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A Distance Too Grand

(American Wonders Collection #1)

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When a spunky photographer wrangles her way onto an 1871 survey crew of the Grand Canyon she thinks nothing can stand in her way. But her mind changes when she finds out she'll be working alongside the one man she doesn't want to fall in love with.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Revell
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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 realis
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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 diffe
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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
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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 watchi
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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
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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.
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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 do
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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
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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 tha
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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
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
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
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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
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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
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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 an
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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 detai
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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
Melissa
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading
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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
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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
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
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Sue
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a new series called American Wonders Collection. The author plans to write stories about various National Parks and the struggle to bring them into existence. Her first book in the series is about the Grand Canyon.

The novel begins in 1871 Ft. Wilverton, AZ Territory, where a survey crew is about to leave the fort and try to find a way to cross the Grand Canyon with a wagon. Their goal is to take samples of plants and soil and photograph the area to help future traveler
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BlueJeansAndTeacups
•*• Well Done Story Featuring the Grand Canyon before it was a Natl. Park •*•
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and read late into the night and then woke to finish it. It is well written and moves along nicely.
1871 Ft. Wilverton, AZ Territory
Meg Pero, a budding photographer, has just lost her father, Matthew Pero who taught her everything she knows. She has a government contract, which is technically his, but was written for M. Pero and she intends to fulfil it and make a name for herself in th
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Jazzy [ jazbooked ]
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
my rating: 3 stars

Oh how I wish I had enjoyed this novel! I know I would have a few years ago, but since reading genres outside of historical Christian fiction, I’ve found it hard to be satisfied by many of these kinds of books. Often times the author seems to be trying to tie in so many different ropes into the bundle, that most of it falls flat. And as someone who once loved these kinds of books, I know I am only saying this because of my experience with broadening my literary hori
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
An adventure through the west with a plucky photographer and a stalwart commander that will test many boundaries.

Another recent book I had a hard time putting down.  The story grabbed me from page one and didn't let go until the end.  The characters have multiple layers, the descriptions of the scenery are breath taking, and the adventure of being charting unknown territory is exhilarating.

The main characters are Meg Pero and Ben Coleridge.  They aren't strangers as they
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Phyllis
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seven Stars!

Oh. My. Word!

I adored this book!! It is most certainly my favorite by Regina Scott to date. While not as overtly humorous as the Fortune's Brides series, it had just a touch of whimsy to keep things light.

Meg was a delightful blend of independence, intelligence, and impulsiveness. I loved watching her as she sought out the best possible angles and lighting for her images. I cringed, however, as she scrambled into dangerous places, doing whatever it
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Sara Wise
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** “Besides, there was something right, something satisfying, in believing Someone was watching over her. And she needed him most of all now. She refused to give up that comfort for petty thought and blame. … She had to believe this would all work out in the end somehow.” **

It’s 1871 and the U.S. Army is sanctioning a survey expedition of the Grand Canyon to search for possible wagon trails across the natural wonder. In Regina Scott’s “A Distance Too Grand,” Meg Pero hopes to take he
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Kimmie
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, my-reviews
“A Distance Too Grand” by Regina Scott is the first book in what promises to be a wonderful new series called “American Wonders Collection”. This installment tells the story of Meg Pero, a young photographer who joins an Army Corps of Engineers mission to map and document the area around the Grand Canyon in 1871.

This book is definitely character drive. Both main characters (Meg and Captain Ben Coleridge) are incredibly well-written. The reader will feel like he/she is gradually getti
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Amy
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has been a little while since I have read an author Scott novel and one that was not a regency. This was a very good story about a time in history when women were still very limited in the work that they could do outside the home.

In 1871, Meg is trying to make her way in the world after her father's untimely death. His profession was a photographer, and Meg learned everything she knew from him. Trying to escape unscrupulous relatives, Meg travels out west to be the photographer with the U.S.
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Erin
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Determined to make it on her own as a female photographer, Meg Pero manages to receive a contract to accompany an Army survey of the Grand Canyon in 1871. Unknown to her, the man leading the expedition is Captain Ben Coleridge, an old beau whose marriage proposal she once declined. She has no intention of fostering a relationship with him again, as she remains certain she could never be the wife he needs as he ascends through the military ranks.

Although initially hesitant to welcome
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