REVIEW: The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

Ranger Ford Brannon and Naturalist Margie Lane both have a deep love for God’s land. In this novel, they both work at Mt. Rainier National Park.  Ford has taken over as head ranger after the death of his father.  Margie gets her spot primarily due to her father’s role as state senator.  A large donation promise by the senator to the park leads, indirectly, to Margie’s job.  Ford underestimates pampered Margie’s abilities and skills in dealing with the public and handling herself in the wilderness.

The conflict of the story comes from Margie’s ex-fiancé, Philip, who is unrelenting in his pursuit of possessing Margie and blackmail and deceit to her whole family.  Margie has gladly gone to Rainier to get her life back and hide out from Philip.  Unfortunately he pursues her there and promises to develop the park land into a commercial resort.

There’s a lot going on in the story which takes place over the course of a summer season at the park.  As I’ve been able to visit the park, I greatly enjoyed reading about places I’ve seen.  The 1927 setting was interesting as it was a period of excess for some families.


I look forward to more books in this series.  Plus, what a beautiful, artful cover for the book!


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