“Meg Pero has been assisting her photographer father since she was big enough to carry his equipment, so when he dies she is determined to take over his profession–starting with fulfilling the contract he signed to serve on an Army survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1871. What she doesn’t realize is that the leader of the expedition is none other than the man she once refused to marry.
Captain Ben Coleridge would like nothing more than to leave without the woman who broke his heart, but he refuses to wait even one more day to get started. This survey is a screen for another, more personal mission, one he cannot share with any member of his team.
As dangers arise from all sides, including within the survey party, Meg and Ben must work together to stay alive, fulfill their duties, and, just maybe, rekindle a love that neither had completely left behind.”
At first I didn’t suppose there was a good reason Meg Pero refused years before to marry Ben Coleridge. As the story unfolded, the reason became apparent. I really empathized with her. I was sure these two would resolve the past if Meg could see her situation correctly and give Ben a chance.
What I Liked
The interesting mysteries of Ben’s secret mission and what went wrong with Meg and Ben’s relationship years before were why I read this book fairly quickly. The author, Regina Scott, does a good job for the most part creating interesting characters and their backstory.
I really enjoyed discovering the beautiful landscape of the Grand Canyon along with the characters. A Distance Too Grand reminded me of the wild scenery also in Zane Grey’s novels.
What I Didn’t Like So Well
There was a surprise twist that ‘developed’ near the end that seemed rushed. The plot twist didn’t really add to the story in my opinion and seemed unrealistic in character and resolution. I wonder how historically accurate the scenario was. For this reason I give the book three stars instead of four. There were one or two other minor details that seemed off, but not enough to ruin my reading enjoyment. Otherwise the book was an easy and engrossing read with a satisfactory ending.
I received a free review copy of this book. The opinions freely expressed here are my own.
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