Book Review and Giveaway - Calm in the Mountain Storm Author: Misty M. Beller On Tour with Celebrate Lit
About the Book
Book: Calm in the Mountain Storm
Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: September 13, 2022
This epic journey will test his strength and ability to protect his children—and they’re all he has left.
When Elise Lane and her brother set out as missionaries to the native tribes in the Rocky Mountains, she knew the work would be challenging. But nothing fully prepared her for the hardships, nor the joys of getting to know the people. And even more so when some of them decide to accept God’s grace. When they discover the entire village where they’ve been working has been massacred, the mysterious brave standing at the edge of the devastation appears to be part of the danger. Especially when Elise realizes he’s holding a baby she recognizes as the daughter of one of the women who now lies dead.
Gone far too long on a mission to return his son who’d been taken by an enemy war party, Goes Ahead is relieved to return home with the boy. Until they reach their village, and the death they find there ignites his fury. His wife has been killed, along with all their friends and neighbors. No one is left alive—except their infant daughter. It can’t be coincidence that both his children have survived such evils. Now he must keep them alive and cross the mountains to return to his family, people who can help protect his family from further danger.
Traveling with an infant not yet four moons old—and no mother to feed her—is more than even Goes Ahead can overcome. Allowing the white strangers to accompany him seems the only choice since one in their party is already nursing a babe of her own. As winter closes in and the mountains prove treacherous beyond anything Goes Ahead can control, only a strength and love greater than his own can save his children—and the woman he’s come to love.
From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.
Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.
Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.
Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.
More from Misty
Early Missionaries to the Rocky Mountain Native American Tribes
One of the things I love about writing stories set in the 1830s Rocky Mountains is that Eastern civilization hadn’t yet touched the frontier. The only people who lived in or visited the Rockies during that were Native Americans and mountain men (usually trappers, but sometimes just explorers).
From that limited experience with white people, two of the native tribes realized they wanted to learn more about the white man’s God and his “Book of Heaven” (the Bible). In 1831, a delegation of four Native Americans—two Nez Perce and two Flathead—showed up in St. Louis, Missouri, asking for someone to come and teach their people about God.
Over the next several years, a number of people went west as missionaries, and this was the real-life inspiration for the heroine in Calm in the Mountain Storm. Though the characters in this story are fictional, the events certainly could have happened!
When Elise Lane heard that the Indians actually wanted to learn about God and simply needed someone to come tell them, she knew she had to answer that call. Of course, her brother Benjamin couldn’t let her go into that danger alone, so together, they set out on an expedition they knew would likely change them forever. Elise doesn’t have any idea exactly how much!
I pray you enjoy reading the story of Elise and Goes Ahead, the brave she meets who’s desperate for help getting his young children across the mountains. As with our hero and heroine in the story, I pray your faith is inspired!
Calm in the Mountain Storm is written by Misty M. Beller. This is book 9 in the Call of the Rockies series. I have been able to read the whole series, but you can read them as stand alone. The author gives a quick back story in recurring characters. This might be my favorite book in the series yet. I just loved the characters, the stories and the whole thing.
Elise is a missionary with her brother, Ben. They have been moving throughout different Tribes in the Rocky Mountains sharing the love of God. They have been joined with Ben's sister (this was in book 8, her story is good also) Lola, her husband White Owl and their daughter, Anna. They had gone on a short trip and returned back to the village they had been visiting to find it completely decimated. There is one small survivor, a infant named Pretty Shield. They also find Pretty Shield's father who has just returned and found his village murdered. He also has his oldest child, Walking Bird.
He has a hard time trusting Elise and the rest of the missionaries. He is not sure if they are friend or foe at first. However he knows that he needs a way to feed his young daughter. Lola is able to assist with feeding both of the babies. I enjoyed seeing Goes Ahead start to trust the team. Elise spoke the love of God over Goes Ahead and the children. Her caring and compassionate nature slowly melts Goes Ahead's fear.
I just loved this story. I love how historically accurate the author has made this. I have really learned so much during this series. I believe there is one more story in the series and I cannot wait to read it. The characters are well developed. The storyline is intriguing.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this story. All thoughts are my own.