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Courting Carrie in Wonderland

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  261 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
Struggling through college and balancing her summer job in Yellowstone Park with the Wylie Camping Company, Carrie McKay simply doesn't have time to consider romance. Spanish American War Veteran Sergeant Major Ramsay Stiles also isn't looking for love, busy with his own complicated affairs. But as the magic of Yellowstone starts making its way into their hearts, both begi ...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Sweetwater Books
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Lyuda
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carla Kelly departs from her usual Regency era romances to a completely different time and place- 1903 Yellowstone National Park.

I must admit that the setting played a big role in my enjoyment of the story. My husband and I are avid hikers. Our goal in life (one of them, anyway) is to visit and hike in all 59 National Parks in the United States. So far we’ve been to 31. When the usual question gets asked:” What is your favorite park?” “Yellowstone” has been the answer for a while now. It’s a tr
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
My husband and I love to visit National Parks, so I was especially intrigued that this story was set in Yellowstone's early days as a National Park. The policies regarding animals, the road construction and bridge building, and the presence of the army made it a much different place than it is today. Still other aspects were recognizable- the loveliness of the wilderness, the geysers, the pervading sulfur smell, and the joy of camping. The story moved a bit slowly for me, but the blossoming rela ...more
Linda
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-Hard Kelly Fans -or- Early 20th Century American History Lovers
At the opening of Courting Carrie in Wonderland, Teddy Roosevelt had just arrived in Wyoming. Life-long bachelor and soldier, Ramsay Stiles, had been awarded a medal and promotion because of his service in the Philippines. He was on duty when he saved the president from a possibly dangerous situation.

'Ram' loved the area surrounding Yellowstone Park. He fought some moments of PTSD but was encouraged by fellow soldiers and friends to settle down. Just shy of Chapter Six, now-Sergeant Major Stile
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Katie W
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been to Yellowstone several times before and found it very interesting to get a glimpse of what it was like over one hundred years ago. I didn't realize that it was called "Wonderland" by some back then. I really enjoyed the descriptions.

The story started off at a meandering pace, picking up a little by mid-point. Ramsay and Carrie are each likable characters, especially when they set off on a new job assignment with Mrs. LaMarque. I love their sweet interactions and the way they both learn
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Carla Kelly is a historian, you can tell by the quality of her work and research. Courting Carrie in Wonderland is fascinating on many levels. I had no idea of the history of Yellowstone National Park. To me, it's a great place to visit, but I never considered it's past. I did not know that they kept the military stationed there to build roads, keep tourists in line, and control the wildlife. I didn't realize that the people stupidly fed the bears. (What were they thinking?) The bears were par ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
In honor of full disclosure, this book started out really slowly for me. It took a good while for me to become fully invested and interested, but by about half way through, I couldn't put it down. This book is written in true Carla Kelly form and if you've ever read anything by her, you will know what I am saying. She has a writing style that is distinctly hers. I can always expect well researched settings that bring surroundings and characters to life and no nonsense personalities in characters ...more
Kelly
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, carla-kelly
I have to admit I almost stopped reading the book at the beginning. I found that it couldn't keep my attention and I didn't understand what was going on. But I read on and I really am glad I did! Carrie is a caring, stubborn and more of a modern girl from those times. Ramsey is a good man who does what is right and follows through whatever he believes in.

The relationship between Carrie and Ramsey was just right in the timing, neither too fast or too slow. They fit together perfectly. They love s
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
COURTING CARRIE IN WONDERLAND was an honest and heartfelt story splendidly told. It's a story where love creeps up on these characters from the start and the reader can't help but to love every minute of it. Historical and romance readers alike will love this story!

I loved every single page of this book! I adored these characters! I don't know how this author does it every single time, but the characters come alive so vividly and you can't help but fall in love with them. I loved the humor and s
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Darlene
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Authors always hear "Write what you know" (Disclaimer--I have never been a pirate...but the day's not yet over.) and Carla Kelly is an excellent example of this dictum. I enjoy her Regency era stories, but I really like her tales set in the American West. They have a feeling of authenticity that too few authors can bring to their work, and her background with the U.S. Park Service comes through.

In Courting Carrie in Wonderland we get a history of the beginnings of Yellowstone Park, the crown jew
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Susan K
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Romance, clean, mild faith elements.
Carla Kelly has done it again. This is far and above one of my favorite novels I have read of hers. Having been to Yellowstone several times, it was lovely to see it through her writers eyes in this novel.
Carrie and Ramsay's story was a lovely read, complicated, but filled with the daily events that knit hearts together. C.K. knows how to weave these moments into a charming, yet lush story, full of intricate details that just begs to be read. Louise LeMarque w
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Kristi
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, own-ibook
What I adore about Carla Kelly is that she takes (well researched) parts of history that no one else writes about and then uses every day characters so that it feels like you're looking at a moment in history. While her heroes and heroines are pretty much the same from book to book, their back stories are different and they are able to develop together in their setting -- it's always done with a deft hand.

The setting is the early days of Yosemite National Park and the amount of detail is just ri
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Barb in Maryland
Lovely, lovely book. Kelly is in fine form here.
'Wonderland' was one of the advertisement descriptors for Yellowstone National Park in the park's early years. This story is set during the summer of 1903, when the tourism industry is already well established at the park. Indeed, I found the details of how the tourists navigated the park to be just about as interesting as the romance.
Our heroine, 23 year old Carrie McKay, is a classic Kelly gal. Hardscrabble early life, orphan, rescued by benevole
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Heidi
One thing I've always loved about Carla Kelly's books is her characters. I've yet to read any of her books where I didn't end up liking the characters. Her characters feel like real people, with real strengths and weaknesses, who struggle with their circumstances, and sometimes make poor choices. That is no different with this book. I liked Ramsay Stiles right away. He's a down-to-earth soldier whose coming to grips with his combat experiences in the Philippines and the medal of honor he won. He ...more
Michele
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hoarded this. Beautiful setting, a lyrical ode to Yellowstone, written by someone who loves it. Carla Kelly writes beautifully. Her novels are peopled with characters who you want to know even though they are the children of Ms Kelly's mind. I felt bereft when I finished. 2 X 5 stars!!!!
Amy
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book but is not my favorite Carla Kelly. It was too slow moving and I wanted more romance.
Suzan
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
I enjoyed learning more about what Yellowstone was like about 100 years ago. It makes me want to visit the park again!
Jenny
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I would give this a 3.5 star rating. I enjoyed reading about Yellowstone Park in the early days. It took me a bit to get into the book and some parts were kind of slow for me. I did like the ending.
Pamela
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I love Yellowstone National Park, so I was excited when I heard about this book. However, there is so much more to it than a romance set in Yellowstone. Real pioneers in Yellowstone intermingle with the main characters, providing a rich background on the infrastructure development of America's first national park. I also enjoyed the description of how the buffalo were being protected after their numbers had been decimated by hunters as contrast ...more
Vivian
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
A thoroughly delightful and comfortably clean romance along the lines of Cinderella set in Yellowstone National Park at the turn of the last century. That being said, I was disappointed with the story's end. I would have given them a somewhat less impulsive journey.

Following are some vocabulary and location notes for my enlightenment...

p.58 chautauqua : (shə-TAW-kwə) was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

p.177 katzenjammer
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Sandlynn
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who like American history, the west, & Carla Kelly.
Recommended to Sandlynn by: AAR Message Boards
August 9, 2017

Despite Carla Kelly being a well-regarded writer and my having a handful of her novels, Courting Carrie in Wonderland, published in 2017, is only the second time I’ve read her and I’m glad I did. Wonderland is a unique and well-written book. It’s set in Yellowstone National Park in 1903. The hero is a Sergeant Major who heroically served in the Philippines and who was now serving as one of the Army’s caretakers of the National Park, which was overseen by the U.S. Army before the Pa
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Cathy
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carla Kelly really has a way with writing a great romance story! I also really like the way she includes history in her romance story.

I really enjoyed the love story in this book. Ramsey is in the army, stationed in Yellowstone Park aka Wonderland. I thought it was really funny the way that Ramsey was ordered by his superiors to find a wife. And he thought there was no way that could ever happen. He's in the army remember, and his assignment in Yellowstone Park is to talk with everyone in the
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Meagan Myhren-bennett
Courting Carrie in Wonderland
By Carla Kelly

Sergeant Major Ramsey Stiles was finally back in Yellowstone after serving in the Philippines in the Philippine-American War, (a war, I might mention, I don't recall ever being mentioned in any of my history classes and I still have the books). The peace and magic of America's Wonderland just what he needed to heal from the horrors he experienced. The only problem, his new job comes with a lot more paperwork as he works to keep everything working togeth
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Shelley
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Army Sargeant Major Ramsey, stationed at Yellowstone National Park, has been ordered to find a wife by his superiors, luckily he meets spunky Carrie the cook's assistant and love ensues. I really enjoyed the setting: 1903 at the start of the National Park system is a unique time period in romancelandia, and I love seeing it. But holy cats, this needed to be half the length--I've only ever read her Harlequin books, which I love, and she really needs that constraint. This is a book about two lovel ...more
Dad
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read anything for awhile. My wife and I read this together. It is a masterpiece. Carla Kelly has intertwined Yellowstone in the early 1900's with a romance of an older soldier, who had recently earned a Medal of Honor due to his heroism in an insurrection in the Philippines, and Carrie, a younger woman who had had a tough life. The Army man is Ramsey Stiles.
It is fascinating to read the intricacies of these two as she works in the kitchen of a guest camp and he patrols all over Yellow
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Melanie
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm one of the newer fans and late comers to Carla Kelly's wonderful story telling, but I can honestly say that she has wrapped me around her writing voice, no matter which genre she writes.

Her historical fiction stories are well researched and she thrives when she incorporates her fictional characters with history.

As someone that has seen the Yellowstone National Park only in pictures and film, I was excited to read this book and was happy that it really brought the scenery to my living room.

I
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Jeri
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another sweet gentle book by this talented author! Sergeant major Ramsey Stile is 34 years old and tired. He has nightmares about his time in the Philippines, but watching the wolves and the natural beauty of his current duty station Yellowstone National Park helps him. There is a girl, Carrie McKay , who is one of the waitresses at the Wiley campground. They meet very cute! Their love story slowly develops, these two ordinary good people; helped along by none other than President Teddy Roosevel ...more
DeeAnn Christensen
Very enjoyable!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Light-hearted and yet dwelling on what to me is something near and dear to me. The continued maintenance and preservation of this beautiful part of the Lord's creation. Our family goes there at least twice each year and enjoy the wildlife as much as the amazing geological anomalies. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and sense of humor with me, Ms Kelly.





Jody
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
So the fun part for me was all the historic detail regarding Yellowstone because I have lived there for five summers now with my park ranger husband. The romance was okay (not a big romance reader), but I thought it was unique and more interesting because it was the GUY whose voice and perspective we heard first-seems like a lot of romance puts you into the head of the female, not the male. This author did a lot of research to get her facts right.
Patsyann
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A romance in the middle of Yellowstone Park. I never knew that Army soldiers were the first park rangers of Yellowstone. All of my favorite Carla Kelly themes are in this book. Carla Kelly always has the best male characters. She also does the greatest dysfunctional families. Her heroines are always the strongest - sometimes stronger then the heroes.
Love at first sight.
Mean girls.
A mean old lady who turns into a life saver.
Lots of cherry pie. And eating it while talking about bears and garbage.
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Although Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest (and first writing success) is Western American fiction—more specifically, writing about America's Indian Wars. Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National P
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