Sunday, December 11, 2022

A DAUGHTER'S COURAGE by Misty Beller, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"The porcelain skin, the refined features - how could he not have realized this was a woman from his very first glance? . . .  And why was she out in this storm?"

Determined to locate an engraver skilled enough to repair her village's historic chalice before anyone discovered the damage she had accidentally inflicted, Charlotte Durand slips away from her family early one dawn and begins the slow trek across neighboring mountains towards Fort Versailles. Unfortunately, the weather does not cooperate and Charlotte finds herself dependent upon a young trapper who happens upon her half-frozen body. Carefully skirting the true reason for her trip, Charlotte unsuccessfully tries to convince Damien Levette to allow her to warm up and continue on, but the stubborn man insists on accompanying her, as a guide of sorts. It seems they both have secrets.
Everything about this series conclusion exudes quality; beautifully paced and finely plotted, the two main characters spend enough time together to discover hidden strengths which neither of them knew they had. Especially Damien. Watching him grow into the life God intended for him to live, while observing Charlotte's joy at finding the sort of man whom she feared would never cross her path . . . well, it all adds up to a really good story. (But wait! We can't leave out Gulliver!!!)

"When He looks at you, He's pleased. And because of that, you are not second best to any other. . . You needn't fear the opinion of anyone else."
I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Her quest to repair what's been broken leads to imminent danger--and soon it's more than her own life on the line.

After accidentally destroying the intricately carved chalice her people have treasured for over a hundred years, Charlotte Durand sets out in search of a skilled artisan who can repair the damage. What she expected to be a two-day trek becomes much more daunting when a treacherous snowstorm sets in.

Searching for solitude and respite from his troubling past, the last thing Damien Levette needs in the middle of a mountain blizzard is to tend to another person, but he can't leave behind the mysterious woman he found half frozen at the edge of a mountain lake.

As they battle both the elements and their distrust of each other, Charlotte and Damien must work together to survive the peril of the mountains--or it could be the downfall of them both.

Bethany House Publishing, November, 2022
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