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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: Vintage National Parks
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