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.
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Each of Misty M Beller’s novels in this series, Call of the Rockies, builds a little from the previous by using a character introduced in the book before. In Calm in the Mountain Storm, we find missionary Elise Turner returning to a shocking discovery in the Native American village they had left just days before. Accompanied by her brother, Ben, and White Owl and his Caucasian wife and young baby, more than horror meets their eyes. Across the unspeakable vista they view a lone Native American brave, holding Elise’s now-deceased friend’s baby.
At first believing the little missionary group is behind the Sioux attack on the village, Goes Ahead finally is desperate enough to invite Lola, White Owl’s wife, to travel with him and his baby and son as he travels the 1832 Idaho mountain area to reach his native tribe. Knowing his child won’t survive without a wet nurse, Goes Ahead grudgingly agrees to allow the whole group, including Elise, to be included in the trip. But he doesn’t have to trust them, he just has to protect his children at all cost.
Elise is particularly taken with Goes Ahead’s two children, baby Pretty Shield and 4-year-old Walking Bird. Elise is single, but she appears to be a natural nurturer. She cares for Goes Ahead’s children as if they are her own, but she stumbles over her developing feelings for their father. I love how Elise gently shows Goes Ahead the error of his childhood thinking…but that could only come by really getting to know the one person who is becoming way too important to her.
Goes Ahead wants to rely only on himself to keep the children safe and having the others help strains his patience. Plus, revenge is heavy on his mind for the atrocities his family has already suffered. Can he really be the person Elise needs him to be?
I loved the emotions that Beller portrays in her characters. What an emotional struggle this whole situation would create. I easily put myself in different shoes, even those of Ben and White Owl, as I wondered, how would I deal with these thoughts? Would I be able to be Christ-like in this situation? Would I even care? I could feel the tension as White Owl cautions Goes Ahead, “We must speak peace words. Creator Father calls us to live at peace with every man if we can…”
For action lovers, this novel is jam-packed. My heart was sore for all that Beller puts her people through in this book. If you’re a crier, have tissues handy!! If you remember the Oregon Trail game, this book felt much like it. Just as things were going well, you would hear the dreaded music and disaster had struck! What an exciting book this is. So much so, that when the end comes, it seems a little anti-climactic, as if there just wasn’t enough excitement left for that part.
I received a copy of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit. I also bought my own ebook. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own.
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About the Author
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.
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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!
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