The Road To Paradise by Karen Barnett
The Road to Paradise is the first in a new series about Vintage National Parks by Karen Barnett. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but this book is gorgeous which did draw my eye to it. Thankfully, this book is a good read beyond the beautiful cover.
As the book begins, Margaret Lane can hardly contain her excitement in working with the National Park Service as a naturalist alongside the park rangers. Margaret, who prefers to be called Margie with her friends, feels at home among God's handiwork and enjoys all of the beautiful creation around her. Chief Ranger Ford Brayden doesn't quite share Margie's enthusiasm when she initially comes to the park. He isn't too excited to have to watch over a senator's daughter when he feels he has more important work to do.
While Margie does enjoy the beautiful park and is excited to be there, she also has hopes of hiding from her former fiance, Philip Carmichael. Unfortunately, it doesn't take long for Philip to find Margie--and to make his own plans for the park to spite her. Can Margie and Ford foil his plans and preserve the park's pristine beauty? I don't want to spoil any endings so I am going to stop here on my plot description and recommend that you read The Road to Paradise to find out how it all works out for Margie, Ford and Philip.
I truly enjoyed this book. Karen Barnett weaves faith into her characters so that it feels like it is indeed part of their true nature. The Road To Paradise is reminiscent for me of a Grace Livingston Hill novel with her way of weaving her characters' faith so naturally into the book and it is also set in an era Hill often wrote her books in. This book is a good clean read with many wonderful nature quotes and the beauty of the park and that era shining through amidst an interesting plot. I give this book 5 stars out of 5 stars.
I received The Road to Paradise from Blogging for Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
About the Author:
KAREN BARNETT is an award winning author of four novels who draws on her firsthand experience as a naturalist, former park ranger, and outdoor educator to transport readers to America’s national parks.. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.