Will her mountains—spiritual, emotional, and physical—destroy her? Or will she survive?
Tatum Kessler, a timid, thirty-something woman who actively avoids risk, thinks she has her perfect life planned with the man of her dreams. But he seldom speaks of his past. And, in contrast to her, he gets his greatest thrills from the extreme sport of mountain climbing—on Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountain peaks.
Tatum finds that what seems too good to be true, probably is. Through an avalanche of tragedies, as she works her way through suspense and intrigue, she learns that risks of love—and rescue—are worth taking.
A debut, contemporary novel about trusting others, holding to faith in God, and living to the extreme.
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This book deals a lot with personal loss and how individuals cope with the unimaginable. Futile attempts to control everything contrasts starkly with choosing to trust God in both the big and small things of life. Faith is an important element in the lives of the majority of characters, some of whom are very vocal about their faith, even when they struggle with trusting God. Many of the characters have faced terrible losses, but the focus is primarily on Tatum as the main character. Her fears try to control her, and the battle is realistic with some progress followed by sliding into doubt, then more progress. She changes a lot through the book, going from fearful to much more confident as the story moves ahead. Several secondary characters undergo transformation, too, though a couple remain static. Suspenseful moments abound, though nothing gets overly intense. Several dangerous rescues are detailed and those who have an interest in how mountain rescue teams operate will find much to enjoy here. Obviously well researched, there is a wealth of information incorporated into the tale, especially the more action-oriented passages. This debut novel had a few hiccups in dialogue and spiritual content sometimes feeling a bit forced. Many of these issues will undoubtedly work themselves out as the author continues to write stories of people dealing with difficult situations and relying on God in both good times and bad. I received a review copy of this book from the author but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
I love reading! And I especially love reading stories set in my state. Set in the mountains of Colorado, To Conquer a Mountain is one of those books about a woman who has had a very difficult life and how she is an overcomer of those hardships. It is also a story of new beginnings. From almost on the first page, Tatum is depicted as a person who has many fears and avoids risk. It is not all that hard to identify with her as a character, particularly if the reader is a person who has fears in this life. And then when she steps out in faith to take a risk and climb a mountain for the first time, she faces her first tragedy. And from that tragedy her life takes an unexpected turn. Over the course of the book, the reader learns of Tatum’s faith and also her ability challenge her fears. When the life she has planned for herself takes a turn, she begins to learn that sometimes what we plan for ourselves is not what God has planned for us. As time goes by, Tatum learns to open her heart to other people and her life to other experiences. The book not only has suspense and thrills, but enough romance to keep it interesting for almost any reader. Ms. Flierl exhibited a very good knowledge of the areas of Colorado described in the book and appeared to have researched the activities of Mountain Rescue quite thoroughly. After reading the book, certainly a person could be encouraged to visit the area if they have not already done so. In particular, I would like to visit the tea shop on a snowy afternoon and sit and read. It felt so warm and cozy from her description. And being a Southern girl myself, I think I would enjoy a chat with Georgia and some of the other characters in the book. I hope there will be a second story with some of them.