I found myself reading through Hope's Highest Mountain at a record speed. It was an easy, enjoyable read. I could not wait to find out what happened next to Ingrid and Micah because each chapter was filled with tension. I did not want to put the book down. I even stayed up late one evening to finish this enjoyable story by Misty M. Beller.
The two main characters of Hope's Highest Mountain are Ingrid Chastain and Micah Bradley. Their lives become intertwined through an unfortunate accident when the wagon on which Ingrid was traveling (to reach Settler's Fort and bring smallpox vaccines) crashes over the mountain, leaving her as its only survivor. Micah, a non-practicing doctor, was living by himself in the mountains after the tragic death of his wife and daughter.
Misty M. Beller created well-developed characters including Samuel and his mother, Joanna, that joined Ingrid and Micah on their journey through the snow-covered mountains to Settler's Fort. I felt I was able to connect with the characters on a personal level. They really came to life! The story of Micah and his loss as well as Ingrid's injury and her own loss at the beginning of the book were poignant and meaningful. I found myself crying on numerous occasions as I connected with the troubles and plight of the characters as they struggled to get to Settler's Fort.
Some may argue that there were too many things that went wrong for the characters as they trekked through the snow-covered mountains with their precious cargo but I do not find that to be the case. Keeping in mind that Hope's Highest Mountain is set during an approaching winter in the 1800s with a smallpox outbreak, there are so many things that could go wrong for the characters. These events and hurdles allowed Ingrid to demonstrate her trust and faith in God. In turn, Ingrid served as a role model for Micah as he developed a new relationship with God.
In the end, I think the only thing that disappointed me was that the ending did not explore what happened to Joanna and Samuel in more detail but I think they might show up in another book. (I hope they do!)
I recommend Hope's Highest Mountain to fans of Christian Romance, fiction, and historical fiction. After this first experience reading a book by Misty M. Beller, I will be on the lookout for more of her works.
Want to Know More About the Author
Abbreviated Biography from Misty M. Beller's website:
"Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams Series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy.
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."