I’ve been so busy recently, I’ve not allowed myself the luxury of reading fiction. I tend to lose myself in a good story, and that can be counter productive when I’ve got a lot going on. With that said, I was thankful to receive the invitation to review a new historic romance, my favorite genre, because it gave me an excuse to escape into a different place and time for awhile.
A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott is the first book in a new series called the American Wonders Collection. The storyline captured my attention because it’s about an 1870’s female photographer hired to capture the beauty of the Grand Canyon as part of a survey crew. I’m a former portrait photographer. My daughter is a wedding photographer. And we own a camera from that time period, so it was fun experiencing the challenges of photography from the early days.
Regina Scott does a great job of incorporating history, geography, mystery, intrigue, and romance. She drew me into the story, connected me with the characters, and made me want to revisit the Grand Canyon.
We went to the Grand Canyon as part of our cross country drive to Los Angeles when The Good Book was in Pan Pacific Film Festival. I must confess, however, that I didn’t properly appreciate it. It was August, blazing hot, crowded with people, and we had limited time for our visit. Oh, and our daughter was getting married in two weeks, and right about the time we got to the park, she called with some kind of wedding crisis. I just didn’t have the mindset to fully appreciate the beauty of a giant hole. Reading A Distance Too Grand made me regret my lack of interest and wish I’d taken the time to fully experience it more. But that ship has sailed, and at least having been there in person, I was better able to appreciate the Grand Canyon by experiencing it through Regina Scott’s lens.
What about you? Have you been to the Grand Canyon? What did you think? Whether you’ve been or not, check out A Distance Too Grand to get a more intimate look at this national treasure.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions expressed are my own.