In book #3 of the “American Wonders Collection”, Regina Scott takes us to another historically unique setting where a courageous woman takes a stand and faces seemingly insurmountable odds. This is the very basic synopsis for each of the three books in the series, but in all other aspects of story and characterization, each one is different and special in its own way. In “A View Most Glorious” we go back in time to 1893 and journey alongside Coraline Baxter as she becomes one of the first women to climb Mount Ranier in the state of Washington, in the hopes of raising awareness for the suffragette cause and gaining women the right to vote.
I had a hard time getting into this story because it seemed to lag a bit at the beginning… The wondering if she could find a guide to climb the mountain, the preparations, the back and forth between Coraline and her mother, all seemed a bit tedious and drawn out. But once the journey began I quickly became more invested in the outcome. Nathan was a wonderful hero who came to life most vividly, and although Coraline annoyed me at first she quickly became a friend once I understood what made her tick.
If you have enjoyed the previous American Wonders stories, or even if you haven’t but enjoy good, clean Historical Romance, I recommend “A View Most Glorious” for its unique setting and plot, well-drawn characters, and interesting historical tidbits (that are explained more fully in the author’s note at the end). So strap on your pack and get ready to reach the summit of Mount Rainier, in the name of women’s rights!
* I received this book courtesy of Revell Publishing, in participation with a Revell Reads Blog Tour. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.