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Margaret Lane is a senator’s daughter and devoted naturalist who lands a job working alongside park rangers in Mount Rainer National Park in 1927. Chief Ranger Ford Brayden takes his job managing the park very seriously. When a development company plans to build the Paradise Inn as a tourist destination nearby, the park’s unflawed beauty is at risk.
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Shadows of the Wilderness
But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his fathers 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 senators daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources.
When Margies former fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the parks pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?
Karen Barnetts vintage national parks novels bring to vivid life President Theodore Roosevelts 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."
Lauraine Snelling, best-selling author of the acclaimed Red River of the North series and many other novels
"A story as invigorating, inspiring, and perilous as Mount Rainier itself! The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett pulled me in with humor and fascinating characters and a delicious romance, then kept me up late as Ford and Margie strive to save the national park that seems determined to kill them. The authors experiences as a park ranger give this novel both authenticity and passion, and I cant wait for her next national parks book!"
Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of When Tides Turn
"Karen Barnett has done it again: held me hostage from the first page and made me like it. This seasoned author takes us to new heights as we encounter stories behind the formation of our national parks. Great characters, precise and fascinating images, a plot that kept me turning pages. The Road to Paradise is a top-notch novel that will remind readers of why we love our national parks and make us want to visit every single one, envisioning where the characters found their faith, friendships, and love. But I dont plan to climb Mount Rainer…this author already did it for me!"
Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of This Road We Traveled
"A true delight. With its expertly rendered setting of breathtaking beauty and danger, combined with charming characters and a swiftly moving plot, The Road to Paradise is a journey worth taking more than once!"
Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of The Mark of the King
"The majesty of Mount Rainier shines in Karen Barnetts lush novel. The story is both gentle and inviting, with a warmth that meanders its way along every page and a setting that captivates. Barnetts broad brushstrokes pay homage to a magnificent landscape, yet her gentle sketches draw the readers heart to the intricacies of Gods creationnot only in nature itself, but in the human heart."
Joanne Bischof, author of The Lady and the Lionheart, RT Book Reviews 5 Star Top Pick!
"As fresh as the northwest woods, The Road to Paradise is just that, a reading adventure replete with romance, suspense, and poetic prose, all wrapped in a gorgeous vintage cover. Having lived and worked in the national parks, I found this novel to ring with authenticity and spirit. Karen Barnett does credit to one of Americas most picturesque historic places. Well done!"
Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night
oregonheidiOregonAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fun Autumn ReadSeptember 9, 2017oregonheidiOregonAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The Road to Paradise, Karen Barnett's most recent historical romance, is my favorite to date. The lead characters lifestyles and perspectives clash like oil and water, though even from the first we see the possibilities of attraction. Margaret is naive and rich, the perfect foil to Ford's pragmatism. She moves into Rainier National Park to study and enjoy the natural surroundings, but her past (and unnamed danger) follow her there. Ford comes alongside to help, but will it be enough?
This story is a pleasant mix of romance and suspense, a perfect autumn read. Karen's experience as a ranger in the park becomes obvious through rich details and scene development. Enjoy!
elinsmomAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable Start to a New SeriesAugust 5, 2017elinsmomAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This was the first book I've read by Karen Barnett and I really enjoyed it. The setting in Mount Rainer National Park was excellent. The author really knows her stuff. The main character, Margie, reminded me of Anne of Green Gables. She is optimistic and frequently quotes poetry. Her love interest, Ford, is very down to earth. They balance each other out well.
The story moved along at a good pace, and I found myself cheering Margie and Ford on as they tried to save the park from Margie's former fiance and his scheme to turn it into a tourist attraction. If you are looking for a quick sweet read with beautiful scenery you should give this book a try.
I received this book for free for the purpose of review.
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Loved this settingJuly 27, 2017MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. I had never read anything by Karen before and the cover is a bit different.
I have to say I adored this book. Margie is such a sweetie. At first you might think she is simple, but she is anything but. She loves the Lord and is even willing to walk away from a man she loves for Him, this girl has her priorities straight. She will do whatever it takes to preserve the things she loves.
Ford is a tough guy, he doesn't think he needs God and isn't even sure he beliefs in Him. I couldn't wait to see how God would open his eyes to Him and if God would use Margie to do that.
By the end they both must face their greatest fear head on and the tension is high.
The setting itself is beautiful, I want to visit Mount Rainer. It sounds wonderful.
I can't wait to read more in this series, this is truly a great read and I highly recommend it.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Entertaining, informative, timelyJuly 23, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Barnett's new series, historic novels featuring national parks, is off to a good start. This novel about Mt. Rainier is entertaining, informative, and very timely.
I really like Margie. The daughter of a senator, she'd rather be in the alpine woods of Mt. Rainier than at one of her parents' parties. She gets to spend a summer at Paradise, giving nature talks. She soon finds that she has met her match in a certain park ranger.
The plot is timely. Margie's real nemesis is a childhood friend. He's her former fiance and is pushing through grand plans for the national park. Plans that include a ski resort and dance halls. Margie is desperate to preserve her beloved mountain. She wants to maintain the pristine ridges and valleys of God's creation for the enjoyment of the many and not let them be destroyed for the commercial gain of a few.
I recommend this novel to those who would enjoy a well written novel centered on the preservation of a part of God's beautiful creation. You'll learn a bit about the park, its history and its flora and fauna. You'll read about a spunky woman who learns to cross a ravine on a downed log. You'll get a little romance too.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Ashley S.4 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Historical RomanceJuly 19, 2017Ashley S.Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 04.5 Stars
First of all, how gorgeous is that cover? I'm not gonna lie, that's what first caught my attention about this book, but then I read the synopsis and I knew I just had to read it! There's been so much praise about this book and, I've gotta say, it's well warranted.
I loved learning about the early years of the National Park Service. I've never had the pleasure of visiting Mount Rainier National Park before, but I now feel like I have after reading this novel! The vivid descriptions captured my imagination so well that I felt I could perfectly picture the scenery and smell the scents of the forest. The author did such a great job capturing the beauty and essence of Mount Rainier that it felt like another character, not just the background scenery.
I so enjoyed reading about Margie's love of nature, of God's creation. Seeing the world through her eyes was a bright spot in this novel. Her optimism, despite everything, made her incredibly likable. Ford's a bit gruff at times, but I couldn't help liking him. He had so much pressure on him, which left him feeling quite inadequate. It was great watching both characters grow, experience new things, and conquer fears. The bad guy made my skin crawl. He was slimy and left me with an icky feeling whenever he'd show up on the page.
The Road to Paradise is one of those books to savor. I took my time with it, not rushing through it, but enjoying my time with Ford and Margie, enjoying my time in the National Park. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in this series. I'd recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and lovers of nature.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books. All thoughts and comments are my own honest opinion.