About the Book
Book: Rocky Mountain Rendezvous
Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: June 6, 2023
In 1837, Juniper Collins and her sisters are shocked by their father’s final request in his will for a special set of beads to be returned to a Piegan Blackfoot woman he credits with saving his life during his travels west. Together, the sisters set out for the trapper rendezvous to find the woman, but their mission turns more daunting when they come upon the mass of men and lodges spread out in the Green River Valley.
Riley Turner came west to find peace and quiet and live off the land, but when four unprotected women arrive at the rendezvous, he feels compelled to help them and is more fascinated by Juniper than any other woman he’s known.
As their search brings only empty leads and dead ends, the sisters must decide whether to return east or stay in the mountains to continue looking–and that’s if the mystery woman is even still alive. Is the risk to honor their father’s last request worth the danger they find at every turn?
Discover the majesty–and treachery–of the Rocky Mountains in this unique combination of exhilarating adventure, inspiring faith, and sweet romance from USA Today bestselling author Misty M. Beller.
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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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What IS a trapper rendezvous?
Rocky Mountain Rendezvous is the story of four sisters who head west to accomplish their father’s deathbed request—return a special set of beads to a Blackfoot woman who saved his life during his travels west two decades earlier. The sisters head west with the supply wagons bound for the 1837 trapper rendezvous to find the native woman. But the sight that greeted them in the Green River Valley (in modern-day Wyoming) was nothing like they expected!
Supply wagons would come from the east every summer, and mountain men and natives would come from all throughout the Rockies to trade furs for the supplies they’d need in the coming year. This was usually the only opportunity for trading each year, so EVERYONE came and the camp stretched for miles. This was a great time for friends to catch up, and the festivities always included a great deal of drinking and horse racing. The rendezvous was a sight to behold!
In Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, Riley Turner is one of the trappers at the meet-up, and he realizes immediately what kind of danger the ladies are in from unscrupulous men in the crowd. He helps them with their search, and they find so much more than they expected along the way!
Each book in this series will take place during a different year, featuring a different rendezvous. Definitely fodder for fun stories. I pray you love this first book as the Collins sisters embark on the search of a lifetime.
Nothing is quite as exciting as the initiation of a new series by Christian historical Western fiction writer Misty Beller. Her books never fail to have me reading for hours at a time, usually finishing them in two or three sittings. There is just something enthralling about being transported nearly two hundred years back in time to a period when the American West was still largely untamed and unmarred by industry and development. For me, at least, it speaks to a part of my spirit that longs for the simplicity that has become a casualty of modern technology, for the natural wonders felled by progress. That being said, however, one aspect of Beller’s novels that I appreciate the most is that she does not romanticize the lifestyles and hardships of her characters within their historical context. A simple life does not necessarily equate to an easy one, but when a person chooses to walk by faith, the journey always proves worthwhile.
Set in July 1837 in the Green River Valley of what will one day become Wyoming, Rocky Mountain Rendezvous is book one in Misty Beller’s Sisters of the Rockies series. The titular Collins sisters include the oldest and the leader, Rosemary; the second oldest, Juniper; animal-loving Lorelie; and the youngest and most adventurous, Faith. This first book focuses mainly on Juniper, or “June,” who along with Rosemary has taken on the task of raising and taking care of their younger sisters, even now that they are mostly grown, and as a result, the four share an unbreakable bond that has brought them all on a westward journey to find a Peigan Blackfoot woman named Steps Right in order to fulfill their father’s dying request. I found myself relating to the trapper Riley Turner in his admiration of the sisters’ bond, especially as an only child, even as my heart broke for his own circumstances.
Always rich in characters as well as setting, Rocky Mountain Rendezvous likewise follows suit with Beller’s previous stories in its diversity of both trappers and Native Americans, as well as the aforementioned Collins sisters. I do think that a pronunciation guide would be very beneficial for some of the Native American names and terms, particularly given that they are historical and not always as easy to research and find. Along with romance and tense situations, Beller also interjects humor into the storyline at opportune moments to lighten the mood, and I am continually grateful that despite at times describing scenes of violence, this author never ventures into graphic details. Likewise, the element of faith is always present without being overbearing, and in Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Juniper acknowledges the crux of what we who are followers of Christ are all called to do by saying, “We can plant the seed in the sunshine and water it, but only the Lord can bring the crop.” Sometimes we, like Riley and Juniper, try to take on responsibilities that we are not called to bear, and learning to discern this is part of our faith journey and walk with God. Furthermore, in the midst of the inevitable heartache and trials of life, may we, like Juniper, realize that the Lord is always at work in us and in our circumstances, so that “she couldn’t miss the hand of God clearly working all these things together for good.”
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
My rating: 5 stars ♥♥♥♥♥
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