Nothing Short of Wondrous
by Regina Scott
Series: American Wonders #2
Published by Revell
Publication Date October 20, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Montana Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
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. When her 6-year-old son is kidnapped by a poacher who wants the boy to guide him to the place where the last of the Yellowstone bison congregate, Will and Kate must work together to rescue him, save the bison, and protect the park. In doing so, they may just find that two wounded hearts can share one powerful love when God is in control.
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, A View Most Glorious
Set on protecting the land, the animals, and her inn, the feisty innkeeper, Kate, wasn’t afraid to do whatever it took. I admired her strength and ingenuity, and especially her determination. She knew the land surrounding her so well and was a better fit to help Will and his regiment safely navigate the dangers than anyone else could have been. I loved the way she cleverly came up with an equitable trade for her guide services.
Kate was a hard worker, which served her well. Yet it also had her struggling with being still before the Lord. She had to learn to rest and to trust that God would still work all things out
The mistake that cost Will his spurs caused him to shy away from the Lord and to isolate himself from others to the best of his ability. Yet circumstances kept throwing him into the company of the lovely widow and her son. I loved the way Will ended up realizing that God’s grace is big enough to cover all of his sin!
Kate’s young son, Danny, was so cute! I especially enjoyed the way the various soldiers treated him, teasing him and yet treating him so kindly. He captured the hearts of everyone he met!
I really want to go to Yellowstone now! The way Regina Scott made the beauty and wonders of this national park come alive for me was truly amazing in Nothing Short of Wondrous. Not only that, she also showed the problems this lovely area and its wildlife faced in the late 19th Century, including that of not having the National Park Service to protect it. To my modern mindset, it seemed so strange that the army would have had to come in to help protect Yellowstone – after all, isn’t that what the park rangers do?
There was a bit of mystery and tension as Will’s troops attempted to stop the poacher they knew was loose in the park. The things the unknown man did were tragic! Added to that were the troubles Kate was facing as she dealt with rumors that were devastating to her inn! It was fun to watch the way these things worked themselves out.
The books in the American Wonders collection are tied together by the theme and yet all stand alone. So far, the series has been amazing so if you enjoy books that highlight the natural wonders of our country, you will want to read them all!