I love historical fiction and a story set in late 1800s Montana is for sure going to be among my favorites. Hope’s Highest Mountain, by Misty M. Beller, follows the journey of Ingrid Chastain and Micah Bradley as they attempt to deliver vials of the smallpox vaccine to a mountain town battling the epidemic. However, injury, illness, and weather threaten to keep them from arriving in time.
Ingrid Chastain has lived in Boston her entire life, but leaves the comfort of home to deliver aid to Settler’s Fort. The daughter of a doctor who also studies vaccines, she must carry on his mission after tragedy strikes. Something she is unable to do without help.
Micah Bradley used to be a doctor. Now he lives as a mountain man, clinging to solitude. He cannot turn away, however, when a young woman is in desperate need of medical care. Will he be willing to give up his plans so Ingrid can accomplish hers?
I enjoyed Hope’s Highest Mountain. It was not as suspenseful as I usually like to read, but Ingrid and Micah’s journey was anything but dull. I especially liked how weather and injury played a role in making travel difficult. Most of all, I truly admired the incredible character of both Micah and Ingrid. They are worth emulating.
If you’re looking for a cozy read on a chilly fall day, I recommend Hope’s Highest Mountain. It will take you on a journey full of challenges and a bit of romance.
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