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THE ROAD TO PARADISE by Karen Barnett, reviewed by Kim



First, coverlove! What an awesome cover. I love the feel of it, the colors, and it’s just perfect for this book! 


My favorite thing about The Road to Paradise is Margie. She is such a wonderful character. What a breath of fresh air she is! Anyone who says, “I’ll be out in a twinkling,” gets excited about ferns, names rodents, spouts poetry, and sees God in everything - well, how can you not like them? She just makes me smile. Another thing I absolutely loved about Margie is that she would not compromise her faith for anyone. I can’t really say what exactly I am talking about because - spoiler! But I loved that Karen did not shy away from this. 

Ford, a Chief Ranger, is a little more serious and somber. He’s still trying to get over his father’s tragic death and is questioning God. When Margie starts working with him as a naturalist, he’s not too happy. Yet, her attitude starts to change him, and he starts seeing things in a different light. I loved how he changed and grew throughout the book. 

To me, this book was a perfect blend of romance, adventure, and faith. The faith message was woven in seamlessly and naturally. The best I have read in a long time. This book has made me really look at nature and see God’s beautiful work instead of being so focused on where I have to go and what I have to do that I just overlook the beauty. 

BACK COVER BLURB: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."
 
I really loved this book and cannot to read book #2, Where the Fire Falls!

*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to review it or review it favorably.

 

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  1. Book covers go in trends and this cover made its own. Isn't it wonderful that the story MEETS AND EXCEEDS a luscious cover's expectations?

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