Celebrate Lit Review Blast: The Lady and the Mountain Man by Misty Beller

The Story:
When a murder plot forces a Southern belle onto a ranch in the wild Montana mountains, love is the last thing she expects to find.

Leah Townsend, a recently orphaned heiress, flees Richmond after discovering her fiancĂ©’s plot to kill her after their wedding. She needs a safe place to hide, and finds herself accepting a newspaper marriage proposal from a God-fearing young rancher in the Montana Territory. But 
when Leah arrives at the mountain ranch, she learns her intended husband was killed by a grizzly, leaving behind a bitter older brother and a spunky younger sister.

When Gideon Bryant finds an eastern lady standing in his log cabin, his first thought is to send her back where she came from. He’s lost too many people to the wild elements of these 
mountains––his parents, his wife, and now his brother. His love for this untamed land lives on, but he’s determined not to open his heart to another person.

But when an accident forces Leah to stay at the ranch for seven more months, can Gideon protect his heart from a love he doesn’t want? Has Leah really escaped the men who seek her life?

Author Bio: 
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. 

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 children 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.

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My Thoughts: 
The Lady and the Mountain Man is the second western I’ve read in as many days. It’s not surprising that this author has made the USA Today bestseller list. This squeaky clean romance will appeal to the fans of the Christian genre. As someone who enjoys both religious and secular romances, I think this one falls squarely in the Christian camp. The characters pray and there is scripture quoted throughout. The heroine is perfectly predictable and oh-so-sweet but still remains likeable. I’m not sure I felt the chemistry immediately between Leah and Gideon, but it wrapped up nicely by the time the last page was turned. I did find a few things to be anachronistic, thermos was used and it wasn’t a term that was widely used until the 20th century, but overall a nice, pleasant read! Now I’m off to find another historical western to add to my Kindle bookshelf! 

~My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars~

* I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. I was not obligated to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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