Rocky Mountain Redemption is book one in author Lisa J. Flickinger’s Rocky Mountain Revival Series. This is a Christian Historical Romance novel set in an 1890’s logging camp. Readers should expect romance, adventure, intrigue, history with a Christian message woven throughout the pages.
This is the story of Isabelle Franklin. The book opens with her hidden at a logging camp helping her Aunt Lou cook meals for the loggers. Okay, I was hooked. Mountains, streams, lumberjacks, a mysterious girl hidden away, and cooking all make for a great story. Immediately I was invested in the story.
It also is the story of camp foreman, Charles Bailey, affectionately known as Preach. You can guess why. He has turned from his old, sinful ways and is a fledgling Christian. When he sees Isabelle, he is immediately taken with her.
The author has a great way of putting readers right in the middle of her story. I could almost smell the pines and hear the mountain stream. The details are vivid and not overdone.
The characters are well rounded and relatable. Some of the loggers were so quirky that I laughed out loud at times. Aunt Lou was a hoot, but the one I enjoyed most was Miss Sophie. Her character was multilayered and caring. The dialog flowed smoothly and sounded authentic for the most part.
I enjoyed the many timeless life lessons which were incorporated into the story. The author easily tackled redemption, second chances, starting over, gossiping, lust, forgiveness, and judgment along with a few others. The spiritual lessons of faith, hope, trust, and a deeper relationship with God are not hidden. There is plenty of material here for a nice group discussion.
There was mention of a character having Hand Foot Mouth and Disease, and I question the historic accuracy of that. In my ecopy I did not have any author notes so I do know if this was researched. I would have loved a better menu with more detail on what was being cooked, but that was not the author’s path for her book. There were no recipes or discussion questions in the back of the book.
I did enjoy the story. The HFM disease tainted the book a bit for me, but I would still recommend it. Any fan of Christian historical romance will enjoy the story and characters. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit but these are my honest words.
About the Book
Book: Rocky Mountain Redemption
Author: Lisa J. Flickinger
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: May 5, 2020
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.
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About the Author
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
More from Lisa
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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