Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Lady and the Mountain Call by Misty M Beller - Review of the fifth book in the Mountain Dreams series

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The wild Montana mountains are no place for an aging widow to live alone with dementia. And when Cathleen Donaghue discovers the poor woman's condition, there's no way she'll walk away without helping. After all, she left her comfortable Boston home to help her brothers with their mining town medical practice because she wanted to make a difference. But the wild elements she encounters on this mission of mercy are nothing like she expected, especially the widow's mountain man son who shows up out of the blue.

Trapper Reuben Scott planned only a quick visit to his parents' homestead to check on them and tan his winter hides, but the strange woman standing at his mother's stove is a shock. And then she tells him his father has died and his mother is losing her mind. The sad news may bring an end to the life he's loved--trapping, living in the wild freedom of these mountains, working closely with the Indians--no one demanding he measure up. But he'll do anything for his family, what little he has left, that is. Even deal with the city woman who seems to connect with his confused mother.

When tragedy strikes Cathleen's family, she's forced to choose between duty and the people who need her most. And the wrong decision could quickly lead to disaster. As the danger spirals out of her control, this impassive mountain man ma be the only one with the skills to save her. But can she trust him with her heart, too?

This has been such an interesting series for me and this book especially so as it deals with dementia. My mother had alzheimer's and my mother-in-law is suffering with dementia so this hits close to home. It's amazing to read how Cathleen took care of a woman, a stranger to her, with this disease back in a time when they didn't know as much as they do today as far as complications, treatments and ways to care for people with this problem. Again, I highly recommend this book, as well as the whole series, to readers that enjoy historical fiction. Misty as done wonderful work with these stories.

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