When Marianna’s father, Abe, insists on taking Ben to the mountains to “hear from God,” Ben has no grand illusions that an outfitting trip will provide any answers. As trouble finds them high on the continental divide, Ben must turn to God for survival. It’ll take a miracle for Ben, Abe, and Abe’s brother, Ike, to make it down alive.
The media is alerted when a runaway horse with blood on the saddle shows up near the trailhead, and Marianna’s worst fears come true. Will she lose her uncle, her father, or Ben? Suddenly wedding worries pale to her more significant concerns—having three men she loves come home alive.
As Marianna spends time with Ben’s music manager, she discovers a part of Ben she didn’t know before. Will Marianna be brave enough to step out of her comfort zone to help the man she loves? Or will she allow her fears to cause her to miss out on a future more wonderful than she’d ever dreamed of?
Tricia Goyer writes out of her passion for God and her love for family and others. The author of more than 70 books, she writes both historical fiction and nonfiction related to family and parenting.
This USA Today best-selling author has won a two Carol Awards and a Retailer’s Best Award. She was also an ECPA Gold-Medallion Nominee and a Christy Award Nominee and won Writer of the Year from the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference.
Tricia’s contemporary and historical novels feature strong women overcoming great challenges. She is a beloved author of Amish fiction, having written the Big Sky and Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series.
Whether for fiction or nonfiction, Tricia’s writing style is vivid and heartwarming, allowing readers to take home more than engaging stories, but also messages that inspire faith and hope. Her goal is to write stories that matter.
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Beyond the Gray Mountains by Tricia Goyer is the first A Big Sky Amish Novel. The story takes us to West Kootenai, Montana. Marianna Sommer is engaged to Englischer and rock star, Ben Stone. It is a big change for Marianna who was raised Amish. As people begin asking about the plans for the wedding, both Marianna and Ben realize the changes in store for them. Doubt and fear begin to plague both of them. Marianna’s father, Abe feels that God is compelling him to take Ben on a journey into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. Abe’s brother, Ike will be their guide. It will give Ben an opportunity to think and pray. Unfortunately, the three men have an encounter with a mama bear and her two cubs that leaves two of them injured and with no way to call for help. Will Ben make it back to Marianna?
Beyond the Gray Mountains is the first book in this new series, but, in the beginning, it felt like I had missed a book that introduced the characters. I did a little research and discovered that it is a continuation of the Big Sky series. As I got further into the story, I got more of the character’s backstory. I enjoyed the author’s vivid descriptions of the mountains and the Bob Marshall Wilderness area. We get to see that you need to be prepared when you go into the wilderness. It may be beautiful, but it is dangerous. It is going to be difficult for Marianna and Ben to merge their worlds. It will take compromise, communication, and faith. Ike and Annie are adorable. It is obvious that they care for each other. One of them needs to make the first move. I like how faith was incorporated into the story. Marianne has been reading the Bible and going to church with Annie. I liked how the Sommer family was reading the Bible. They were learning more about God and his ways. I would have liked less repetition. Certain details are repeated throughout the story. Beyond the Gray Mountains is a touching tale with magnificent mountains, bouncy bear cubs, wedding worries, an alarming accident, a phantastic tour, and a rare romance.
Saturday, June 24, Kalispell, Montana
“How hard can it be to plan one wedding?” Marianna Sommer mumbled to herself as she strode down Main Street in Kalispell toward the dress shop—the Englisch dress shop. The warm spring breeze blew softly, ruffling strands of light-brown hair that, for most of her life, had been neatly secured under her kapp.
But no longer.
On one side of Marianna paced her friend Annie Johnson, wearing her typical jeans, flannel shirt, and cowboy boots. In her mid-forties, Annie was the owner of the Kootenai Kraft and Grocery. Along with providing a location where one could buy anything from bulk flour and garden seeds to fencing and fishing supplies, Annie was also known to provide a listening ear and a boost of moral support. And this was why she’d offered to take Marianna and her mother dress shopping today.
Marianna had never attended an Englisch wedding, much less planned one. Yet now that she was marrying Ben Stone—the handsome musician with his dark hair, bright blue eyes, and easy smile—many changes would be taking place.
Starting with choosing a wedding dress.
Mem padded on the other side of Marianna in a typical Amish dress, apron, and kapp. She walked with her head lowered and shoulders slumped. She crossed her arms over her chest and uncrossed them as if she didn’t know what to do with herself. It was partly because Mem didn’t have baby Joy on her hip. Yet Marianna also knew this wasn’t how Mem had planned her life. First, losing her oldest two daughters years ago in a buggy accident, and now, having Marianna marry an Englischer. Every Amish mother dreamed of her daughters growing up and following in her footsteps. For Mem, this wouldn’t be so.
Lord, help me to get through this with peace…marrying the man I love yet also honoring my family and Amish friends. Was that even possible?
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Beyond the Gray Mountains is available from Amazon*, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and IndieBound. The next two books in the Big Sky Amish series are On Golden Cliffs (March 21) and Under the Blue Skies (August 8). You can find Tricia Goyer's Big Sky series here (Marianna's journey before Big Sky Amish series). Thank you for stopping by today. Tomorrow I will be featuring Letters of Trust by Wanda E. Brunstetter. It is the debut of The Friendship Letters series. I hope that you have a joyful day. Take care and Happy Reading!
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