Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Distance Too Grand (American Wonders, #1)” as Want to Read:
A Distance Too Grand (American Wonders, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Distance Too Grand

(American Wonders Collection #1)

by
4.09  ·  Rating details ·  505 ratings  ·  202 reviews
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 s ...more
Paperback, American Wonders Collection Book #1, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Revell
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Distance Too Grand, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
QNPoohBear Friendship and a few kisses. It's an internal struggle whether Meg wants to give up everything she's worked for and trust Ben. Ben loves Meg for who s…moreFriendship and a few kisses. It's an internal struggle whether Meg wants to give up everything she's worked for and trust Ben. Ben loves Meg for who she is. There's nothing in the way of passion or physical love.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.09  · 
Rating details
 ·  505 ratings  ·  202 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of A Distance Too Grand (American Wonders, #1)
Deanne Patterson
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Deanne by: cnnamongirl@aol.com
"There's only one who matters, Meg", he murmured. "And he forgives our mistakes freely. All we have to do is do our best. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks."

Meg and Ben's story is quite an adventure about the Grand Canyon one of our
wonderful national parks.
I've visited the Grand Canyon when I lived in Arizona and it's magnificent,breathtaking,majestic.
What an adventure the characters must have had. The character's are lively,energetic,charismatic and realistic. The plot keeps your atten
...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
Pre Teens- One Star
New Teens- Two Stars
Early High School Teens- Three Stars
Older High School Teens- Four Stars
My personal Rating- Three Stars

As a photographer and collector of old cameras, this book has been on my radar since I learned about it. This was my first book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. It was what I call a “chance book”, meaning that I took a chance on this book to see if I would like it or not. I can’t say that I immensely enjoyed the book, but I was happy with ho
...more
Andrea Cox
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.

So I requested a review copy of this book by accident. Sort of. See, at first glance, I thought it was by Regina Jennings, an author a friend of mine has been recommending for a while. The cover of this one has that same whimsical, fun, lighthearted feeling as Mrs. Jennings’s novels usually have. Once I realized it was by a Regina of a different surname
...more
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
Get ready to embark on an adventure to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim in the year 1871!

A Distance Too Grand is the first book in the American Wonders Collection from new-to-me author Regina Scott.

Meg Pero’s deceased father was assigned to work on a military expedition to document the land around the canyon. When Meg shows up in her father’s place, Army Captain Ben Coleridge is not too happy. Ben doesn’t want Meg along for two reasons. One, she’s a woman and two…she broke his heart a few years earl
...more
Brittany
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ch
...more
Staci
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I enjoyed the setting and the details about photography and the Grand Canyon.
Melanie
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

A Distance Too Grand was different than I was expecting, but nonetheless a good read overall.

I enjoyed the setting and how the heroine was so passionate about photography. Reading some of the descriptions on the scenery was so good and I liked that part.

The characters were fine, although I never felt connected to them and I don't know why...maybe because of the romance and the way that played out. Although I had a difficult time empathizing with the heroine at times, I did enjoy it in
...more
Paula Shreckhise
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
...more
Sarah Grace Grzy
Regina Scott is the author of numerous novels, but this is the first I've read. And I quite enjoyed it!

Scott writes very colorful and lively characters; from quiet, dutiful Ben, to adventurous, strong Meg, to shy Meadows, cantankerous Dot, and kind Hank. Each was unique and that made the story all the more interesting.

Similarly, Scott describes the setting of the story in a very vibrant style, and I can easily picture the beautiful Grand Canyon, even though I have never been there. The author a
...more
Jypsy
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Revell for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

A Distance Too Grand
By: Regina Scott

*REVIEW* 💖💖💖💖
A Distance Too Grand is historical fiction centered around an important journey across/through the Grand Canyon to map and document possible routes to continue West. The heroine, Meg, has taken the place of her deceased father as a photographer. She's a sassy character with her own agenda to carve her place in the world as a woman doing th
...more
QNPoohBear
2.5 stars

Meg Pero is risking everything to head west to join a military expedition exploring the Grand Canyon. Since her father died, she has been subjected to the strict rules of her stuffy aunt and boring cousin who think she should marry. Marriage holds no interest for Meg. She's passionate about photographer and needs this job if she's going to be free of her horrid relatives. Meg is counting on the contract with her father transferring to her name but it's up to the leader of the expedition
...more
Inspirationalfictionreader
I have heard some good things about this author, so I was really looking forward to reading this story. I was also very interested that it took place in the Grand Canyon, because it’s a place I’d love to see and it’s not used as a setting very often.

While I did like the writing style and, at first, I thought the story was going to keep my interest, I ended up really struggling to stay invested in the story and the characters. I felt like the pace was too slow and I found myself getting bored at
...more
Abigail
I knew as soon as I saw the Grand Canyon and that this book was centered around the Army that I had to get it for a review. Combining two of my favorite things, the military and National Parks! This book did not disappoint!

This book was beautiful and not just because the cover is. I loved it so much! I was hooked from page one and I couldn't stop reading until I finished. I love stories like this one. I honest to goodness do, Especially the romance aspect of it, but I'll get into that later!

The
...more
Loraine
I have always loved Regina Scott's novels, but this one has to be my favorite. Meg Pero grew up alongside her widowed father helping him take pictures of military personnel and scenic places after the civil war. When he died, Meg took over his equipment and his contracts and headed out on her own. Her first assignment was with the military in Arizona photographing along with a surveyor and his team in the Grand Canyon area. When she finally arrives in Arizona Territory from back east, to her sur ...more
Brooklyne
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cover-love
Ok, where should I begin?

Let me first take a moment to admire the amazing cover for this book. I absolutely love this cover SO MUCH!!

I also have a VERY special memory tied with this book because I actually took it to the GRAND CANYON where I got to meet a online friend IN PERSON. And we took bookish pictures together of us and our books (we read it around the same time!) That is a super fun memory and one I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon. <3 <3 <3
Also, I’ve just realized my love for expl
...more
HR-ML
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Arizona 1871. DNF at 35%.

The hero was w/ the Army Corps of Engineers & the
heroine a photographer. They met a few yrs after she
rejected his marriage proposal.

This single-minded female put her safety at risk, and
possibly the safety of those in her survey party. She in-
sisted on getting photos from certain angles/ approaches.
I could not stick around to see her humbled. Sorry, a h
lacking sense takes me out of the story.
...more
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
These reviews are always really hard for me to write! *deep breath* Let's get on with it.
Here's the thing. I didn't hate it, but I also didn't love it.

The premise of this story intrigued me! An Army exposition sent to decide if the Grand Canyon was habitable...I LOVE IT! Sadly, the execution fell short for me. There were story/plot lines that weren't flushed out completely, so nothing really connected or gave me that "AH HA!" moment.

I didn't really connect with any of the characters. In all hon
...more
Rebecca
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
"Men don't like haggling with women, Meg . . . . Just smile and look pretty, then show them you can do the job better than any of them."

With her father's advice ringing in her ears, Meg Pero stares down Fort Wilverton's clerk and asserts herself right onto the army's survey team as the contracted photographer on an expedition along the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine that the officer in charge would be someone she knew. Knows. Rather well.
...more
Maureen Timerman
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
The author gives us a story, that quickly became a page-turner, and historical as the Army is looking for routes to travel to expand this country.
Our main girl is a photographer, and she at times takes her life in her hands as she hangs over the Grand Canyon, she is getting the perfect shot, one that will support her.
There is a couple of love stories here, one is sweet, and enduring, even with a few bumps, the other has let someone put a damper on it.
We see the God given beauty in this country t
...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
It took me a bit to adjust to the slower pace of the narrative which is rich with description and historical detail, but once I developed a connection to the characters I enjoyed their journey along the rim of the Grand Canyon. As a photographer I was fascinated by the arduous process Meg went through in order to take a picture. And the thought of being limited to such a small amount of photos! I loved her passion in capturing the expanse to share with the public. She has the determination and g ...more
Alisha
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
LOVE the cover on this book. And I'm a fan in general of the concept of novels set in the early days of national parks. It just turns out that I like them set not quite so early days. Anyone who likes a more rugged Old West story would find lots to enjoy here. Ultimately for me, though, it was just a little too much struggle-for-survival, foraging-for-plants, do-we-have-enough-bullets, baking-in-the-sun adventure. Call me when there's a visitor center, a few rangers to give talks, and maybe even ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
'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 photog
...more
Abigail Harris
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Review: I expected to enjoy this book as a light and somewhat serious historical romance and what I found was that and more with the descriptions of the Grand Canyon, reading about the beautiful depths of the canyon was so interesting and is was as though I was there – which would be amazing – the details were written so we’ll. This did end with some sadness but much sweetness.

Rating: 4 stars,

Recommendation: 16 up for romance and slight violent mentions (can give details if wanted.)

Verse: Deu
...more
Melissa
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reads-2019
I very much enjoyed this historical novel set just after the Civil War that takes place at the Grand Canyon. The author does an amazing job at describing the beauty of the Grand Canyon, painting vivid pictures in my imagination as I read the story. The book has a lovely blend of romance, mystery and a breathtaking setting. The mystery aspect kept me engrossed the growing romance between Meg and and Ben was sweet. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this new series, and I hope Ben ...more
Mayda
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meg is a photographer who learned the trade at her father’s side. When a sudden illness took his life, she was determined to fulfill the contract that he accepted with the army to photograph various aspects of the Grand Canyon. Her services were almost rejected, since being a woman violated army protocol, but a captain and former suitor allowed her participation in the venture. Besides, Ben argued, the season for travel was getting late and there were no other photographers to be had. So a small ...more
Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading
description

While I was instantly captivated by this cover, the synopsis grabbed me even more knowing this would be about an Army team surveying the Grand Canyon. As an Army veteran myself, I'm always interested in reading stories that connect readers to my branch of service, especially when it comes to historical and romantic fiction written for women. This was absolutely fantastic! Not only will you get an authentic and rewarding love story, but the history lessons weaved into the narrative about the par
...more
Lorilei Gonzales
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you have read a few of my reviews by now, then you are very much aware that I judge a book by its cover constantly. As a librarian, that's probably a terrible admission to make. But as someone who also works in publishing, I like to think that I'm keeping it real. If the choice of font doesn't tell you that this book is a historical romance, then the lovely lady in early American garb posing with an old fashioned camera is informing you very loudly. Message received and let me tell you, I lov ...more
Breny
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I'll start by saying that the cover of A Distance Too Grand is gorgeous. It might be one of my favorite ones for historical fiction books.❤️

This book focuses on the life of Meg Pero, a young photographer that is trying to earn a living among a society that doesn't see women as individuals qualified to do anything more than giggle, be pretty, and faint 😂.

After her father's death, Meg decides to go and fulfill a job her father still had to complete, photograph the Grand Canyon for the army on an e
...more
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nothing warms my heart like a man who just wants to honor God, and protect the people under his care. That's the story of Ben. All his life he had to live out some unrealistic expectations placed on him but that never detered him from being a good man of prayers, honor and integrity.

No one could quite get under his skin like the independent Meg. She was everything he wanted but she was way over her head to see it. But as life's twist and turns beautiful outlined in this book by the author she b
...more
Joleen
Ah... what a satisfying story. I loved every moment of it, and perhaps a bit sad it's over.

Twenty-six year old Meg Pero had proven her worth as a landmark photographer, so much so that she was included on a scouting expedition, albeit not without some objections because, well, she's a woman.

The major difficulty with this trip was that the commanding officer for this expedition was none other than the West Point cadet whose marriage proposal she had turned down years before. Oh, this was going to
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Major's Daughter (Fort Reno, #3)
  • Out of the Embers (Mesquite Springs, #1)
  • Hope's Highest Mountain (Heirs of Montana, #1)
  • A Gilded Lady (Hope and Glory, #2)
  • The Kissing Tree: Four Novellas Rooted in Timeless Love
  • Storing Up Trouble (American Heiresses, #3)
  • Always Look Twice (Uncommon Justice, #2)
  • A Life Once Dreamed
  • On Wings of Devotion (The Codebreakers, #2)
  • A Portrait of Loyalty (The Codebreakers, #3)
  • You Belong with Me (Restoring Heritage, #1)
  • Woman of Sunlight (Brides of Hope Mountain, #2)
  • The Runaway Bride (The Bride Ships, #2)
  • At Love's Command (Hanger's Horsemen, #1)
  • Diamond in the Rough (American Heiresses, #2)
  • The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #3)
  • The Rebel Bride (Daughter of the Mayflower, #10)
  • Almost a Bride (The Bride Ships, #4)
See similar books…
772 followers
Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first Regency romance was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She is now the author of more than 5 ...more

Other books in the series

American Wonders Collection (2 books)
  • Nothing Short of Wondrous (American Wonders #2)

Related Articles

  Kids these days! Protesting injustice, sassing their elders, and sometimes saving the world. So...pretty much like kids during any other...
85 likes · 25 comments
“There's always a reason for God's creation. What was he trying to tell us? What are we to learn from all this?” 1 likes
“Everyone has a story to tell. You just have to listen.” 0 likes
More quotes…