Monday, February 27, 2023

Beyond the Gray Mountains: Review + Giveaway


Beyond the Gray Mountains JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Beyond the Gray Mountains by Tricia Goyer, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Beyond the Gray Mountains Title: Beyond the Gray Mountains 
Series: Big Sky Amish #1 
Author: Tricia Goyer 
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing 
Release Date: February 28, 2023 
Genre: Christian Contemporary Amish Romance

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.

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My Thoughts

Beyond the Gray Mountains is the first book in the new Big Amish Sky series. Still, I found when I started reading, it didn't feel like the first book. The story starts with Marianna and Ben planning their wedding, and as such seemed like perhaps I was picking up somewhere in the middle of their story. As it turns out, these characters were first introduced in Beside Still Waters.  Having not read that book, I will say that while it seemed like I should have known the characters already at the start, I did very quickly catch up and found that it read just fine as a standalone-- though certainly had me interested in going back to learn more of the story too! 

Amish fiction can often be a little hit and miss for me, and having just binged several faster paced RomComs before this one, I was a little worried that it might take me awhile to get into the slower pace that typically comes with this genre. I was really surprised just how quickly it drew me in. The pace might have been a bit slower than I'd been reading recently, but I found myself very quickly drawn into these character's lives. There was a good blend of action and romance, but I think what I appreciated most about this story was the faith message and seeing these characters learning what it was God had planned for their lives. The idea of a former-Amish woman and a music star coming together was fascinating and the challenges the blending of their two lives made for a captivating story. 

Overall, this was a great read and has me looking forward to what will come next in the series. 

About the Author

Tricia Goyer

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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Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Beyond the Gray Mountains and a $10 Amazon gift card!

Beyond the Gray Mountains JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight February 27, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 6, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. thanks so much for sharing your review with us!

  2. Sounds like my kind of book.

  3. Sounds like mind kind of book.

  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Beyond the Gray Mountains, the cover is beautiful and I enjoyed reading the synopsis, this is a must read book and series for me

  5. Beyond Gray Mountains sounds like a book that would be an enjoyable read.

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  6. Thank you! So glad you loved Ben and Marianna!


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