The Road to Paradise Book Review

32079802In 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.”



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.


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