Author: Regina Scott
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: American Wonders Collection #3
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Reluctant socialite Coraline Baxter longs to live a life of significance and leave her mark on the world. When her local suffragette group asks her to climb Mount Rainier to raise awareness of their cause, she jumps at the chance, even though she has absolutely no climbing experience. If she can do it, any woman can do it. And after her mother issues an ultimatum--that Cora marry the man of her mother's choosing if she fails--Cora must do it. But she can't do it alone.
Noted mountain guide Nathan Hardee initially refuses to help Cora but has a change of heart when he sees what is at stake. He knows enough about the man Cora's mother has chosen to know that the headstrong young woman should have nothing to do with him, much less marry him.
These unlikely partners may just discover that only together is the view most glorious.
Reviewer: Linda Klager
I was attracted to this book because of the beautiful cover and when I heard this was a historical romance, I was very pleased to read it.
Coraline Baxter wanted equal rights for women. She was part of a suffragette group and they asked Cora to climb Mt. Rainier. This would draw more attention to the women's cause.
Because the year was 1893, Cora's father needed to go with Cora because it would not be advisable for a woman to go unchaperoned. Cora's father knew that his determined stepdaughter would conquer this mountain. Cora's mother wanted Cora to marry well and had someone in mind for her daughter. Cora did not want to marry Cash Kincaid because she knew that his character was lacking. Cash was always playing up to Cora's mother and it was a very difficult situation for Cora. If Cora did not make it to the top of Mt. Rainier, her mother said she must marry Cash.
Cora and her stepfather set out to find the perfect guide. Nathan Hardee finally decided to lead Cora and her stepfather up the mountain. Before they set out, Nathan made sure that Cora was able to keep up with the pace. Nathan also inspected the pack that she would carry. Nathan was a very dedicated guide.
The best part of the book to me was how the author described the strong moral code that Nathan lived. He would get up early, take his Bible, and go outside and worship the Lord Jesus Christ. Nathan also lived a simple life. His family used to be in society, but all that changed when his father died. Cora noticed that there was something different about Nathan and she began to also pray and worship the Lord. This gave Cora a lot of contentment.
The author really researched the life of a mountain climber and it was interesting to me to learn more about this extreme sport. I so admire the women who sacrificed much for all of us to get the right to vote.
This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.
Reviewer: Carolyn Bryant
After my wonderful visits to the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park courtesy of the first two books of the American Wonders Collection, I had high expectations for this journey to Mt. Rainier. I was not disappointed!
From the daring adventure in the mountains to the frustrating social posturing at home, it was non-stop enjoyment! Ms. Scott excels at making history come to life with her clear, concise style punctuated with detailed descriptions and sensory imagery. I could envision the beauty and feel the challenges of the mountain trek.
This beautifully-written historical romance features a well-developed, compelling cast of characters. Cora and Nathan are one of my favorite fictional couples. Their romance is sweet and slow building. I especially appreciate their moving faith journey. The historical element in the fast-moving plot is amazing and shows evidence of extensive research. Real historical figures are believably infused into the fictional story.
A View Most Glorious was a “feel good” read for me, and I highly recommend it.
This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.
Reviewer: Rebecca Maney
"You'll find that I have plenty of stamina and determination .. . . But I can assure you that I have never been good at obeying. You'll simply have to accustom yourself to the fact."
Determination rolled off the lovely Coraline Baxter like waves upon a seashore, or perhaps a better comparison would be . . . . like a waterfall down a canyon. She had certainly made up her mind to represent womanhood in general by climbing Mount Rainier (or Tacoma as some would call it), reaching its summit, and thereby declaring a victory for the women's suffrage movement. But there was another less public reason, escaping matrimony. How in the world had Nathan Hardee gotten himself mixed up in a situation like this?
Such an easy and enjoyable story to read; even if, and especially when, the characters' exploits hit rocky, icy, stumbling blocks, for the readers' steady pace isn't deterred in the least. Watching Cora and Nathan re-calibrate their life callings was most certainly a "view most glorious".
"Cora Baxter isn't a mineral claim . .. . . She has a future and plans of her own." "And that's good, . . . She'll encourage you to have plans too, push you forward, so you can become the man you were meant to be."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
Reviewer: Susan Poll
This one was so hard to put down. I kept wanting to know how it would all work out and who would get their just desserts in the end.
Very well written with Coraline wanting women’s rights in a time where it wasn’t popular and doing the hard thing – climbing a mountain. The scenery and descriptions made me feel like I was alongside her and just as excited in every part of the journey. Also, the dialogue and secondary characters kept the pages turning and had me wanting to give Mr. Kincaid a piece of my mind.
Nathan was written with the perfect struggle of nature versus love of your life. Truly enjoyable reading about the specifics of the climb, the gear, crevasses, dangers, cold, rocks and even a naughty marmot. Wonderfully done!
Thanks to Revell and Interviews & Reviews for the chance to read this bookshelf keeper.
Reviewer: Mindy Houng
It’s been too long since I’ve read a Regina Scott book! Brimming with historical tidbits, lovable characters, witty and humorous dialogue, this well-written book with an engaging plot should be on every historical fiction lover’s must-read list.
I loved Cora’s independent spirit and determination. Nathan’s backstory and his emergence as a new man with faith tugged at the heartstrings and made him so real and swoony. I felt like I was on the mountain with them as they climbed - and the journey indeed was most glorious.
It’s book 3 in the series but can totally be read as a stand alone.
I received the book from publisher and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.
Reviewer: Lori Parrish
This has been an interesting book for sure! I enjoyed the adventures of mountain climbing although I'm not sure at all if I'd take the risk! Too dangerous for me but I loved reading about Coraline's adventure.
Beautiful description of the scenery that I felt like I was there! Scott did a wonderful job with the plot, characters, and setting that I finished the book in one day!
Cora was a lady ahead of her time! I loved that she was strong, determined and she loved a good challenge that came her way. I would love to be more like her!
Nathan was a beautiful character too. I especially liked Nathan's faith. In fact, I admired him for it. He was a strong character too.
Nathan's a good example for us that we can praise God no matter where we are. We don't necessarily need walls to worship God. God knows where our hearts lie.
The other characters were amazing too. Some of the secondary ones I liked very much. And of course there's those that I didn't like but that's what makes a good story.
I enjoyed my "trip" to Mt. Rainier national park as I've never been there before. I didn't want it to end!
My thanks to Regina Scott and Revell publications for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I was NOT required to write a positive review.
Reviewer: Paula Shreckhise
White tufts of clouds lay like sheep in the valley below. Rivers wound silver through the hills on their way to the blue waters of Puget Sound.”
Ms. Scott brings the beauty of Mt. Rainier to the page in a tale of a determined woman.
Cora wants to do something extraordinary in the name of Women’s Voting Rights. She also does not want to marry the disreputable man that her mother has chosen for her. If she makes the difficult climb to the summit of Mt. Rainier, she will not have to marry Cash Kincaid.
Nathan Hardee is a mystery. He was once part of Tacoma society but now just longs to escape bad memories by living high in the mountains. He agrees to guide Cora and her stepfather Winston on the climb.
The characters come to life and some favorites are Winston, the stepfather who has Cora’s best interests at heart and supports her. And Waldo, friend and mentor to Nathan and a bit of a matchmaker.
There are dangers to be found, not to mention an interfering mother and an unwelcome suitor. But there is also beauty of creation and a time to rely on God. Cora: “Thank you, Lord, for all this, for allowing me to see, to feel. It is truly a view most glorious.”
This is my favorite from this series American Wonders.
I won this book from Library Thing. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: June McCrary Jacobs
A beautiful journey through the wilderness and love . . .
This is the third story in the author's 'America's Wonders Collection.' Each novel is a standalone, but they contain the same theme of strong women characters accomplishing unique things in the late nineteenth century.
In this book, socialite Coraline Baxter works as an accountant at her stepfather's bank in Tacoma, Washington. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the women's suffragette movement. In an effort to give a boost to the struggling movement, Cora sets her sights on climbing Mount Tacoma (also known as Mount Rainier).
Cora's mother is a staunch socialite who is focused on her standing in society as well as her daughter's reputation. Mrs. Winston interferes in every aspect surrounding Cora's life. The author did a fine job of creating a thick wall of tension in every scene involving these two women.
Nathan Hardee is the guide who is hired to lead Cora and her stepfather, Mr. Winston, to the summit of Mount Tacoma. As the story progresses and the layers of hurt and scars from a family trauma are peeled away, we learn the true nature of this man. He is a multi-dimensional character who is not at all who he appears to be on the surface. He is admirable in his treatment of others, and he is a deeply spiritual man. Nathan Hardee is my favorite character from this book because of his walk with God and how he strives to live his life as the Bible teaches us to live.
The author has done a magnificent job of transporting readers to the past with her keen research of mountain climbing and the suffragette movement, the social structure in Tacoma during this era, and the scenery and terrain of the area.
The faith thread woven throughout this story is very moving, and brought me to tears on several occasions. The power of the emotions the main characters experienced in regard to their relationships with God was touching. This novel is one of the author's finest moments as a creator of historical romance.
I received a copy of this book from Revell through Interviews & Reviews. My thoughts and opinions expressed here are solely my own.
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