A Distance Too Grand

A Distance Too Grand

by Regina Scott

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Overview

Meg Pero has been assisting her photographer father since she was big enough to carry his equipment, so when he dies she is determined to take over his profession—starting with fulfilling the contract he signed to serve on an Army survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1871. What she doesn't realize is that the leader of the expedition is none other than the man she once refused to marry.

Captain Ben Coleridge would like nothing more than to leave without the woman who broke his heart, but he refuses to wait even one more day to get started. This survey is a screen for another, more personal mission, one he cannot share with any member of his team.

As dangers arise from all sides, including within the survey party, Meg and Ben must work together to stay alive, fulfill their duties, and, just maybe, rekindle a love that neither had completely left behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800736392
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Series: American Wonders Collection Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 166,049
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Regina Scott is the author of more than 40 works of warm, witty historical romance. Her writing has won praise from Booklist and Library Journal, and she was twice awarded the prestigious RT Books Reviews best book of the year in her category. A devotee of history, she has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research. She and her husband of 30 years live south of Tacoma, Washington, on the way to Mt. Rainier.

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ChewietheMouse 5 days ago
“A Distance Too Grand” by Regina Scott is the first book in what promises to be a wonderful new series called “American Wonders Collection”. This installment tells the story of Meg Pero, a young photographer who joins an Army Corps of Engineers mission to map and document the area around the Grand Canyon in 1871. This book is definitely character drive. Both main characters (Meg and Captain Ben Coleridge) are incredibly well-written. The reader will feel like he/she is gradually getting to know real people as the story moves along and more and more about the characters’ pasts, families, and personalities are revealed. This is a historical romance, so it’s not surprising that feelings grow between the two. What makes this novel unique is that they had met years earlier, courted, and had genuine feelings for each other. After the passage of several years, plus hurt feelings, it is interesting to observe as Meg and Ben renew their acquaintance. Although the romance is lovely, it is only one part of what this book has to offer. The relationship unfolds as the couple are part of a team surveying the Grand Canyon area. The reader will learn a lot about the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1870s, and what it was like to be part of an expedition to map new terrains. There is also plenty of information about daily life, religion, clothing, food, and the role of women during that time. Despite learning quite a bit, you will never be bored or feel like you’re sitting in a history lecture. All of this information is presented as part of the story, and is truly fascinating! Since this is a Christian novel, I’ll address the role of Christianity in the story. Ben is a devout Christian, and lives as he believes. Meg has grown up popping in and out of various churches in different places, but doesn’t really have a relationship with the Lord. It is interesting to watch her discover her personal faith through witnessing the amazing majesty of God’s creation. Ben’s faith, and the subtle way he shares it with her, also helps in her journey. It is always nice to read about a Christian person (Ben) who lets his faith guide his actions without constantly announcing it and trying to force it onto others. I thought the religious aspect of this novel was handled perfectly. 5 out of 5 slices of thinly sliced, ultra-sharp Cheddar!
3C 21 days ago
Regina Scott has penned a very intriguing tale of fiction based on fact involving the early exploration of the beautiful Grand Canyon. Her appealing writing style, interwoven with geological facts of the time and well developed, memorable characters, takes readers into the fascinating and challenging task of surveying and photographing the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1871. Heroine Meg Pero is smart and independent, struggling to find her niche in life with her photography after the recent death of her father, a distinguished photographer. Captain Benjamin Coleridge, an Army engineer leading the survey, is an appealing and chivalrous hero, and I enjoyed seeing the relationship evolve between Benjamin and Meg. An element of light suspense also presents in the narrative. Any reader who has not yet had the privilege of visiting the Grand Canyon in person will feel they have now been there - as this book takes you on an imaginative journey that includes the sights, the sounds, and the feelings of a walk to the canyon. In addition, the author has provided interesting history notes at the end of the book along with a glimpse of her next book in this series, which is set in Yellowstone. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 21 days ago
'There's always a reason for God's creation. What was he trying to tell us? What are we to learn from all this?' Photographer Meg Pero thinks the Army will allow her to take her deceased father's place as the one to record photographically the excursion into the Grand Canyon in 1871. What she doesn't know is that the man she once rejected as a husband is now the captain of the expedition. Ben Coleridge would rather have anyone but Meg on this trip, but the time is too short to hire another photographer, so he reluctantly agrees to take her with them. They set out and soon danger lurks seemingly around every corner and the troop must try hard to stay alive and fed and watered. Adventure abounds, intrigue surrounds, and a romance is rekindled in the beauty of the creation of the magnificent Grand Canyon. Scott has a winner. *My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
valet 3 hours ago
My thoughts In A Distance Too Grand, Regina Scott brought the Grand Canyon right into my living room. The views were described in such beautiful detail, that I can't wait to visit some day. Yet she also describes very well, just how dangerous it can be with those deep drop offs, that can be a life or death situation. Meg and Dot were both my favorite characters throughout. The strength to carry on, even with their different occupations, was inspiring. They were very strong willed and both of them made sure to look out for each other. A mystery, a great romance, faith in God, and learning to forgive are all what kept me turning the pages. I love the thoughts that this is the first in the series of books about the National Parks. It will be wonderful to read more by this author. A great, great historical read! This book was given to me by Revell and this is my honest opinion.
PaulaShreckhise 20 hours ago
A Distance Too Grand is the first in the new American Wonder Collection by Regina Scott. Regina Scott captures the stark beauty of the Grand Canyon with her eloquent prose. The story takes you back in time to 1871 when expeditions were trying to find a way West through the Canyon. The perilous trip was so interesting as were the descriptions of early photography. The small band of explorers met several obstacles which were presented in an authentic way. Captain Ben Coleridge is leading the group into unknown territory to take samples and chart the territory for a possible road and crossing point. Meg Pero is along to photograph the beauty and grandeur of the iconic landscape. She is fulfilling her deceased father’s contract with the Army to document the trip. Meg and Ben have a shared history from their time at West Point, where her father took portraits of the cadets. It is now five years later and they have both changed. Meg is a feisty woman, determined to make her mark as a photographer in her own right. She is no shrinking violet debutante. Yet she seeks to please society’s matrons. Ben counsels her: “There’s only One who matters, Meg. And He forgives our mistakes freely. All we have to do is do our best. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.” This book is adventurous and compelling. It is more than pretty scenery. It is a solidly written historical story with romance and some mystery. *A copy of this book was provided by Revell Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
Teadrinker 23 hours ago
A Distance Too Grand is my first book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. I found the plot compelling and the characters interesting. I liked both Meg and Ben as well as several of the other characters. The bad guy character I didn't like too well--and that is good! There were a few places that I enjoyed the humorous banter between the various characters. A Couple of other places she did bring tears to my eyes with the unfolding plot. I especially enjoyed reading about this area as I haven't read a book set in the Grand Canyon area before and found it refreshing. All in all , I would highly recommend this one. Also, I liked the sneak peek at the second book in The American Wonders Collection at the end of this book. I am looking forward to it and reading more works by this author. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Librarycataloger 1 days ago
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 abilitiy 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.
Anonymous 1 days ago
3.5 Stars I loved this book for it's descriptions, but the romance felt very stilted and forced. The setting was described so beautifully, but I had a hard time connecting to the characters, and their relationships with each other. The first 150 pages or so after the introduction felt a bit repetitive and I had a hard time reading more than a few pages each night. As I said earlier, the romance felt so forced at times, I wanted to laugh. However, the descriptions of the Grand Canyon and the area surrounding were wonderful. I would recommend his book to those who love Christian romance.
ARS8 2 days ago
It has been a little while since I have read an author Scott novel and one that was not a regency. This was a very good story about a time in history when women were still very limited in the work that they could do outside the home. In 1871, Meg is trying to make her way in the world after her father's untimely death. His profession was a photographer, and Meg learned everything she knew from him. Trying to escape unscrupulous relatives, Meg travels out west to be the photographer with the U.S. Army as they navigate trails, roads, and maps around the Grand Canyon. As you can imagine a female photographer caused quite a stir. I have not had the pleasure of seeing the Grand Canyon yet in my life, but author Scott's descriptions and the intense pleasure and awe her characters experienced was well described. This story was full of adventure, romance, and mystery. The romance was between Meg and Captain Ben Colridge who already had a history together. Ben had once upon a time asked for her hand in marriage, and she had turned him down due to thinking that was best for him. Now out here in the west and forced to travel and work together and even relying on each other, they both must deal with the love that both still have for each other. Not only was there the adventure of traversing the Grand Canyon, there is an unkown mystery and a danger that seems to dog them at every turn. As vast as the west is, the danger lurking behind every rock, crevice, and tree gave a bit of an enclosed feeling even in the great grandness of it all. The atomosphere really came alive and kept me turning pages. I look forward to more in this series. I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
benhli38 2 days ago
This is a wonderful book by Regina Scott about the beginnings of America's historic and famous landmarks being documented. While it is true she does so in a fictional story, she captures the essence of time and the awesome beauty that she takes us to in these pages. I recommend the book to be read on the basis of the fact it's a great story, well written characters, the dialogue she has written, and for the reason there's a love story attached as well. There's also more that can be said for Scott's book as well: the two characters of the book have their own stories respectively. Meg Pero is continuing on in the way her father taught her to take photographs. She's been taught by simply the best to harness a talent to also be a surveyor in the process. At the end of it all will she find a joy that she once knew in a man she thought she left behind? Captain Ben Coleridge is stationed not far from the Grand Canyon, hoping to find some clue as to what happened to his father, Colonel Coleridge. In the process he needs to find a way to heal from past wounds dealt by Meg Pero. Can they find out what happened to Colonel Coleridge? Not only that, but can their love be reignited as they navigate the perils of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon? While I always say that I received this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, I also want to note here that this is truly a wonderful story. Stories like this cannot be rushed, for if they are then the story is lopsided, doesn't work well, and ends up a disaster for the author. On that end of things, Scott has done an amazing job in her storytelling, as well as with the sub plots she also has weaved together. I can't say more to reveal the overall story, but it is worth the read.
BrittanyMc 2 days ago
What an enjoyable setting for a book! I have been to the Grand Canyon twice and this story really brought to mind the amazing views and the natural, rugged beauty of this place. I also felt very immersed in the time period while reading A Distance Too Grand. The romance was sweet and it slowly built throughout the story, with the two main characters having to overcome their broken relationship in the past. The hint of mystery and danger in the plot was nicely done and I enjoyed watching as the characters attempted to determine what had happened. If you are a fan of historical fiction, and especially if you also enjoy visiting any of our national parks, I definitely recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Jamie122 2 days ago
Absolutely delightful read! A bit of suspense and mystery mixed with a sweet reunited romance story! I picked up this book and didn't want to put it down. Some stories and their characters grab you right off, and this story does that! What's more... it doesn't let you go! My only criticism for the book would be the ending scenes at the fort. I think sometimes finding a great way to wrap up a story is challenging, and this time if felt a little hasty. I'm not dissatisfied, I just wasn't as impressed with the ending as I was with the rest of the book. *I signed up to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Julie12 3 days ago
I really enjoyed this book and loved how beautifully the author described one of my favorite places, The Grand Canyon. She did a lovely job of making the reader feel like they were right there with the main characters, Meg and Bed and their team. Meg is a professional photographer who learned the art from her famous father. He taught her everything she knows, and when illness forced him to take a back seat, she did photographs in his name, until his death. Before he died, he signed a contract to photograph this new expedition to the Grand Canyon and Meg is determined to fulfill this contract. Captain Bed Coleridge is in charge of the team that will go into the Grand Canyon. Meg doesn't realize this until she shows up at the Fort and is confronted by her former love interest when he was at West Point. This brings a lot of tension to the story as we know they still care for each other and we watch as they try to deny this mutual attraction. The story has a bit of a mystery to it, which I really enjoyed. I also loved the character of Dot, who is the cook and only other woman on the team. I liked how Meg and Dot looked out for each other and were both strong, brave women. I really liked this book and loved the historical elements to it. I give it 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Revell. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
vics49548 3 days ago
Book 1 in the American Wonders Collection has left me eagerly awaiting Book 2! Author Regina Scott takes you to the Grand Canyon, teaches you about taking pictures in the 1800s, and introduces you to some very real people. Her research of history is intriguing, as she writes about things that just aren’t commonly written about, and in a very compelling manner. This story isn’t just historical. There is intrigue and danger that comes from an unexpected source, as well as light romance. This book has something for everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Grab a copy of you like Christian historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Belovedbrat 4 days ago
Title: A Distance TOO Grand Author: Regina Scott Series: American Wonders Collection book 1 Chapters: 30 Pages: 384 Genre: Christian Historical fiction Rating: 5 stars Publisher: Revell I'm not going to lie the first thing that drew me to the book was the cover. A young woman standing on a cliff with what looks almost like the Grand Canyon in the background with a camera, and I was hooked even more when I learned that it was about a female photographer in the 1870s when that wasn't a field really opened to women. I've always been a huge fan of photography I guess I have my mom to think for that. She was the one who introduced to me my favorite photographer, Dorothea Lange who was most known for her dust bowl era photographs. So I was excited to read a story about a fictional female photographer 60 years before. Meg Pero is determined to take her father's place on the survey crew as the photographer even if Captain Ben Coleridge doesn't want her there. These two have a bit of a history together when he was a cadet at West Point and her father was the school's photographer until something happened that caused the two to be separated. But neither knowing why. Meg wants to prove that she can make it as a photographer in a male-dominated field and follow in his footsteps. Ben wants to be the solider that his father wanted him to be. Regina Scott is an author that I've never read before so I didn't know anything about her books or her writing but with this being historical fiction one of my favorite genre's I had high hopes and I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the first chapter. I look forward to reading the next book in this series and well as picking up other works by this author. For readers who enjoyed Karen Barnett's Vintage National Parks series, I think they will enjoy this book and future series about the areas of the country before they were national parks as the next book in the series will take place in the United States oldest National park. I received a copy of this book from the publisher a part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Lattebooks 4 days ago
What kept the pages turning in this was the unique storyline, beautiful landscape descriptions and lovable characters! Such a grand story (pun intended) that keeps you locked in with the mystery and suspense of the danger all around. You never knew what would happen next. The descriptions alone made me in awe of the depth and heights they were looking at – almost as if I was standing on the edge myself! I adored the chemistry and spunky banter between Ben and Meg, also. Neat tidbits about historical cameras and what they went through for a picture. This will send you on a wonderful emotional ride with sadness, laughter, tears, heart stopping suspense, and heart-filling love and sacrifice. So good! Very worth the read and it is now a bookshelf keeper. This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group/Revell through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions are strictly my own.
cristal6 5 days ago
This is one of those books that the more you read, the more you get hooked into the story. The main characters are Captain Ben, who is an engineer in the Army and Meg Pero, a photographer who was hired by the Army. There is a group, mostly Army, who have ventured to the Grand Canyon to get samples and pictures of the Canyon and to see if there is a way to get across the Canyon. Now Ben and Meg used to be sweethearts a few years before this, but she had turned down his marriage proposal. While you can tell they still have strong feelings for each other, Meg is the one who keeps putting those feelings down. At the same time, there are trials and tribulations along the way. One big trial for Ben is that his father, the Colonel, had been through this area two months earlier, but never returned. That is Ben’s secret mission: To see what happened to his father. This all comes together in the end after a forest fire that they all could have perished. The questions remain: Will Ben be able to find his father? Will Ben and Meg get together? You will need to read this book to find the answer to these questions and more. A Distance Too Grand became available for sale October 1, 2019. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.
LoraineN 5 days ago
What an interesting historical story. I really enjoyed learning about early surveying and photography. When Meg had to set up the camera to catch the beauty of the Grand Canyon, I was reminded of how blessed I am to live in a time when I can get full color pictures in a second. I liked Meg and Ben together. Their romance was very sweet. I loved Meg’s independence and Ben’s strength. I also enjoyed the relationship between Dot and Hank showing a solid marriage in military life. I did find the story to be a little slow and the resolution with Ben’s mother seemed rushed at the end. 3 1/2 Stars - Full review is at my website lorainenunley(dot)com I received this book complimentary as a participant in the Revell blog tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
amybooksy 5 days ago
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.
Michael OConnor 6 days ago
A Distance Too Grand is a perfect example of why historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. Regina Scott took an event that actually happened - in this case, surveying the Grand Canyon, and made the event completely her own. In my opinion, it takes an especially gifted writer to do that. But Scott was up to the task! This story managed to hook me early. First, the Grand Canyon is probably one of the most majestic sights I have ever personally seen, but more so because the main character - Meg Pero - has something to prove, and she starts the story with a disadvantage simply because she’s a woman. **The Characters of A Distance Too Grand** In addition to Meg Pero, Captain Ben Coleridge is the other half of the protagonist team. Captain Coleridge will be commanding the Army’s survey team, and Meg will be fulfilling her recently-deceased father’s contract with the Army to photograph the canyon. However, when Meg show’s up just as the expedition is about to begin, she is surprised to learn that Ben - a former love interest - will be the leader. Although both Meg and Ben try to be professional about the situation, Regina Scott quickly locks in this subplot. Yes, this story has a fair amount of romance, but that doesn’t - in my opinion - take anything away from the grandeur and the adventure of the survey team’s mission. We also have Dot Newcomb and her husband, Hank. Dot is the only other woman on the team. Her job was to fix the meals. Hank’s job was to do the mapping of the canyon. Their marriage was rock solid at the beginning of the expedition. The character arcs were well done, yet not as predictable as you may initially think. That’s a good thing. **Technically Speaking** This book was well edited. I didn’t make note of any SPAG problems. The pacing was also on point. I enjoyed the way Scott wove in the elements of danger throughout the expedition. I also thought the increasingly prominent element of faith was injected very skillfully, and the Bible references were all appropriate. As with the other elements in this story, the build to the climax was very well done. I recommend this story to anyone needing some grand adventure in their minds!
LifeofLiterature 6 days ago
I liked the historical setting and the creative premise of this book. The descriptions of the scenes were well done and it made it easy to imagine the background. I liked the details about traveling in the rugged frontier and the tools Meg used for her photography. I usually like strong, independent females, but I think Meg came across as arrogant and superficial most of the time and I did not really care for her as a main character. I also thought the plot moved slowly, especially at the beginning of the novel. I liked Hank and Dot but the other secondary characters were confusing and I had trouble keeping them straight. However, the romance was clean and I liked the spiritual messages. Overall, the book was good and I would recommend it to those who like simple, historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
NDowning 6 days ago
I was intrigued by the description of the book, and I am fairly certain that I have read other books by Regina Scott and enjoyed them. I think the Grand Canyon is an amazing setting for a book as well. That being said, I wasn't "wowed" by this book. It wasn't necessarily bad, it just seemed to be lacking. The characters were not very interesting. Meg had lost her father and wanted to continue on with his life's work. She had turned down a proposal from Ben in the past. Ben's story was not very captivating to me either. In my opinion this story didn't live up to my expectations. The characters didn't really seemed to have a strong life problem. Yes, there was a bit of danger and intrigue but I didn't have that feeling that I couldn't put the book down. Sadly, the ending was rather ho-hum as well. I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. Revell Publishers gave me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Patricia Hinojosa 6 days ago
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!
LisetteRue 8 days ago
My first story from Regina Scott, I was pleasantly surprised by how well I liked it. It read like a smoothly-flowing stream until you’re approaching the rapids and drama and conflict descend like waterfalls. The story includes the beauty of nature as well as the harshness of it, glorious vistas unseen by many in 1871 and the brutal reality of foraging and making do with the clothes on one’s back. This inspirational fiction, historical romance novel encourages keeping the faith in the toughest of times and during dire situations. It’s a story of endurance and teamwork, bravery, grit and, yes, stubbornness. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
Blooming-with-Books 8 days ago
Delightful... A Distance Too Grand American Wonders Collection #1 By Regina Scott Meg Pero has been her father's assistant from the time she was eight years old and capturing a moment in time has become her passion. With her father's death, she is determined to fulfill the last contract that he signed with the US Army. If she can capture the perfect image with her cameras she can start making a name for herself and secure her future. There is just one problem the US Army isn't prepared to take a single unaccompanied young lady on a survey expedition of the Grand Canyon's North Rim. And she'll have to appeal to the leader of said expedition if she hopes to join it. Too bad she broke Ben Coleridge's heart when he asked her to marry him. Captain Ben Coleridge has no choice in the matter - he has to take Meg Pero with him if he has any hope of getting the North Rim survey done before winter sets in. He needs a photographer to journal the survey and unfortunately, Meg is the only one available with necessary skills. In addition to commanding the survey expedition, Ben has another mission one that he is not at liberty to share with those accompanying him. Months ago his father Colonel Coleridge never returned from a similar route and Ben needs to determine what happened. Why did his father never return? A Distance Too Grand is an exploration of the unknown - 1871 finds the country still recovering from the wounds of war. Travel into the vast wilderness for pleasure is unheard of and most have never seen an image of the Grand Canyon. It is into this world that Meg Pero fights to capture and not with a phone but with equipment that needs its own wagon for transport. Images captured in a moment not happening rather minutes are required to preserve a view. Travel is limited by the wagons they bring with them and the willingness of their mules and horses to carry their additional supplies as well as most members of the expedition. One would be hard-pressed to imagine just what it was to live in such a manner but Regina Scott gives the words life so that one gets a glimpse of the dangers and efforts that such an undertaking entailed. I can't say that the hard-living has much appeal to me, but the awe at getting the first glimpse at the untouched and unknown glory of that they came upon would be a feeling one can only hope to experience. The pacing is good and most of the characters are likable. The descriptive detailing of the various settings is perfect in bringing the scene to life, at least in this reader's opinion. If you are a fan of Historical American fiction this is one you'll want to add to your TBR list. I like it when a book makes me want to delve deeper into what it has shared and this one certainly does that on several topics - early photography and surveying of the Grand Canyon. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.