Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Brides of Laurent #3
Release Date: November 1, 2022
Her quest to repair what's been broken leads to imminent danger--and soon it's more than her own life on the line.
After accidentally destroying the intricately carved chalice her people have treasured for over a hundred years, Charlotte Durand sets out in search of a skilled artisan who can repair the damage. What she expected to be a two-day trek becomes much more daunting when a treacherous snowstorm sets in.
Searching for solitude and respite from his troubling past, the last thing Damien Levette needs in the middle of a mountain blizzard is to tend to another person, but he can't leave behind the mysterious woman he finds half frozen at the edge of a mountain lake.
As they battle both the elements and their distrust of each other, Charlotte and Damien must work together to survive the peril of the mountains--or it could be the downfall of them both.
Reviewer: Juanita Varela
Such a beautiful story of fixing your mistakes while coming to terms with losing a loved one, all while being in close proximity to a total stranger.
It never disappointed, and once you thought there were no more unexpected things to happen, another thing happened. I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in one night. Missed sleep, but it was so worth it.
Damien. He lost all his parents and his sister, who was under his care. Blaming himself. Then, he met Charlotte. He couldn’t help but want to protect her. But meeting her was the best thing for him. She helped him move on with his grief and helped him be able to draw again. And oh my goodness. The scene where he draws her…was so cute.
Charlotte. She has a lot to live up to, with her sister being Brielle. She has no talent except cooking. When she meets Damien on the journey to fix her mistake, he praises her cooking. Honestly, that was so cute. Damien was the perfect person for her, trying to keep her safe and make her feel special.
Damien and Charlotte were the perfect people for each other. God works in mysterious ways. God brought them together through a broken chalice and a grieving wandering spirit.
I loved Beller’s writing style. But I really liked the village she made, and the use of the mountains. They weren’t obstacles. They were shelter. Absolutely loved it all.
This was a clean read.
I requested and received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. All the opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Rebecca Maney
" The porcelain skin, the refined features - how could he not have realized this was a woman from his very first glance? . . . . And why was she out in this storm?"
Determined to locate an engraver skilled enough to repair her village's historic chalice before anyone discovered the damage she had accidentally inflicted, Charlotte Durand slips away from her family early one dawn and begins the slow trek across neighboring mountains towards Fort Versailles. Unfortunately, the weather does not cooperate and Charlotte finds herself dependent upon a young trapper who happens upon her half-frozen body. Carefully skirting the true reason for her trip, Charlotte unsuccessfully tries to convince Damien Levette to allow her to warm up and continue on, but the stubborn man insists on accompanying her, as a guide of sorts. It seems they both have secrets.
Everything about this series conclusion exudes quality; beautifully paced and finely plotted, the two main characters spend enough time together to discover hidden strengths which neither of them knew they had. Especially Damien. Watching him grow into the life God intended for him to live, while observing Charlotte's joy at finding the sort of man whom she feared would never cross her path . . . . well, it all adds up to a really good story. (But wait! We can't leave out Gulliver!!!)
"When He looks at you, He's pleased. And because of that, you are not second best to any other. . . . You needn't fear the opinion of anyone else. "
I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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