With the first major summer holiday behind us, I found this the perfect read. Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett. Set in the beautiful National Park to Mount Rainier in Washington, not only was this a sweet read, it made me want to drive out and enjoy the park again.
It is 1927 and Margie Lane has landed her dream job as a naturalist at Mount Rainier National Park. She can’t wait to get started, she will be able to lead classes on the local fauna and flora. She will be able to live by the mountain that has been in her dreams most of her life, and most importantly she will be able to get away from her abusive boyfriend. Of course the head ranger doesn’t hurt either.
Head Ranger Ford Brannon is a bit less excited that he will be saddled with a high-society lady for the summer. That is all he needs, to play babysitter to a woman who knows nothing about the wilderness and how very dangerous it can be.
What was so much fun about reading this book was how Karen did such a great job describing the area that I wanted to jump in the car and go visit. I was at Mount Rainier as a child and don’t remember much about it. One thing I do remember is how proud of the mountain the locals were. They talked about it and made sure you watch a sunrise/sunset, depending on which side you were, over it. Karen reminded me of that. Her love for the National Park(s) in general came shining through.
If you are looking for one of those delightful little reads for the summer, one that is easy to take along and read anywhere, let me recommend this one. It is the first of a series on the national parks.
P.S. Don’t you just love the cover?