Review of The Road to Paradise: Historical Fiction About America's National Parks

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. Besides getting the pleasure of a great story, I can learn so much about the people and places of another time. The Road to Paradise is the first in a series about America’s national parks.

Review of The Road to Paradise, historical fiction

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About the Book…

From the book’s description: 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 fiancĂ© 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?

My Thoughts…

I really enjoyed this one.It was a light, easy read. The characters were interesting. There wasn’t very much character development through the feelings and thoughts of the characters. But they were developed through the events in the story.
There was a sweet romance, although it was a little predictable. And there were a few things that just worked out too well, making some of the story a little less believable.
Overall, though, I really liked the story and enjoyed learning more about Mount Rainier and the national park. I give this one 4 stars and a G rating for content. You can find the book on Amazon here.

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