About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Beyond the Gray Mountains (Big Sky Amish #1) by Tricia Goyer

Beyond the Gray Mountains (Big Sky Amish #1)

Marianna Sommer always dreamed of a simple Amish wedding, but there’s nothing simple about marrying rock star Ben Stone. She loves him—but what about her traditions? Worse, suddenly Ben has questions—the kind that have him putting their wedding on hold.

Ben loves Marianna, but he has regrets—and fears—that are suddenly getting in the way of his happy ending. He doubts he’s going to “hear from God” in the high mountains like Marianna’s father suggests. But sure, he’ll go…

But he might not return. Because high on the continental divide, trouble finds them. Now, it’ll take a miracle for Ben, Abe, and Abe’s brother, Ike, to make it down alive. Maybe Ben will hear from God after all…but if he does, can he become the man he needs to be to save them…and keep Marianna’s heart?

When a runaway horse with a bloody saddle shows up, not only is the media alerted, but Marianna fears she’ll lose them all—her uncle, her father, and her beloved Ben. Suddenly she doesn’t care what the wedding looks like…as long as Ben makes it home.

But is there more to Ben than she knows? And when she discovers his secrets, what sacrifices will she make to save…and marry…the man she loves?

Fall in love with the first book in the cherished Big Sky Amish Collection.


Oh, how I loved this book! Author Tricia Goyer shares an inspiring story of trusting God to reveal what is truly important and accepting that man's ways aren't always the best. Englisch rock star Ben Stone and a young woman who grew up Amish experience a powerful attraction but they are as different as night and day. Is their romance strong enough to withstand the cultural differences?

Beyond the Gray Mountains is set in Montana and Goyer's descriptive powers paint a vivid picture of the beautiful scenery. This story has twists and turns and there's a dangerous incident that kept me glued to my seat! Her characters are strong but fallible and even though Ben and Marianna are the primary focus, there are many other characters to cheer for. I especially loved Millie and I longed for Ike and Annie to have a chance for a 'happily ever after'!

The message of hope, faith, and trust is an integral part of Ben and Mari's journey, with prayer a common occurrence, but it's never pushy or overwhelming. Beyond the Gray Mountains is a fantastic romantic Christian novel and the first book of a new series. Well done, Tricia Goyer!!

I received a complimentary digital copy from the author and Sunrise Publishing. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. 

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