Saturday, November 2, 2019

Book Review: A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott

About the Book:

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. He can't afford to be distracted during this survey, which is a screen for another, more personal mission, one he cannot share with any member of his team.

As dangers arise from all sides--and even from within--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 Thoughts:

A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott is the first installment in the American Wonders Collection. With the Grand Canyon as the novel’s main setting, the smooth prose created stunning imagery. Meg’s occupation as a photographer focused the story on this place of great natural beauty and I enjoyed observing the photography processes of long ago.

A Distance Too Grand touched on themes about how parental actions affect children and working out one’s relationship with God. However, I think a deeper development of the themes and characters would have strengthened the story. Occasionally, Meg’s actions are out-of-character for the intelligent, strong, independent woman that she otherwise is. I also wondered at the lack of friction between Meg and Ben. Given their past, I had expected more emotional strain, mental struggle, and romantic tension.

A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott will likely appeal to readers wishing for a light historical romance or those who have previously enjoyed her clean historical romances.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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