This Courageous Journey

This Courageous Journey

by Misty M. Beller


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A Christian Historical Romance novel.

As the fifth daughter in a family of nine, Noelle Grant spent her life striving to be unique. Her love of telling stories helps define her goal—to be known around the country as one of the top news correspondents of her time. And what better way to uncover sensational tales than to travel through the mountain wilderness to visit her brother? The trip comes together perfectly as she journeys with family friends who will be settling in the same area. Her first inkling that things may not be as perfect as she’d imagined shows up in the form of the mountain man hired as their guide for the final leg of the journey.

When Daniel Abrams agrees to guide the small group of easterners along his usual route northward to the Canadian mountains, his gut tells him he’s making a terrible decision. But if he doesn’t take them, who will? The crew’s leader refuses to consider turning back. As they start out, Daniel can’t help but notice the woman traveling under the care of her friends. Though she appears too genteel to last long in these mountains, she soon reveals a strength that draws him more than he should allow.

When the dangers of this wilderness become more than the group bargained for, Noelle must choose to delay her trip northward or proceed alone with the man she’s come to trust against all reason. She never dreams her decision will place her—and the man she loves—in a situation more hazardous than any story her imagination could conjure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999701263
Publisher: Misty M. Beller Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Series: Heart of the Mountains , #4
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God's love.
She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty's heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God's abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

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This Courageous Journey 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Betababe More than 1 year ago
Westward Ho! She's a journalist--or wants to be--and he's a part mestis who is acting as a guide to her party traveling to the Canadian territories through the northwest wilderness. Inflicted with many of the travails suffered by pioneers going west, the party eventually splits up; however, the illness that forced a delay has now put the remaining travelers in winter's path. Unless you are an avid outdoorsman you will learn a great deal about wilderness survival as well as some hint of the history and hardships of many of our ancestors. I had the pleasure of listening to Leonor Woodworth's narration, adding extra layers of enjoyment to the story.
jcservantslave More than 1 year ago
Wow! What else is there to say? "This Courageous Journey" reminded me why I LOVE Ms. Beller's books! A fight for survival that keeps you turning the pages as fast as snowflakes in a blizzard and romance as worm as a cozy fire. It's funny and heartwarming, with characters as deep as a frozen lake and adventure as big as the Canadian Rockies! This book is everything you want all rolled into a beautiful 278 pages of reader's delight! (Seriously, just reading this series has sparked a yearning within me to see these glorious mountains for myself!) This is one of my favorites by this author for sure! So stop by your local bookstore, grab a copy, get back home, curl into your favorite chair (not forgetting your steaming cup of cocoa to warm you along this frigid journey!), and dive in! I promise you won't be disappointed! One of the BEST books you'll read all year!
BrendaLee More than 1 year ago
This story really was a courageous journey. I have enjoyed each of Ms Beller’s stories about the mountains. I love the audiobooks that makes each character seemed so real. The narrator does a wonderful job. Adventures, hardships and romance, that’s what makes a great book. I can’t leave out the life changing experience that Daniel has. Something that turns his life around. I can’t say what and spoil that part. Let’s just say Daniel and Noelle’s faith brings them through some rough times. I received an audiobook from the narrator Leonor Woodworth but was not required to write a positive review. All views and opinions are my own.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
This has been a wonderful book to read. Noelle is a great character and she made the story so enjoyable to read. I loved her strength, endurance and determination. The author does an amazing job of describing the journey Noelle took . I love reading stories like this because it reminds me of my granddad. He traveled many miles in the 1800s to homestead his land. Like Noelle he had a treacherous journey that at times he said was discouraging. Daniel is a good man who has taken on the task of getting Noelle safely to her destination. He is very good at steering Noelle in the mountains and watching out for her. I loved reading about the wilderness and having to hunt for food. The author paints a perfect picture of what it was like to be out there in the snow, rain and rough terrain. I love the mountains, but I'm sure I couldn't have survived what Noelle and Daniel went through. The story does not lack adventure when Noelle finds herself having to step up and help Daniel out when an injury occurs. Her courage was incredible and I loved how she never gave up. Her love for God was evident and she relied on Him to keep her going. She started her journey as a young woman who was unsure of herself to a confidant woman who continued with her journey, even though obstacles tried to stop her. I would love to have the courage she had. The story showed me how God is always there and faith will sustain you. Daniel and Noelle each go through trials and I admired how they leaned on each other, but also turned to God. There is romance in the book but it certainly isn't the focus of the story. If you are looking for a story about determination, courageous and trust, this is the perfect book to read. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Dangerous and courage abound in This Courageous Journey which is set in northwestern North America. Noelle Grant has traveled west with friends in order to see her older brother Simeon who settled in western Canada and to observe life in the west and write newspaper articles. Noelle's friends hired mountainman, Daniel Abrams, to guide them to Canada but decide to settle in the Montana Territory. Noelle makes the decision to travel on alone with Daniel! Daniel is a strong but tender man who you will fall for! You will admire Noelle she proves an eastern lady can be tough when necessary! She and Daniel face lightning strikes, bitterly cold weather, bobcats, deep snow and many dangers. I recommend this well written book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I received a complimentary advance e-book from the author. This is my honest opinion.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with Misty Beller's books. If you have been reading the Heart of the Mountains series, this wonderful story of Daniel and Noelle will re-engage your heart and mind as they travel through the wintery wilderness from Montana Territory to Canada in the mid-1800s. If you have never read Misty Beller's writing, this book is an excellent sample of her storytelling and it can be read as a stand alone though it is book 4 in the series. No matter how many times I've read her books, the author never fails to amaze me in her world-building and creating the backdrop setting of stark wintery beauty of the mountainous wilderness as it displays the majesty of the One who created it all. The coming-of-faith component in the plot is tender, real, and believable. The characters are flawed but so lovable. Daniel is a loyal, steadfast, and tough mountainman born and reared in the wilderness. He's a loner by nature and has a tough time getting past his heritage. Despite his taciturn and introverted nature, Daniel is quite likable and admirable in character and Noelle, though the opposite in temperament, falls in love with her guide. Noelle's bright and optimistic outlook, as well as her strong faith and resourcefulness, endears her to the wearied soul that Daniel is and a sweet yet tumultuous romance develops between these two who never set out looking for love. It is also nice to see the other characters from the series make appearances in the book and I look forward to the next one, which will feature Noelle and Simeon's brother. I received a copy of the book from the author/publisher as well as via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
This Courageous Journey was quite a read and the second book I have read recently where I was feeling the effects of the story. For instance if the author was describing a very cold scene, I got really cold. My feet got so numb reading this story I thought they would never thaw. But what a story it was. Noelle, setting off on a journey with another family and their guide, Daniel, could not possibly realize how harrowing her journey would be (I wonder that if she did, would she have just stayed home?). Noelle is headed to her brother’s place in Canada and also to see that her dreams are fulfilled by writing for a well-known paper the adventure stories of all those she meets. Daniel is quite an enigma to her and at first he remains a closed book to her. As their adventure continues and becomes all the more perilous, Noelle and Daniel realize how much they need each other on this journey and possibly the journey of life. The things author Beller put these poor characters through had my fingers turning those pages fast and furious. The story of Daniel and Noelle and their adventure will stay with me for quite some time. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
“This Courageous Journey” is the first book I have read by author Misty Beller, but it will not be the last. While this was Book 3 in her Heart of the Mountains Series, it can easily be as a stand-alone. This reader loved it so much I am going back to read the other books now. Author Beller is a talented storyteller. I quickly became invested in this book and stayed that way until the end. My emotions were all over the place while reading this book. I felt like I was on the journey with Noelle and Daniel. Frightened, happy, cold, excited, scared, tense, exhilarated, intrigued, worn out, awed, and even extreme romantic tension all transferred from the pages of this book into me. This is the tale of Noelle Grant who ventures through the Canadian Rockies with family friends to see her brother. Their guide, Daniel Abrams, is a rough mountain man, but when the two get together sparks fly. The journey is filled with danger and breathtaking adventure. They encounter fierce wild animals, severe weather, treacherous trails, and many trials. It took courage and faith to complete the trip. The author did a fabulous job with her story. It was well researched, planned, and written. I love learning things from fiction books I read. This one taught me things I did not know. The author’s style of writing is nice. It flows smoothly and is easy to follow. Characters are well defined. I enjoyed the faith that Noelle had. If it is a Christian novel, I expect there to be some mention of faith, God, and prayer. This one excelled there. There are lessons in this book. God is faithful and always with us. When we do not know what to do, we should ask God for guidance. God gives us strength to carry on. If you are a fan of love stories, do not miss this one. The tension is so thick between Noelle and Daniel that I could feel it as I read. When he said “woman, you undo me” I started cheering her. When they kissed, oh, my! Oh, my! Author Beller knows her way around a good romance. I highly recommend this page turning book. It is adventurous, romantic, historic, and inspirational. The book sweeps you up and takes you on a perilous journey across the Canadian mountains during a time you can only imagine. By the end of it, you feel like you have experienced it. It gets a 5 out of 5 stars from me. Celebrate Lit provided a copy of the book but I was under no obligation to write a review. These are my own, honest opinions.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
Love this series. This book was a great romance with a bit of adventure. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
oktobeme More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book!! The author paints a vivid picture of the demands of traveling in the less traveled lands. This story grabs you from the first page as characters are introduced and you become fast friends. Noelle may look small and delicate but can hold her own with the best of the seasoned travelers. I loved how Daniel and Noelle quickly learned to be quick in making decisions, making do with what they had or didn't have. They not only learned how unpredictable the severe weather was but found if they were to survive they needed to work together. A horrible accident leaves Noelle figuring out what to do, how far to travel and even providing food for the mountain man. And maybe, just maybe a romance might be blossoming between the two. Rating: 5* I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.
TrishRobertson More than 1 year ago
High steaks, high emotions, and high adventure! This story pulled me in, the descriptions and the setting painted a beautiful picture in my imagination. The dynamic characters held my attention and had me cheering for their successes and holding my breath when they found themselves in tight spots. These characters took a hold of my heart and had me completely invested in their lives, they gave of themselves to see to the care of others and served as a reminder of how we should treat each other. On one hand, I couldn't seem to turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next. On the other hand, I didn't want to reach the end and have to say goodbye. Even though this story is #4 in the series, you can read it as a stand-alone and not feel lost. I haven't yet read the first two books, and I'm eager to fit them into my reading schedule. I give this story 5-stars and highly recommend that you make time to read this story! (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
Ourpugs More than 1 year ago
This Courageous journey I am really loving this series, they are stand alone books so don’t have to be read in order. Loved the story of Daniel and Noelle. Daniel is hired to be a travel guide to Noelle and another family. This is set in the 1800’s so they are traveling by foot, horse, wagon through wilderness. There is a lot of bad weather including snow along the way. Will they make it to their destination. I love reading stories like this, it had to be so hard to travel the way they had to. Of course, they is what they knew in those days. It is so interesting to read about it. This book was a fast read due to great characters and story just had good flow to it. I received an complementary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit for an honest review. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
RealWorldBibleStudy More than 1 year ago
This Courageous Journey tells the story of Noelle, a Civil War era writer who can't seem to land a job because, you guessed it, she's a girl.  She travels from the Eastern United States with her close friend's family to live in Western Canada with her oldest brother.  Her two journals record the stories she wants to write about the West and her own experiences along the way. Noelle has already made a more independent decision than most women her age in her time, just by getting on the train with Elmer and Louise. But as their little group is guided through the treacherous Montana Territory mountains and winter fast approaches, Noelle has to make even more tough choices that will put her family, her reputation, and her physical safety on the line. My Favorite Part of This Courageous Journey Without giving away spoilers, my favorite part of Noelle's story is when the tables are turned and her guide - the man, the expert in survival, the one who knows where they are and where they are going - has to put his life in Noelle's hands.  This gal pulls it together because there is no other option, in that special way that awful circumstances bring out our best and our worst. I love the way Noelle has to wrestle with real-life questions.  Propriety or safety?  Does reputation matter?  How do you know what the right choice is?  And what do you do when you start to care for someone who doesn't share your beliefs?  Her situation may be 160 years past, but the questions remain for us today. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, adventure, and especially survival in bleak circumstances.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
This story is a journey northward through the Canadian mountains to join Noelle’s brother. When Daniel is struck by lightning, no memory, helpless, Noelle is suddenly having to take his place in taking care of them both in the middle of nowhere. Snow, freezing temperature and low on supplies.. The author puts you right there in the camp, shivering and wondering how survival is even possible. Truly a Courageous Journey! I was gifted a copy, no review was required. My review is voluntary..
BMace More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful historical novel set in the gorgeous west with mountains, valleys, rivers, plains and many beautiful views. Noelle, a budding journalist who wants to stand out, is heading to stay with her oldest brother in Canada. Traveling in 1854 was interesting, difficult, challenging and just simply beautiful at times. A guide was a necessity, or death would be sure to follow. Leadership, strength and integrity were some of the qualities needed and Daniel certainly had those. But was he humble enough to accept help from others and more importantly from the Lord? The author has done a great job of keeping you at the edge of you seat through lightning storms, torrential rain, snow and even blizzards. Was it possible they would safely reach their destination? I received this ebook through CelebrateLit and this review gives my personal impressions and opinions.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Wow what a journey you are about to begin as you turn the pages of this action-packed book. This is the fourth book in this series, but you can read as a stand-alone, but you might not want to! Besides blinding snow and bitterly cold weather, the author shows us compassion for fellow man, when one is hit by lightning, wow, you wonder about survival, but concern is for helping the injured one. The author entertains us right to the end, and I have really enjoyed this series, the majestic beauty of the Rockies, as this story takes place in both the US and Canada, and how God is present throughout the travels. As we journey along with this group, then couple, you will never see what around the bend! I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
In This Courageous Journey, we meet Simeon’s little sister Noelle Grant (don’t worry though – you can definitely read this as a stand alone too) and her group’s wilderness guide Daniel Abrams. As in each of these Heart of the Mountains books, the journey through the Canadian Rockies is treacherous and gives me a new appreciation for those who braved the often-fatal terrain to forge a new life. These characters and their courage – knowing that, while Noelle and Daniel are fictional, there were real people who endured these journeys – is so inspiring. The setting might have varied weather extremes – from lightning and thunder to waist-deep snow and frigid temps – but the romantic tension sizzles and sparks and really should have melted all the ice and snow they encountered. Those kisses. Whew. Beller excels at building the tension until it just can’t go anywhere except a kiss and raspy voices that mutter “You undo me, woman”. SWOON. And yet at the same time, there is an exquisite tenderness that undergirds and motivates the passion, making their journey – from strangers to friends to more – one that readers will root for from the beginning. Tucked away in the adventure and romance is a gentle thread of faith that has a two-fold message. One is that God is with us, even when things seem to be getting worse instead of better. He’s there. He’s good. And He loves us dearly. The other part of the thread is a tender reminder that the way we see ourselves, even the way others see us, is a pale – and often inaccurate – reflection of the strength and worth God sees when He looks at us. And since we are never outside of His watch, our truest self is held there in His heart for us to find as we know Him (and ourselves) better along the journey. Bottom Line: If you have not yet discovered this edge-of-your-seat, heart-in-your-throat series you are really missing out. I experienced the whole gamut of emotions while reading This Courageous Journey – moments that had me gasping out loud in shock, sighing in (sometimes very short-lived) relief, swooning at the passionate kisses and love, and even nearly praying for their safety. That’s how invested I was in this story and the characters that Beller has so skillfully crafted. Adventure, humor, romance, and faith are all a part of this riveting novel which is not to be missed! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
A treacherous journey through the Rocky Mountains My rating is 4.5 stars Noelle had a close relationship with the Lord. When faced with the need to decide whether to continue her journey with just Daniel or to delay until her brother can accompany them, she cries out to God for wisdom and direction. I was amazed at Noelle’s strength in adversity. When faced with seemingly impossible circumstances, she sought the Lord’s help and did her best. She wasn’t always unafraid but seemed to know that in the rugged, snowy wilderness, giving up or not trying was equal to a death sentence. Yet despite that, she was insecure and longed to be in a place where she could make a difference. To matter. Daniel was most confident in the wilderness – alone. The skills he learned from his Father’s people, the Blackfeet, served him well. Yet the fact that he was Indian and Caucasian made him feel that he didn’t have a part of either world. He was fearful of being judged for who he was. There were so many things to appreciate about this story. The spiritual lessons were inspiring and integrated very naturally. The descriptions of the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, the blizzards, and the perils made me feel as if I was there and gave me a sense of the vastness and isolation of the region. I don’t recall ever before having a story convey the sense of what it would be like to be completely and truly lost in the mountains in the winter, yet my reading of This Courageous Journey did that quite well. I have read other books where the travelers encounter one problem after another and, frankly, they left me feeling like everything was overdone, unrealistic, and contrived. Despite the fact that Daniel, Noelle and their companions faced hardship after sickness after peril after near disaster, this made sense and worked well in the narration. Daniel and Noelle’s growing attraction for each other also came very naturally. Fighting the elements in the way they did, as well as spending significant amounts of time together is bound to either cause two people to develop a close bond or to hate each other! Their caring for one another as they journeyed touched my heart. Read with a Preview at I was given a free copy of this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
This Courageous Journey is the fourth book in the Heart of the Mountains series by Misty M. Beller and it is a good read. Not having read any of this author's work before, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It is a beautiful and captivating story of unexpected love, the importance of being able to trust family and friends (and sometimes strangers) and as the title suggests a courageous journey through the wintry Canadian mountains during the mid-1800s. The writing style is graceful and flows smoothly as the author tells the story of Noelle traveling through the Montana territory to her brother's home in Canada. Noelle's dream is to be an important journalist--someone special--and as such readers are privy to her journal which gives a realistic picture of her heart and emotions, especially as she meets the man who will be her guide to Canada. Aloof, and thought to be slightly uncivil, Daniel, holds his emotions close to his heart and wonders how in the world this very feminine and delicate young woman is going to last on the difficult trek ahead. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Noelle and Daniel morph and change throughout the story as they encountered so many struggles, harrowing struggles--illness, blizzards, wild animals, and so much more. Noelle was determined to not just endure but to be helpful and as she came to know more about Daniel, she craved his esteem, his trust. But could she give up her dreams to love a man, a mountain man? Would he be able to look past the hurts of his past and perhaps see Noelle as competent and a woman to love? Or as the author puts it going soft, and let himself "fall prey to the wiles of a woman too delicate to survive in this country?" Strong characters that are so likable, realistic situations, wonderfully descriptive scenes all work together for a delightful story and threaded throughout the book is a faith in God--the God who alone can fix situations as we are not strong enough to do so. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Beller's books. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
Robinhb More than 1 year ago
This is a totally engrossing story about mountain man Daniel and easterner Noelle. So very well written it felt as though I was along for the ride personally. This author has a wonderful way with her words as she paints her story so descriptively. The hardships endured felt most realistic. Loved it. Highly recommend. I received an advance reader copy from the author. Opinions are my own.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I can always count on this author to take me on an adventure in the wilderness! The harsh circumstances bring out the true qualities of the characters, and it's rewarding when they learn that they are stronger than they ever imagined. Noelle is a woman of determination, and she takes it in stride when the plans for her journey go awry. I appreciated that she took the time to pray and feel guidance from the Lord for her decision to keep going and trust Daniel. This is when the story really picks up, and the seemingly never-ending series of dangerous obstacles facing them draws them closer together where they must rely on each other for survival against the looming winter storms as they struggle through the mountains toward their destination. Even though this is a series and the characters in each book are loosely connected, they can be read as stand-alones. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
TerriDlovestoread More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic journey in the Heart of the Mountains series. This is book 4 and we get to travel with Simeon Grant's baby sister Noelle and her friends and keepers along a treacherous journey headed into the Canadian mountains to join her brother and his family. Noelle has always had an adventurous heart and mind but thus far has yet to achieve what she feels is life worthy. She plans to be a writer and send sensational stories back east to newspapers to become famous and also share with readers what this vast wilderness is truly like. Daniel Abrams is a trapper and has also guided groups into his homeland but he isn't sure about this ragtag group he has agreed to get into the Canadian mountains to family. They set out and things go pretty well for the most part but the mother and child in the group become ill and when they arrive at a small fort the family chooses to stay there instead of continue on the difficult journey. Noelle is determined to press on and join her brother and his family and the only logical solution to her is for her to travel with Daniel the rest of the way. Not far into their trip things fall apart and Noelle is tested to her limits along with Daniel but God sees them through and together they survive. I loved everything about this story. To watch Noelle grow from what would appear as a pampered young woman that wouldn't survive a snowstorm to being the take charge woman she was and to see Daniel open his wounded heart and finally give it was beautiful. This is the best series, they are all standalone books but you really should read the others they are all so beautifully written and give us a vivid picture of what life must have been like during this time and how our ancestors survived. I received an early copy to read and review and give my honest opinion. I loved this book and highly recommend it.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This Courageous Journey was a story that was hard for me to set down. I loved returning to the wilderness setting, fraught with dangers and difficulties. This is the fourth book in the Heart of the Mountains series, yet it is easily read as a stand alone novel if you haven’t read the other books. Noelle and Daniel were characters that I really enjoyed reading about and their journey was one with plenty of situations that I didn’t see coming. Noelle was an amazingly strong and resiliant character. I was impressed with all that she had to persevere through in this novel. The emotional and spiritual journey that Daniel ended up taking while on this trek was quite moving, as well. I definitely recommend This Courageous Journey, as well as all of the books in this series, to those who enjoy historical romance novels. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Another book in the Mountain Men series. Misty Beller will capture your attention in the first pages and will keep you turning the page. Her books take place in the early 1800's in the mountains of Canada. She brings in the hardships they suffered, the freezing cold (you will almost shiver with the characters), even the scent of unwashed bodies. All your senses will be touched. The heroes and heroines are strong, independent and stubborn. They won't give up. Noelle is traveling with another couple to her brother's. City girl going into the wilderness. Daniel is the guide. Remember, wild animals, Indians (good or bad-read to see), frozen water, blizzards, scarcity of food and of course, romance. A good clean Christian historical book that will keep you reading. I received this book as an ARC from the author and all opinions are my own. I've read all the books in this series and thoroughly enjoyed each of them. You also get to meet a few of the characters from earlier books. Each can be read as a stand alone. Misty M. Beller is a terrific author, does her research and makes the characters come alive. Highly recommend her and her books.