Thursday, November 12, 2020

Book Review: This Treacherous Journey by Misty M. Beller


About the Book

This Treacherous Journey (Heart of the Mountains #1)
by by Misty M. Beller

Description from Goodreads: 

Widowed and with child, Emma Malcom is fleeing from the reward offered for her arrest. She’s innocent of the dirty dealings her deceased husband orchestrated, but the angry townspeople didn’t stop to listen to her defense before she narrowly escaped with her life. Now, she and her twin brother, Joseph, must battle the mountain wilderness of the Rockies to reach Canada and the clean start she craves. But when a fall from the rocky cliff leaves Joseph wounded and weak, could the strange mountain man they encounter be God’s gift to see them to safety?

Simeon Grant makes bad choices. His deceased wife and twin babies are lost to him now because of his reckless decisions, and the penance he pays by living alone in this mountain wilderness is only a small piece of what he thinks he deserves. When a city woman, heavy with child, appears on his doorstep with her injured brother, her presence resurrects the memories he’s worked so hard to forget. And when she asks for his help to travel deeper into the mountain country, he can’t help wonder why God would force him to relive the same mistakes he’s already suffered through. Or maybe taking these two to safety could be the way to redeem himself.

But when their travels prove more treacherous than he imagined, Simeon finds himself pressing the limits of his ability to keep Emma and her brother safe. Can he overcome the past that haunts him to be the man she needs? Will Emma break through the walls around Simeon’s heart before it’s too late, or will the dangers of these mountains be the end of them all?


This Treacherous Journey is a Christian historical romance novel set in the west in the 1800s.

Widowed and pregnant, Emma travels north through the Rockies with her twin brother, hoping to find refuge from false accusations in Canada. But an accident lands them stranded in the wilderness with only an antisocial woodsman, Simeon, to help.

This book was a little different than many of the western romances I’ve read in that the characters are traveling on horseback for much of the story, and that pregnancy is a large part of the story. Both combined definitely made the story interesting.

Another theme was forgiveness of self and healing. Simeon dealt with a lot of guilt and was forced to deal with his issues when Emma came into his life. It was good to see him transform throughout the story.

The romance was cute, and the historical details about the trip, interspersed into the plot, were engaging. I enjoyed this sweet, clean Christian romance and would recommend it to women who enjoy western romances.

I received a complementary copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own, and I wasn’t compensated for writing the review.

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