A Rocky Mountain logging camp may be just the place to find herself.
To escape the devastation caused by the breaking of her wedding engagement, Isabelle Franklin joins her aunt in the Rocky Mountains to feed a camp of lumberjacks cutting on the slopes of Cougar Ridge. If only she could out run the lingering nightmares.
Charles Bailey, camp foreman and Stony Creek’s itinerant pastor, develops a reputation to match his new nickname — Preach. However, an inner battle ensues when the details of his rough history threaten to overcome the beliefs of his young faith.
Amid the hazards of camp life, the unlikely friendship growing between the two surprises Isabelle. She’s drawn to Preach’s brute strength and gentle nature as he leads the ragtag crew toiling for Pollitt’s Lumber. But when the ghosts from her past return to haunt her, the choices she will make change the course of her life forever—and that of the man she’s come to love.
Rocky Mountain Redemption is book one in Lisa J. Flickinger’s Rocky Mountain Refuge series. It has all the elements historical Christian romance readers look for: plenty of romance and adventure interwoven with a spiritual message. Well-written with engaging characters, vivid descriptions and a compelling plot, this story held my attention from the very beginning. The unusual setting of a logging camp in the Rocky Mountains was refreshing and Lisa does an excellent job of bring this fascinating part of history to life. The secondary characters were unique and interesting, providing plenty of laughs, groans, and the desire to toss them a bar of soap just before shoving them into the creek. 😉 Unfortunately, I was not a fan of the hero. Without going into spoilers, I will say that although I can see the character arc the author was going for, I wasn’t personally satisfied with the ultimate moment of change. I felt more repentance was due than what was given where it came to his treatment of the heroine. Perhaps I’m being too hard on the man. There are many other great qualities about him. He strives to serve the Lord and cares about his fellow man. Plus, I like that he honestly struggled to control his sinful tendencies. The heroine, on the other hand, was sweet and strong, with a tough past to overcome and a great balance of virtues and flaws. I was rooting for her to find her happy outcome and wanted to keep reading to see what became of her. Her evolving relationship with her family added depth and interest to the story, as well. All-in-all, I’m glad I read this story and look forward to the next book in the series.
Lisa J. Flickinger lives and writes from the cliff of a river along the majestic Rocky Mountains. When not writing or reading, you will find her scouring antique shops or sipping a maple latte with friends and family. To learn more about her other books, visit www.lisajflickinger.com
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I have a confession to make. I’m a square dancer, a real live square dancer who do-si-dos and allemande-lefts my way around a square every Thursday night. And lest you think it’s a room full of eighty year olds, our youngest dancer is a mere twenty-four.
It was on the dance floor I first met Larry. Logger Larry, the Paul Bunyan like soul who regaled me with tales of chopping trees in the Rocky Mountains. He told stories about grizzlies who hunted men for their next meal, brawls in the bunkhouse only the hardy could survive, and life threatening axe injuries when they had to carry the wounded through the forest for miles.
Larry’s stories provided a great background for a romantic novel and sent me on a mission to research late 1800’s logging camps. It’s at Pollitt’s Lumber, in 1898, where we meet our hero and heroine, Preach and Isabelle, and join their cautious journey toward love. It’s also where we meet a ragtag bunch of lumberjacks whose antics would get on anyone’s last nerve.
I fell in love with the characters of Rocky Mountain Redemption as they tromped onto the pages, and I’m thrilled to introduce them to you in Book One of the Rocky Mountain Revival Series.
Dear reader, enjoy!
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