A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott
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, but he refuses to wait even one more day to get started. This survey is a screen for another, more personal mission, one he cannot share with any member of his team.
As dangers arise from all sides, including within the survey party, Meg and Ben must work together to stay alive, fulfill their duties, and, just maybe, rekindle a love that neither had completely left behind.
I have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon and much of my interest comes from the many photographs that I've seen over the years. In this book the heroine is a young woman hired in 1871 to photograph the North Rim of this area for a survey being done by the U.S. Army. Her recently deceased father was the person originally chosen and Meg Pero is determined to prove her talent and ability to the others on this team. She also must find a way to work with the leader of this expedition because Captain Ben Coleridge is the man she once refused to marry!
I found A Distance Too Grand to be enjoyable reading because it shares facts about the Grand Canyon before it became a national park in 1919 and it also gives us a glimpse of early photography practices. Regina Scott has painted a vivid picture of the beautiful scenery and she also relates the detailed work involved in taking pictures in 1871. These descriptions make me appreciate even more my ability to snap a picture with my phone and I am reminded once again of the restrictions that young women once faced when they applied for jobs that were thought to be only for men. And even though I understood Meg's reservations about her relationship with Ben, I also found myself impatient with her for not seeing just how special he was!
A Distance Too Grand offers romance, adventure, mystery, and many references to God and His wonderful Creation. I truly enjoyed it and I recommend it to all who like historical fiction and Christian romance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell but a positive review was not required. These are my own opinions.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Regina Scott started writing in the third grade but the Regency romance The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998). In 2011, she was delighted to move into Christian romance with the publication of The Irresistible Earl. October 2019 will mark her debut for prestigious publisher Revell.
Regina and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in the Puget Sound area of Washington State on the way to Mt. Rainier and are members of the Church of the Nazarene.