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October 18, 2019

A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"Yet it was already August. They had at best two months, barely enough time for the survey, before snow began to fall along the North Rim. The Grand Canyon they called it and everything he'd read said searching for a way to ford it, by wagon, would be an adventure." (p 18)

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A Distance Too Grand
October 2019; Revell; 978-0800737153
audio, ebook, print (384 pages); historical romance
A Distance Too Grand 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 travelers.  Meg has always worked with her father as a photographer and when her father dies, she shows up at the Fort with his contract to be the photographer on the expedition in her dad's place.  Of course, all of the men are totally against taking a woman with them but the leader of the expedition turns out to be the man Meg almost married several years before and he agrees that she can be part of the group.

The survey team is made up of Pike, the guide; Adams, whose job it is to keep the records from the trip; Dot, the cook and the only other female; Hank, the cartographer and Dot's husband; two young corporals; and Ben, the expedition leader.  Ben is anxious for the trip to be a success but he also has an agenda hidden from the rest of the group - he wants to find his father who left two months earlier on a similar expedition and never returned.  The trip was rough but the views of the Grand Canyon made it all worth it to the members of the expedition - at least until they started feeling that someone was following them.  As their trip continues, they have not only the danger from the travel but also danger from an unknown source.

This book was excellent - there was mystery, romance and wonderful scenery that was so well described that you felt like you were there. I am looking forward to the next book in the series which will be about Yellowstone National Park.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.

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