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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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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
•*• 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
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
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
Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading

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
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
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) - Absolutely loved it!

The Grand Canyon is one of our family's favorite places. We've stomped around the north & south rims, and even gone down into it several times. It was delightful to revisit it in this book & catch glimpses of its history in the story.

And the story is really good. Initially, my impression of Meg was that she was something of a mary sue & that this 2nd chance romance trope was going to follow the well worn, traditional "I'm not
Ruth Ann Lingwall
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
At first I didn’t suppose there was a good reason Meg Pero refused years before to marry Ben Coleridge. As the story unfolded, the reason became apparent. I really empathized with her. I was sure these two would resolve the past if Meg could see her situation correctly and give Ben a chance.

What I liked
The interesting mysteries of Ben’s secret mission and what went wrong with Meg and Ben’s relationship years before were why I read this book fairly quickly. The author, Regina Sc
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
Sep 27, 2019 added it
This book is filled with vivid description of a place I would love to see. The Grand Canyon.
This was the first time I have ever read a book from this author.
This book really went into the day to day of an excursion into the wilderness, and the trials that the characters had to overcome.
In a day that we just pull out our phones and snap a picture, this book gives you an appreciation for how much the early photographers had yo do to get one picture!
I feel sort of neutral to
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The cover of A Distance Too Grand is my favorite cover of the year. I was drawn to Regina Scott's book based on its beautiful cover, I love everything about it, the character of Meg in period costume with her 1870's camera, the Grand Canyon in the background, even the font and the colors, all perfection.

I enjoyed the story of photographer Meg and Army engineer Ben on an expedition to uncover a route through the Grand Canyon large enough for pioneers in wagons going West. There's a bi
Chris Jager
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun vacation read that is a great way to visit the Grand Canyon long before it became the park we know now. I love reading about how so many fought to save the Canyon from just becoming a thing we had to get through to go west. How they had the vision to see that it was a national treasure.

With a little intrigue, a little romance and a lot of traveling over the countryside in a wagon, Regina Scott takes us on an adventure to the wild west. Scott writes a delightful tale that anyone
Maggie Boyd
A Distance Too Grand is the first book in the American Wonders series highlighting epic locations in the United States. This book takes place in the Grand Canyon and is all about a guy, a girl and the things we do for love.

Meg Pero is a determined woman. Raised by her father, a famous photographer, she is more used to traveling the world to obtain the perfect shot than gracing elegant drawing rooms, but his unexpected death has left her in a precarious position. She has no desire to
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
can’t help but start with saying that I’m a Regina Scott fan. I love her love inspired historical romances as well as her Regency Romances. Haven’t read all of them yet, but would love to. But this review is totally unbiased. Its not just a fan review. Regina really deserves the praise, no matter how much I’ve liked the books I’ve read from her. This book is extraordinary, probably better than most. And this book, once more, proved me what a great author Regina is.
I’m impressed by her capa
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
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to JustRead Publicity and Revell for providing me with a print copy to review. A positive review was not required nor am I being compensated for this review.

Let me start this review with this important note – I am not a historical fiction or historical romance kind of girl. A quick glance at my Goodreads profile, my Bookbub profile, and my blog would tell you that.

So, the high marks and praise in this review do not come with a blind love of the genre, nor do they come simply because
Meagan Myhren-bennett
A Distance Too Grand
American Wonders Collection #1
By Regina Scott

Meg Pero has been her father's assistant from the time she was eight years old and capturing a moment in time has become her passion. With her father's death, she is determined to fulfill the last contract that he signed with the US Army. If she can capture the perfect image with her cameras she can start making a name for herself and secure her future. There is just one problem the US Army isn't prepared to
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
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
Ruthie Jones
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Everyone has a story to tell. You just have to listen."

If you have never visited the Grand Canyon, you are definitely missing out on a spectacular experience. In the meantime, you can read A Distance Too Grand, the first book in the American Wonders Collection by Regina Scott, because it provides an entertaining story amidst the canyon's grandeur long before humankind set up a national park, hiking trails, helicopter rides, and a Skywalk.

Meg Pero learned photography at h
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
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Revell as part of the Revell Reads blogger program. The only requirement was that I must write a review. The following words and opinions are my own.

In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial. Perhaps this inspired authors to set their new work in one of many national parks in the country. I finished reading and reviewing a series set in various parks by one Christian writer earlier in the year, and am now here reviewing the

Title: A Distance TOO Grand

Author: Regina Scott

Series: American Wonders Collection book 1
Chapters: 30

Pages: 384

Genre: Christian Historical fiction

Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Revell

I'm not going to lie the first thing that drew me to the book was the cover. A young woman standing on a cliff with what looks almost like the Grand Canyon in the background with a camera, and I was hooked even more when I learned that it was about a female photographer in the 1870s
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Distance Too Grand is a perfect example of why historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. Regina Scott took an event that actually happened - in this case, surveying the Grand Canyon, and made the event completely her own. In my opinion, it takes an especially gifted writer to do that. But Scott was up to the task!

This story managed to hook me early. First, the Grand Canyon is probably one of the most majestic sights I have ever personally seen, but more so because the main charac
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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 such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first nove ...more
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