A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott – Book Review, Preview

Posted September 30, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Best of the Year, Book Reviews /

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After days of taking pictures of the amazing land that is Israel, I realized with a sick feeling in my stomach that something was wrong. . .

My husband and I had been on the trip of a lifetime, traveling first to Cairo, down to Mount Sinai and then throughout the land of Israel. Armed with multiple 36-exposure film rolls, we were well prepared to document everything we could.

Near the end of our trip, I realized that it had been a while since we changed the roll of film. We talked about it and agreed it had to be far more than the roll would normally allow and so with trepidation, we opened the back of the camera to confirm that the film didn’t “catch” when we loaded it. Days’ worth of pictures were gone! Amateur photography at its best!

With all the wonderful places we did get photos of, we still have plenty of photos from our trip. Yet after all this time, I still recall that we don’t have those of Joppa, Caesarea Philippi and likely several other notable places.

I’m thrilled that I have an opportunity to take a trip to Israel again next Spring and I won’t have to worry about the expense of taking too many pictures or picky cameras that won’t load film correctly! And even better, this time I actually have some knowledge of photography to ensure higher quality images! (If you would like to consider coming along too, more information is available here.)

A Distance Too Grand

by Regina Scott

Published by Revell
Publication Date October 1, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Arizona Reconstruction Era – US – 1863 – 1877
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 374


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 received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Oh. My. Word!

I adored this book!! It is most certainly my favorite by Regina Scott to date. While not as overtly humorous as the Fortune’s Brides series, it had just a touch of whimsy to keep things light.

Meg was a delightful blend of independence, intelligence, and impulsiveness. I loved watching her as she sought out the best possible angles and lighting for her images. I cringed, however, as she scrambled into dangerous places, doing whatever it took for the shot. This is the Grand Canyon, after all!! It is a long way down those cliffs.

Funny thing. I have a terrible fear of heights. Even watching movies (like the opening to Mission Impossible where Tom Cruise is doing mountain climbing!) can make my stomach ache and cause me to freak out a little. Yet I’ve never before experienced this sensation while reading a book. Until now!

Now about Ben. Knowing he had been crushed by Meg’s rejection years earlier, and knowing he had no desire to bring her on the expedition because of the dangers, not to mention the forced closeness they would have to share, my heart melted at the way he stood up for her when the others didn’t respect her. And, of course, at the way he was so protective of her.

The pace of the story fit the expedition. It was not rushed and yet it didn’t drag at all. I was also so impressed with the vast amount of knowledge imparted about the time, the place, and the processes they went through in their investigation. Nothing in this marvelous story felt like a brain dump. The information was disclosed so naturally!

One particular historical bit I found interesting was the requirement that the leader of the expedition see to all the needs of his troop, physical, mental, and spiritual. Thus, Ben conducted Sunday services regularly, and no one found that unusual.

As a photographer, I was especially fascinated with the descriptions of the laborious process Meg had to go through even before putting a plate into the camera, not to mention the processing that had to occur afterward. Even the perils of attempting to transport enough plates for her to accurately document their findings were amazing.

In addition to the rekindling of the romance between Ben and Meg was a touch of suspense and mystery as Ben sought to carry out his other mission, and as evidence that their survey party was being followed and sabotaged mounted.

I could go on and on about how much I loved this story but think you should see for yourself and start reading A Distance Too Grand!

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About Regina Scott

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first Regency romance was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She and her husband of 30 years reside in Washington State on the way to Mt. Rainier. Regina Scott is a decent fencer; owns a historical costume collection that takes up over a third of her large closet; and has driven four in hand, learned to fence, sailed on a tall ship, and dressed as a Regency dandy, all in the name of research, of course.

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6 responses to “A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott – Book Review, Preview

  1. Alicia Haney

    I enjoyed reading the review, Thank you. The book sounds like a great book. Have a Great week. God Bless you.