by Regina Scott
Publisher : Revell (October 5, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 0800736419
ISBN-13 : 978-0800736415
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 is not successful–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.
Climbing Rainier will require all of Cora’s fortitude and will lead her and Nathan to rediscover their faith in God and humanity. These two loners make unlikely partners in righting a wrong and may just discover that only together is the view most glorious.
Nathan has left society after his father’s suicide to live a quiet life near Mount Rainier. Cora wants to reach the summit, and Nathan is hired to guide her there.
As a hiker, though on a much, much, smaller scale than those in this book, I really enjoyed a lot of the descriptions of what went into their epic hike up Mount Rainier.
I can see how a woman climbing to the top of Mount Rainier could get a lot of attention, but it seemed a little strange to me to do it because you think if a woman could climb a mountain, then she can vote. They are very different things, and I just didn’t see the connection.
Living a distance away from town, Nathan often doesn’t get to worship God in a building. However, he studies his Bible every morning, and he feels closer to God in His creation. This is one of the reasons I love being a nature photographer and finding new locations. Seeing the beauty in God’s work is inspiring and humbling.
The American Wonders Collection is a really beautiful collection of books that I have enjoyed reading.