This was an epic Christian romance read! There was so much packed into this one book, I'm not sure I can pick one chapter that was my favorite - it was all good. There are many lessons to learn here, and I think I fully understood each one. Unconditional healing, quiet forgiveness, perseverance in the face of adversity, belief that God will provide. Each lesson was packaged neatly through Misty Beller's writing to give the reader something to think about long after they're done reading. Very well done.
It's October 1866, in the Montana Territory, and winter has descended on the land. Ingrid Chastain, her father, and two others are bringing vaccines to Settler's Fort, a small mining town that is experiencing an outbreak of smallpox. In their struggle, their wagon overturns, and Ingrid is left alone with a broken leg and broken ribs in the middle of the wilderness. Mountain man Micah Bradley finds her and takes her back to his camp to keep her safe while she's healing. Micah is devastated from the loss of his family five years ago, and he has forsaken his relationship with God. However, Ingrid's determination and kindness pushes him to reconsider all that he has believed for many years. As they continue the journey Ingrid's father began together, along the way they find that God has never been far away at all.
Ingrid and Micah were very relatable and inspiring characters. They were written in such a way to represent two populations of Christians - the believers and the doubters. Ingrid is the believer, firmly putting her trust and faith in God, despite her recent loss. She focuses on the mission He gave her and less on what has been taken away. Micah is the doubter, believing that God allowed his family to die and so is not capable of generosity or compassion. He is stuck in the past and is unable to to move forward in his faith. While Micah heals Ingrid physically, it's Ingrid who winds up healing Micah spiritually. She bring his attention to the good things and brings his way of thinking more to the positive. I loved reading the transformation of their characters and it was easy to see why they made a good couple.
This is the first book I have read by Misty Beller, and it certainly won't be the last! I look forward to more in the future.
**I received a free book via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**