The Road to Paradise (Vintage National Parks, #1)
In 1927, Margie Lane, an avid naturalist, convinces her Senator father to procure her a position at the fledgling Mount Rainier National Park. Since Ranger Ford Brannon lost his father in a climbing accident, he doubts his ability to protect the park and its many visitors. He certainly doesn't relish the job of watching over an idealistic and privileged young woman with no practical survival skills. When Margie's former fiance sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, Margie and Ford will have to work together to preserve the beauty and simplicity of this mountain hideaway, but the developer's plans might put more than just the park in danger."

The Road to Paradise (Vintage National Parks, #1) Details

TitleThe Road to Paradise (Vintage National Parks, #1)
Author
ReleaseJun 6th, 2017
PublisherWaterbrook Press
ISBN-139780735289543
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Christian, Fiction

The Road to Paradise (Vintage National Parks, #1) Review

  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    Karen Barnett's writing makes you feel as if you are right there in the forests, seeing the mountains, delighting in nature's beauty. As I read, I really felt transported to Mount Rainier National Park. Her writing instills courage, strength, and faith in the reader. You feel like you too can do everything that Margie does and that Ranger Brayden's path could just as easily be yours. This was a very enjoyable read for me, the book cover is simply gorgeous, and I can't wait to read more in this s Karen Barnett's writing makes you feel as if you are right there in the forests, seeing the mountains, delighting in nature's beauty. As I read, I really felt transported to Mount Rainier National Park. Her writing instills courage, strength, and faith in the reader. You feel like you too can do everything that Margie does and that Ranger Brayden's path could just as easily be yours. This was a very enjoyable read for me, the book cover is simply gorgeous, and I can't wait to read more in this series.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This was a sweet story about Margie, a young woman who grew up in the upper society, yet had a heart and desire for the simplicity and beauty of the natural world. It was easy for me to admire Margie because she reminded me so much of my younger self. She was a book learned botanist and admired God's beautiful world with excitement. I really enjoyed how this novel focused so much on the flora and fauna of Mount Rainer National Park. Now, I want to go see this National Park and scale to the summi This was a sweet story about Margie, a young woman who grew up in the upper society, yet had a heart and desire for the simplicity and beauty of the natural world. It was easy for me to admire Margie because she reminded me so much of my younger self. She was a book learned botanist and admired God's beautiful world with excitement. I really enjoyed how this novel focused so much on the flora and fauna of Mount Rainer National Park. Now, I want to go see this National Park and scale to the summit myself. ( Beware. Reading can be an expensive hobby. This book will make you want to fly all over visiting National Parks, make you buy or dig out all your old field guides, want to find the best backpack for day hikes and go shopping for a sweet pair of hiking boots.)
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    If you like a story that has really well-developed characters, a wonderful message of how God is in the beauty of nature, a romance between a nature-loving young woman and an emotionally broken park ranger, then you need to pick up The Road to Paradise. I was touched and inspired by Marge's love of nature. It made me relate to how I feel when I am at a national park or just when I commune with nature at daybreak. With a menacing entrepreneur named Philip shows up the fight begins to save the par If you like a story that has really well-developed characters, a wonderful message of how God is in the beauty of nature, a romance between a nature-loving young woman and an emotionally broken park ranger, then you need to pick up The Road to Paradise. I was touched and inspired by Marge's love of nature. It made me relate to how I feel when I am at a national park or just when I commune with nature at daybreak. With a menacing entrepreneur named Philip shows up the fight begins to save the park from over-commercialization and the destruction of the pristine park. Mount Ranier would never be the same. This book has everything. There was so much beauty packed into the pages, poetry, scriptures, and natural animal sightings, it was a delight.
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    The first thing that caught my attention about this book was its amazing cover. I collect the vintage-style postcards from national parks, sites, memorials, and cities that we visit on our road trips, and earlier this year I mounted them all on my living room wall :) Since I love national parks and I enjoy this author's writing I knew this would be a perfect book for me! The early 20th century setting in the Washington wilderness had a distinct feeling and I appreciated seeing the park and chara The first thing that caught my attention about this book was its amazing cover. I collect the vintage-style postcards from national parks, sites, memorials, and cities that we visit on our road trips, and earlier this year I mounted them all on my living room wall :) Since I love national parks and I enjoy this author's writing I knew this would be a perfect book for me! The early 20th century setting in the Washington wilderness had a distinct feeling and I appreciated seeing the park and characters in that era. There are so many great details from the wildlife to the conditions the rangers lived in, but they all were woven in naturally to the story, so I didn't feel like the plot was bogged down but kept a steady pace. Margie and Ford start out with a stark contrast between their views of the wilderness. Margie is an idealistic naturalist who loves the poetry written of nature and acquiring knowledge of the flora and fauna through reading books since she doesn't have any experience in the great outdoors. Ford, on the other hand, was raised in the mountains with his ranger father and understands the harsh realities of the terrain, the wildlife, and the weather. Over time Margie and Ford become acclimated to each other and learn the value of the other's perspective. While Ford strikes a healthy balance between practical knowledge and a new appreciation for the small wonders and great majesty of God's creations, Margie goes to the opposite extreme and discounts all her book learning as worthless when it comes to survival, which kind of bothered me. But her personality tends to see things in black and white so I guess that made sense. The villain popped up periodically to aggravate Margie and Ford and I was frustrated that they weren't productive in thwarting his plans and seeing a way around his slick strategies. My favorite part of the book is the sense of adventure in an untamed wilderness and how people have a responsibility to respect and preserve it while enjoying the challenge of discovery. And the romance, of course ;)(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    You know how you meet a book and instantly know that you're destined to become bosom friends? The energy crackles from page to fingertip and you're hooked before you've cracked the spine open (not that I'm an advocate of spine cracking, mind you, that's just an expression.) Well, The Road to Paradise is that kind of book for me. So I was prepared to be spellbound but the humour took me totally by surprise. It's pure understated genius and I giggled my way through the first few chapters as Barnet You know how you meet a book and instantly know that you're destined to become bosom friends? The energy crackles from page to fingertip and you're hooked before you've cracked the spine open (not that I'm an advocate of spine cracking, mind you, that's just an expression.) Well, The Road to Paradise is that kind of book for me. So I was prepared to be spellbound but the humour took me totally by surprise. It's pure understated genius and I giggled my way through the first few chapters as Barnett cleverly sets the stage for one very captivating read.Margie is a tree sprite in human form while Ford is all no-nonsense mountain man. She's rapturously poetic about nature, can spout verse and quotes from renowned naturalists -- a book-taught city girl with a love for the great outdoors. He's as pragmatic as they come and doesn't have a romantic bone in his body so when some Senator's socialite daughter wants to play naturalist on his mountain for the summer, well, he's less than thrilled.And there's poor Margie, naively anticipating a warm welcome as she prepares to sit at the feet of the master. "Margie sighed. Ranger Brayden -- born on the mountain, untainted by human society. He sounded like the embodiment of Rousseau's noble savage. "I'm positive we'll get along splendidly." (p 3)Bwahahahaha! That untainted by human society bit? Yeah, that means he's kinda grumpy. And set in his ways. Unpolished. Short on patience. But he's..excuse the pun...stuck between a rock and a hard place. Because he has orders from the boss:"Find a way to make it work. Show her a good time. " He snorted, a smirk pulling at the corners of his mouth."Who knows? Maybe she can turn you into a gentleman."Ford gritted his teeth. "Unlikely." (p 9)The way their relationship develops is sheer brilliance. And if that was all there was to this story I'd be a happy reader but there's so much more! Like a truly despicable villain with absolutely no redeeming characteristics. It's pure joy to hate him. I know that sounds terrible but sometimes a reader wants to let loose some righteous indignation!And the piece de resistance is the powerful conversion story that blew me away with its imagery and heart. Simply stunning.
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  • Jocelyn Green
    January 1, 1970
    A true delight. With its expertly rendered setting of breathtaking beauty and danger, combined with charming characters and a swiftly moving plot, The Road to Paradise is a journey worth taking more than once!
  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of historical and ROMANTIC fiction, don't you just LOVE this cover? It really does a lovely job capturing the essence of this clean, faith-based, nature's bounty history/mystery love story. A story celebrating pioneering female naturalists, and set in beautiful Mount Rainier National Park in its infancy. Sweet, enlightening, well written with integrity. And somewhat topically unique. But also, a bit predictable when it comes to the romantic elements. And far more sentimentality swooning tha Fans of historical and ROMANTIC fiction, don't you just LOVE this cover? It really does a lovely job capturing the essence of this clean, faith-based, nature's bounty history/mystery love story. A story celebrating pioneering female naturalists, and set in beautiful Mount Rainier National Park in its infancy. Sweet, enlightening, well written with integrity. And somewhat topically unique. But also, a bit predictable when it comes to the romantic elements. And far more sentimentality swooning than I care to entreat. My younger self, however, would have thought it ALL swoony-swoon divine! Especially the dashingly rugged ranger. 😉THREE STARS for me, in my 'experienced' yearsFOUR STARS for my younger self. And many devoted fans of Christian, historical romance will give it top billing.
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  • Sarah Sundin
    January 1, 1970
    A story as invigorating, inspiring, and perilous as Mount Rainier itself! The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett pulled me in with humor and fascinating characters and a delicious romance, then kept me up late as Ford and Margie strive to save the national park that seems determined to kill them. The author’s experiences as a park ranger give this novel both authenticity and passion, and I can’t wait for the next book in the Vintage National Parks Series!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "My soul is at peace here. Like God has led me to the promised land."Margaret Lane has made her great escape; leaving a life of social obligation and burrowing herself into life at Mount Rainer National Park, as a result of her father's generosity, she finds herself dubbed a "naturalist" by Chief Ranger Ford Boynton to whom she is assigned. Surrounded by wildlife and flora to her heart's content, Margie's love of the outdoors flourishes, in spite of Ford's initial concerns about her ability to s "My soul is at peace here. Like God has led me to the promised land."Margaret Lane has made her great escape; leaving a life of social obligation and burrowing herself into life at Mount Rainer National Park, as a result of her father's generosity, she finds herself dubbed a "naturalist" by Chief Ranger Ford Boynton to whom she is assigned. Surrounded by wildlife and flora to her heart's content, Margie's love of the outdoors flourishes, in spite of Ford's initial concerns about her ability to survive in the "wild", "for she saw God in every loving brushstroke of creation". Ford Boynton has absolutely no intentions of falling under the spell of the senator's daughter, in spite of her admirable determination, talent with their park guests, and lovely appearance. However, when Margie's pompous ex-fiance arrives on the scene with an outlandish land development plan, Ford instinctively comes to her aid, only to discover that their differences run far deeper than family pedigrees, for Ford's heart is still shrouded by bitterness and grief, following the untimely death of his father, leaving him at odds with Margie's enduring faith."The Road to Paradise" is an exceptional series opener, full of interesting history with regards to the establishment of our national parks, but's it essentially a love story, and a romance; for "when I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou are mindful of him?"
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Readers, get ready to go on a full out adventure as you hit the wilderness with Margie who loves Mount Rainer. Don't be fooled by the title "The Road to Paradise." This book is nothing but a road to paradise, but an adventure of a lifetime that Margaret takes. She doesn't hike the forest alone but meets a very charming and handsome chief park ranger, Ford Brayden. He is determined to keep her safe, despite the fact she tries to put her life at risk to save the mountain. Will Ford and Margie be a Readers, get ready to go on a full out adventure as you hit the wilderness with Margie who loves Mount Rainer. Don't be fooled by the title "The Road to Paradise." This book is nothing but a road to paradise, but an adventure of a lifetime that Margaret takes. She doesn't hike the forest alone but meets a very charming and handsome chief park ranger, Ford Brayden. He is determined to keep her safe, despite the fact she tries to put her life at risk to save the mountain. Will Ford and Margie be able to save Mount Rainer National Park? Will sparks fly between the two of them or will the weather elements end the fate of one of them? Karen tells the most adventurous, page-turning story that will have you excited about the journey, thankful for the spiritual truths and cheering on the characters! I'm absolutely thrilled with this series and think this is an author to watch out for, especially with this series! This book is worth beyond a 5-star review. Karen did her research for this period and has a great deal of knowledge/ experience when it comes to National Parks. Thank you to the publisher and author for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. I give this book a 5/5 star review. Please add this book to your summer read list! You'll love going on your own travel adventure.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Historical Fiction is my favorite. I adore mountains, hiking and nature. Unfortunately, I didn't love this novel and found the characters and story line to be just ok. I am glad so many adored this novel. It just wasn't a good match for me.I have another novel by the author, Out of the Ruins, and look forward to reading it.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    What a truly enjoyable read!I really liked the characters in this book, and you just can't beat the fact that a huge portion of the story has a great backdrop of the beautiful nature God has created.I've always loved the freedom and beauty of the outdoors. I can totally relate to Margie, and her fascination of the beauty that surrounds her at Mount Rainer National Park.Great characters, well- written plot, and a beautiful faith theme that I loved. I love when the faith theme is intricately woven What a truly enjoyable read!I really liked the characters in this book, and you just can't beat the fact that a huge portion of the story has a great backdrop of the beautiful nature God has created.I've always loved the freedom and beauty of the outdoors. I can totally relate to Margie, and her fascination of the beauty that surrounds her at Mount Rainer National Park.Great characters, well- written plot, and a beautiful faith theme that I loved. I love when the faith theme is intricately woven throughout the book.So I highly recommend you go buy it. Great read! This one will be on my forever shelves."She stretched a trembling hand toward the mountain. 'It's as if you could reach out and touch it. Look how the slopes glisten in the sunlight.' "I received this book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own."It belongs to us all, and that's why we must fight to protect it from unscrupulous forces that would simply develop the land for the sake of the almighty dollar.""I love seeing God's creation laid out on n front of us. 'The earth is full of thy riches.' How anyone can look at this natural order and not see the Maker's hand, I'll never comprehend."
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    I read Karen Barnett's book, Mistaken a few years back and really enjoyed it! The Road to Paradise intrigued me from the first moment I read the description, I thought ooh, I've gotta read that! And I am thrilled to say that this book was completely delightful! Having grown up on 75+ acres of land I am a huge nature lover, so I could totally relate to Margie's love of the outdoors and her joy in seeing God's fingerprints on every bit of nature! It was such a great idea to write a historical seri I read Karen Barnett's book, Mistaken a few years back and really enjoyed it! The Road to Paradise intrigued me from the first moment I read the description, I thought ooh, I've gotta read that! And I am thrilled to say that this book was completely delightful! Having grown up on 75+ acres of land I am a huge nature lover, so I could totally relate to Margie's love of the outdoors and her joy in seeing God's fingerprints on every bit of nature! It was such a great idea to write a historical series set in national parks, I have never visited any national parks, but the writing in this book was so vivid and beautifully described that I could see Mount Rainier and all its splendor as though I was really there alongside the characters! I loved the romance in this story, it was sweet and definitely stirring without overpowering the rest of the story, I felt that it was a perfect balance! This book drew me in from the beginning and didn't let go until I turned the final page. I loved this book and highly recommend it! It makes a perfect summer read too.I can't wait for the next Vintage National Parks novel!I received a copy of this book from the publisher. No review required. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsA delightful story about a young woman and a man from vastly different backgrounds. Margie was gently raised among the best of society; Ford grew up in the wilderness. When Margie wants to escape society and become a forest ranger, exercising her favorite pursuits as a naturalist, she joins Ford's staff. He feels the need to look after her, since she's their first woman on staff and has a habit, annoying to him, of looking at nature with awe and wonder and joy rather than with respect o 4.5 starsA delightful story about a young woman and a man from vastly different backgrounds. Margie was gently raised among the best of society; Ford grew up in the wilderness. When Margie wants to escape society and become a forest ranger, exercising her favorite pursuits as a naturalist, she joins Ford's staff. He feels the need to look after her, since she's their first woman on staff and has a habit, annoying to him, of looking at nature with awe and wonder and joy rather than with respect of its meaner sides.I think what I liked best about Margie was her pluck and her faith. She might not like what she comes across at times, and she might feel like giving up, but she doesn't melt into a puddle and stop going. She's the sort of person I would like to meet in real life.Ford was struggling with the grief of losing his father recently, and he had loads of emotional baggage to work through. Only problem is, he's running away from God as well, so he has no reliable way to find comfort and closure after the accident that took his father's life. He's a strong man, a good ranger, and a gentleman—but he's not at peace with the world.Favorite side characters were Luke and Mrs. Brown! And the antagonist proves himself worthy of the role.I received a free review copy from the Blogging for Books program.
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on Faithfully Bookish http://wp.me/p7ngfE-13NMargie Lane is brave enough to break out of the grasp of social expectations and so much more. I admire her work ethic, her eagerness to learn, grow, and experience, and her appreciation for the natural beauty of creation. Margie has a heart of gold and enduring spirit.Ford Brayden is a quintessential mountain man! His dedication to the park is deeply rooted in his identity and his father’s legacy. Ford’s initial Darcy-esque demeanor is ea Full review on Faithfully Bookish http://wp.me/p7ngfE-13NMargie Lane is brave enough to break out of the grasp of social expectations and so much more. I admire her work ethic, her eagerness to learn, grow, and experience, and her appreciation for the natural beauty of creation. Margie has a heart of gold and enduring spirit.Ford Brayden is a quintessential mountain man! His dedication to the park is deeply rooted in his identity and his father’s legacy. Ford’s initial Darcy-esque demeanor is easily excused. He has been raised in the wilderness with an extremely high male to female ratio after all. Readers will be filled with wonder and adoration for God’s creation as they are immersed in the grandeur of Mount Rainier. I highly recommend this engaging historical novel, fondly place it among my all time favorites, and eagerly await the next installment of the Vintage National Parks series!I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Jaime Jo Wright
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For one, it was refreshing to read a historical not set in the Victorian era but instead in 1927. I loved the authenticity of the era, the old tricks, the wool trousers, the jargon, the cigarettes, and the early days of national parks. The setting was stellar! I mean. Mt. Rainer. I recall the first time I set eyes on its peak ... beautiful. Ms. Barnett tells a hefty story built around its base. Thick with history and references to Muir and Thoreau and other great I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For one, it was refreshing to read a historical not set in the Victorian era but instead in 1927. I loved the authenticity of the era, the old tricks, the wool trousers, the jargon, the cigarettes, and the early days of national parks. The setting was stellar! I mean. Mt. Rainer. I recall the first time I set eyes on its peak ... beautiful. Ms. Barnett tells a hefty story built around its base. Thick with history and references to Muir and Thoreau and other great lovers of the wilderness. This is a book that will stay with you long after you close the last page.
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  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    Can I just say how much I love this cover?!? Probably my favorite cover all year. Gorgeous. I wanted to read the book based on it alone. Well, the fact that I can see Mt. Rainier from where I live increased my curiosity. ;) The story was cute with a satisfying ending. Looking forward to more National Park books.
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  • Kerry Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely enjoyed every moment with this story (starting with the incredibly lovely cover)! The Road to Paradise is a delightful historical romance by a new-to-me author, and I'll definitely look for more from her. The story is sweet but not too, adventurous (love all the outdoor & hiking scenes), tender and humorous, and quite romantic! The hero's spiritual arc is realistic and touching, and the antagonist is well, he's quite the baddie. (I kind of wanted to smack him through the pages.) I Absolutely enjoyed every moment with this story (starting with the incredibly lovely cover)! The Road to Paradise is a delightful historical romance by a new-to-me author, and I'll definitely look for more from her. The story is sweet but not too, adventurous (love all the outdoor & hiking scenes), tender and humorous, and quite romantic! The hero's spiritual arc is realistic and touching, and the antagonist is well, he's quite the baddie. (I kind of wanted to smack him through the pages.) If you're looking for a unique inspy historical romance, check out the Road to Paradise! You won't be disappointed.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me want to put on my hiking boots and take a long hike away from civilization. I really enjoyed reading about the early days of US national parks and had a hard time putting it down!Margie and Ford were genuine, likeable characters and it was awesome to see their (Ford’s especially) faith journeys. The plot also kept my interest (though I did feel like some parts and background stories could have been expanded). Overall, I had fun reading this and felt “refreshed” (with all the be This book made me want to put on my hiking boots and take a long hike away from civilization. I really enjoyed reading about the early days of US national parks and had a hard time putting it down!Margie and Ford were genuine, likeable characters and it was awesome to see their (Ford’s especially) faith journeys. The plot also kept my interest (though I did feel like some parts and background stories could have been expanded). Overall, I had fun reading this and felt “refreshed” (with all the beautiful scenery descriptions and all) after reading this sweet story! Also, a shout-out to the person who designed the cover- it’s gorgeous and it's what drew my attention to the book!
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  • Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
    January 1, 1970
    My Thoughts I loved this book and everything about it. It was wonderfully written, with characters that are real-to-life, a setting that will sweep you away to the Mount Ranier National Park and a plot that will leave you dying for more of this talented authors work. It was such a fabulous feeling reading this book.  This novel is a mix of historical and beautiful scenes. I felt as though I was right there with Margie and the Rangers, looking at the parks in front of them. I loved feeling as My Thoughts I loved this book and everything about it. It was wonderfully written, with characters that are real-to-life, a setting that will sweep you away to the Mount Ranier National Park and a plot that will leave you dying for more of this talented authors work. It was such a fabulous feeling reading this book.  This novel is a mix of historical and beautiful scenes. I felt as though I was right there with Margie and the Rangers, looking at the parks in front of them. I loved feeling as though the author was writing the story just for me, and gripped me wholly with her wonderful characters, words and messages. These characters, both good and bad, quickly steal your heart and don't let go until the end! Each page turn brings you further to the heart of Mt. Ranier taking you along for the ride of protecting the park.  This is the first book in Ms. Barnett's new series and I definitely recommend it with high flying 5 stars! Ms. Barnett is a wonderful author and this book just became one of my top 10 reads for 2017! If you are looking for a book that is chiseled fantabulously, filled with hope and twists, and characters that you want to make your friends, then look no further than this start of The Vintage National Parks novels. I absolutely can not wait to get my book loving hands on book 2! Well done, Ms. Barnett!  This review was originally posted on Cafinated Reads
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    A great start to a wonderful new series! Enjoyed reading this with images of mountains still fresh in my mind after a vacation in another mountainous national park. Living in view of Mount Rainier in all it's glory made this especially fun to read. It is a dangerous place to hike and climb still today. Interesting, solid characters with a believable plot line made this a satisfying read for me. Loved the detailed descriptions of the places they explored, along with their perilous moments on the A great start to a wonderful new series! Enjoyed reading this with images of mountains still fresh in my mind after a vacation in another mountainous national park. Living in view of Mount Rainier in all it's glory made this especially fun to read. It is a dangerous place to hike and climb still today. Interesting, solid characters with a believable plot line made this a satisfying read for me. Loved the detailed descriptions of the places they explored, along with their perilous moments on the mountain. Look forward to the rest of this exciting series!
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Karen Barnett has begun writing a new series about National Parks beginning with Mount Rainier National Park. I decided I wanted to read this book because Mount Rainier is only a three hour drive from my house. I have been to the Paradise area of the park and I have camped in one of the campgrounds. My husband has hiked the Wonderland Trail around the base of the mountain. It truly is a natural playground. Margie has come to the park to work for the summer and to escape what is alluded to be an Karen Barnett has begun writing a new series about National Parks beginning with Mount Rainier National Park. I decided I wanted to read this book because Mount Rainier is only a three hour drive from my house. I have been to the Paradise area of the park and I have camped in one of the campgrounds. My husband has hiked the Wonderland Trail around the base of the mountain. It truly is a natural playground. Margie has come to the park to work for the summer and to escape what is alluded to be an abusive relationship. She has studied flora and fauna of the park and wants to learn even more. Her father is a Senator who made a generous donation to the park so that Margie could work there. Ford is the chief ranger of the park and is charged with supervising Margie. At first he believes she's nothing but an air-headed distraction, but once she gets involved in working at the park, he realizes he's very wrong about her intelligence. And then he begins to realize she's more than just a distraction. The fly in the ointment is Philip, who thinks that Margie belongs to him and he will do anything to make it so. Unfortunately, he's unscrupulous and underhanded, and he plays dirty to boot. Nothing stands in the way of what he wants and what he wants is money. Karen has such a way with words that her descriptions are easily imagined and feed the soul. Her characters have such a depth that make them friends to the reader. This is a five star book with two thumbs up and a bouquet of lupines, penstemons, and phlox.My thanks to WaterBrook/Multnomah for allowing me to read and review this book.
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  • Jen.
    January 1, 1970
    . The Road to Paradise was beautifully and vividly written!Amazing characters!! I loved every twist and turn, every adventure...everything about this book! I'm so glad I read it...highly recommend!!
  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    January 1, 1970
    About this book:“An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainier National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow. But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his father’s death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work ma About this book:“An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainier National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow. But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his father’s death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work managing the park and its crowd of visitors seriously. The job of watching over an idealistic senator’s daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources. When Margie’s former fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the park’s pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?”Series: Book #1 in the “Shadows of the Wilderness” series. Spiritual Content- Many Prayers; Quite a few Scriptures are quoted, read, mentioned, & remembered; Bible reading; Witnessing & being witnessed to; Many talks about God, His creations, His love, faiths, & church going; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Margie has a strong faith; Ford doesn’t believe God pays attention to humans & is bitter towards God, but Margie starts praying for him, *Spoiler* (view spoiler)[About 100 pages until the end, Ford says he wants the peace and joy that his father & Margie have and starts thinking and bartering, but near the end he apologize to God and realizes (hide spoiler)]*End of Spoiler*; Many mentions of God, His creations, & His love; Mentions of talks about God; Mentions of a Bible & reading; Mentions of prayers, praying, & answered prayers; Mentions of churches, church going, & services; Mentions of faiths, Christians, & unbelievers; A few mentions of religion & some call it “religious babble”; A few mentions of hymns; A few mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of thanking God; A couple mentions of Heaven; A mention of a miracle; A mention of a godsend; A mention of holy ground; *Note: A mention of a man looking like a Greek Adonis; A mention of a little devil; A mention of a devilish trick; A mention of conquering demons; A mention of facing demons. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blast’, a ‘blast it all’, a ‘stupid’, three ‘idiot’s; A bit of eye rolling & sarcasm; A tiny bit of Fighting & Hitting (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of deaths from an accident (including Ford’s father prior to the book starting), finding the bodies (they don’t), dangers, screams, & nightmares (barely-above-not-detailed); Hinted mentions of being hit, injuries, & verbal fighting (Carmichael to Margie); Mentions of the Great War & fighting; Mentions of threats & a fire (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of cigarettes & smoking; Mentions of the Prohibition, bars, drinking, & a drunk; Mentions of accepting bribes; Mentions of poison & poisonous fumes; Mentions of gossip; A few mentions of blood/bleeding; A few mentions of lies, lying, & liar; A couple mentions of gambling; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of almost cursing; A mention of a vulture & its kill; A mention of looking like an animal going off to die. Sexual Content- earlobe kisses, a forehead kiss, three barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and six semi-detailed kisses; Remembering a kiss (up to semi-detailed); Wanting to kiss & steal a kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, & Warmth (up to semi-detailed); Wanting to touch & feel warmth (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing (and noticing muscles and bare skin) & Smelling (up to semi-detailed); At one part, Margie & Ford have to sleep under the same blanket to keep warm, but nothing sexual (though Carmichael makes a comment about acting like animals in heat); Mentions of a honeymoon; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of touches & warmth (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of reputations & compromising situations; Mentions of blushes; A few teasing mentions of necking; A few mentions of dating & dates; A few mentions of flirting; A few mentions of jealousy; A man mentions that he wouldn’t mind having a girl to keep him warm; A mention of a scandalous thought; Love, falling in love & quite a bit of the emotions; *Note: Mentions of showing skirts & being touched in an unladylike fashion; A few mentions of a Margie’s well-defined legs & curves (from Ford’s POV); A few mentions of unmentionables & a girl being outside in her shift (from two men’s POV); A couple mentions of a man’s eye lingering on Margie’s less-than-modest dress neckline; A mention of a Margie’s nightclothes (from Ford’s POV); A mention of a Sheba (from the Bible). -Margaret “Margie” Lane, age 23-Ashford “Ford” Brayden, age 26 P.O.V. switches between them Set in 1927 344 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- One Star (and a half)Early High School Teens- Three Stars Older High School Teens- Four Stars My personal Rating- Four StarsFrom the second chapter on, Margie had my vote. Her poetic-ness and excitement to learn was the cutest thing. She’s a book girl, so, of course, we would get along. Ford, on the other hand, had absolutely no clue what to do with her and it was hilarious. She is honestly a doll; ‘Margie sighed. “I suppose rodents are a part of God’s creation too. I’ll just need to learn to appreciate His lesser creatures, right Ranger Brayden?”’Then at one point, when she leaves to go change clothes, she says, “I’ll be out in a twinkling.” I am so using that now. ;)I love how strong Margie is in her faith, she knows she can’t build a (romantical) relationship without a solid foundation (God), and while that hurts her heart at some points, she pulls back on any romance thoughts. The faith moments for both Margie and Ford seemed realistic and written in a natural sense. So, while yes, I honestly would have given this book a bit of a higher rating had there been less kissing and certain comments, I overall really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to learning more about the next book of the series. :)Link to review:https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Waterbrook) for this honest review.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first book I've read by Karen Barnett and I really enjoyed it. The setting in Mount Rainer National Park was excellent. The author really knows her stuff. The main character, Margie, reminded me of Anne of Green Gables. She is optimistic and frequently quotes poetry. Her love interest, Ford, is very down to earth. They balance each other out well.The story moved along at a good pace, and I found myself cheering Margie and Ford on as they tried to save the park from Margie's former f This was the first book I've read by Karen Barnett and I really enjoyed it. The setting in Mount Rainer National Park was excellent. The author really knows her stuff. The main character, Margie, reminded me of Anne of Green Gables. She is optimistic and frequently quotes poetry. Her love interest, Ford, is very down to earth. They balance each other out well.The story moved along at a good pace, and I found myself cheering Margie and Ford on as they tried to save the park from Margie's former fiance and his scheme to turn it into a tourist attraction. If you are looking for a quick sweet read with beautiful scenery you should give this book a try.I received this book for free for the purpose of review.
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  • Cathy Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    Oh.my.goodness. First, I'll say I really didn't want to read this book. I couldn't tell what genre it was and I just felt so annoyed by that lol. When I found out historical romance I'm like I'm not much on romance books anymore. But after several recommendations & feeling burned out on my "usual" I had to give it a chance. I'm SO GLAD I did. This takes place in Mount Rainer national park and the setting is like a character all on its own (in the best way) 😍 the hero is to die for! Strong an Oh.my.goodness. First, I'll say I really didn't want to read this book. I couldn't tell what genre it was and I just felt so annoyed by that lol. When I found out historical romance I'm like I'm not much on romance books anymore. But after several recommendations & feeling burned out on my "usual" I had to give it a chance. I'm SO GLAD I did. This takes place in Mount Rainer national park and the setting is like a character all on its own (in the best way) 😍 the hero is to die for! Strong and protective and quietly witty. The main heroine reminds me of a grown up Anne Of Green Gables. She's so fun! And strong and principled. I also think the way the attraction was handled (while our hero still had questions on God) was handled beautifully. Sometimes some Christian fiction books seem to ignore the whole "unequally yoked" thing but not in this case. Handled so well. I've laughed out loud several times. The person who is the not so nice character is a realistic bad guy, not a cartoonish villain at all. The ending was perfect! Don't miss this charming book!
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  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
    January 1, 1970
    It’s long been a dream of mine to visit each and every U.S. National Park. When I learned Karen Barnett would be writing a series of books set in three parks around the time of their inception, I hastily added them to my must-read list. The Road to Paradise was my introduction to Barnett’s writing and admittedly I felt an instant connection with the author through her protagonist. Perhaps it's because Margie and I share a proclivity for praising God as we explore His creation.Margie, Chief Range It’s long been a dream of mine to visit each and every U.S. National Park. When I learned Karen Barnett would be writing a series of books set in three parks around the time of their inception, I hastily added them to my must-read list. The Road to Paradise was my introduction to Barnett’s writing and admittedly I felt an instant connection with the author through her protagonist. Perhaps it's because Margie and I share a proclivity for praising God as we explore His creation.Margie, Chief Ranger Ford Brayden, and Mt. Rainier are the main characters of this story. How can a mountain be a character? God uses the mountain to woo the other two characters to Himself. In fact, you’ll find God on virtually every page—entering scenes by way of Margie’s words and thoughts towards Him, and indirectly in Barnett’s descriptions of His handiwork.Weighty Christian themes are balanced by moments of levity as well as Margie and Ford’s blossoming romance. My first laughs came at Ford’s expense, because he was so irritated at having to accommodate a female in his ranks. As he began to appreciate her skills of observation and impressive knowledge of Rainier’s flora and fauna, I delighted in the playful banter they carried on for the remainder of the book.If you haven't had the opportunity to read the guest post* Karen Barnett wrote about her research for this book, I hope you will take the time. Her personal experience as a ranger in Mount Rainer National Park as well as many of the historical details she gained through corresponding with a park curator, add to the story. I never questioned the historicity, merely the minute detail of Margie's physical conditioning prior to her 14,411’ ascent. Nevertheless, I am absolutely looking forward to exploring both Yellowstone and Yosemite in Barnett’s forthcoming Vintage National Parks Novels.*Authors, Novels & National Parks: Researching Mount Rainier by Karen BarnettI received a complimentary copy of this novel. This review is my honest opinion, and I was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Raechel
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars shall start out this review by commenting on the cover - because it's beautiful, is it not? I read some other reviews of this book, and several others have said that the cover is what drew them to the story, and I have to agree. It's so unique, and well-put together; it really attracts the eye! And even the back-cover has intricate little details that match the story so well. Very impressed!Now onto the inside. :)"The Road to Paradise" was a good book ~ well-researched and presented. M 3.5 Stars shall start out this review by commenting on the cover - because it's beautiful, is it not? I read some other reviews of this book, and several others have said that the cover is what drew them to the story, and I have to agree. It's so unique, and well-put together; it really attracts the eye! And even the back-cover has intricate little details that match the story so well. Very impressed!Now onto the inside. :)"The Road to Paradise" was a good book ~ well-researched and presented. Margie was a very likeable character, and Ford was marvelous as well. I liked how Margie was so determined, and how important her faith was to her. I was glad to see a book touching on the 'be ye not unequally yoked' part of romances as that is so often disregarded or swept under the rug. Their romance was sweet, though for my personal tastes, there was a bit much at some points - with the kisses, etc. Nothing inappropriate, just definitely a romance book.The setting was great - the whole air of the Mountain and its surrounding was charming. Enjoyed that quite a bit. :)I liked this book just fine - it was a good one, and I don't really have any complaints (besides personal preference of how far romance goes). I've seen that many people have absolutely loved this book, and I'm glad! For me, it wasn't an "adored" book, but I didn't dislike it either. I enjoyed reading it for sure. :)
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  • Emilee
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much to like about this book. The writing is good and the faith aspect is great, simple but strong. I liked the characters a lot except Philip. I really don't enjoy his character type in the stories I read but that is just my opinion. The cover is really cool with a catchy vintage vibe but unfortunately, for me, it just didn't come through in the story. Without the dates the writer notes at the beginning of the chapters I would have had a hard time knowing what decade it was set in.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Karen Barnett is a new-to-me author. I was so intrigued by the concept of a series set in our national parks that I immediately volunteered to join her book launch team. Barnett's descriptive prose allows the reader to feel as if they have set foot in Mt. Rainer National Park. Her experience as a seasonal park ranger is joined with her talent with the pen to weave a beautiful tapestry of words for the reader. I have a feeling that Barnett's appreciation of God's creation is reflected through her Karen Barnett is a new-to-me author. I was so intrigued by the concept of a series set in our national parks that I immediately volunteered to join her book launch team. Barnett's descriptive prose allows the reader to feel as if they have set foot in Mt. Rainer National Park. Her experience as a seasonal park ranger is joined with her talent with the pen to weave a beautiful tapestry of words for the reader. I have a feeling that Barnett's appreciation of God's creation is reflected through her heroine, Margie. Her research into the early history of our national parks is evident as this story is set on the 1920's. She highlights the battle of conserving our natural parks that continues to this day.Margaret or "Margie", a rich debutante, arrives in the park totally unprepared for the harsh realities of the wilderness. As an avid naturalist, her focus is on the beauty of God's creation. This initially frustrates the chief park ranger, Ford Brayden. He is still grieving the death of his father on his beloved mountain. Can the two unite to save their beloved mountain and park? Margie will face physical challenges while Ford will struggle with spiritual battles. Karen Barnett tells a story filled with descriptive prose, adventure and romance. But mostly this story provides many spiritual truths. I eagerly await more stories in the Vintage National Park series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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