Thursday, November 19, 2020

Nothing Short Of Wondrous By Regina Scott

Nothing Short of Wondrous
by Regina Scott
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 9780800736408

I'm not afraid to admit this... I judge a book by it's cover. Which is EXACTLY why I wanted to review this book from Revell! I mean, it's gorgeous, right? Not only that, I wanted to read this series anyhow, and since this was book 2, I knew I had to get to book 1 first. So, they sent me the book for review.

Summary:

It is 1886, and the government has given the US Cavalry control of Yellowstone. For widowed hotelier Kate Tremaine, the change is a welcome one. She knows every inch of her wilderness home like the back of her hand and wants to see it protected from poachers and vandals.

Refused a guide by Congress, Lieutenant William Prescott must enlist Kate's aid to help him navigate the sprawling park and track down the troublemakers. But a secret from his past makes him wary of the tender feelings the capable and comely widow raises in him. As they work together to protect the park and stand firm through injustice and tragedy, they may just find that two wounded hearts can share one powerful love when God is in control.

My Review:

When I found out I was going to be on the team reviewing this book, I figured I needed to read A Distance Too Grand first, but turns out they're stand alone books. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to book one on audiobook so I had a feeling I was going to like Nothing Short of Wondrous as well.

Let me tell you, I certainly was right! What a delightful story. I'm sure I've never read any books situated in Yosemite or any National Park outside of this series. I also learned new things thanks for Regina's story. I had no idea the calvary spent any time in the Park and was clueless as to how many geysers there are/were! Kate just kept pointing them out all over the place! The way Kate views all of the nature around her and her son, Danny, reminded me of how much I love the nature God created. I love that she sees herself tending to what He's made.

Speaking of Kate, I really liked her character, especially at the beginning because she brooks no nonsense from people who overstep their bounds or mess with the National Parks. She's on a mission to keep it all well tended and no one is going to get in her way! Kate is independent and a single mom, both things I can relate to.

And of course, along comes Will. I love it when men see the positive side of independent women! We're a tough lot. lol Of course, Will comes with some hefty baggage. It's easy to understand why he doesn't feel like he can get close to Kate or anyone outside of his regiment. Through Kate's eyes it's easy to appreciate how hard of a worker he is.

Their chemistry is palpable, but life is never easy, especially in this rough and dangerous terrain as well as treacherous weather. Not only that, they're dealing with poachers and hotel guests who don't understand the concept of not ruining the creation around them.

Ok, this is totally an aside, but when the author put Lieutenant Will and Private Smith together I automatically thought of Will Smith. HA! That has nothing to do with my review other than it made me chuckle. Speaking of Smith... he's a fella who keeps you guessing as to whether he's a good guy or not!

I'm already looking forward to book three in the series because I lived in Washington for so many years! It'll be fun to journey back in time and to such a beautiful state.

About the Author:

Regina Scott is the author of more than 45 works of warm, witty historical romance, including A Distance Too Grand. Her writing has won praise from Booklist and Library Journal, and she was twice awarded the prestigious RT Book 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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