This Wilderness Journey (Heart of the Mountains, #2)

This Wilderness Journey (Heart of the Mountains, #2)

by Misty M. Beller

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BN ID: 2940155411154
Publisher: Misty M. Beller Books, Inc.
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Heart of the Mountains , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 42,369
File size: 783 KB

About the Author

Misty Beller 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 two 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.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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This Wilderness Journey 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
jcservantslave 4 months ago
Starting up a year after where the first book (This Treacherous Journey) let off, "This Wilderness Journey" centers on Joseph Malcom, Emma's twin brother, and Monti Bergeron, who is as determined as she is beautiful. As the two navigate the wilderness of this beautiful mountainous region, they come face to face with both danger and love, and must learn to trust God and each other if they're to survive. This book was SOOO good! Intense and adventurous, witty and beautifully descriptive. It pulled me in and kept me turning the page for more until the very end. I loved it! This author is very talented and has put together here a story that blends adventure, romance, and faith in God beautifully! Bravo!
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
The opportunity to discover a gem like The Wilderness Journey is why I read Christian fiction. The story especially resonated with me, and anyone with physical or emotional scars will easily be touched by it. With the ruggedly beautiful Canadian Rockies as a backdrop, Joseph and Monti’s story is atmospheric, heartwarming, and inspirational. Misty M. Beller is a new author to me and has quickly become a favorite. Beller engages the senses with her vivid descriptions of the Canadian Rockies of 1851, and I was immersed in this setting that was such an integral part of Joseph and Monti’s story. There are times of tenderness and humor, as well as great adventure. Monti and Joseph are well-drawn and compelling characters, and I loved coming to know them well as the narrative unfolds. Joseph, twin brother of Emma from This Treacherous Journey, is a wanderer, unable to find contentment and put down roots. He carries great insecurity due to a physical injury that left him handicapped. Monti was “delicate and cultured on moment, striding right through the bounds of decorum the next if she saw a need she could fill.” As these two embark upon a journey that is both physical and spiritual, stages of their relationship are clearly shown and realistically developed – from their first meeting as strangers, to a respectful friendship, to something deeper and special. I loved how Beller’s creative use of journal entries at the beginning of each chapter provide a glimpse into their hearts. “You are the man God made you to be, Joseph Malcom. The things that happened to you don’t have the power to make you more or less than that.” - Monti Monti is many things – a woman of strength and determination, a heart for ministering to Indian tribes – and with a godly wisdom that sees into Joseph’s heart, wanting to prove that his injury doesn’t define him. The Wilderness Journey is a story of faith lived out daily, a faith that allows room for doubts and questions. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful western historical romance. I loved Monti and Joseph. Each of these characters learns how to cope in the wilderness in different ways. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Both characters learn to trust in God again. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
conniet729 More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book. The descriptions in this story are amazing. I always enjoy everything that I have read from this author. This is the 2nd book in the series, and can be read as a stand-alone. The storyline is intriguing, moves at a comfortable pace, has well written characters and is very enjoyable. I really enjoyed that the characters had flaws, baggage that they struggled with. I always love when characters are real. I look forward to more from this author. I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging program. All thoughts are my own.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
I’ve been waiting for Joseph’s story since we met him in This Treacherous Journey, and I was not disappointed. He’s been through a lot and is understandably reserved but boy howdy is he swoony when he puts his heart to it! Monti and Joseph’s journey from cautious strangers to a sweet friendship to a ‘friendship set on fire’ romance is truly enjoyable to follow. There are some incredibly tender moments between them, as well as some passionate kisses. But both of them are wounded souls, in some form or other, and part of the tenderness of their journey is watching them choose to trust the other person despite the risk. I really loved the ‘journal entries’ from Monti and Joseph that began each chapter – short snippets that give us a little insight into their thoughts and feelings beyond what Beller has already given us in the narrative. Another highlight for me is Joseph’s faith journey – especially when seen in contrast to Monti’s relationship with God. In many ways, Joseph has been on his own wilderness journey – one of self-doubt, bitterness, and self-imposed loneliness. She never sets out to bring him back to God specifically; rather what he sees in her nudges the shriveled faith in his own heart and brings him to a crossroads of sorts. Beller does all this in a way that is never preachy but always feels organic to the story and yet also speaks to the reader’s heart in the process. "The things that happened to you don’t have the power to make you more or less than who you are. It’s up to you to decide whether you’ll live up to His plan for you." Bottom Line: Another must-read for fans of rugged adventure, strong heroines, heroes of integrity, and gentle messages of faith. The treacherous setting of the northern Rocky Mountains adds to the sense of adventure and may even keep your heart in your throat on more than one occasion. Monti and Joseph are separately endearing as people, and together as strangers-becoming-friends-becoming-more they are truly delightful. They treat each other’s rough edges with tenderness and humor, and their journey through the rigors of the wilderness (both physical and spiritual) is inspiring. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Carpe_Diem More than 1 year ago
A highly enjoyable novel filled with adventure, drama, tension and tenderness set in a breathtakingly beautiful and wild locale. The power of love overcomes even the most difficult of circumstances, and enables two hurting people to embrace their faith and trust God with the outcome. This author is very adept at this genre, and this second in her Heart of the Mountains series is another example of her writing prowess. This specific novel could stand alone but is a great follow up to Beller’s This Treacherous Journey (reviewed here A highly recommended series! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not required, no compensation was received, and all views expressed are my own.
Ourpugs More than 1 year ago
This wilderness journey Joseph is asked to guide Monti through the wilderness to her cousin to help with his mission work with the Indians. Set in the 1800’s where there is a lot of unsettle land. Only can go on horseback. Joseph is surprised to find out she is a girl. I really loved the part of Monti where she cared for and like to study health issues. Enjoyed having Joseph sister from the first book in the story and her family. Definitely added a lot to the story. I would love to see another book with more of the mission involvement with the Indians. I received an complementary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review and these opinions are my own.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I knew from the first few pages that this would be a great adventure. Joseph has been assigned to escort Monti Bergerson safely. I laughed when they meet and Joseph is shocked to find out Monti is a woman. Their journey will take them into dangerous territories and Joseph isn't sure Monti will survive. He tries everything to talk her out of going, but to no avail. Monti is one tough woman. After losing her mother she decides to take a trip to minister to the Indians. I loved her faith and how determined she was to do what God had called her to do. I can't imagine being in the wilderness having to depend on a stranger to keep me safe. I loved the description of the area and how protective Joseph was of Monti. When it became obvious that Monti knew nothing about cooking, I had to laugh. Monti and I have something in common when it comes to cooking. Many disasters later, my husband is the official cook in the family. It was nice to read about Monti meeting Joseph's sister. Emma is a gentle person and made Monti feel right at home. There is a part in the story where the two main characters share a moment that was written so eloquently that I found it to be one of the best parts of the story. The author does a good job of talking about Monti being with the Indians. It shows how gentle her heart is and how brave she is to tend to their needs. It is a good story that has adventure, faith and romance. I enjoyed getting to know Monti and Joseph. Will they find what they are looking for to be happy? "The things that happened to you don't have the power to make you more or less than that. It's up to you to decide whether you'll live up to His plan for you." I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I have wanted to read a book by author Misty M. Beller for a while now, and This Wilderness Journey was my first. This is a story about a young woman, Monti, who has lost everything and is coming into the Canadian frontier to be a missionary alongside her cousin to the Native peoples. This is also a story of Joseph Malcom, who has been in Canada for a little while with his twin sister’s family. Both characters are carrying around a lot of baggage. Joseph due the fact that he is a wanderer: forever looking for something to make him happy. Add to that his is crippled in one hand due to an accident. In Monti’s case we get glimpses of what her past life was like. I do wish we had more of a backstory on her, but both are looking for some kind of forever. I liked the setting and getting a glimpse of the Canadian frontier and the tribes who lived there. This was a romance through and through which I enjoyed immensely and I look forward to more of Beller’s works. 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.
Kwayzimm More than 1 year ago
Yet another wonderful read from Misty M. Beller. Misty always provides just the right about of intrigue, danger, adventure and romance. in This Wilderness Journey Joseph sets out on an errand for his friend Antoine, a priest with a heart and mission for the local Indians. Antoine has asked Joseph to meet his cousin Monti and bring Monti across the mountains to work with him in his ministry to the Indians. Joseph is met with a bit of a surprise when he gets to town and meets Monti. I'm not one to give spoilers so I encourage you to read the book for yourself to fine out what the surprise is and the adventure that ensues as Joseph and Monti travel and get to know one another. Trust me, it will be well worth your time. (
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this read, the second book in this series, and yes it does read alone, but we are reunited with past characters. I loved how these characters lived their faith, and then shared their love of God with others. The setting is the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and the author’s word pictures are beautiful. We are with Joseph when he picks up Monti to lead her to her uncle, and finds out Monti is not a guy. I loved how Monti shares her knowledge with the Indians and seems to have a lot of compassion for others, including Joseph. Can these two hurting individuals forge a relationship. Watch as this journey continues and we are let into their lives. I received this book through Celebrate Lit Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
Misty M Beller can tell a story that has you holding your breath and wondering just how they are going to get out of this situation! Blizzards, Indians, danger at every turn.. I really enjoyed this story in the Canadian Rockies. I was gifted a copy through Celebrate Lit and my review is voluntary.
bellesmoma16 More than 1 year ago
This Wilderness Journey is my first read of a Misty M. Beller book, but it will not be my last. This book has it all — a beautiful and sad heroine, a dashing but damaged hero, rugged and beautiful landscapes, adventures, dangers, kidnapping, and a friendship that quickly blossoms into a very sweet romance. I found myself tearing through the pages of this book. When I had to put the book down, I was so frustrated because I just wanted to know what was coming next…and next…and next! It is a common practice to think that bad things happening to us means that God is mad or disappointed in us. This could not be further from the truth, but it certainly does feel this way. When life gets tough, God expects us to go to Him. He isn’t allowing circumstances into our lives so that we will give up, stay stagnant, and play the blame game. But, that is what a lot of people do. I admit I’ve done it in my lifetime. Joseph Malcom, the hero of This Wilderness Journey, plays the blame game. He believes that if God had loved him, God wouldn’t have allowed him to get hurt. Joseph closes off his relationship with Jesus, and with anyone who could be a lifelong partner. It takes a very strong woman, Monti Bergeron, to step up to Joseph and force him to see that having a flaw doesn’t mean that God thinks he is useless. Joseph realizes that he needs to man up, put things right between himself and God, and live the life God meant for him to live. For me, the lesson Joseph learns in this book is a great reminder that when God allows bad to happen in my life, I need to go to God first so He can show me how to navigate my path and still be the woman He wants me to be — flaws and all. This Wilderness Journey is a really good read. It’s engaging and fast paced. It has a sweet romance that builds well over the course of the story. And, it has some pretty timely lessons that I found I needed to hear again. If you are looking for a good read, check out This Wilderness Journey today! I received a review copy of this novel in paperback form from the author via Celebrate Lit. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. To read my full review, go to:
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
This Wilderness Journey by Misty Beller The overall tone of the story is quiet, peaceful, and restful, yet with a touch of adventure. I thought the way the author used the term “Indians” for the natives of the area was quite appropriate because in the mid-19th century, that is how they were known. That is just one example of the way she gave the sense of time and place through the story. There is a strong Christian message; however, I wish there was a more obvious point where Joseph realized that God’s love extended to him as well as to Monti. The allusion to his shame over something in his past wasn’t explained more. Perhaps it was explained in the first book of this series but as this book is about him, it seems like it should have been described here as well. Overall, the story was very good and enjoyable. This is a great option for readers of historical fiction that takes place in the “Old West”. This review was originally posted on Be sure to read Misty's Guest Post and get a preview of This Wilderness Journey at I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Brace yourselves for a rugged trek through the wilderness of the northern Rockies with two endearing lead characters, familiar faces, and a clash of cultures along the way. Joseph Malcom is an all-around good guy, fierce protector, and skilled mountain man. Monti Bergeron is a determined, independent, and complex young woman. With some mild meddling from a couple of secondary characters, our hero and heroine learn important lessons about their faith and about themselves. This setting is appropriately larger than life yet God's presence and everlasting hope is the prevailing force in the storyline. I enjoyed this encouraging story and its authentically flawed characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I loved Joseph in the first book of the series, so I was so excited to read his story! He was such a fun and light-hearted character, but that part of him is not as apparent in this book since he's weighed down by an injury that makes daily tasks difficult. Over time and with Monti's influence, his good humor does start to shine through again. Monti was sweet and compassionate, and I admired her determination and independence on her journey and with the Native American tribe her uncle ministered to. The author descriptive writing had me transported to the setting and experiencing the harshness and perils of the wilderness with the characters. The pace of the book was steady, with periods of contemplation that slowed things down a bit, but overall it was an enjoyable story in a great wilderness setting. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Plunsford More than 1 year ago
Misty Beller has written another five star adventurous book!! She wrote such vivid descriptions I could see and feel the cold snowy mountain Joseph and Monti had to cross, hear the sounds of an Indian Village as Monti walked in for the first time. Felt fear when an enemy tribe was nearby. Laughed and felt good deep inside in some parts of the book. I felt so bad for Joseph and loved how Monti tried to help him. Most of all God’s love, forgiveness, salvation and redemption is woven throughout this beautiful book. I’m anxiously waiting for book three!!!!! I received this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are my own. Sent from my iPhone
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
This Wilderness Journey is the second installment from Misty Beller’s Heart of the Mountains series. It is, also, one of the many reasons why she is among my favorite authors. The vivid and descriptive details of the setting, made me just imagine the beautiful scenery of the area. I love reading Monti and Joseph’s story. Just a wonderful telling of how important it is to have a relationship with God. I give This Wilderness Journey 5+ stars and I highly recommend it. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Joseph Malcom agrees to escort the priest's cousin to the wilderness cabin having no idea the "cousin" is a female! Joseph is a strong character from the first book in the Heart of the Mountains series. Monti is a French princess to Joseph's mind and heart! Monti is a strong female protagonist who has never ridden a horse before and must adapt to wilderness living and ministering to the Indian tribes. Joseph lost the use of all the fingers on one hand in an accident and feels useless. This Wilderness Journey was a great book set in the Canadian west. Although it is part of a series, it is good as a stand alone book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I received a complimentary e-book from the author. This is my honest opinion.
TerriDlovestoread More than 1 year ago
Misty Beller takes us on another journey in to the Canadian Rocky Mountains to see how Joseph Malcom is doing. If you remember, Joseph is the twin brother of Emma Malcom. He and Emma were safely guided by Simeon Grant to their aunt and uncles home to escape Emma’s past troubles in book 1 The Treacherous Journey. Joseph endured difficult times on that journey. Emma and Simeon fell in love and married and now have a cabin close to their aunt and uncles ranch. Now we pick up where we left off with Joseph. In the year since they arrived he has wandered these beautiful mountains in search of something. A terrible accident several months back left him with an injury to his left hand so he now feels he has nothing of offer anyone. God has other ideas. Father Antoine Bergeron has a great favor to ask of Joseph. Retrieve his cousin Monti from the fort and get his cousin safely to him. No worries, Joseph can do that but again God has other plans than Joseph realizes. Monti isn’t what Joseph expected. This book is so full of adventures, trusting God’s word even when we don’t understand and finding true love. Misty Beller has the ability to take us back in time to where we can see how the rugged mountain homes were and to feel what the characters must have felt who lived it. We get to experience the fears and heartache but also watch love blossom and yearn for the faith it takes to survive in this Rocky Mountain wilderness. I received an early copy to read and review and give my honest opinion. I love everything about this book. The challenges, the suspense, the hardships and heartaches, the interactions with the Indian tribes and the faith required to learn to love and allow that love to blossom. I highly recommend this book and if you haven’t read the first one I would recommend it as well. You don’t have to read it to enjoy this one but you will love it too.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
This was the second book from this author I have read, and they are both full of adventure and great reads. I enjoyed the fast pace and the characters were very likeable. Joseph Malcom, who feels he is not good enough anymore because of an accident while caused damage to his hand helps Monti Bergeron arrive at her destination to help her cousin in caring for the needs of the friendly Indians. Their journey is fraught with adventure and as they continue to come in contact together after their trip, they begin to have feelings towards one another. It's an interesting and well written book, and you will not want to miss it. I received an ebook copy of this book from the author. All thoughts are my own.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
Ah, I do love Misty Beller's books. If you've enjoyed her previous books, you will definitely love this one. If you haven't read any of her books but love historical romance (this is set in the 1850s in the Canadian Rocky Mountains), you need to read this book. This is the second book in the Heart of the Mountains series but can be read as a stand-alone. Emma, Joseph's twin sister, and her husband Simeon play a large role in this story but you don't necessarily need to know their story to enjoy Joseph's story. The author, as always, combines fluid and easy-to-read writing with beautiful breath-taking descriptions of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in 1852. The wilderness is majestic and haunting and the incorporation of relationships with the natives into the plot is delightful. The characters are memorable and lovable. Joseph, in particular, tugged at my heartstrings from page one. He is emotionally and spiritually broken from an accident and doesn't know how to find his way back to who he was before the injury. He is intelligent, capable, and full of love but doesn't think he's worthy of Monti. Monti comes to that part of Canada to help her cousin with his missionary work and takes her calling quite seriously. It takes Monti's patient love and a few scary events for Joseph to find his way back to a loving and gracious God and to fully accept Monti's love. Monti, on the other hand, has to slowly learn to let others into her heart and to depend on others for help, even in her very independent and feisty state of being. I was happy to see Emma and Simeon in this story (for I fell in love with them in the first book) and am holding my breath for the next book......who would it be about? I received a copy of this book from the author. A favorable review was not required. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This Wilderness Journey is a beautiful, romantic, adventurous addition to the Heart of the Mountains series. It is book two in the series, yet stands alone if you have not read book one, This Treacherous Journey. Joseph battled some pretty significant insecurities and Monti was determined to follow God’s will for her life in this new land. I connected with these characters early on in the novel and felt a desire for Monti and Joseph to find their happily ever after! And what an emotional journey they traveled together by the end of the book! This story had so many of the elements that I love in a novel, including great chemistry between the main characters, adventure, growth in the spiritual journeys of the characters, and a sweet epilogue that left me smiling. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.