the final leg of the journey. 

When Daniel Abrams agrees to guide the small group of easterners along his usual journey northward to the Canadian mountains, his gut tells him he’s making the wrong decision. But if he doesn’t take them, who will? The man in charge refuses to consider turning back. As they start out, Daniel can’t help but notice the woman traveling under the care of her friends. Though she appears too genteel to last long in these mountains, she soon reveals a strength that draws him more than he should allow. 

As the dangers of this wilderness become more than the group bargained for, Noelle is faced with the choice to delay her journey northward or proceed alone with the man she’s come to trust against all reason. She never imagines her decision will place her—and the man she loves—in a situation more hazardous than any story her imagination could conjure.

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My Thoughts

This Courageous Journey is the second of Misty Beller’s books that I’ve read, and I’m already a huge fan of this author’s unique ability to blend character, setting and plot in such a moving way. This title is so fitting, as Beller’s story entertains while giving insight into a people of courage and a world of grandeur in centuries past.

The Canadian Rockies literally becomes a major character and I was completely enveloped in this world of beauty and danger, experiencing the elements of rain storms, blizzards, wild animals – even a lightning strike and illness – along with Daniel and Noelle. At the same time, I stood in awe at the majesty and beauty of God’s creation that Beller so vividly conveyed.

Daniel and Noelle are strong, appealing characters that I was instantly drawn to. Daniel serves as Noelle’s guide on her trek to reach her brother’s home, and she hopes to unearth some fascinating stories along the way, “stories that would propel her to journalistic renown.” Seeking to be known and respected, Noelle determines that marriage is not for her – and whenever a character thinks that way, you know the opposite is going to happen. Daniel stands a little aloof at the beginning, and the growing relationship between these two – from respect to friendship and deep caring – is pure delight. Their chemistry is palpable and there’s a kissing scene or two that will leave readers weak at the knees, especially when he tells Noelle, “You undo me, woman.”

I loved how faith is woven throughout this story, and Daniel’s own courageous journey to faith in God is one of my favorite parts. Noelle also learns the life lesson that God’s purposes and plans are greater than anything we could ever imagine.

This Courageous Journey is sheer delight and I look forward to much more from Misty Beller.

Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

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

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

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

Guest Post from Misty

Ever Been Struck by Lightning?

One of the fun things about being a writer is the crazy topics I get to research. Without giving away too much of the story, part of my research for This Courageous Journey included uncovering what happens when lightning strikes a person. It turns out anything can happen! 

Surprisingly, about nine out of ten people struck by lightning live to tell their story. Each person’s experience seems to be different—some are knocked unconscious, while others are horribly aware of everything happening. One person who was struck said it seemed as if time slowed to a crawl and a white haze surrounded him like a bubble, as excruciating pain shot through him. 

People usually try to determine the path the lightning traveled through them, based on where burn marks appear on both skin and clothing, but sometimes that can be difficult if jewelry or coins were touching the body. Survivors might suffer a variety of short- and long-term effects, including—but not limited to—cardiac arrest, confusion, seizures, dizziness, muscle aches, deafness, headaches, memory deficits, distractibility, personality changes, and chronic pain, among others. That may sound like an awful list, but it does beat the alternative! 

As I considered the possible effects of a lightning strike when I was writing This Courageous Journey, I was reminded once again how magnificent God’s creation is. Both the incredible power contained in one streak of lightning, and the beautiful inner workings of the bodies He created for us. As the Psalmist said, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made!”


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

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

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, October 11
The Power of Words, October 12
Multifarious, October 12
Maureen’s Musings, October 12
Splashes of Joy, October 14
Artistic Nobody, October 14 (Spotlight)
Joy of Reading, October 15
Mary Hake, October 15
Livin Lit, October 16
KarenSueHadley, October 17
Remembrancy, October 18
Carpe Diem, October 18
Pause for Tales, October 19
Bigreadersite, October 19
Bibliophile Reviews, October 20

Wishful Endings, October 22
Simple Harvest Reads, October 22 (Guest post Mindy Houng)
Texas Book-aholic, October 24


  1. Thank you for posting and for your wonderful review. Ohhh, this sounds like a fantastic book. I would love to read one of Misty's books.
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  2. This sounds like an exciting book, which I'd love to read!

  3. Thank you for the interesting review. Blessings

  4. I really liked the description of the book. Sounds like a must read.

  5. The Canadian Rockies sounds like a special place. Thanks for posting!

  6. Sounds like an intriguing read, thanks for the chance.