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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0735289549
ISBN-13: 9780735289543
Series: Shadows of the Wilderness

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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."

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Don’t miss Karen Barnett’s new release The Road to Paradise. This novel combines endearing characters taking on big challenges, nail-biting moments hoping that the land developer doesn’t win the day, the magnificent setting in the national park at Mount Rainier, and happiness that there will be more books like this one. Keep it up, Karen."
—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 author’s experiences as a park ranger give this novel both authenticity and passion, and I can’t 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 don’t 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 Barnett’s lush novel. The story is both gentle and inviting, with a warmth that meanders its way along every page and a setting that captivates. Barnett’s broad brushstrokes pay homage to a magnificent landscape, yet her gentle sketches draw the reader’s heart to the intricacies of God’s creation—not 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 America’s most picturesque historic places. Well done!"
—Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night

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  1. MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Nature adventure and journey to love
    June 19, 2017
    MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This historical is called a vintage national parks novel and is set in 1927. I enjoyed it from the first sentence on. It didn't lag or turn boring, but held my interest and kept me involved to the very end. In fact, one scene affected me so strongly I called, "No!" and startled my kitty. It also contains some lovely word pictures and fun word play.

    When nature-loving Chief Ranger Ford Brayden encounters wealthy Margie Lane, who has fled her socialite life for a Walden experience, sparks may fly. Let's hope they kindle romance not a forest fire in beautiful Mount Rainier National Park. So many adventures and some misadventures, both expected and unexpected, make for an rollicking read. I highly recommend it. I received a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.

    Here's a tiny excerpt of a reflective portion:

    "Ford had spent his life in these woods, but he'd never seen it through the lenses with which Margie viewed the world. He surveyed the forest floor as if taking it in for the first time--all the little bits and bolts of life working together. each had value alone yet also served as part of some mysterious whole. It was little wonder she saw God at work in everything?" And will Ford ever come around to her way of seeing?
  2. Lindsey Z.
    Texas
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Such a cute read with lots of faith content!
    June 18, 2017
    Lindsey Z.
    Texas
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    About this book:

    An ideal sanctuary and a dream come truethats what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in Gods gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainier National Park. Its 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 Rainiers long shadow.

    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 fianc 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?

    Series: Book #1 in the Shadows of the Wilderness series.

    Spiritual Content- Many Prayers; Quite a few Scriptures are quoted, read, mentioned, & remembered; Bible reading; Witnessing & being witnessed to; Many talks about God, His creations, His love, faiths, & church going; Hs are capital when referring to God; Margie has a strong faith; Ford doesnt believe God pays attention to humans & is bitter towards God, but Margie starts praying for him, *Spoiler* [About 100 pages until the end, Ford says he wants the peace and joy that his father & Margie have and starts thinking and bartering, but near the end he apologize to God and realizes]*End of Spoiler*; Many mentions of God, His creations, & His love; Mentions of talks about God; Mentions of a Bible & reading; Mentions of prayers, praying, & answered prayers; Mentions of churches, church going, & services; Mentions of faiths, Christians, & unbelievers; A few mentions of religion & some call it religious babble; A few mentions of hymns; A few mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of thanking God; A couple mentions of Heaven; A mention of a miracle; A mention of a godsend; A mention of holy ground;

    *Note: A mention of a man looking like a Greek Adonis; A mention of a little devil; A mention of a devilish trick; A mention of conquering demons; A mention of facing demons.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a blast, a blast it all, a stupid, three idiots; A bit of eye rolling & sarcasm; A tiny bit of Fighting & Hitting (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of deaths from an accident (including Fords father prior to the book starting), finding the bodies (they dont), dangers, screams, & nightmares (barely-above-not-detailed); Hinted mentions of being hit, injuries, & verbal fighting (Carmichael to Margie); Mentions of the Great War & fighting; Mentions of threats & a fire (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of cigarettes & smoking; Mentions of the Prohibition, bars, drinking, & a drunk; Mentions of accepting bribes; Mentions of poison & poisonous fumes; Mentions of gossip; A few mentions of blood/bleeding; A few mentions of lies, lying, & liar; A couple mentions of gambling; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of almost cursing; A mention of a vulture & its kill; A mention of looking like an animal going off to die.

    Sexual Content- earlobe kisses, a forehead kiss, three barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and six semi-detailed kisses; Remembering a kiss (up to semi-detailed); Wanting to kiss & steal a kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, & Warmth (up to semi-detailed); Wanting to touch & feel warmth (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing (and noticing muscles and bare skin) & Smelling (up to semi-detailed); At one part, Margie & Ford have to sleep under the same blanket to keep warm, but nothing sexual (though Carmichael makes a comment about acting like animals in heat); Mentions of a honeymoon; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of touches & warmth (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of reputations & compromising situations; Mentions of blushes; A few teasing mentions of necking; A few mentions of dating & dates; A few mentions of flirting; A few mentions of jealousy; A man mentions that he wouldnt mind having a girl to keep him warm; A mention of a scandalous thought; Love, falling in love & quite a bit of the emotions;

    *Note: Mentions of showing skirts & being touched in an unladylike fashion; A few mentions of a Margies well-defined legs & curves (from Fords POV); A few mentions of unmentionables & a girl being outside in her shift (from two mens POV); A couple mentions of a mans eye lingering on Margies less-than-modest dress neckline; A mention of a Margies nightclothes (from Fords POV); A mention of a Sheba (from the Bible).

    -Margaret Margie Lane, age 23

    -Ashford Ford Brayden, age 26

    P.O.V. switches between them

    Set in 1927

    344 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star (and a half)

    Early High School Teens- Three Stars

    Older High School Teens- Four Stars

    My personal Rating- Four Stars

    From the second chapter on, Margie had my vote. Her poetic-ness and excitement to learn was the cutest thing. Shes a book girl, so, of course, we would get along. Ford, on the other hand, had absolutely no clue what to do with her and it was hilarious. She is honestly a doll; Margie sighed. I suppose rodents are a part of Gods creation too. Ill just need to learn to appreciate His lesser creatures, right Ranger Brayden?

    Then at one point, when she leaves to go change clothes, she says, Ill be out in a twinkling. I am so using that now. ;)

    I love how strong Margie is in her faith, she knows she cant build a (romantical) relationship without a solid foundation (God), and while that hurts her heart at some points, she pulls back on any romance thoughts. The faith moments for both Margie and Ford seemed realistic and written in a natural sense.

    So, while yes, I honestly would have given this book a bit of a higher rating had there been less kissing and certain comments, I overall really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to learning more about the next book of the series. :)

    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Waterbrook) for this honest review.
  3. Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Historical Fiction
    June 13, 2017
    Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Road to Paradise, written by Karen Barnett, is book one in the Vintage National Park series. The story takes place in 1927 at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. Margie Lane is the daughter of a senator and is trying to get away from her former fiance, Philip. She has a deep interest in Mount Rainier and is able to secure a position as a naturalist there. She thinks she has gone somewhere Philip will not think to look for her. Margie is put in a ranger's cabin. The first night she is unable to get a fire going to heat the cabin and she also becomes away that she is sharing the cabin with a rat.

    Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is not thrilled with having Margie at the park. He hopes that she will tire of being at the park and go home. But as he works with her, he sees her true interest in the park and asks for her help to catch up on his reports.

    Shortly after Margie arrives at the park, a group comes to the park and Margie is asked to help with the activities. She dresses in a rangers uniform and gives a talk. She was not prepared for Philip to be there, nor was she expecting newspaper reporters.

    Philip is determined to get Margie back. He has found out some private things about her father and is using that to get her father to go along with his plan. He plans to take over the park and with Margie's help, turn it into a tourist attraction. If her father does not go along with Philips plan, his career and family will be destroyed.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I enjoyed reading about the early years and the park systems at that time. The story is so well written is it easy to imagine Margie finding the rat while being cold in her room. It is easy to feel the tension she has as she crosses the water on the log and then the enjoyment she has when she finds plants she wants to preserve to use as educational tools for others. I enjoyed the suspense written in the story with waiting to see what was going to happen with Philip's plans. I also enjoyed the humor that is written into the story. I especially enjoyed Margie's thought that if men were like typewriters, she never master the art of controlling one. But the things that sticks out the most to me is Margie's feeling about Philip and Ford. Philip is a Christian but he is cold and manipulative. Ford is not a believer but he is very kind and caring.

    This is the first book written by Karen Barnett that I have read. She uses her experience as a naturalist, park ranger and outdoor educator to bring this story to life. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. I feel anyone who enjoys reading about our countries early development will really enjoy this story. It has just the right amount of suspense and romance to keep the reader interested.

    I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books and I have written an honest review.
  4. Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Road to Paradise
    June 12, 2017
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Road to Paradise is the first book from Karen Barnett's Shadows of the Wilderness series. Set in 1927, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. Daughter of a senator, Margie Lane, takes a position at the park. There she meets park ranger, Ford Brannon, who is having doubts with his ability of filling his own position after his father died in a tragic accident. Ford and Margie team together to stop Margie's former love from developing a tourist attraction at the park. This leads them to more than they bargained for.

    I thought The Road to Paradise to be a pretty good read. At first, I was not sure if I liked Margie or not. I guess I assumed her being a senator's daughter, she would be afraid of breaking a nail. That thought quickly faded when I realized how much she grew up and how strong she was. I loved Ford from the start and enjoyed how he, too, grew as a person through the book. There is a little suspense and mystery element to the story that made it easy to keep turning the pages and hard to put down.

    I would give this book four and a half stars and I look forward to book 2 of the Shadows of the Wilderness series.

    I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
  5. IVLeague
    Cabot, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    I felt an instant connection with the author through her protagonist.
    June 12, 2017
    IVLeague
    Cabot, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It's long been a dream of mine to visit each and every U.S. National Park. When I learned Karen Barnett would be writing a series of books set in three parks around the time of their inception, I hastily added them to my must-read list. The Road to Paradise was my introduction to Barnett's writing and admittedly I felt an instant connection with the author through her protagonist. Perhaps it's because Margie and I share a proclivity for praising God as we explore His creation.

    Margie, Chief Ranger Ford Brayden, and Mt. Rainier are the main characters of this story. How can a mountain be a character? God uses the mountain to woo the other two characters to Himself. In fact, you'll find God on virtually every page entering scenes by way of Margie's words and thoughts towards Him, and indirectly in Barnett's descriptions of His handiwork.

    Weighty Christian themes are balanced by moments of levity as well as Margie and Ford's blossoming romance. My first laughs came at Ford's expense, because he was so irritated at having to accommodate a female in his ranks. As he began to appreciate her skills of observation and impressive knowledge of Rainier's flora and fauna, I delighted in the playful banter they carried on for the remainder of the book.

    If you haven't had the opportunity to read the guest post* Karen Barnett wrote about her research for this book, I hope you will take the time. Her personal experience as a ranger in Mount Rainer National Park as well as many of the historical details she gained through corresponding with a park curator, add to the story. I never questioned the historicity, merely the minute detail of Margie's physical conditioning prior to her 14,411' ascent. Nevertheless, I am absolutely looking forward to exploring both Yellowstone and Yosemite in Barnett's forthcoming Vintage National Parks Novels.

    *Authors, Novels & National Parks: Researching Mount Rainier by Karen Barnett

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel. This review is my honest opinion, and I was not required to write a positive review.
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