“This Treacherous Journey” by Misty M. Beller was an interesting book to read. This novel takes place in 1851 and after, in the Rocky Mountains, Montana Territory. The beginning finds Simeon Grant and his wife Nora travelling through rain trying to find a dry place or help. Nora is in labor and needs a midwife or doctor. They come upon a cabin and find that the couple living there are kind and accommodating. The wife helps Nora through the birth of twins, but cannot save her life. Simeon, knowing that he cannot care for two tiny infants, having no home or shelter, decides to leave his children with the Scotts to raise as their own.
Five years later finds Simeon a virtual recluse on his land. He hears someone coming and finds that Joseph and Emma Malcolm are on their way to Alberta, Canada. Emma’s husband has been hanged for fraud and there is a price on her head also. As she is innocent, the siblings are on their way to their aunt’s home in Canada trying to evade the authorities. Emma is pregnant and wants to hurry on their way. There is an accident and Joseph needs help. They come upon Simeon’s cabin, a welcome refuge. After a few weeks they decide to move on and beg Simeon to guide them through the Rockies. He is adamant that a pregnant woman should not be travelling, especially with the cold weather and snow looming. There are also, wild animals, Indians, the weather, the terrain, hazards that would plague them. Seeing they are bound and determined to go, he decides to take up the task. All of those things that could plague them do and the way is very difficult. Emma is strong though and able to continue on. What transpires among the three people is the rest of the story.
Although I enjoyed reading this book, I could not help but wonder at the advisability of a very pregnant woman travelling on horseback, with few provisions or comforts on narrow rocky trails on this long journey. I also wasn’t comfortable with the brother’s knowledge of the mountains, nor his prowess. The journey did not make sense at all. However, Ms. Beller’s imagination in writing the story kept me reading.
Amy Lillard has written six books in the series, The Wells Landing Series. “Marrying Jonah” is the sixth book. These stories written about the Wells Landing community and its Amish residents portray life within the confines of the Amish religion. Sarah Yoder has been smitten with Jonah Miller for years, even as a young girl. But Jonah only has eyes for Lorie, who is torn between the English and Amish worlds and finally makes her decision to leave the community. Jonah still loves Lori and is not ready to take on a new love.
Sarah happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time when Jonah takes her to talk by the pond that they used to frequent as children. Her loving heart and his grieving heart come together and in comforting each other, they go over the line of good sense. After a few weeks, Sarah finds that she is pregnant and tells Jonah who reluctantly makes things right by marrying her. They both go through the shunning and the public confession that will let them stay in the church’s good graces. However, that does not mean that their marriage will be easy and happy.
Join Amy Lillard as she shows how doing the right thing isn’t always easy or rewarding. I enjoyed the book and the other books in this series.
I received a print advance reader’s copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.
I loved the book, “Dancing with Fireflies” by Denise Hunter.
The story begins with Jade McKinley in Chicago, where she has been for a year trying to make a go of her music and trying to forget the death of her one true love. She shares an apartment with a friend, but her dreams have not come true. After a disastrous date she finds herself back home in Indiana desperately needing help. She goes to the one person she trusts who isn’t part of her actual family.
Daniel Dawson has loved Jade for years, but she thinks of him as a brother. When circumstances throw them together and change their relationship, they truly find how they really feel about each other.
I loved this story. It was a down home, sweet and tender. I had a feel-happy feeling after reading this novel and that always tells me that the book was really good.
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