Love’s Mountain Quest is the second book in Misty M. Beller’s Hearts of Montana series. We met both Isaac Bowen and Joanna Watson, and her little boy Samuel, in the previous book Hope’s Highest Mountain. This is their story.
With the word ‘quest’ in the title, I should have been more prepared for it to take up the entire book, but when Samuel is kidnapped in the first chapter, I wanted Joanna and Isaac to find him much sooner than they did! Joanna and Isaac run into multiple problems that make tracking down the kidnappers harder and harder. In fact, it would have been impossible if not for Isaac’s past.
The first half of the book sped by as I kept hoping Joanna and Isaac would catch up to Samuel, but when it became more obvious it would take longer, I settled in to enjoy the story, particularly the romance that was developing between the traveling pair. The spark had been there since they met in the previous book, but with the days spent together tracking down the kidnappers, Joanna and Isaac grow close. However, even if Isaac’s past can help Joanna get her boy back, it may cost them a chance at a happiness together.
Love’s Mountain Quest is an enjoyable story. There are a few times when the danger or bad guys’ cruelty to the animals got more graphic than I care to read. 1867 Montana Territory is a rugged, challenging place to live, let alone traverse at daunting speed with constant worry. But Isaac and Joanna are worth rooting for as is the hope they’ll get their happily ever after.
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