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Hope's Highest Mountain

(Hearts of Montana #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  788 ratings  ·  243 reviews
On her way to deliver vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory, Ingrid Chastain never anticipated a terrible accident would leave her alone and badly injured in the wilderness. When rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man, she's hesitant to trust him, but the journey ahead will change their lives more than they could have known. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Bethany House Publishers (first published September 2019)
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Deanne Patterson
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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"You're going to have to handle this one, too, Lord." But in truth, didn't God handle every step? Every breath. Every moment they lived.

I've always been a fan of frontier stories starting with the Little House on the Prairie books I read as a child. This is my first, Misty Beller book and I have now found a new favorite author, wow!
I loved so much about this book.
The daughter of a traveling doctor is left an orphan in life after her father's accidental death.
She traveled with him after her mothe
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Whenever I pick up a book by this author I know I'm in for a harrowing wilderness adventure! I grew up camping and backpacking with my family so I savor the epic feeling of being in the mountains, the sense of majesty but also isolation. It helps that I'm not the one going through the trials the characters are though! In this story it seems like a matter of what else could go wrong, but having read several of her other books, there are many other dangers that they didn't face, so it didn't feel ...more
Beth Erin
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Much like its untamed mountain setting, this story's plot possesses a grand majesty, an intersection of beauty, purpose, tragedy, and hope which is both inspiring and captivating. The strength of faith and peace of hope are woven into every fiber of Hope's Highest Mountain.

In a journey from comfortable familiarity to the verge of complete disaster, Ingrid and Micah repeatedly face seemingly insurmountable odds from all sides including their own individual batt
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HAPPY SIGH. Such a great book! Reminds me a bit of Jane Kirkpatrick minus the based on real people :) I’ll definitely seek out more of her books. Realistic but still romantic.
Amanda Geaney
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Last spring I read a book by Misty Beller and was impressed by the author's ability to make me feel connected to her characters, how she used man versus nature scenarios to create tension, as well as how her characters wrestled with their faith. This last point resonated with me because I feel like mainstream Christian fiction is becoming watered down (more subtle and/or secularized).

All of the elements that initially drew me to this author are present in her new release, Hope's Highest Mountai
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
Hope’s Highest Mountain is the first book I’ve read by Misty M. Beller and it did not disappoint!

The story is instantly engaging and filled with beautiful imagery. It’s easy to get lost into the setting of the mountains.

The characters were easy to attach to and root for. Micah’s determination to keep his little group safe, all the while struggling with his own guilt, was admirable. Ingrid’s sweet spirit and unwavering faith made her a very likeable female lead.

The faith elements were very stron
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed reading many other books written by this author, so I was very excited to read this latest novel, which begins a new series. Hope’s Highest Mountain did not disappoint!

The novel was packed full of adventure and danger as the main characters made their way through the perilous Montana Territory. They battled injuries and sickness, as well as nature.

I really liked the characters in Hope’s Highest Mountain. I was able to connect to all of them right from the start. They felt so real,
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
"God has a plan in this . . . . We need only to make sure we follow His leading."

Ingrid Chastain's plans were to accompany her father to Settler's Fort with life-saving vaccines, but when a tragic accident leaves her critically injured on the side of a Montana mountain, she suddenly has to rely on a reticent savior, a mountain man who introduces himself as none other then Dr. Micah Bradley.

Micah Bradley has been battling hopelessness and despair since losing his young wife and daughter to the r
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, historical
Hope’s Highest Mountain is a romantic and adventurous historical Christian novel, about two people brought together by tragedy who face the worst of accidents and the elements to bring healing to a community. Touching moments and breath-taking scenery provide the perfect backdrop for this story.

Ingrid Chastain knew God was calling her and her father to deliver vital smallpox vaccines to a struggling community in rugged Montana Territory. She just didn’t realise it would cost the ultimate sacrifi
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
The human spirit and will to survive drive this story. When it seems as if there is no possible way for the characters to complete their task, a way is opened and hope is revived.

Ingrid Chastain and her father are taking smallpox vaccinations to a frontier town. An accident happens leaving Ingrid alone and with a broken femur. Micah is lead to the scene and saves Ingrid and joins her on her journey to deliver the vaccinations.

Both Ingrid and Micah deal with a tragic loss. They help each other to
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
A really good story, well written. Full review to come.

4/5 stars
Randi Annie Framnes
Ingrid Chastain is on an excruciating quest to get vaccines to remote areas of the vast Montana Territories where people are suffering a major outbreak of smallpox. Being the only survivor from a wagon crash she still tries to get the vaccines delivered. Only trouble is she has broken the femur bone in addition to a couple of ribs, so she can’t really move.

For five years Dr Micah Bradley has lived in the outback trying to deal with grief after the loss of his wife and daughter to smallpox. He bl
Hallie Szott
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it

In her first Hearts of Montana novel, Hope’s Highest Mountain, Misty M. Beller takes readers into the Montana wilderness for a delightful adventure and romance.

Ingrid Chastain is traveling with her father to deliver smallpox vaccines when a terrible accident forever alters her future. Injured and alone, she needs the help that only mountain man Dr. Micah Bradley can offer. As she recuperates—and he confronts the past he hoped to leave behind—the vaccine-delivery mission calls for attention an
Vera Godley
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The mountains of the Montana Territory are terrifyingly described in Hope's Highest Mountain as man and woman struggle against impossible obstacles.

Pioneering was never easy. Pioneering in the beautiful and treacherous mountains amidst storms of snow and ice enduring insufferable physical hardship is an unspeakably and unfathomably harsh ordeal.

The female protagonist, Ingrid, was on a mission with her physician father and personal helpers to convey the new, life-saving vaccine against smallpox t
Paula Shreckhise
Hope’s Highest Mountain by Misty M. Beller is the first in the series Hearts of Montana.

This is the first full length novel I have read by this author. I read a novella about a year ago.
Ms. Beller puts the reader in the story with her realistic scenes of mountain wilderness and winter hardships. You can almost feel the cold seeping in. The quest to get a life-saving vaccine to a remote mountain mining town turns treacherous. A spiritually hurting former doctor, Micah Bradley, comes upon a badl
Susan Snodgrass
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
'I learned long ago trusting God to help never makes things better. It only makes me weaker.'

Micah Bradley has lived alone in the Montana wilderness for 5 years now, ever since smallpox took his wife and daughter. He couldn't save them although he was a doctor. He comes across a wagon accident and finds all dead but one woman, who has a broken femur. He does all he can to save her, but when she asks him to transport the smallpox vaccines her doctor father was taking to a nearby fort, he balks. H
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed reading a few of Misty Beller’s earlier books and I was super excited to be able to read this latest addition to her writing collection. I was not disappointed in the least! This story delivered all the drama and beautiful word imagery that I have grown to love from this author. I especially appreciate how she seamlessly weaves the gospel truth and a deep love of God into the characters in such an organic, natural way.

Vivid and realistic these characters fairly leaped off the pag
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
HOPE'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN is a story of hardship and adversity among the mountains in Montana during winter as a group of characters travel to deliver vaccines to a small, rural town. As these characters face challenging circumstances, grief and pain, they also find hope, friendship and love, as well as faith in God to see them through. Recommended to Christian historical romance readers!

This story started intensely from the beginning when catastrophe strikes, then mellows as the characters get to
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Misty Beller is a master at telling stories set in the great outdoors. There may not be any wild animals yet in this series, but there’s an avalanche, broken ice, broken bones, and illnesses to wreak havoc in the lives of these characters. There is never a dull moment in this exciting journey, and I couldn’t help but feel as if I was back in Montana with Ingrid and Micah. Beller writes in such a way that you not only see your surroundings, but you can feel them too. When Ingrid was injured and r ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoritecovers
I really loved this book! I started it last night and finished it today and I wasn’t able to put it down except for when I had to go tend to work and school, haha! Definitely a solid read.

I guess I’ll start off with the cover. Big kudos to Bethany House’s cover designer for this cover because this is the kind of cover I’d dream of creating. It’s by far one of the prettiest covers I’ve ever seen because of how realistic it is to the plot of the book, but it’s got this dreamy vibe to it that is ab
1866 Montana Territory

Ingrid Chastain, the daughter of a Boston chemist/physician, was on her way with her papa and maid to Settler’s Fort, Montana to deliver a box of small pox vaccine when a terrible accident occurred — only Ingrid survived. Later that day, in freezing temperatures she’s found by Micah Bradley who splinted her broken leg and brought her to his shelter. Although deep in sadness and pain of loss, Ingrid was convinced she and Micah must take the vaccine to the intended settlement
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Micah after the great loss that befell him lost faith in God and became so self-reliant.
But even in his pain and self imposed exile, God was leading him to help people. God directed his footsteps to be able to help people in direst need of medical attention. Even when we can’t see it God is directing our footsteps.
People have gone hurt under his care before and he felt every time he let his guard down someone got hurt, that made him to always what to be there for those under his charge even when
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
A solid 2.5 Stars. I found this book boring. To be honest, I skimmed the last quarter of it. It started off very intriguing and mysterious but after the first half of the book, it went downhill. The romance between the two main characters was sweet but was the whole book. The main female lacked much personality. Besides being boring there was nothing outstandingly good or outstandingly bad about the book. Although, one thing that became annoying and almost silly was the consis ...more
Lila Diller
The adventure almost never stops! In fact, I think I wished for a few more breathing points between all the terrible things that kept happening. I did love the romance and the tortured hero. I didn't particularly care about the secondary characters much besides Samuel, because they were all one-dimensional. Though I normally like shorter books and novellas, this is one that I think might have been more effective strung out just a little bit more. But a great read altogether!

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Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely introduction to Misty’s books. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance. Micah and Ingrid were likable characters and the others we met along the way were great additions to the book. The storyline was an interesting and it moved well. It’s a quick easy read. Honestly based on the characters, there would be an easy next book, and it’s one I would enjoy as well. I will definitely be reading more of Misty’s books in the future!

I received this book from the publisher and was
Kaitlyn Krispense
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
After waffling between 3 and 4 stars...I finally settled on 3. RTC.
Becca-Rae Weidel
Oh wow, where to start?? I don't know if I have the words to do this novel justice. This was not my first read by Misty Beller, and it most certainly will not be my last. I'm already impatiently waiting for the next one now!

This novel was a perfect blend of historical fiction mixed with wilderness survival. With a cast of wonderful characters and a setting that seemed to throw every imaginable hurtle their way, the result is an adventure you won't soon forget. The heart and urgency of their miss
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Misty Beller once again delivers a fine story. I just love her writings because she paints a beautiful picture of the mountains or wherever she decides to tell a story. She's one of my very favorite authors.
I give this story 5 stars! Misty has always kept my attention from the beginning of her books she does that good of a job!
The cover of this book is just gorgeous. I had been waiting for this for awhile now and it didn't disappoint.
I enjoyed this story because I like seeing how much medicin
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a heart stopping story of a young woman, Ingrid Chastain, that traveled a long distance with her father and caregiver to deliver vital vaccines for smallpox in the Montana territory. Ingrid was raised by her father and when a college reached out to the good doctor he decided to travel from their home in Boston to Montana to deliver and assist in the administering of the much needed vaccine. Little did Ingrid know when their journey began that her whole world would change. The trip w ...more
Janet Ferguson
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, fiction
Another great novel by Misty Beller!
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Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. For a limited time, you can get a free bestselling novel 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. H

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