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    History & Romance!

    I have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon and much of my interest comes from the many photographs that I've seen over the years. In this book the heroine is a young woman hired in 1871 to photograph the North Rim of this area for a survey being done by the U.S. Army. Her recently deceased father was the person originally chosen and Meg Pero is determined to prove her talent and ability to the others on this team. She also must find a way to work with the leader of this expedition because Captain Ben Coleridge is the man she once refused to marry! I found A Distance Too Grand to be enjoyable reading because it shares facts about the Grand Canyon before it became a national park in 1919 and it also gives us a glimpse of early photography practices. Regina Scott has painted a vivid picture of the beautiful scenery and she also relates the detailed work involved in taking pictures in 1871. These descriptions make me appreciate even more my ability to snap a picture with my phone and I am reminded once again of the restrictions that young women once faced when they applied for jobs that were thought to be only for men. And even though I understood Meg's reservations about her relationship with Ben, I also found myself impatient with her for not seeing just how special he was! A Distance Too Grand offers romance, adventure, mystery, and many references to God and His wonderful Creation. I truly enjoyed it and I recommend it to all who like historical fiction and Christian romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell but a positive review was not required. These are my own opinions.
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    Adventurous Christian Romance

    An adventure through the west with a plucky photographer and a stalwart commander that will test many boundaries. Another recent book I had a hard time putting down.  The story grabbed me from page one and didn't let go until the end.  The characters have multiple layers, the descriptions of the scenery are breath taking, and the adventure of being charting unknown territory is exhilarating. The main characters are Meg Pero and Ben Coleridge.  They aren't strangers as they met when Ben was at West Point and Meg was there helping her father take photos.  Despite a whirlwind romance, Meg wasn't ready to settle down so she did what she thought she needed to do, turn Ben down and leave.  She never expected to come in contact with him again and especially didn't expect to fall in love all over again.  Ben hasn't changed a lot since the academy and is still a typical guy, not expressing his thoughts (or at least not well) to Meg so that perhaps there is a chance for a future for them.  Both Meg and Ben learn some lessons in this book and realize that there can be more if they both just bend a little. I admired Meg's persistence in getting some shots for the Army and herself despite Ben's resistance at the beginning.  After all, she was there to do a job and while cameras back there are nothing like what we have today, it took more time to set up the shot and get just the right angle.  I admired the job she did and how the author detailed the process of taking a photograph and describing the plates and how they had to be prepped to be used in taking those photographs.  It was a lot of work to obtain a finished photograph. I appreciated the spiritual aspects in the story- from the prayers, to the Sunday services, to the various bible verses scattered throughout.  The characters realized that there was more at work then just what they could see or touch and it was just a matter of faith. There are some other characters to take note of in this book - Dot and Hank.  Dot is the cook for the expedition team and Hank is working on constructing the maps of what they discover.  They are married yet they have their own set of trials to endure.  They are an amazing team and it just proves the point that you should communicate with your significant other otherwise you might find yourself on the outs.  Their love is strong but even so it needs to be shared with each other to continue to flourish. Overall I loved this book and can't wait to see what might come next in this series...and a little spoiler, it is about Yellowstone.  If you pick up this book to read (and you should), make sure to check out the Author's Notes at the end because she discusses The Grand Canyon and how it came into the National Parks System.
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    Epic Journey of Love, Adventure and Mystery!

    I can’t help but start with saying that I’m a Regina Scott fan. I love her love inspired historical romances as well as her Regency Romances. Haven’t read all of them yet, but would love to. But this review is totally unbiased. Its not just a fan review. Regina really deserves the praise, no matter how much I’ve liked the books I’ve read from her. This book is extraordinary, probably better than most. And this book, once more, proved me what a great author Regina is. I’m impressed by her capability to bring you into many different eras, contexts, and landscapes as well, with such accurate detail. I love her descriptions of the setting. And in this case, being the Grand Canyon it was awesome! I felt as if I was right there! This is the first book in “The American Wonders Collection”, and I love that they will be set in great National Parks. The Grand Canyon, being one of the greatest natural wonders, I loved that this story was placed there, during the late nineteenth century. Margaret “Meg” Pero, wants to follow her father’s steps after he passes away. She has always helped him since she was able to carry a camera and she knows she can be able to fulfill the contract he signed to serve on an Army survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. What she never expects is for the leader of the expedition to be the man she once rejected. Captain Ben Coleridge is not happy with the arrangements of Meg joining their expedition. But he won’t stall the expedition a second longer, and he needs her services, even if she will be a distraction. This survey is not his only purpose, but another personal one of discovering more about his father, and why he went missing on a similar expedition. The journey is full of adventure and danger. Danger coming from the outside, but also from the inside, from the members of the expedition party. And this perils will be what will bring them together once more, or maybe to stay this time. Because there’s no doubt they need each other to survive, but maybe, just maybe, they can find a way (without too much effort) to rekindle what they had, and make it strong enough to battle together all odds and let love conquer all. The plot was great, it really kept me engaged. I never felt it dragged, on the contrary, there was always something happening or something to discover or uncover. The mystery and intrigue made it more captivating. But what I loved the most were the characters. They were both strongminded, but at the same time kind and compassionate. Loved their dialogues and banter. The romance was really sweet and clean. Just as I like it. I loved how they work through their misunderstandings and learn to trust each other. I also loved the photography theme. I’m an architect and love photography, so I felt very related to Meg and her important part in the survey. She was really a pioneer to do that job on such dangerous circumstances. But thankfully, there was Ben not far away checking on her and ready to save her from any peril if need be. A wonderful story I definitely recommend. I truly enjoyed it and I can’t wait for the next installment! I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher, but wasn’t required to write a positive review. This is my totally honest and unbiased opinion.
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    A Distance Too Grand

    A Distance Too Grand is the first installment to the American Wonders Collection by Regina Scott. I enjoyed Meg and Ben’s story. It was sweet and heartwarming. I reading about their adventures and learning some history of photography. They, also, get themselves into some danger, mystery and suspense. I love the power of faith and inspiration. A Distance Too Grand gets four and a half stars from me. I highly recommend this beautiful and clean read. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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