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The Lady and the Mountain Man

(Mountain Dreams #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,599 ratings  ·  271 reviews
Leah Townsend, a recently orphaned heiress, flees Richmond after uncovering her fiancé’s plot to kill her after their wedding. Through God’s leading, she 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, ...more
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Misty M. Beller Books, Inc.
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Pleasantly surprised by this Kindle freebie! The quality of writing matches the other books I read, no complaints there. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and especially the setting. I've already re-read my favorite parts :) Planning to buy the e-books of the rest of the series!
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle
The Lady and the Mountain Man (2014, Misty M. Beller Books, Inc.), first in the Mountain Dreams series by Misty M. Beller, is a standalone Christian historical romance set mostly in 1874 Montana. I picked up this novel for free because it's in a genre I love, and the reviews were very high. Regardless, since it's an independently published book, I went into it somewhat skeptically. I needn't have worried, as I loved it! My husband occasionally listens to Audible versions of my books, and he ...more
The Lady and the Mountain Man by Misty M. Beller may very well be one of my all-time favorite books! I’m a sucker for historical fiction and when it is written well, as this one is, with a sweet romance AND it’s CLEAN, well you’ve got yourself a winning story. Leah Townsend flees her home when she learns that her betrothed plans to kill her on her wedding night in order to secure her inheritance. Needing somewhere to hide that he cannot find her, she answers an ad for a bride in the Montana ...more
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a wonderful story this is. I count myself extremely blessed to have won a copy of this book recently. I thoroughly enjoyed it from the start to the finish and I am now looking forward to reading future books from this author. What a great debut novel.

The Lady and the Mountain Man has everything I want in a book. There is danger and a heroine who learns that she is stronger than she ever knew. I really liked Leah Townsend. Not only is she a godly woman, but she tries to make the best of
Rebekah Morris
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I knew nothing about this book when I started reading it as it was in a collection I had. It starts out very dramatically with a lady overhearing her fiancé talk about killing her after she’s gotten her inheritance. She runs away like any sane person would do and ends up in Montana, as a mail order bride.

But that’s not all the drama. Broken leg. Yep. Broken ribs? Yep. Other injuries? Yep. Guy has to take care of injured girl? Yep. Girl have to take care of injured guy? Yep. Blood and stuff? Yep.
Lydia Howe
I've never read a book that is about a mail order bride before. The reason I read this book is because I received it free after signing up for a bunch of author newsletters (like 50 at once) from a giveaway a couple weeks ago. I was still figuring I wouldn't read the book except for the fact that the blurb said she was running away from a man who wanted to kill her after she married him. *That* isn't the kind of book I generally read either, but for some reason it caught my attention this time. ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I just loved this book the whole way through! The characters were very well-developed, and the reason for Leah to respond to the ad was quite believable, as well as her strong, but not perfect, faith. I also liked the fact that the main characters had Bible names. The descriptions of the characters, scenery, and other things were quite endearing and interesting, which slightly surprised me. There are some suggestive scenes in the book, such as attempted rape, a kidnapping, (and the ...more
Jackie Layton
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this story! Leah's adventure from the moment she flees her fiance will keep you turning the pages of this story. You'll smile, you'll sigh, and you may even cry.

Nothing is easy in the rugged time and setting of this story. Leah arrives to a shock and has a lot to learn from the moment she arrives. She makes friends with the people and learns to appreciate the land, and along the way she falls for a grieving man who will barely say two words to her.

I enjoyed Leah's strength and
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good, can't-put-it-down kind of book! Quite a lot happens in a short space of time, but it made the story all the more adventurous and enjoyable. I liked reading about how Leah adapted to ranch life after living a life of luxury and her attempts to bring Gideon out of his silent shell. Gideon, Leah and Miriam felt like old friends by the time the book finished and I'm looking forward to reading the next one! 4.5 stars.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Leah's father set up a marriage for her as a good business match. Leah overhears her intended plotting to kill her once he gets her fortune. The rest of the story is her escaping him and people he sends to find her.
She ends up going someplace he'd never expect her to go, to the outskirts of some small mountain community on a remote ranch to become a bride. Problem is, the man she intends to marry is dead and only his older brother and little sister are there, and even though the brother (Gideon)
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
whatever happened with Emily?

I enjoyed the story. The one loose end was a character that was never followed up with. Probably just my own complaint because I always want to know what all the characters are up to even when the book is finished
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
A nice story of survival but a bit too much religion for me.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Beller. It was a sweet little romance with quite a bit of intrigue. I really liked the idea of the plot, which is what drew me to the book in the first place. Girl running from a murderous fiance ends up in the glorious wild mountains? Yes please! Add the green-eyed, broken mountain man and his spunky younger sister and I figured I could at least stick around to see what I thought.

I loved the scenery, first of all. The author writes the setting very convincingly. I
Julie Barrett
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Lady and the Mountain Main by Misty M. Beller
1860's She was to be married and then her father died. Her new to be husband she finds with another man discussing old details and she hears he wants to kill her like he did his last wife.
They are to be married and he will take over everything-she was to inherit the following February as her father's will stated. She takes off and with help ends up traveling by train to St. Louis where she sees advertisements for brides to head to the west.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy Misty Beller’s books and this title was no exception. Her character development was spot on. Leah shows a strong faith in God throughout the story. She also exhibits a very strong character - somewhat unusual for a woman of her background. Gideon has a lot of loss in his life - both of his parents, his wife, his brother who was also his partner - as a result he is full of bitterness. Gideon shows so much growth in this story as he learns (re-learns) to trust God in all things. Miriam in ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Leah Townsend flees her home in Richmond, Virginia after overhearing her fiancée plotting to kill her. Her father passed leaving her a sizable inheritance. He also arranged Leah’s marriage to Simon Talbert, his business associate.

Her father signed a contract to marry her off to seal a business partnership with Simon.

After receiving God’s direction to flee Richmond, she moves to St. Louis, Missouri. Emily, her friend and companion has a family there and she’s promised to send them a wire, so
Megan Allen
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure how I’d like this book from from the first paragraphs I was hooked!!!!!!!!! A wonderful story. It warmed my heart and filled my soul. So glad there are many more books by this author. I’ll be busy for a while
Sarah Ruut
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heartwarming tale in a majestic mountain setting

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
Tim Setzer
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an exciting book! It grabs your attention right from the start with a suspenseful plot, and then brings you right along with romantic and humorous subplots. It's the story of a recently orphaned heiress who flees her Southern hometown after discovering her fiancé plans to kill her shortly after their wedding. She eventually finds refuge, and danger, in the Montana Territory. Gideon Bryant, however, isn't enamored with this new refugee! He has been deeply hurt by the loss of loved ones and ...more
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sweet Christian romance

Leah, a wealthy heiress leaves her home in fear for her life. She Overheard Her fiancé talking about getting rid of her after they were married like his first wife. Leah winds up in Montana. God has looked over her and brought people into her life leading her to Gideon's cabin. His sister Miriam hit it off at the start & Leah learns so much about surviving mountain life. She loves it there and feels useful for the first time in her life. Gideon is drawn to her but has
Ginger Solomon
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this started with the oft used plot of the girl running from an evil suitor, it quickly switched directions. I loved the unexpected things that worked together to join Lean and Gideon to one another. It's just the way God works good from those things that seem insurmountably bad.

I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Janet Ferguson
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fiction
If you enjoy historical fiction, ranch life, and romance, this sweet story will warm your heart! Enjoy!
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Good Read

A little intrique, little romance, a little mystery, and a lot of good reading. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Dedra Jacobs
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good book

Easy read. Good characters and story line. Left me feeling good inside. Loved the setting and time frame. Good romance.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Lady and the Mountain Man (Mountain Dreams #1)
by Misty M. Beller (Goodreads Author)
Leah Townsend, whose father had pledged her to a man for business, she hears her fiancé’ plotting to kill her after the wedding. He wants the inheritance she’ll receive after she reaches 21. She knows she needs to get out of Richmond and find a place to hide, and so she decides to answer a request for a bride to a God-fearing young rancher in the Montana Territory. She sends a notice as to the date she’ll
Sarah B White
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Society Lady Becomes Mail Order Bride

Leah Townsend overheard the man her father had wanted her to marry tell his friend that if Leah was disagreeable that he would wait until after her twenty-third birthday to arrange an accident so he could find someone more agreeable and mentioned that it had worked well with his first bride.

Leah was upset about and went to her companion and let her know the situation. Emily told her they would find a way to prevent this. Emily suggested that Leah travel
vaneeta naik
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Lady and the Mountain Man by Misty M. Beller is my 1st book by d author dat i ve was a nice story’s CLEAN & a Sweet Romance....
i somehow dont like a mail order bride novel ....but d caption , cover got my imagination & thought would give it a try.... i am happy to say i was not disappointed... the story was straightforward...writing style simple ... d pace was fast ....
A well written & developed plot....

The heroine Leah is bold & a believer in God... she is
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a new-to-me-author and the story was quite the adventure! Set in 1874 Richmond, Virginia, Leah Townsend’s father has legally contracted her to marry Simon Talbert in a short period of time. She overhears Simon talking privately how he poisoned his first wife. In the discussion diabolical Simon hasn’t decided how he will dispense with Leah after she’s received her inheritance and her father’s estates are legally his. With both her father and mother dead, what will she do? She confides in ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kudos to Misty M. Beller on an excellent story of surviving the ruggedness of Montana mountain life in the 1800's. This well-done story deals with so many issues prevalent in those days, and takes the reader into the dangers of arranged marriages, long and tedious travel, robbery, dangers from animals and from humans who acted like animals, but it also takes us into the hearts of the kind, the loving, the courageous, the Godly and those who are willing to live to fight and attain their dreams. ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
She isn't your typical lady, but then, he isn't your typical mountain man. Is there really such a thing? Anyway, it was a fun book. I really enjoyed it and the challenges she faces, especially with regard to the mountain man's determination not to let her get too close. He brought a wife to his remote cabin that he shares with his sister once before and regrets it. He doesn't want to do it again. She is escaping an arranged marriage with a man who wants to kill her as soon as they are married so ...more
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Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. For a limited time, you can get her bestselling novel, The Lady and the Mountain Man, FREE here:

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

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