The Road to Paradise
I was touched and inspired by Marge's love of nature. It made me relate to how I feel when I am at a national park or just when I commune with nature at daybreak. With a menacing entrepreneur named Philip shows up the fight begins to save the par ...more
Sweet, enlightening, well written with integrity. And somewhat topically unique. But also, a bit predictable when it comes to the romantic elements. And far more sentimentality swooning tha ...more
Margaret Lane has made her great escape; leaving a life of social obligation and burrowing herself into life at Mount Rainer National Park, as a result of her father's generosity, she finds herself dubbed a "naturalist" by Chief Ranger Ford Boynton to whom she is assigned. Surrounded by wildlife and flora to her heart's content, Margie's love of the outdoors flourishes, in spite of Ford's initial concerns about her ability to s ...more
A delightful story about a young woman and a man from vastly different backgrounds. Margie was gently raised among the best of society; Ford grew up in the wilderness. When Margie wants to escape society and become a forest ranger, exercising her favorite pursuits as a naturalist, she joins Ford's staff. He feels the need to look after her, since she's their first woman on staff and has a habit, annoying to him, of looking at nature with awe and wonder and joy rather than with respect o ...more
Will Ford and Margie be a ...more
Margie Lane is brave enough to break out of the grasp of social expectations and so much more. I admire her work ethic, her eagerness to learn, grow, and experience, and her appreciation for the natural beauty of creation. Margie has a heart of gold and enduring spirit.
Ford Brayden is a quintessential mountain man! His dedication to the park is deeply rooted in his identity and his father’s legacy. Ford’s initial Darcy-esque demeanor is ea ...more
I have another novel by the author, Out of the Ruins, and look forward to reading it.
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I have a new name on my “If he/she writes it, I buy it” list. Karen Barnett. Author of the “Vintage National Parks Novels,” Karen is a phenomenal writer. Seriously.
Look, the more I learn about the writing craft, the pickier I get about writing. I can love a book with “inferior writing” if the author does his or her job right. I can. And I have. And I will again.
However, when I read an entire book ...more
I really liked the characters in this book, and you just can't beat the fact that a huge portion of the story has a great backdrop of the beautiful nature God has created.
I've always loved the freedom and beauty of the outdoors. I can totally relate to Margie, and her fascination of the beauty that surrounds her at Mount Rainer National Park.
Great characters, well- written plot, and a beautiful faith theme that I loved. I love when the faith theme is intricately woven ...more
It was such a great idea to write a historical seri ...more
“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 ma ...more
The story is sweet but not too, adventurous (love all the outdoor & hiking scenes), tender and humorous, and quite romantic! The hero's spiritual arc is realistic and touching, and the antagonist is well, he's quite the baddie. (I kind of wanted to smack him through the pages.)
Margie and Ford were genuine, likeable characters and it was awesome to see their (Ford’s especially) faith journeys. The plot also kept my interest (though I did feel like some parts and background stories could have been expanded).
Overall, I had fun reading this and felt “refreshed” (with all the be ...more
I loved this book and everything about it. It was wonderfully written, with characters that are real-to-life, a setting that will sweep you away to the Mount Ranier National Park and a plot that will leave you dying for more of this talented authors work. It was such a fabulous feeling reading this book.
This novel is a mix of historical and beautiful scenes. I felt as though I was right there with Margie and the Rangers, looking at the parks in front of them. I loved feeling as...more
Enjoyed reading this with images of mountains still fresh in my mind after a vacation in another mountainous national park. Living in view of Mount Rainier in all it's glory made this especially fun to read. It is a dangerous place to hike and climb still today.
Interesting, solid characters with a believable plot line made this a satisfying read for me. Loved the detailed descriptions of the places they explored, along with their perilous moments on the ...more
Margie has come to the park to work for the summer and to escape what is alluded to be an ...more
First, I'll say I really didn't want to read this book. I couldn't tell what genre it was and I just felt so annoyed by that lol. When I found out historical romance I'm like I'm not much on romance books anymore. But after several recommendations & feeling burned out on my "usual" I had to give it a chance. I'm SO GLAD I did.
This takes place in Mount Rainer national park and the setting is like a character all on its own (in the best way) 😍 the hero is to die for! Strong an ...more
The love story was sweet, but the real star of the show was the PLACE! This story is set at Mount Rainier in Washington state in the 1920's.
Margie, the daughter of a state senator, is on her way to the park to work as a naturalist and hopefully hide from her fiance, w ...more
This was the first book I've read by Karen Barnett and I really enjoyed it. The setting in Mount Rainer National Park was excellent. The author really knows her stuff. The main character, Margie, reminded me of Anne of Green Gables. She is optimistic and frequently quotes poetry. Her love interest, Ford, is very down to earth. They balance each other out well.
The story moved along at a good pace, and I found myself cheering Margie and Ford on as they tried to save the park from Margie's former f ...more