Nothing Short of Wondrous
Nothing Short of Wondrous by Regina Scott takes us back to 1886 at Yellowstone where Kate Tremaine runs the Geyser Gateway, an inn for visitors to the national park. Kate has been widowed a year and she is raising her young son, Danny. The Calvary has been sent in to manage the park and protect the wildlife from poachers. Lt. William Prescott and the men under him are responsible for patrolling the section of the park that Kate leases from the government. Kate knows the park which is knowledge that Will Prescott needs for his men to patrol the area safely. He works out an agreement where she will be their guide in exchange for his doing much needed repairs to the inn. Trouble is brewing in the park courtesy of a problematic poacher who wants to kill the last of the bison in Yellowstone. When Kate’s son is kidnapped by the determined poacher, Will and Kate work together to rescue the boy and protect the bison. What does the future hold for Kate, Will and Yellowstone?
Nothing Short of Wondrous by Regina Scott is the second book in American Wonders Collection. It can be read as a standalone if you have not read A Distance Too Grand. I thought Nothing Short of Wondrous was well-written with developed characters. The story moved along at a gentle pace. The author certainly did her research for this book. She painted such a vivid picture of Yellowstone National Park. I could envision the park in my mind with its numerous natural wonders along with flora and fauna. Regina Scott really made the park come alive for me. The story was intriguing. The Calvary were working with limited resources to protect such a large amount of property. It was hard to believe that people were out to destroy such beautiful animals and natural wonders (like the paint pots). I learned some interesting facts about Yellowstone National Park. This book got me curious to learn more. I liked the action that kept the story moving forward to its delightful conclusion. The romance was nicely done. I liked that it did not dominate the story. We get to see people get to know each other while enjoying each other’s company. They learn to trust each other as well as respect each other while they fell in love. Lt. William Prescott had an issue in his past that drives him to be a better man. I think it enhanced the story without adding drama to the relationship. I liked the various characters in the story. Alberta, the cook, was one of my favorites along with Kate’s curious son, Danny. I look forward to the next tale in the American Wonders Collection. Nothing Short of Wondrous has friendship, mystery, suspense, romance, action, faith, and family all woven together into one interesting tale. Nothing Short of Wondrous is a multifaceted historical novel with perilous paint pots, a curious kid, a problematic poacher, besieged bison, a chivalrous Calvary officer, and an impressive inn owner.
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