Tuesday, September 19, 2017



The Road to Paradise: A Vintage National Park Novel
By: Karen Barnett
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction
Pages: 352
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Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

In 1927, Margie Lane, an avid naturalist, convinces her Senator father to procure her a position at the fledgling Mount Rainier National Park. Since Ranger Ford Brannon lost his father in a climbing accident, he doubts his ability to protect the park and its many visitors. He certainly doesn't relish the job of watching over an idealistic and privileged young woman with no practical survival skills. 
When Margie's former fiance sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, Margie and Ford will have to work together to preserve the beauty and simplicity of this mountain hideaway, but the developer's plans might put more than just the park in danger.

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This book is amazing!! I love this book, it was sooooo good!! If you like a book that quotes scripture, and has Christian characters this is a great book for you to pick up! Also if you like a good romance then this is the book for you! Oh and if you love plants or just the wilderness in general.

This book was about Margie (Margaret) who was a daughter of a senator who had a love of nature and botany. She went up to Mount Rainer national park for the summer to work there as a naturalist there. The other main character, Ford is the head ranger who had lived on the mountain his entire life. His father had died two years before and was still trying to get over the grief of his late father. He blamed everything on God and did not want anything to do with Him. Though that all changed once he met the lovely Margie Lane. Margie was not one who was shy to express and share her faith with people. All through out the book she was quoting scripture and talking to Ford about God. 

One of the reasons for the 23 year old woman to move up to Mount Rainer was that she was trying to escape her former fiancĂ©, Phillip. She thought that she would never see him again and that she was safe up in the mountain and wilderness from him but all those thoughts left once she saw him at a dinner that she was going to present at. Phillip had some ideas of his own and before Margie and Ford knew it they were fighting to save their mountain and home. 

Just like my last review I am going to make a list of reasons why I love this book.

1. GREAT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! If a book does not have character development I usually steer clear of that book because without character devilment it would be boring and uneventful. I love seeing a character going from one thing to another. And Karen Barnett did a GREAT job at developing her characters especially Ford. 

2. The romance! Oh how I loved the romance in this book! It was so cute and fluffy, but also Margie made sure that she didn't get to involved with Ford until she knew that he knew God. I loved how even though she loved him she would not take steps into making their relationship deeper because he was not christian. 

3. I have been to Mount Rainer twice now and it is so beautiful so as I read this I was imagining Mount Rainer for what it is today. It made me sad to read that there were people out there that would change God's creation and turn it into a tourist sight. Now you may be thinking well that's kinda what these national parks are for is for tourist sights but what Phillip wanted to do was totally against what Theodore Roosevelt had established the national parks for. As much to my mom's surprise I am actually glad that she made us go to all the national parks she has in the past 5 years. Even though by the end of our trip out west 4 years ago I was done with national parks, right now I am very thankful for her and her crazy homeschool wired brain. 

4. This book was just so good over all that if you want a good christian book that has a lot of nature and romance then I highly recommend this book!

5. I cannot wait for the next books in this series. I am going to burst in excitement when they are published!

As a side note, if you read this book and love it as much as I have, you can sign up for Karen Barnett's newsletter on her website and with signing up you get a few digital vintage postcards, a digital poster from the book with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt, and an e-booklet called Women of National Parks (a booklet on the history of women in the national park program).

*I received this book from Bloggers for Books*


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