An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainer National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow.
But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his father’s death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work managing the park and its crowd of visitors seriously. The job of watching over an idealistic senator’s daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources.
When Margie’s former fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the park’s pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?
This was the first book I have read by author Karen Barnett. The cover of this book will draw readers in right from the start! I just love the colors and the vintage style of this cover! The visual descriptions of the scenery in this book will have readers feeling as though they are hiking the trails and walking through the meadows surrounding Mt. Rainer. Margie’s character was totally unique! I loved how she was genuine and not afraid to be herself. Her appreciation for God’s creation and desire to learn and explore about the nature around her made her all the more endearing. I enjoyed following Ford’s character. He was hardened by tragedy from his past, and really had to battle to overcome those issues throughout the story. This story also had a villain, and what a villain! I despised Phillip. He was everywhere you didn’t want him to be, and always ready with a devious scheme to cause harm to those in is way. This book will keep you on your toes! As the pages turn you see Margie and Ford facing and overcoming fears and differences, corruption is revealed and confronted, and a climbing expedition leads to acknowledgment of God as the Creator. This book has a little bit of everything! I will admit that this story was a little step outside the norm of my usual regency era novels, but I enjoyed the different setting and tone of this story! Looking forward to exploring more National Parks with Karen Barnett’s stories in the future!
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About the Author:
KAREN BARNETT is an award winning author of four novels who draws on her firsthand experience as a naturalist, former park ranger, and outdoor educator to transport readers to America’s national parks.. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.
*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.