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Hills of Nevermore

(Montana Gold #1)

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Can a young widow hide her secret shame from the Irish preacher bent on helping her survive?

In an Idaho Territory boom town, America Liberty Reed overhears circuit preacher Shane Hayes try to persuade a hotel owner to close his saloon on Sunday. Shane lands face-down in the mud for his trouble, and there’s talk of shooting him. America intervenes and finds herself in an
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Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Mountain Brook Ink
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Nursebookie
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Janalyn Voigt shapes a story of a very well researched historical fiction set during the 1860's, while the country is in turmoil. The setting is in a booming Virginia City mining town, where news of a gold rush is bringing in a lot of people out west through the wagon train. Some are needing new starts, some are brought by greed, and some are trying to offer God's salvation and redemption as a personal calling. The main characters are America a widow with a 3 month old daughter Liberty, and Addi ...more
Andi
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: empty-shelf-2019
This is a book set during the 1860's and is a wild west story. Before Janalyn Voight my only western reading has been Mary Connealy.
I found this story okay. I live in Idaho so I enjoyed the parts that were set in Idaho. I had a hard time relating to America Liberty. The name alone made me giggle. It felt like the author was trying too hard to make America a likable character instead of allowing the reader to get invested in her.

Overall, it was a good read.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this
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Tracie
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pleasant Surprise

Normally, I wouldn’t gravitate to reading a book about the “wild west.” But Hills of Nevermore is not a “western.” It’s a wonderful story about two widows, America and Addie, who find who find a way to make a living after their wagon train reaches its destination in Montana. They decide to follow the gold rush to Alder Gulch. Nate goes along to find gold with the hope of eventually winning Addie and her son. Shane, the itinerant preacher, incorporates Alder Gulch to his circuit,
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
HILLS OF NEVERMORE is a story about three main characters as they face the challenges of living in the lawless Idaho mining towns while trying to eke out their own happiness. There's danger and injustice, but also friendship, family, and love. Christian historical romance fans may enjoy this one.

There was quite a bit going on in this story. There are three main characters who are all trying to figure out how to make things work and where to place their faith. America has held on to a past sin an
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Marlene
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
America Liberty Reed is a young widow on a wagon train to the gold fields of Nevada with a little baby and a big secret. She’s packing a whole wagon-load of guilt along with her meager belongings, not just over the secret she wants to leave behind but all about her entire trip west. A young woman alone with an infant, unable to handle all the work needed to keep her wagon on the trail, she has relied on the help of Addie Martin, another widow, but one with a teenage son and a big dream. Addie pl ...more
Suzie Waltner
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve only read a couple of Janalyn Voigt’s fantasy novels, so I figured I’d give her historical/western ventures a go. While the setting and prose were wonderful in some regards, I found the story lacking in a few areas, making this one a middle-of-the-road read for my personal preferences.

There were a couple instances where the timeline is questionable. Other times it’s obvious how much time has passed, though. My biggest distraction with this book is the way the author tells the reader Shane i
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Laura
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Author Janalyn Voigt writes novels within a variety of genres; she is most likely more well-known for her Medieval Fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven. The author has also penned romantic suspense and Western Historical Romance.

Hills of Nevermore, published in 2017, is the first of Janalyn Voigt’s Montana Gold series. Historically researched, this story is focused on the mining town of Virginia City. Young widow America Liberty Reed travels west with her young baby, enduring the hardships of trav
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Kendra Neal
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy a good Western and a good romance, and this book has both in one. It is also a Historical Fiction and Christian Fiction genre! The book is set in the 1860's and the author, Janalyn Voigt, really did her research and the time period really comes to life.

The 2 main characters, America and Addie, are both widows with young children. America misses the Wagon Train and is rescued by American Indians. Addie heads west to start her own restaurant. America works with Addie until she can
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Jane
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed Janalyn Voigt Young Adult Fantasy novels. Hills of Nevermore is book one in the Montana Gold Series, an historical fiction series. Her writing style is very different in this book.

Author Janalyn Voigt does a good job of incorporating history into her story. It is a clean romance although America Reed does have a somewhat tainted past - details are not included in the text. The book actually contains two romance stories and readers will get caught up in both of them.

At times I felt
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Pam
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hills of Nevermore is a historical western featuring two young widows with children who form a bond on their wagon train journey to the west and decide to work together to establish a restaurant in the gold fields. As can be expected the long road to that dream is filled with action and danger which includes some Indians, drunken miners, corrupt law enforcement, and road bandits. The Old West was definitely not the most forgiving place to start over, especially as a woman but as most readers can ...more
Connie Carpenter
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! This was a new to me author, and I loved how carefully researched her work was. She put a lot of effort into making sure her story was historically accurate. The setting is in a booming Virginia City mining town. The excitement of a gold rush and get rich fast is growing the town quickly. We meet a young widow, with a small child and a whole lot of baggage from her past. Will she be able to start fresh? Will the ones that are assisting her be able to understand her sit ...more
Shonda
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great story! The characters were so wonderful and I enjoyed all of them. Each character brought so much to the story and I felt as if I came to know them personally. If I had to pick you favorite I think it would be the Pastor Shane. I loved his endurance and his heart for God. There is so much going on in this book that the readers feels as if they are living a whole new life. There is romance, danger, and Indians! The historical parts of this book was so interesting, this was such a ...more
Robin E. Mason
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Threads of lovely prose wove through this story. Life in a wagon train had to be some of the most challenging and brutal conditions, and Ms. Voigt gives the reader a glimpse of the rugged conditions.
This reviewer spent many years living in the shadows if not in shame—I wanted to jar America from her self-imposed prison but I totally understand the lack of self-worth. And then to be constantly confronted with an outspoken preacher!
Said outspoken preacher, while caring and driven, annoyed me to no
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Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

This story involves two recent widows, America and Addie crossing the country with a wagon train, wanting to open their own business so their can make their own way. But traveling by wagin train is a dangerous journey with Indians on the trail, and stops in towns and villages where men are evil and women are scarce. Author Janalyn Voigt details this journey, weaving in all of the good and the bad, with even a preacher in the mix! The likeable and realistic characters wer
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Sarah
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Opening with a wagon train journey, Janalyn Voigt’s “Hills of Nevermore” offers plenty of action along with romance and faith. I have always loved tales set in the nineteenth century, but I have not read many from the Western genre, a dearth that I am trying to remedy. The tropes that I have seen thus far are fairly universal, focusing on the well-known “Wild West” moniker and the telltale lawlessness of the western territories. This provides a prime opportunity for Christian fiction set during ...more
Karen
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The Old West genre is something I don’t normally read but I can say this one opened up a new interest! America and Abbie meet on a wagon train headed west after both are newly widowed. We watch Abbie’s son Travis go from being a 13 year old “kid” to a young man who learns to embrace the role of protector over his mother as the man of the family. And America’s newborn daughter Liberty of course, steals the show! They are met with some dastardly characters and situations but develop strength of ch ...more
Edward Arrington
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a good western with a lot of action and drama. It needs good guys and bad guys, some Indians, danger, people of strong faith, and some real adventure. This story has all of that and some romance for those who don’t want to read a novel with no romance. In fact, there are two lovely widows in this story and maybe several men who are interested in them. Most of the story takes place in Virginia City and the surrounding area. The author does a great job of describing the characters with thei ...more
Rachael (bluestockings_and_books)
This book was better than I was expecting it to be. I received a free digital copy of the book to review it, but that did not change my opinion. I had seen the author on bookstagram, so I wanted to read one of her books. Who knows, she could have been my next favorite author. It was a good book, but not my favorite. It was clean, but the romance kind of took over the whole book. The guy saw the girl and couldn't stop thinking about her. I love how he was committed to his faith and also thought o ...more
Abigail Harris
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Review of Hills of Nevermore: Starting this book I expected it to be okay, maybe I wouldn't love it or even like it but I was pleasantly surprised. Their was a hidden depth to this charming little gold rush story. The characters were well developed and individually interesting with the couple's romances were sweet author being an overwhelming part of the book.
As it was set during and set a harsh time and setting this is not a Book for younger readers but for those older say 17/19 the story
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Randi Sampson
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
To be honest, upon reading this description I wasn't expecting to enjoy this story much. While the story itself sounded interesting, the setting gave me pause. Westerns are NOT my personal cup of tea, so I'd never really had much interest in reading stories involving the gold rush, wagon trails, etc. That being said, I was really pleasantly surprised to discover how much I enjoyed this story. It wasn't too much of a western, but rather a great story of romance and God's grace set into this old w ...more
Maya Powell
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't really like this book. I thought that America was a little self-centered, honestly, though I know that's not what the author intended from the way the other characters reacted to her. She has a little baby but there are very few times where she is holding her baby or taking care of it. Addie and Travis carried and cared for her baby more than she did. I realize that Travis loves Liberty but he barely has anytime to himself. He can't love that, it's not realistic. Addie owns a restaurant ...more
September
Hills of Nevermore by Janalyn Voigt is the best introduction to historical romance I could have asked for. Weaving together the lives of two widowed mothers and a traveling preacher seeking redemption from a violent past, Voigt tells an overarching story of grief, shame, and the bitter painful cleansing of redemption.
Amanda  H
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The mid 1800's present few options for women wanting to make a living, and is even tougher on widows who are looking to make an honest living in the Wild West. When Addie invites America and her baby to join her and her son on a venture to open a restaurant, neither woman realizes what they are in for. This is the first book that I have read by Janalyn, but it won't be the last! I enjoyed her attention to detail and how she brings the time period to life. I also fell in love with her characters, ...more
Beverly Cheevers
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay... let's try this again, shall we? (I spent over an hour last night writing my review, then it disappeared when I hit "submit." Ugh. Guess that means I should shorten it.) ;) Anyhoo!

I enjoyed Hills of Nevermore. It was my introduction to Janalyn Voight. It won't be my conclusion.

Her narrative is captivating and delightfully descriptive (so, not overly so!); her characters are believable and empathetic, and their dialogue and relational development, natural; the pace is steady, but she inclu
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Debbie
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about two widows making a life for themselves by working together to build one's dream of a restaurant of her own. America Liberty Reed lost her husband and had to give up her farm because she couldn't work it alone. So she took her newborn baby girl and joined a wagon train heading west.

Addie Martin lost her husband on the trek west and decided to continue on so she could build her dream. Addie welcomed America and her baby to go with her and her son. America agreed to go and work
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Marilyn
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hills of Nevermore is filled with action, history, obstacles to overcome and romance. I was right in the midst of this inspirational historical romance book by Janalyn Voigt. The message of God's love and salvation plan was interwoven that played out beautifully with the characters' lives. The characters were well developed and faced so many issues during this historical era--Montana Gold Rush. Shane and America had a lot to learn and overcome with their past. Shane's call to be a preacher and n ...more
Pamela
Amazing!!!! Janalyn takes the reader on an exciting and dangerous journey on a wagon train and it stops in the Idaho Territory during the gold rush!! There’s Indians, killers, hangings, vigilantes, rowdy saloons and miners who love gold and whiskey!! They don’t won’t to hear what Shane, the circuit riding preacher has to say about God. Neither does one of the widows from the wagon train either. America has such a dark secret she can’t let Shane know and she thinks God could never forgive her for ...more
Cindy Huff
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved feeling a part of America's journey as she struggles to care for her baby and create a life for herself. Janalyn Voight drew me into the wagon with her heroine and I went along for the ride. Circuit riding preacher Shane is a complex character who has a lot to learn. Together these two gave me an interesting picture of life in a mining town out west while the country is entrenched in the Civil War. Wonderful wordcraft captures the historical research that went into making Hills of Neverm ...more
Cindy Nipper
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HILLS OF NEVERMORE By Janalyn Voigt
5 stars April 24, 2019
Another winning book!  A lot of pain, suffering, travesty, sin, and loss bring two widows with children into the wilds of Idaho and true love both worth fighting for and waiting for.  Janalyn brings a variety of issues to the story including faith in oneself over faith in God, fleeing from His grace and forgiveness, step parenting, grief, vigilanty justice, trials of the wagon train, terrors of living in mining camps, gold rush mentality,
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Melissa Henderson
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Courage and determination for this young widow start at the very beginning of the story. I could feel the heat and the dust as the wagon train traveled. I could feel the emotions as widow America stayed devoted and persisted through each trial. The author takes the reader on a journey of heartache, strength, courage and love. I would read this one again.
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Janalyn Voigt's literary education began in childhood when her father read chapters from classic children's books to her as bedtime stories. She grew older, and the bedtime stories stopped, but Janalyn continued to fall asleep to the stories she made up in her head at night. This, combined with her avid consumption of books, gave Janalyn an intuitive grasp of storytelling. Adventure, romance, hist ...more

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