Saturday, June 16, 2018

Review: "This Freedom Journey" by Misty M. Beller

I read This Freedom Journey as part of the Timeless Love anthology. I reviewed the collection as a whole earlier this month, and I decided to review each novella separately upon its individual release ... When I went to Amazon to find out when This Freedom Journey releases, I saw that it's already out! So here you go, my first individual review of a novella in the Timeless Love collection.

Adrien Lockman is through with the political unrest and bloodshed in his home country of France, so he sets off to the Canadian territory's mountain frontier, in search of a place where a man can live his own life in peace. The last thing he expects to find is a woman, half-starved and half-frozen in a shack nestled among the towering peaks of the great Rocky Mountains.

Mary Standish thought she'd finally found a place where she was accepted, trapping with her husband for the Hudson Bay Company. But when he dies after a gruesome grizzly fight, she determines to carry on their work. After all, life in these remote mountains is better than enduring the scorn and snubs of "civilized" folk. When she's forced to face a winter harder than any she's endured yet, her stubbornness may just be the death of her. Until a stranger appears at her ramshackle door.

Adrien had planned to explore the mountain country all winter before he settles down to build a farm in the spring, but he can't leave this woman to die in the elements. Even though she seems desperate for him to go. As Mary regains strength, she's torn between wanting to save her dignity, and craving the respect of this man who's slipped past her defenses. As the winter worsens, the truth becomes all too real--the only way they'll survive is together.

Following the death of her husband, Mary is alone and pregnant in northwestern Canada. She's on the verge of freezing or starving when a Frenchman stumbles into her cabin. As the two brave a blizzard, they grow close.

This is one of those stories where it feels inevitable that two people will fall in love. After all, they're stranded in a blizzard together! Just once, I'd like to read a stranded together story where the two don't fall in love! That said, this is a pleasant romance, and I did enjoy reading it. I do have to say, though, that while the book was a bit slow at first, Adrien and Mary fell in love quickly. (Too quickly??? Maybe. Probably. At least in my opinion.) 3-1/2 stars.

Buy the book. (It's currently only available as a paperback; if you want the ebook, you should buy the Timeless Love collection.)
Read my review of the Timeless Love collection (4 stars).
Buy Timeless Love (available only until July 3) for 99¢.

Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. For a limited time, you can get her bestselling novel, The Lady and the Mountain Man, FREE here:

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. 

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family--both immediate and extended--is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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