Friday, July 7, 2023

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS by Misty Beller, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

An adventurous quest by four sisters in the untried wilderness of the Rocky Mountains in 1837. Juniper and her three sisters set out from Virginia on a journey to find an Indian woman per the request in the will their father left. Ms. Beller details a Rendezvous, a gathering of trappers and natives, a seasonal meeting to trade goods ahead of the long winter. A very interesting part of the Rendezvous was the horse races that passed the time and provided entertainment and showed off the animals.

After arriving with a supply wagon train, the sisters join up with Riley Turner, a young trapper who agrees to lead them as they search for the woman, Steps Right. Along the way, they meet diverse people but find some opposition.

This exciting and informative story reminded me of a Louis L’amour story with its old west flavor but with the added strong faith thread of the well written characters.

A great start to what promises to be a very interesting series.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Reviewers. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and a strong faith thread


BackCover Blurb:
In 1837, Juniper Collins and her sisters are shocked by their father's deathbed request for them to return a special set of beads 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?
Bethany House Publishing June 6, 2023
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