(Mountain Dreams #1)
- The Lady and the Mountain Man
Leah Townsend, a recently orphaned heiress, flees Richmond after discovering her fiancé’s plot to kill her after their wedding. She needs a safe place to hide, and 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, leaving behind a bitter older brother and a spunky younger sister.
When Gideon Bryant finds a city girl standing in his log cabin, his first thought is to send her back where she came from. He’s lost too many people to the wild elements of these mountains––his parents, his wife, and now his brother. His love for this untamed land lives on, but he’s determined not to open his heart to another person.
But when an accident forces Leah to stay at the ranch for seven more months, can Gideon protect his heart from a love he doesn’t want? Has Leah really escaped the men who seek her life?
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 every situation she is in, and is just a truly kind person. I loved watching her learn how to cook and survive on the ranch up in Montana Territory. But the really exciting thing was that she actually thrived and fit right in.
The hero of the story, Gideon Bryant, is also one of my favorite types of heroes. He is strong and is fairly silent at first, making Leah question what he is thinking. But, we all soon realize that he has suffered a lot of loss in his life. He blames God for what has happened and is reluctant to open his heart up to love, because he fears it will lead to more loss. The reader gets many glimpses of his caring nature throughout the story and also has the opportunity to watch him attempt to rein in his emotions about Leah.
There is great chemistry between these two. I loved it! There was just the right amount of tension to keep me excited about the possible future they could have together. Like I said above, this book really has it all. Gideon’s sister, Miriam, is a great character and a wonderful bond develops between the two women. I loved their friendship. These characters are hard to say goodbye to. I am happy to see that this is the first in the Mountain Dreams Series and look forward to future books.