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A heartwarming tale in a majestic mountain setting.
From the back cover:
Leah Townsend, a recently orphaned heiress, flees Richmond after discovering her fiancé’s plot to kill her after their wedding. She needs a safe place to hide, and finds herself accepting a newspaper marriage proposal from a God-fearing young rancher in the Montana Territory. But when Leah arrives at the mountain ranch, she learns her intended husband was killed by a grizzly, leaving behind a bitter older brother and a spunky younger sister.
When Gideon Bryant finds a city girl standing in his log cabin, his first thought is to send her back where she came from. He’s lost too many people to the wild elements of these mountains––his parents, his wife, and now his brother. His love for this untamed land lives on, but he’s determined not to open his heart to another person.
But when an accident forces Leah to stay at the ranch for seven more months, can Gideon protect his heart from a love he doesn’t want? Has Leah really escaped the men who seek her life?
What a beautiful world Leah discovered when she ran from the danger threatening her in Virginia. Raised the daughter of a wealthy businessman, Leah was unprepared for the rough life that greeted her in Montana, but she adapted very quickly. Miriam and Gideon had just lost their dear brother and were grieving when she landed in their lives, but the girls formed an uncommon, immediate bond. Gideon wasn’t so quick to welcome this newcomer into his life – or heart.
I particularly enjoyed the characters in The Lady and the Mountain Man. From Leah’s determination and willingness to step in and learn new things to Gideon’s struggle with guilt and responsibility to Miriam’s cheerful optimism, I found myself wishing to be neighbors so I could continue a friendship with them. And I could just imagine Ol’ Mose and his toothy grin – what a hoot!
Life wasn’t perfectly happy, of course. The characters faced loss and hardship, longings and fears. But they were able to see the Lord’s hand in their circumstances and acknowledge His work in their lives – not always at the time, but in retrospect. How often we, too, need time and distance before we are able to see just how the Lord was working. And yet He is, whether we can see it at the time or not.
Ready to escape to the rugged mountains for a while? Be sure to stop back by on Monday, September 29th. Misty will be visiting with us and giving away a copy of The Lady and the Mountain Man. You won’t want to miss it!
(I did receive a complimentary review copy in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)