Taking flight from their quiet Pennsylvania town seems like the only way for Tori Boyd to protect her dearest cousin’s virtue.
And the success of their escape now may depend on the man she’s been writing letters to for more than a year now in the vast wilds of the Wyoming Territory.
Ezra Reid finally has stepped out from under the shadow of his older brother and sister, now having full responsibility to man the Rocky Ridge Stage Stop through the winter.
The success or failure of the stage and telegraph contracts falls squarely on his shoulders, and he’s entirely focused on the work — at least, until his mysterious correspondence partner shows up on his doorstep.
As Ezra takes on the search for a proper situation for Tori and her cousin, there seem to be no good options for the ladies. Especially since Tori won’t even discuss the one option that might succeed — marriage.
When the danger chasing the women takes on a form none of them anticipated, how far will Ezra have to go to keep Tori and her cousin safe? It’ll take a lot more than luck to ensure his heart is the sole casualty.
I was unfamiliar with any of the work of Misty M. Beller when I started reading this book.
I had heard of her before, but never had read anything she had written before A Sweetwater River Romance.
What I discovered was an interesting tale centering on Tori Boyd, a desperate woman who has been through some of the worst circumstances imaginable.
When she and her cousin, Opal, flee their home, Tori puts her trust in a pen pal she has been writing to for more than a year.
Throughout the novel, Tori is challenged to face her preconceived notions. Because of her past, she has trouble trusting people — men, in particular.
I really enjoyed the characters Beller has created.
Ezra is a good man who feels he must protect Tori and Opal when they show up on his doorstep.
Watching the relationship between Tori and Ezra grow was a true joy.
The secondary characters all were well-crafted and interesting.
Beller’s novel is fast-paced and well-balanced. A strong message of forgiveness, trust and faith is woven throughout the novel.
This is the third novel in a series, but it can be read as a standalone book, too.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel. However, all opinions are my own.
Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.
Beller 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.
Writing is a dream come true for Beller. Her family — both immediate and extended — is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.
For more information, visit www.MistyMBeller.com.