A brief summary from Waterbrook Multnomah:
An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainier 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?
Karen Barnett’s vintage national parks novels bring to vivid life President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision for protected lands, when he wrote in Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter: “There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”
When a book hosts a beautifully vintage-style cover, you know its going to be a good read! And ya’ll, The Road to Paradise does not disappoint!
Thanks to President Roosevelt, the national park system has sprung to life across the nation, and the park surrounding Mount Rainier is fast becoming a favorite tourist destination in Washington State. A big fan of famous naturalists, Margie Lane dreams of being one herself. And when Margie suddenly finds herself on the run from her former finance, she hitches up her skirts and goes tromping through the snow covered slopes of her beloved mountain under the guise as a naturalist.
When Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is strong-armed into taking on a new naturalist, he expects an experienced man with a background in the park system. Not the beautiful, vivacious skirt that stirs up interest every where she goes. No, Ford isn’t thrilled with having to keep watch over a female. But Margie’s determination and inner strength surprises him, and soon he finds himself growing warmer to the wanna-be naturalist.
But threat is imminent, and soon Margie’s ex-fiance finds her at the park, threatening to take over her beloved land unless she agrees to marriage. As Margie and Ford work to find ways to beat him at this evil game, their fears, strength, and trust in God will be tested beyond what they ever dreamed. In the end, will they choose to save the park or themselves?
I really enjoyed this novel. So much so, that I read it in two nights! This adventure novel moved at a fast paced, and I found the history of the park system extremely fascinating. I grew up in Tacoma and Seattle, and I remember going to Mount Rainier as a little girl on multiple occasions with my family. I really enjoyed Karen’s descriptions and how she brought the park – and my memories – to life in this book.
Readers beware: reading The Road to Paradise will have you hearing nature’s call and making your way outside. Truly! While I don’t have a national park close to me, I do have some state parks that are calling my name for a bit of hiking this weekend! Its safe to say Karen is going to become one of my new favorite authors if all her books are this intriguing and well written! I’m already adding her other books to my TBR list! 🙂
If you love action, adventure, and nature in all its glory, grab a copy of The Road to Paradise today!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.