A View Most Glorious
by Regina Scott
Series: American Wonders #3
Published by Revell
Publication Date October 5, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Washington Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s
Headstrong Coraline Baxter has worked all her life to be more than the spoiled socialite others expect. When her fellow suffragettes in Tacoma, Washington, suggest that she should climb to the top of Mount Rainier to prove that a woman can do anything, she instantly resolves to do it. And if she can climb Mount Rainier, her mother promises to stop pressuring her to get married to the wealthy Cash Kincaid. All Cora needs is a guide to get her to the top of the mountain.
Nathan Hardee may look like a mountain man, but he once ruled the halls of high society. He left all that behind after his father broke under financial pressure from Kincaid. To best Kincaid now, Nathan agrees to guide Cora up the mountain.
Climbing Rainier will require all of Cora's strength and will lead her and Nathan to rediscover their faith in God and humanity. These two loners make unlikely partners in righting a wrong and may just discover that only together is the view most glorious.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: A Distance Too Grand, Nothing Short of Wondrous
What a wonderful story! Its pages were filled with stunning imagery, challenges, intrigue, faith, and romance.
It was pretty amazing to picture Cora and Nathan ascending Mount Rainier (or Mount Tacoma, for those in that camp!) without the aid of the tools climbers today find indispensable. For the socialite to make the journey trained by nothing more than her determination to succeed was incredible. And in case this sounds inconceivable (in the true sense of the word), history points to more than one woman who did just that – as the author shares in her notes.
I loved Cora’s strength and resolve. Yet despite her willingness to ignore society’s dictates, she hated hurting her mother and going against her wishes, even though her demands were unreasonable and ridiculous.
Nathan was an outcast from society, though he was fully immersed in that world until his father’s death. He had discovered peace and joy in living in a humble cabin and guiding hikers up the grand and glorious Mount Rainier, and even more, he found peace with God. His morning practice of spending time in prayer and Bible reading was such an example to Cora.
The descriptions of the sights and sounds along their journey had me feeling as if I was there. And at the same time, wishing I could see the beautiful meadow blanketed with wildflowers of all varieties and colors. Hearing the crashes of the glaciers melting and sliding off the sides. Though I’m not sure I would have wanted to journey through some of the dangers they encountered!
The ending surprised me – the resolution to the situation with Cora’s mother and the man she wanted Cora to marry. And after spending most of the story feeling (strong!) negative feelings towards her mom, it was fun watching how this unfolded.
Readers of historical fiction will want to read this lovely story! The entire American Wonders Collection has been a pleasure to read. Each story stands on its own, so feel free to read them in any order you like. Only be sure to read them!