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Hardships and Trials … It’s life!!!

If you read a story about everything going great and nothing bad happened, what would you think? Maybe it would be a relief from books and stories and news and social media that always seems to be telling about bad things happening, or frustrating stuff, or irritating people. And one book like that might just be nice for once. But the reality of it is, too much would be boring. Much like a book where everything goes wrong, nothing ends up righted, no one gets vindicated, nothing is happy. Reading a novel, whether it’s a biography about a real person or a fiction, is all about the ups and downs of life. Reading Christian fiction, is all about the ups and downs of life, with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit as the center. This Courageous Journey is the last one I described.

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 as a stand alone is a nice book. I did not read the other books from the series, so I have to review this as a stand alone.

What did I like:

Misty Beller writes a great narrative when it comes to describing the surroundings and the characters. I could see the beauty of her descriptions and I felt like I could relate to the cast of characters, either positively or negatively, depending on whether they were protagonists or antagonists. She also captured progression of faith and submission to God’s will. Those parts were encouraging to me, and I even found myself praying the same prayers Noelle prayed, asking for wisdom, strength, direction and the ability to trust God. So, I applaud that. Noelle seemed to have interesting aspirations, I kind of wish we had been able to see more about her, her background (maybe some flash backs) and more about how she saw things. We got to see some of that in her journals, but I would have liked more.

What didn’t I like:

Yeah, I don’t like this question, but I promised to be honest. I felt the romance element dropped directly to cheesy .. if you’ve read many of my book reviews, you know how much I hate “electric cheese”. It removes me from the story completely and does nothing to advance it. It’s almost humorous, and I feel badly because I know it is not meant to be. It is a style that some people like, and some authors like to include it or feel they have to include it. I felt there was too much of it in the story. The good part of the story, which was very compelling, was overshadowed by the touchy-feely jargon.

This book is good for those who enjoy romance-y talk over story-line.

(Disclaimer: I received this book as a gift. There was no obligation for me to review it and I received no compensation other than a really good read.)

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!”

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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 HERE to enter.


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