Excellent Christian Historical Novel ! This story doesn't disappoint. It. keeps your interested and wondering what will happen next ! So good to read a story that holds God as the Center ! But makes the people real and full of history plus excitement '! Way to go Missy M. Beller'''
Loved this as much as book one. There is some violence in the story mainly related to the doctors caring for patients that have been in fights and getting a few bumps and bruises themselves. Miriam lives with her brother Gideon and his wife, Leah up on the mountain. She is attacked by a mountain lion and has to be taken down to the town for treatment. She must stay at the doctor's house/hospital for several weeks where she gets to know Doctor Alex and Doctor Bryan very well. As she heals she is bored and assists the doctors by cleaning up and making meals. She is focused on her own needs and has looked away from focusing on God. Will she be able to examine her life and get back to what God wants for her instead of her own ideas? This book can be read as a stand alone as there is enough background that you will not be confused. I highly recommend reading book 1 though as it is also an excellent read.
Miriam is attacked by a mountain lion, and brought to the clinic in Butte City to be treated by doctors Alex and Bryan; as she heals, she helps Alex with his doctoring, and finds she loves both the work and the doctor.
Best bits: Miriam romanticizes the world she reads about in books, longing to see big cities, attend fancy parties, and the like. But she readjusts her dreams when she finally pauses to ask for God's guidance after experiencing life in town, especially helping at the clinic, which suits her very well. She enjoys forming relationships with the people, and helping them heal, and loves it so much she chooses to stay and continue rather than return to the ranch. Alex stopped trusting God to heal people when his younger sister died as a child, and started blaming himself for every patient that died, second-guessing his own capability. He feels unworthy of Miriam, but in a life or death situation, she convinces him that while he needs to do what he can, he must surrender the ultimate fate of each of his patients to God. They both then show a remarkable ability to forgive, as they go out of their way to help and heal a man who tried to hurt them. Good use of alternating POVs.
Issues: A few typos (Donaghue spelled without the u in one scene, Britt spelled with 1 t in another) and homophone issues (who's for whose, fare for fair, etc). We get told an exact date twice in the story: the beginning is October 28, 1876, and about 2/3 through it's December 1. The rest of the book, time passes somewhat vaguely, so that it's not clear when it is by the end.
Never a dull moment from the time Miriam gets mauled by a mountain lion, to being 'stuck' in town for weeks while she heals with Dr. Alex and his brother Dr. Bryan watching after her.
Feelings begin with Dr. Alex and Miriam but neither are sure how the other feels, and the doc thinks he needs to keep things professional, causing issues in their relationship.
Dr. Bryan comes home badly beaten from a brawl fight at a bar that he was sent to help the injured, getting himself beat up. Miriam is well enough to help out which cause some jealousy on Dr. Alex's part.
And there is a miner who tries to kidnap Miriam and fails but eventually ends up kidnapping her and Alex and tries to commit murder suicide. The Doc and Miriam escape, but their Christian convictions, won't let the miner die, so they take him with him, and for some reason, Alex decides now is the best time to ask Miriam to marry him.
The second book in the Mountain Dreams Series by Misty M. Beller tells the story about Miriam Bryant in the Montana Territory in 1876. She lives on a ranch with her brother Gideon and his wife Leah (from the first book The Lady and the Mountain Man) near Butte City. Miriam is attacked by a mountain lion and her brother finds her and takes her to Butte City to the only doctors in the territory. Alex Donaghue and his brother Bryan have started a medical clinic in Butte City to help the local miners and people of that area. Gideon and Leah had been instrumental in setting up the clinic in this remote city. Gideon has to leave his sister at the clinic after she has had surgery on her leg and knee and cannot travel with plans to return in a week. Because of snowy weather he is unable to return for several weeks and Miriam is able to recover and use crutches and help the doctors in the clinic. She finds that she enjoys working with the patients and learning about herbs and medicines. The reader gains a knowledge of how big the Montana Territory was and how travel in 1876 was extremely limited as well as the lack of doctors and medicines to treat the people that needed them. The silver mines of Montana were featured in this story as one industry that were needing doctors to treat the miners working in horrible conditions. This story has some romance, mystery, some violence and some history of the time of the West.I enjoyed this story and will be waiting to read any further installment of the series.