BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott (Historical Fiction)

(American Wonders Collection, Book One)

Genre: Historical Fiction / Christian Romance
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: October 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 384

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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.


“Five stars is not a rating I usually bestow. But Regina Scott’s A Distance Too Grand merits it. Lively, realistic, engaging characters. A compelling and intriguing plot with life and death consequences kept me turning pages. I hated to put the book down.”–Lyn Cote, Carol Award-winning author

“Adventure, danger, and romance in a wonderful, fresh setting: the Grand Canyon of 1871. Readers will find much to love. –Julie Klassen, bestselling author

“Regina has done an excellent job of bringing the setting and characters to life. I could see and feel the canyon and picture the characters going about their tasks. A balance of mystery, romance, and adventure with enough factual information that I almost felt I could take over for the heroine. I highly recommend this book.” — Linda Ford, award-winning, fan-favorite author of the Glory, Montana series

I received a free copy of this book. This is my honest and thoughtful review.
While I was instantly captivated by this cover, the synopsis grabbed me even more knowing this would be about an Army team surveying the Grand Canyon. As an Army veteran myself, I’m always interested in reading stories that connect readers to my branch of service, especially when it comes to historical and romantic fiction written for women. This was absolutely fantastic! Not only will you get an authentic and rewarding love story, but the history lessons weaved into the narrative about the park, photography, and the Army’s mission are incredibly riveting! The author has found a new fan with me, and I CANNOT wait for the next adventure into Yellowstone and the work of the U.S. Cavalry.

This is the first book in the American Wonders Collection, transporting readers back to 1871 as the United States began its early exploration into the Grand Canyon. Interestingly, this year, 2019, marks the 100th anniversary of its establishment as a national park, a perfectly timed publication date! As the survey team is about to embark on their expedition, Meg arrives to serve as the photographer in place of her renowned father who has recently died. She quickly discovers that the team will be led by Captain Ben Coleridge, a former suitor. Though this unexpected reunion could make for some uncomfortable situations, both maintain a high degree of professionalism, which strongly reflects their sense of duty and immense regard towards each other and their individual careers. Seamlessly alternating between their perspectives, Meg and Ben are engaging and forthcoming, giving readers valuable insight into the pressures that not only society has placed on them, but also the weight they have placed on themselves. Surrounded by an equally colorful and curious cast of secondary characters, you can’t help but root for the team’s success and love to blossom.

“‘Your camera lens is so small, but you see more than most people.’ His praise warmed her. ‘It’s a focus more than anything, the ability to hone in on one thing in the entire picture and bring it to life.'”
The author’s picturesque descriptions bring Meg’s photography to life, and simultaneously places you right there along with her as she experiences the awe and grandeur of the Grand Canyon. I was also blown away by the author’s ability to connect this geographic wonder into a thoughtful and introspective discussion into the personal relationship each character shared with God, thus providing subtle cues for readers to consider their own connections as well. 

The author is also able to masterfully examine the changing role of women within this historical setting as an influence for the present. The positive example of female friendships as well as the guidance and mentoring offered across generations was encouraging and should galvanize us all to be better models of that today.

Inspiring on many levels and rich in wonder, intrigue, and romance, this is what compelling historical fiction looks like and should not be missed!

Regina Scott is the author of more than 40 works of warm, witty historical romance. Her writing has won praise from Booklist and Library Journal, and she was twice awarded the prestigious RT Books Reviews best book of the year in her category. A devotee of history, she has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research. She and her husband of 30 years live south of Tacoma, Washington, on the way to Mt. Rainier.

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FIRST PRIZE: Copy of A Distance Too Grand + 2020 National Parks Calendar
SECOND PRIZE: Copy of A Distance Too Grand  + Grand Canyon Candle
THIRD PRIZE: Copy of A Distance Too Grand  + Parks Pencil Set October 8-October 18, 2019

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Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the author! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!


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