Jamie walked away . . . He wondered why he was even trying. He felt certain there was nothing he could ever say or do to compete with a man like Hugh Montgomery, and he was fooling himself to believe that he could ever be a contender for Gillian Brierley's heart.
The year is 1862, and the setting is Salt Lake City. Gillian — Ian and Wren's eldest daughter — has grown into a lovely young woman who is a source of help and strength to her family. Little does she realize that her life is about to be turned upside down.
Suddenly she must choose between two men who love her, yet whose lives and lifestyles are completely divergent. Honorable and trusted family friend Hugh Montgomery is safe and steady, while young Jamie MacBrier, recently arrived from Scotland, is impetuous, passionate, worldly, and completely unschooled in the principles of the gospel. Yet he has created feelings in Gillian that are new and exciting — and frightening. Can she be true to both her faith and her heart?
In this deeply moving conclusion to the Shadows of Brierley series, beloved LDS author Anita Stansfield delivers an unforgettable story of love and the many ways in which it can break our hearts and heal them. In the Valley of the Mountains is compelling and tender, with insights that linger long after the last page has been turned.
Unabridged audio book
I had expected the next volume to include their journey to the Salt Lake Valley, but was pleasantly surprised to have it pick up after they have been in Salt Lake for several years. I loved that it focused on Gillian and Jamie, and their struggles to find their place in the world. It was a touching and thoughtful story, and although I am sad to have the series end, I loved the way it was all wrapped up! I am going to miss these characters!