Hope's Highest Mountain
When Ingrid Chastain agreed to accompany her father to deliver vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory, she never could have anticipated a terrible accident would leave her alone and badly injured in the wilderness. Rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man who tends her injuries, but she's hesitant to put her trust in this man who seems to have wounds of his own.
After tragedy struck his family, Micah Bradley left his work as a doctor and escaped to the wilds of Montana. But his self-imposed solitude is broken when he finds Ingrid in desperate need of medical attention, and he's forced to call on his doctoring skills once again.
Micah can't help but admire Ingrid's tenacity despite the severity of her injuries, until he learns the crate she brought contains smallpox vaccines to help quell a nearby outbreak. With Ingrid dead set on delivering the medicine -- with or without his help -- he has no choice but to accompany her. As they set off through the treacherous, snow-covered Rocky Mountains against all odds, the journey ahead will change their lives more than they could have known.
Sweet. Sweet and simple. That's the first thing that comes to mind after finishing this book, the first in the Hearts of Montana series.
The mountains definitely play a huge part in this book, with almost all of the tension and action centered around the elements. I'm a big fan of Louis L'Amour, the king of western/frontier fiction in my opinion. While I wouldn't call this reminiscent of his writing (more of a Love Comes Softly movie vibe), it did make me smile and realize I haven't read frontier fiction in a long, long time.
Ingrid was a brave heroine and a pure Christian character. I could use some of her fortitude, fictional character though she be! Micah was a noble and chivalrous "knight-in-buckskin". I really liked the way his backstory was woven into the adventure. Even though Ingrid was the main character, her story failed to take me on an emotional journey -- Micah's side came closer to doing that.
**Mild spoilers** Now, I don't know any people who got married within just a few weeks of meeting each other, but I've heard of one or two couples. So I'll leave it up to you to decide whether that is a realistic element of this novel. :)
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.*