Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review: A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott


My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it



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 she once refused to marry.

Captain Ben Coleridge would like nothing more than to leave without the woman who broke his heart, but he refuses to wait even one more day to get started. This survey is a screen for another, more personal mission, one he cannot share with any member of his team.

As dangers arise from all sides, including within the survey party, Meg and Ben must work together to stay alive, fulfill their duties, and, just maybe, rekindle a love that neither had completely left behind.

My Review

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 grit to succeed in a male-dominated industry, and is willing to take the risks necessary to get the shot.

Ben is an admirable hero who takes his responsibilities seriously. He is protective of Meg while at the same time resenting her earlier rejection. I loved how their friendship rekindled and he grew to trust and confide in her, deepening their relationship beyond what it had previously been. They face mundane tasks and hardships amidst the stunning beauty of the wilderness they are exploring, and the pace of the story picked up significantly as the danger increased. Perfect for readers of historical fiction, especially fans of Karen Barnett, Regina Jennings, and Carla Kelly.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

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