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Headstrong Coraline Baxter has worked all her life to be more than the spoiled socialite others expect. When her fellow suffragettes in Tacoma, Washington, suggest that she should climb to the top of Mount Rainier to prove that a woman can do anything, she instantly resolves to do it. And if she can climb Mount Rainier, her mother promises to stop pressuring her to get mar Headstrong Coraline Baxter has worked all her life to be more than the spoiled socialite others expect. When her fellow suffragettes in Tacoma, Washington, suggest that she should climb to the top of Mount Rainier to prove that a woman can do anything, she instantly resolves to do it. And if she can climb Mount Rainier, her mother promises to stop pressuring her to get married to the wealthy Cash Kincaid. All Cora needs is a guide to get her to the top of the mountain. Nathan Hardee may look like a mountain man, but he once ruled the halls of high society. He left all that behind after his father broke under financial pressure from Kincaid. To best Kincaid now, Nathan agrees to guide Cora up the mountain. Climbing Rainier will require all of Cora's strength 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.


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Headstrong Coraline Baxter has worked all her life to be more than the spoiled socialite others expect. When her fellow suffragettes in Tacoma, Washington, suggest that she should climb to the top of Mount Rainier to prove that a woman can do anything, she instantly resolves to do it. And if she can climb Mount Rainier, her mother promises to stop pressuring her to get mar Headstrong Coraline Baxter has worked all her life to be more than the spoiled socialite others expect. When her fellow suffragettes in Tacoma, Washington, suggest that she should climb to the top of Mount Rainier to prove that a woman can do anything, she instantly resolves to do it. And if she can climb Mount Rainier, her mother promises to stop pressuring her to get married to the wealthy Cash Kincaid. All Cora needs is a guide to get her to the top of the mountain. Nathan Hardee may look like a mountain man, but he once ruled the halls of high society. He left all that behind after his father broke under financial pressure from Kincaid. To best Kincaid now, Nathan agrees to guide Cora up the mountain. Climbing Rainier will require all of Cora's strength 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.

30 review for A View Most Glorious

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    I absolutely love the American Wonders series by Regina Scott. I have read all of them and I really hope there will be more to come. The series is centered around amazing American sites set during a historical time period. The way she describes these sites you can vividly see it in your mind and definitely feel as though you are there with the characters. With each book I have read in this series I have learned a lot, this time it was about Mount Rainier National Park and the majestic climb to the I absolutely love the American Wonders series by Regina Scott. I have read all of them and I really hope there will be more to come. The series is centered around amazing American sites set during a historical time period. The way she describes these sites you can vividly see it in your mind and definitely feel as though you are there with the characters. With each book I have read in this series I have learned a lot, this time it was about Mount Rainier National Park and the majestic climb to the summit. This is an adventurous tale and I really enjoyed it. There is an informational note from the author in the back of the book that I found interesting as well. Do yourself a favor and read this whole series, it is great! Pub Date 05 Oct 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    A very romantic high-stakes adventure that will pull you right in. My favorite of Regina Scott's American Wonders books. (And incidentally, the second book I've read about finding true love while climbing Mount Rainier. It's a very specific subgenre, but I am here for it! Fantastic setting.) It's 1893 in Tacoma, Washington. Cora Baxter and her mother don't see eye to eye about her future. Cora's priorities lay with her university studies, her career at her stepfather's bank, and her work with the A very romantic high-stakes adventure that will pull you right in. My favorite of Regina Scott's American Wonders books. (And incidentally, the second book I've read about finding true love while climbing Mount Rainier. It's a very specific subgenre, but I am here for it! Fantastic setting.) It's 1893 in Tacoma, Washington. Cora Baxter and her mother don't see eye to eye about her future. Cora's priorities lay with her university studies, her career at her stepfather's bank, and her work with the Tacoma Women's Suffrage Association. Her mother just wants her to get married to the rich and eligible businessman who keeps calling. Meanwhile, the suffragettes have concocted a plan to have Cora climb to the top of Mount Rainier. They hope that the publicity will show the world that if an average woman can accomplish such a feat, then an average woman also has enough brains to vote. Cora's private arrangement with her mother is that if she climbs the mountain, then she wins control over her own matrimonial decisions. Of course, to summit a 14,000-foot mountain, Cora is going to need a chaperone--her very supportive stepfather. But she's also going to need a guide. Enter Nathan Hardee. At first unwilling to take an untried, pampered society girl into the mountains, Nathan starts to sympathize with Cora's plight. As they prepare for and embark on their mission to the summit, unexpected depths of character surprise both of them and prompt them to ask what they really want of life. To begin with, I wasn't sure I was going to like Cora. She takes being independent to excess when she quibbles over whether she'll promise to follow Nathan's instructions in possibly life-threatening situations. But once she committed to the climb, I came to like her more. The cooperative dynamic that the two of them developed was refreshing. My favorite part of this story was the actual mountain-climbing. There's something spellbinding about the concept of summiting a mountain and seeing the world from a perspective that most never reach. The climb throws Nathan and Cora on each other for support and emphasizes the loyalty and the trust that makes the story so romantic. It was well-written and compelling. This is a clean, sweet read with a slightly surprising way of resolving the tension between Cora and her mother. Thanks to Revell and NetGalley for my digital review copy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    This has been such a good series by Regina Scott! American Wonders is a very apt title for it also. Scott brings these glorious places to life with her descriptions and then makes them even better with the stories she creates around them. Very much recommended. My thanks to Revell for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion here is my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    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 Kinc “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.*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Unputdownable! Regina Scott has outdone herself with this, the third of the American Wonders stories. With characters as multi-faceted as a diamond, vivid descriptions of western Washington’s majestic scenery, and a plot with more twists and turns than the path up Mount Rainier, A View Most Glorious is historical romance at its best. I highly recommend it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    A View Most Glorious was a story that I enjoyed from the very first page to the very last! My favorite part of the novel was the journey that Nathan, Coraline, and their extended party took as they headed toward the mountain. And, of course, the trip up the mountain was adventurous and so exciting to read about. This book was populated with characters I couldn’t help but love, such as Nathan and Coraline, as well as people who were so very aggravating. Coraline’s mother was one such person. Her u A View Most Glorious was a story that I enjoyed from the very first page to the very last! My favorite part of the novel was the journey that Nathan, Coraline, and their extended party took as they headed toward the mountain. And, of course, the trip up the mountain was adventurous and so exciting to read about. This book was populated with characters I couldn’t help but love, such as Nathan and Coraline, as well as people who were so very aggravating. Coraline’s mother was one such person. Her unwillingness to see Mr. Kincaid’s true character and continue to push her daughter toward him was frustrating. It truly showed that she valued her family’s place in society above all else. But Coraline’s stepfather, Mr. Winston, was such a wonderful character! The way he cared for Coraline as if she was his own daughter was refreshing. And his ability to discern the true nature of people was a good balance to the mother. The romance that developed between Nathan and Coraline seemed very natural. These two were drawn to each other and I appreciated that they both looked past the surface and got to know and value each other for who they truly were. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  7. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Thanks to Revell publishing and Regina Scott for the advanced review copy of the book. All opinions expressed in my review are entirely my own and not affected by the giveaway 3.75 stars rounded up Coraline Baxter is one of the most sought after socialites in all of Tacoma, Washington and wants nothing to do with marriage or dependency on a man. It's 1893 and in spite of a nationwide Panic (recession), she attended college and holds a job at her stepfather's bank, something she's proud of. Cora's Thanks to Revell publishing and Regina Scott for the advanced review copy of the book. All opinions expressed in my review are entirely my own and not affected by the giveaway 3.75 stars rounded up Coraline Baxter is one of the most sought after socialites in all of Tacoma, Washington and wants nothing to do with marriage or dependency on a man. It's 1893 and in spite of a nationwide Panic (recession), she attended college and holds a job at her stepfather's bank, something she's proud of. Cora's mother, on the other hand, feels the overwhelming need to marry Cora off to a wealthy bachelor ASAP! Which is why Cora is standing in a seedy tavern searching for a man who can lead her up a mountain safely. Cora intends to climb Mount Rainer to promote women's suffrage and if she makes it to the summit, she has a deal with her mother to remain unmarried. Nathan Hardee has been through with society since they turned their backs on him after his father took his own life during a financial setback. He's seen spoiled debutantes before and he assumes Cora is no different so he refuses her request to take her to the top of the mountain. However, when he learns of her mother's plan to wed Cora to Cash Kincaid, Nathan relents. He'd rather lead Cora up a mountain than see her (or anyone) married to that scoundrel Kincaid. However, when Nathan demands Cora obey him in all things during the trip, she refuses. Cora, having seen how her mother struggled to support them and relied on men for help, Cora knows that life is not for her. She won't OBEY anyone. Does she have it in her to allow Nathan to guide her safely up the mountain? Can he accept her headstrong nature and still guide her up the mountain? At over 350 pages this story is LONG! The exciting mountain climbing part only accounts for about 20 pages plus a few more before and after. The rest is more romance heavy. The beginning of the novel starts off slow. The characters annoyed me and I had a hard time getting into it. I read about 100 pages in one night and put the book down just fine. I picked it up the next night and read 100 more pages and felt let down because the action was over. The third night I pushed to finish the book. It didn't make me smile or clap or feel anything special but I enjoyed the story anyway. I especially like how the historical and geographical details are woven seamlessly into the story. Scott never steps out of her story to explain why there's a recession (Panic of 1893). She skillfully shows us Tacoma. We get to see both the glittering society and the out of work laborers agitating for their rights. I appreciate seeing both sides of the recession. We also get to see humble folks who live in the shadow of the mountain and truly love it. The geographical details are outstanding, helped along by the gorgeous promotional materials sent by the publisher. I've been to the Alps in Switzerland so I kind of have an idea of what it feels like to sit in the hot springs looking up at the mountains and how it looks and feels to stand on top of a glacier. (Fortunately no climbing is necessary today!) I loved the part of the book set in what's now Mount Rainier National Park and wished there was MORE of that and LESS romantic drama. I really enjoyed learning about the mountain. It is awesome in the true sense of the word! It was fun learning about another part of the country that feels like a totally different planet from my sea level east coast home. The romance was predictable and unnecessarily long. It's a romance novel- we know what's going to happen LOL! There's a villain though and I had to skip to the end to see how the villain was vanquished or if, because this is an inspirational novel, the villain had to be redeemed. Fortunately for me, the "inspirational" bits seemed shoehorned in. They weren't necessary to the plot and I didn't really understand the point. Cora's revelation seemed out of character and pointless. I skimmed right over all that and the story worked out just fine without it. The characters are well done for the most part. At first I didn't like Cora very much. Even though I'm in total agreement with her I found her personality abrasive. She's very cool and analytical at times and completely independent, which I admire, but she lacked empathy for others, particularly her mother. I must be getting old if I feel bad for the MOTHER who is one of the "villains" of the piece. Cora's mother is unyielding, Cora takes after her, but Mrs. Winston is the complete opposite of Cora in her approach to life. Mrs. Winston has had a really tough life. I would have liked more background information. Who is she that she had to marry two scoundrels and raise her daughter on her own before finding a wealthy man to take care of her. Mrs. Winston comes from a different generation. Her only options in life were marriage or teaching/spinsterhood. In the 1890s, there are more opportunities for women thanks to the Industrial Revolution and the emerging women's rights movement. Mrs. Winston doesn't quite understand this and Cora never tries to explain. Mrs. Winston thinks - because that's all she knows- marriage to a wealthy man is the only way for a woman to survive. She doesn't seem to be a good judge of character based on her first two husbands. She doesn't know anything about anyone except the superficial and people see what others let them see. Cora and her mother both have the same goal in mind, they just approach it different ways and don't see eye to eye. I relate to Cora butting heads with her mother and when my mom gets like that, I just tune her out and zone out. I wanted a little more understanding between them. What happened was pretty simplistic. Cora's stubbornness didn't endear her to me either, at first. When your professional mountain climbing guide tells you he's going to order you about to SAVE YOUR LIFE you don't argue. I'm stubborn and independent too but even I wouldn't turn down a guide who promised to order me around. Yeesh. She improves upon acquaintance though once she fully understands the magnitude of the climb. It was pretty shocking to read how simple she seemed to think mountain climbing was. Once her adventure got underway she settled down and allowed Nathan to guide her. She knew she had to in order to reach the summit and achieve her goal. The whole time she starts to unbend. I like how sweet she is with her stepfather. He's more like a grandfather in the way he dotes on her. Their relationship is touching and I like watching it grow. I do wish Mr. Winston would stand up to his wife though. Nathan Hardee is a good guy. I liked him right away. He's a little bit rough around the edges but I appreciate that. He chose to leave society behind and move out to the wilderness. He's happier there and more at peace. I appreciate how he tells it like it is and how he refuses to change who he is for someone else. I don't think the romantic journey in the last third was necessary for him at all. The first third was fine. I wasn't crazy about his thoughts on Cora's beauty at first but he soon comes to know her better and realize she isn't just a pretty face. She's kindhearted, passionate, determined (yes stubborn and independent). They're actually a lot alike! They come from the same background with similar backstories. Their mothers are essentially the same person but Nathan has come to accept friends among the Indians, farmers and other people in the wilderness. He rejects all society has to offer. Cora isn't quite there yet but I felt she should have been by the time she came down from the mountain. Nathan's compassion for others and his sense of honor really make him a standout hero. Like his friend Waldo, I was rooting for him to win over Cora. However, Waldo, as kind as he is, is meddling and I don't appreciate meddling. He needs to let Nathan and Cora work things out on their own. He's so sweet and humble he doesn't understand that marriage among society people is complicated. It's not about love, at least not entirely. Nathan understands this. Cora is trying to accept it but still dreams of love. Cash Kincaid is Cora's suitor and her mother's choice for perfect husband. He's charming and a wealthy businessman. He claims to support Cora's cause but she knows him better than he thinks she does. He's a typical wrong suitor in a period romance and the perfect villain for this sort of story. There's more to him than meets the eye. Cora's mother naturally adores him because she can't see past his good looks and good manners. She loathes Nathan just because he chooses to dress like a backwoodsman and doesn't stay at hotels along the trail. Cash loathes Nathan for personal reasons and probably because he can see Nathan is becoming a threat to his pursuit of Cora. Nathan's friends are lovely. Henry So-To-Lick and his wife Sally are awesome. Henry is wise and loving. I adore him and Sally together. They're so comfortable together and so happy. She's brave, strong and wholeheartedly supports women's suffrage. (Sadly, as an indigenous woman, she won't be allowed to vote in her lifetime). Their sons, Wickersham and Thomas, know their dad's feelings on the name of the mountain but rather than roll their eyes or make excuses to change the topic, they just laugh. I like a family that can laugh with each other. At the least the "Bostons" TRIED to have the mountain named after an indigenous word even if it was inaccurate. It's better than naming it after some random friend of the British explorer who chose the English name for the mountain. Henry and his family have different opinions and they respect each other's opinions and respect the conversation. It was refreshing to read about a debate that didn't get heated and end in shouting. Imagine that! The Longmire clan are equally lovely. James and Virinda and their huge family take in travelers and basically invented the air bnb. Elcaine, the oldest son, is serious and literal minded. He's quick to take action when needed and a loving family man. Susan Longmire already climbed the mountain, proving women can do it. I bet she did it more easily than most men too. She's a hardy farm woman and lives on the land. Cora's friend Mimi is a delight. Intelligent and fiercely pro-women's suffrage, she runs circles around everyone, especially the brainless men who don't even know when they're being insulted. I love her and want to be her friend! I'm glad I took a chance on this book and recommend it to those who like "sweet" romantic adventure stories and want to learn more about another place and time in American history.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    This American Wonders series showcasing the National Parks has been educational and fun to read. I especially liked how the author included such serious women’s suffragette matters in this story. It was eye-opening to see what women would do for the movement. I appreciated how the author showed the struggles and how the socialites ruled. It gave insight into what was expected of Caroline Baxter (who was reluctantly part of that group). How could she be respectful to her mother yet follow her hea This American Wonders series showcasing the National Parks has been educational and fun to read. I especially liked how the author included such serious women’s suffragette matters in this story. It was eye-opening to see what women would do for the movement. I appreciated how the author showed the struggles and how the socialites ruled. It gave insight into what was expected of Caroline Baxter (who was reluctantly part of that group). How could she be respectful to her mother yet follow her heart and convictions. Coraline was willing to accept her mother’s wishes for her life if she failed to climb to the top of Mount Rainier, hence proving a woman can do anything. Cora soon finds this task is far more complicated and demanding than she ever imagined. The thought that she could lose at this task scared her. This is a well-written compelling story, demonstrating just how far and to what lengths women went through to get the right to vote. I liked how the author showed the huge opposition that was willing to stop them from reaching their goal. I appreciated the fact that Cora wanted to respect her mother’s wishes yet still stick to what she believed her heart was her calling. I enjoyed her levelheaded, thoughtful, mountain climber guide Nathan Hardee who knew firsthand what high society dictated. He escaped that life and was happier, or so he thought until he starts on this adventure with opinionated Cora Baxter. The year is 1893 Tacoma, Washington. Cora and Nathan are headed to the summit of a 14, 000 mountain. She was required to bring along a chaperone – her stepfather believes in Cora and agrees to play his part. I enjoyed how the main characters grew as they climbed up the mountain. All the travelers get a view most glorious, not only of the mountain, but also a surprising view on their lives and what’s important. Rock climbing is not like today, where we have lots of fancy equipment. I liked how the author made the reader feel as if they were part of the climb. This was a fun read that leaves a smile on your face and happiness in your heart when you close the book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  9. 4 out of 5

    Becky Lewis

    Fighting for women’s suffrage, climbing Mt. Rainier, and fighting society’s unnecessary restrictions, are all themes Regina Scott deals with in A View Most Glorious. Coraline Baxter decides to climb Mt. Rainier (or is it Tacoma?) with social outcast and mountain guide, Nathan Hardee. Doing so will draw attention to her cause and free her of her mother’s matrimonial expectations. I don’t know if I was delighted or dismayed by the big loop Scott throws the reader for as a character makes a totally Fighting for women’s suffrage, climbing Mt. Rainier, and fighting society’s unnecessary restrictions, are all themes Regina Scott deals with in A View Most Glorious. Coraline Baxter decides to climb Mt. Rainier (or is it Tacoma?) with social outcast and mountain guide, Nathan Hardee. Doing so will draw attention to her cause and free her of her mother’s matrimonial expectations. I don’t know if I was delighted or dismayed by the big loop Scott throws the reader for as a character makes a totally unexpected decision. It certainly upped the ante for the outcome of the perilous journey! Faith is a quiet, steadying influence in both Hardee’s life and the book. Several times, Nathan can be found with his Bible in hand, worshipping outdoors by himself before the day begins. Scott doesn't preach in this story, but the power of the Scripture and its Creator are very evident. I felt for pitiful Cora, who can stand up for and take care of herself- almost. She is so strong and determined, and she can handle herself at a job in a man’s world. She can be the voice for the suffragettes in Tacoma. Yet, she cannot stand against her mother’s iron will. I loved Cora’s stepfather. He cares for her in a most loving, diligent way. He sacrifices much for Cora and manages to be a go-between for Cora and her mother, without ruffling feathers. Now, if he can just develop a spine! Nathan is rough around the edges, but a gem on the interior. The question is, whether he and Cora can find a common calling, or whether Cora will follow society’s designs. I received a copy of this book from RevellReads via NetGalley. All opinions are my own, and no positive review was required.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    "If you ask me, the more charity we give out, the less these fellows are inclined to work." This series set in 3 different places of natural beauty has been so enjoyable. This book is set in Washington and focuses on the beautiful Mount Rainier. Coraline Baxter is not the normal lady of 1893. She has completed college, is an accountant in her father's bank, and is a strong supporter of the suffragette movement. In order to show men that women can do anything they set their minds to, Coraline deci "If you ask me, the more charity we give out, the less these fellows are inclined to work." This series set in 3 different places of natural beauty has been so enjoyable. This book is set in Washington and focuses on the beautiful Mount Rainier. Coraline Baxter is not the normal lady of 1893. She has completed college, is an accountant in her father's bank, and is a strong supporter of the suffragette movement. In order to show men that women can do anything they set their minds to, Coraline decides she will attack the climb of Mount Rainier to the top and become the 3rd woman to do so. Her stepfather supports her, but her mother is more interested in arranging a marriage for Cora. Coraline was definitely a strong, "I can do anything," kind of woman. She held strongly to her opinions, but also would listen to others when it came to safety which made Nathan Hardee a perfect guide for Cora up the mountain. I loved how the relationship between them developed, and the two secondary characters: Stephen Winston, Cora's stepfather, and Waldo Vance, Nathan's guiding partner were perfect additions. Of course, there had to be a villain, and Cash Kincaid filled the bill perfectly. This was a wonderful conclusion to this glorious American Wonders series. I'm hoping Regina Scott will add some more! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    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 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" 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A View Most Glorious by Regina Scott is a wonderful historical fiction novel that is the third book in the excellent series: American Wonders Collection. Such a great addition! I have enjoyed all three books in this series thus far. Each one takes an American landmark and incorporates that into the location and plot of the story. This book takes us to Tacoma, Washington in the 1890s near Mount Rainier. The plot is excellent in that it incorporates not just stunning landscapes and visuals, but als A View Most Glorious by Regina Scott is a wonderful historical fiction novel that is the third book in the excellent series: American Wonders Collection. Such a great addition! I have enjoyed all three books in this series thus far. Each one takes an American landmark and incorporates that into the location and plot of the story. This book takes us to Tacoma, Washington in the 1890s near Mount Rainier. The plot is excellent in that it incorporates not just stunning landscapes and visuals, but also in adding historical events to add complexity to the narrative such as the financial instabilities at that time/place and the Women’s Suffrage movement. I really liked Coraline Baxter and Nathan Hardee. Both have experienced challenges in the past, and have had family difficulties as well. Both are “outcasts” in respect to that they do not fit in the typical mindset and norm that are expected within their standings and gender roles during this time. Both are imperfect, yet have strong moral compasses, and want to better themselves and others, even if it still takes some time to find that out. The stakes are high for both for different reasons as they attempt to make their trek up this treacherous terrain. Both have a lot to lose, but at the same time, could gain so much. With their inner fortitude, faith, and respective stubbornness, are they able to overcome adversity, bring notoriety to their causes, right the wrongs surrounding them, and find love and a purpose in life in the process? I loved finding out the answers. The journey was also part of the fun. The author’s note at the end was also a wonderful addition. I can’t wait to see what is next in this series. 5/5 stars Thank you NG and Revell for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this story! It was an excellent and clean story about socialite Coraline Baxter, a suffragette, who is chosen to climb Mt Rainier. She hires Nathan Hardee to be her guide to the top. If she is not successful, her mother will insist she marry Mr Kincaid. Cora already knows that Kincaid is a deceitful man that she will never marry. The more she gets to know Nathan, the more she realizes what a good, upstanding man he is. When they reach the summit of Mt Rainier, he kisses her. When they ma I loved this story! It was an excellent and clean story about socialite Coraline Baxter, a suffragette, who is chosen to climb Mt Rainier. She hires Nathan Hardee to be her guide to the top. If she is not successful, her mother will insist she marry Mr Kincaid. Cora already knows that Kincaid is a deceitful man that she will never marry. The more she gets to know Nathan, the more she realizes what a good, upstanding man he is. When they reach the summit of Mt Rainier, he kisses her. When they make it back to the bottom of the mountain, they both have decisions to make. Her step father offers him a job at the bank, and he needs to decide if he wants it. Cora needs to decide if she wants to live with him in his cabin. They decide to marry, and live in his cabin. Wonderful story I loved reading!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    Author Regina Scott brings her remarkable "American Wonders Collection" to a close with Book Three, "A View Most Glorious". In Tacoma, Washington of 1893, Miss Coraline Baxter is very much a young woman of the times--caught between the suffragette movement and the lingering views of "a woman's place" still held by older society women like her own mother. Cora's father had deserted them when Cora was only six, and a year later, they received word of his death. Her mother's second husband had been Author Regina Scott brings her remarkable "American Wonders Collection" to a close with Book Three, "A View Most Glorious". In Tacoma, Washington of 1893, Miss Coraline Baxter is very much a young woman of the times--caught between the suffragette movement and the lingering views of "a woman's place" still held by older society women like her own mother. Cora's father had deserted them when Cora was only six, and a year later, they received word of his death. Her mother's second husband had been a drinker, and after his death, she and Cora were evicted from their home. Fortunately, Cora's second stepfather, Winston, was both kind and wealthy, and he and Cora had a close relationship. A request from her fellow suffragettes for her to climb Mt. Rainier as a way to bring attention to their cause has Cora searching for a knowledgeable guide. Her mother's opposition to the idea is accompanied by her demand that Cora agree to marry the rich and eligible Cash Kincaid if she can't complete the climb. Winston arranges a meeting with a most reputable and reliable guide, Nathan Hardee. Skeptical of Cora's ability to physically meet the demands of the climb, he at first refuses the offer. However, he changes his mind when he learns that Cora's mother is pressuring her to marry Kincaid, a man whom Nathan despises. Nathan was once the son of a wealthy society family, and like many others his family had endured great losses in the financial panic of the era. His own father had amassed a great debt and then taken his own life. Nathan had turned his back on society then, and turned toward a new life as an outdoorsman. If helping Cora was a way to keep Kincaid from gaining what he desired, then Nathan would do his best to safely guide her up and down the mountain and back to her home and family. When Cora and Nathan begin their grand adventure, they have no idea that it will turn out to be a journey of a lifetime for them both. As they make their way along the trail, they get to know each other as they also learn more about themselves. The misconceptions they first had of each other begin to fade away, and in their place comes awareness and appreciation. Surrounded by the majestic beauty of the mountains, they also feel an affirmation of their faith. Can it be that their "view most glorious" will open their eyes to the truth around them and lead to a loving and happy future with each other? I highly recommend the "American Wonders Collection"--three stand alone works with the common theme of national parks--for those who love American history and inspirational romance. Book Copy Gratis Revell Books

  15. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    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 in 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 via NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    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 wou 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyne E.

    3.5 star! After reading A Distance Too Grand back in August 2020, I wasn’t sure if I should give this series another try. A Distance Too Grand fell short of my expectations, however, A View Most Glorious may have redeemed the series for me. A View Most Glorious was a story about new-found faith, determination, and choosing love for love, not based off of financial security. The Characters. Coraline Baxter was a fun character who didn’t back down from a challenge. I liked her grit and her willingn 3.5 star! After reading A Distance Too Grand back in August 2020, I wasn’t sure if I should give this series another try. A Distance Too Grand fell short of my expectations, however, A View Most Glorious may have redeemed the series for me. A View Most Glorious was a story about new-found faith, determination, and choosing love for love, not based off of financial security. The Characters. Coraline Baxter was a fun character who didn’t back down from a challenge. I liked her grit and her willingness to fight for a cause she believed in. I also like how her view of faith shifted throughout the book to more of a relationship with God and less of a keep-up-appearance based faith. The reasoning for her actually setting out to climb Mount Rainier was slightly far fetched in my opinion, but it made for a exciting plot. I wished the actual climbing had taken more of the storyline, it only lasted a couple chapters. Nathan Hardee. Nathan was a down to earth kind of guy. I really appreciated how he decided to leave society life to find a life with more meaning and purpose. I really liked both characters’ love of nature, but his especially stood out to me. He made time to be quiet in nature and soak in the beauty around him. Other than that, his character didn’t really stand out to me. I did like the backstory to his character and how he made amends with his past. One side character that I must spotlight is Waldo! He was awesome. Kinda reminded me of Gabby Hayes in Roy Rogers. He spoke his mind and meant well. I liked reading the scenes where Waldo was in it. I also liked Mr Winston. Even though he was too laid back for his own good, he was really encouraging to Cora and was a good step father. Two characters that especially bugged me were: Mrs. Winston and Cash Kincaid. Ugh, don’t even get me started! The Setting. I love mountains so this book had the perfect setting! The descriptions in this book were especially spot on (and slightly exaggerated, but it’s fiction). I loved the history surrounding this location and the debate on what to call the mountain. Concluding thoughts. The story was nothing to have you at he edge of your seat, but it still was a enjoyable read with lots of fun characters, motives, and inspiration. I especially love the cover design and how well it matched the story. I’d recommend this book for those looking for a slightly cliché storyline, fun characters, and descriptions of nature that will have you wanting to explore the outdoors in search of your own alpenstock! ***Thank you Revell for a complementary copy of this book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Coraline Baxter is determined to be more than her socialite upbringing, working as a loan officer she has gained respect in her field. In order to avoid a marriage to a man of her mother's choosing, she takes up the challenge of climbing Mount Rainier to prove that women can do hard things. An engaging and well written read, I loved how supportive Coraline's step-father Mr. Winston is of Coraline's aspirations throughout. He drops everything to go on the climbing expedition with her so she will Coraline Baxter is determined to be more than her socialite upbringing, working as a loan officer she has gained respect in her field. In order to avoid a marriage to a man of her mother's choosing, she takes up the challenge of climbing Mount Rainier to prove that women can do hard things. An engaging and well written read, I loved how supportive Coraline's step-father Mr. Winston is of Coraline's aspirations throughout. He drops everything to go on the climbing expedition with her so she will have a proper chaperone, and he doesn't pressure her to follow her mother's wishes. He was probably my favorite character in this book! Nathan left high society behind for the sanctuary of the mountains, where he lives off the land and works as a guide. I admired his strong faith and how he talks openly with Coraline about his beliefs, as well as his friendship with Waldo, which adds some great humor. Overall, this is a fast paced read with excellent plot and characters that you can cheer for all the way through. Strong faith, adventure, great interaction, and an admirable heroine. Definitely recommend this third installment in the The American Wonders Collection. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    I've enjoyed all three novels in Regina Scott's American Wonders collection. They act as standalones but the thing that ties them all together is that they take place at National Parks before they are even considered National Parks. A View Most Glorious follows Cora Baxter's quest to get to the top of Mount Rainier to raise awareness for the suffragette cause. For propriety's sake she will travel with her stepfather and a guide - but the guide in question happens to be a prickly man that once he I've enjoyed all three novels in Regina Scott's American Wonders collection. They act as standalones but the thing that ties them all together is that they take place at National Parks before they are even considered National Parks. A View Most Glorious follows Cora Baxter's quest to get to the top of Mount Rainier to raise awareness for the suffragette cause. For propriety's sake she will travel with her stepfather and a guide - but the guide in question happens to be a prickly man that once held the same social standing that Cora does. Nathan Hardee is reluctant to take the spoiled society girl to the top of the mountain as it's treacherous and she has no experience. She eventually wins him over and as they set out on their journey they discover that they have more in common then they thought. Cora falls in love with the exertion and the beauty all around her - and in the process Nathan starts to fall a little for her. There are more dangerous things than than mountain path to watch out for though; Cora's dastardly suitor and her conniving mother have a few tricks up their sleeves. Historical romance at it finest - inspirational fans won't want to miss out.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "A View Most Glorious" is a Christian romance set in 1893. It's the 3rd in a series, but it's essentially a stand-alone novel. Historical details about what Tacoma and Mount Rainier were like at that time were woven into the story and brought the story to life. The main characters were engaging, complex, and reacted realistically to events. Nathan and Cora built each other up and helped each other heal from hurts from the past. Their initial conflict was over his need for instant obedience when "A View Most Glorious" is a Christian romance set in 1893. It's the 3rd in a series, but it's essentially a stand-alone novel. Historical details about what Tacoma and Mount Rainier were like at that time were woven into the story and brought the story to life. The main characters were engaging, complex, and reacted realistically to events. Nathan and Cora built each other up and helped each other heal from hurts from the past. Their initial conflict was over his need for instant obedience when guiding people on the mountain and Cora's determination to not let men order her about or disrespect her intelligence. However, once she realized he wasn't going to abuse his position and that he did respect her, Cora was able to trust Nathan with her life. I enjoyed how Cora was able to use her intelligence and boldness to take down a threat to her family meant to force her into an abusive marriage. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I recommend this enjoyable historical romance. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    An enjoyable read with the beautiful setting of Mount Ranier as its backdrop. Coralline is a fantastic character and I liked her goal to climb Mount Ranier. Fun story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Winfield

    You are not going to want to miss reading this wonder book. The title of the book tells you what you need to know. Coraline and Nathan both need to learn what they really want in life. They both get to learn in one way when Nathan is hired to take Coraline up to the summit of Mount Rainier. Coraline and Nathan both need to learn to stand up for themselves in many ways. I loved the descriptions of the climb up this mountain. I did not want to put this book down. I received a copy of this book fro You are not going to want to miss reading this wonder book. The title of the book tells you what you need to know. Coraline and Nathan both need to learn what they really want in life. They both get to learn in one way when Nathan is hired to take Coraline up to the summit of Mount Rainier. Coraline and Nathan both need to learn to stand up for themselves in many ways. I loved the descriptions of the climb up this mountain. I did not want to put this book down. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Thank you in advance to publisher, Revell (a division of Baker Books), for providing a complimentary review copy of the book through the author’s launch team. A positive review was definitely not required or requested in any way; all words are my own. First off, I want to note that it was the first book of this series, A Distance Too Grand (2019) that piqued my curiosity with Historical Fiction. As a result, I’ve read quite a bit in that genre (the time period this is set in, Civil War, Regency, Thank you in advance to publisher, Revell (a division of Baker Books), for providing a complimentary review copy of the book through the author’s launch team. A positive review was definitely not required or requested in any way; all words are my own. First off, I want to note that it was the first book of this series, A Distance Too Grand (2019) that piqued my curiosity with Historical Fiction. As a result, I’ve read quite a bit in that genre (the time period this is set in, Civil War, Regency, WWII). Credit to Scott for writing such a book that drew me to a “second” favorite genre. I absolutely loved the first book and requested to be a reviewer for future releases in the series. That left me eagerly awaiting the second book, Nothing Short of Wondrous (2020) which was absolutely stellar. And, this book? I knew it would be the conclusion to the AMERICAN WONDERS COLLECTION, and while I will definitely miss this series, I HAD to read this one. For those who haven’t read them, Scott takes the readers through the now famous parks: 🏔️ A Distance Too Grand (Grand Canyon, 1871) – #1 🏔️ Nothing Short of Wondrous (Yellowstone, 1886) – #2 🏔️ A View Most Glorious (Mt. Rainier, 1893) – #3 None of the books are connected by characters or locations. There is no mention of anyone from the prior books. These are definitely standalones. The only commonality is the theme – National Parks. This has a LOT more in the way of historical content in it than the previous two books. Character-wise? I have a deep, special fondness for book #1 namely due to a character name (Benjamin Coleridge. If you’ve seen Charmed (1998), you get the reference). But, overall, in the story category – this was definitely my favorite. That’s not to say the other two books were “less than”, both – like this one – were five (5) star reads. A View Most Glorious has historical figures such as Fay Fuller (the first woman to summit Mt. Rainier; age 20) and So-To-Lick “Indian Henry” making significant appearances. Also, there is a Longmire family and even the mention of Philemon Van Trump who ascended the mountain in 1870. This truly brings the story to life and gives me background I didn’t even know. These could’ve been created characters but were written so well, were I not an investigate type, I wouldn’t have looked them up. Like its predecessors, A View Most Glorious has a gorgeous cover! It, very slightly, pales in comparison to the second book. Just as in her other books, Scott adds some realism to this one: 📖 Women’s Suffrage (the right to vote; denied in 1854 and 1871; passed in 1883, overturned; finally passed in Washington state 1910, federally 1920) 📖 The Panic of 1893 (much like the depression some 30 years later) 📖 Debate on the mountain’s name – Tacoma, Tahoma, Rainier (In 1890, the United States Board on Geographic Names declared that the mountain would be known as Rainier; there was still a movement to change the mountain's name to Tacoma and Congress was still considering a resolution to change the name as late as 1924) 📖 Lobbying of making Rainier a national park (would later pass in 1899) 📖 One brief incident of “domestic violence” Her fictional characters are as complicated as the task that lay before them: 🔵 Coraline (Cora) – wants to climb Rainier for two reasons. One is personal 🔵 Nathan – guide that Winston hires to help his step-daughter up Rainier 🔵 Cora’s mother – impossible woman who feels her daughter could do better by marrying in society, namely … 🔵 Cash Kincaid – has his eyes set on Cora 🔵 Stephen “Winston” – Cora’s step-father, her mother’s second husband 🔵 Waldo – stand in father for Nathan 🔵 Mimi – part of the Tacoma Suffragette group Along with other support characters throughout the book. The real characters were portrayed so realistically and authentically, they practically came to life: 🔵 Fay Fuller – the first woman to summit Rainier, age 20, school teacher, later a journalist (died at age 88, 1958) 🔵 So-to-Lick/“Indian Henry” – skilled mountain guide who led James Longmire, John Muir, and many other early climbing parties to Mount Rainier; died in 1895. Scott definitely captured the realistic personalities of Fuller and Henry that I would almost guess with 100% certainty she used the same resources I found. Told from Coraline (Cora) and Nathan’s POV, the story starts in Tacoma 1893. Not only is Cora looking to bring some exposure to the suffragette movement, she’s also trying to refuse the advances of a tyrant. Nathan doesn’t want to take some society girl up the mountain – that is until he learns that he would be saving her from the likes of Cash Kincaid. A man that Nathan has a grudge with. It is Cora’s step-father, Winston, who persuades Nathan to help. Cora clashes with her mother about this and Kincaid – he’s smarmy from the beginning. It is clear he has an agenda. And, Cora also knows his character, or lack of it. Nathan has his own history with society and is glad he is out of it. He recounts the past as he is forced to wait for Cora. At one point, Nathan and Waldo are at the theater and Cora’s mother is horrified at them being there. Nathan is being realistic about the journey, Winston will support Cora, Cora’s mother is determined to force her way, and Kincaid is pretty good at being smarmy. Eventually, Cora gears up to go. One of the funniest, and slightly recurring moments, is when Cora’s mother decides to go. Every time she is told no to something or of adverse conditions, she wants Nathan fired. Cora gets a little encouragement from Fay Fuller who ascended the summit in 1890, some three (3) years earlier. She tells Cora of her secret weapon – her clothing choice: flannel underwear, a thick flannel bloomer suit – definitely deemed immodest for the times. It is clear to Nathan – Cora has to succeed to secure her freedom, and future. After some trial runs and shopping – Cora is ready to go. Her mother then insists on tagging along. And, Kincaid is there at almost every single turn. Nathan’s plan and journey is complicated and full of danger. Yet, he feels confident in Cora’s abilities. She now has to learn to follow his orders. She doesn’t follow any orders. Each bit of the journey is filled with new people, accidents, and a determination. Cora is even warming up to friendship with “Nathan”. And, he wonders, off and on, what it would be like with Cora. And, she does listen to him. Scott beautifully described the scenic views as well as the harsh realities of the journey and location. Cora wasn’t “more” from her life and when situations to help present themselves, Cora steps in. She’s also noticing that despite all the suitors her mother has brought her way, including Kincaid, none make her feel the way Nathan does. Along the journey, they meet people who have settled in the area. The Longmires remark about Rainier becoming a national park and want to see it because of the protection it brings – much like Yellowstone (book #2 setting) and Yosemite. Her mother, seeing how determined her daughter is, begs her not to go. But, knowing what is at stake – Cora sets her mind to the journey. Eventually those they encounter begin to see something between Nathan and Cora – Waldo, Henry, and Winston (who offers to put in a good word for him). Though Cora is faced with a choice when it appears Winston might not be able to make the journey – face marriage to a tyrant, or risk her reputation by going it alone with Nathan. Just when Cora things she has “settled” the deal – something confronts her in the face and jeopardizes her future with Nathan in a plot point I didn’t expect. Nor did I expect the person behind it. Kincaid is determined to “win” Cora. At one point there is a discussion of bettering oneself which is good, destroying others to do it is bad. He doesn’t know that Cora knows the truth about him. After a mistake, scandal also threatens Cora’s mother and step-father which forces her to re-think her own future. The author definitely had me going in circles on that one. Scott’s attention to historical details is stellar. Her often witty, charming, and realistic dialogue; descriptive phrasing; engaging style; and relatively short chapters makes this a breeze to read. I was absolutely delighted from the first page until the last. The book gets the title from something Nathan tells Cora on page 134 at the end of chapter 11. This book was as HUGE and epic as the mountain it was about – majestic, beautiful, stunning, glorious, and dramatic. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down – at least I didn’t want to. Scott knows how to pull the reader in the scene. I loved that although Winston was Cora’s step-father (her second one), he seemed to care more for her and her happiness than her mother. In fact, it isn’t until nearly the end when something happens to Cora that her mother sees what she should’ve seen and turns to support her daughter. At one point Cora muses that time spent with Kincaid left her feeling as if she needed a bath and is it bad I laughed? One thing that is not mentioned or covered in the book – Rainier is also a stratovolcano listed as active. “While Mount Rainier’s last eruptive period was about 1,000 years ago, Mount Rainier is considered an active volcano and will have future eruptions” – National Park Service. Those who enjoy historical fiction with some elements of realism, as well as those who read the first two books, are certain to cherish this offering. Any future series, like this, that the author writes – I’m definitely looking forward to reading. It is a shame this one has to end – there are other parks, even where I live (hint, hint). Since this is distributed by Revell, a primarily Christian/faith-themed publishers; there will be references to God, bible passages, and prayers. These are not intertwined with the plot but rather demonstrated by Nathan and Cora. It is not done in a preachy manner. Additional reading (which I HIGHLY encourage): THE PANIC OF 1893 The Northwest Economy Unravelled as the “Gilded Age” Came to a Close By J. Kingston Pierce COLUMBIA The Magazine of Northwest History, Winter 1993-94: Vol. 7, No. 4 (https://www.washingtonhistory.org/wp-...) Fay Fuller – First Woman to Summit Mt. Rainier (https://visitrainier.com/fay-fuller-f...) Indian Henry (So-To-Lick) (https://visitrainier.com/indian-henry...)

  24. 5 out of 5

    A.

    Regina Scott has written a compelling story, with complex characters whose motivating drive the storyline.  Her descriptions add beauty and depth to the message of learning to see and rely on God's hand in all aspects of our lives.  I enjoyed this book - it made me want to get outdoors and seek for views most glorious! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are completely my own. Regina Scott has written a compelling story, with complex characters whose motivating drive the storyline.  Her descriptions add beauty and depth to the message of learning to see and rely on God's hand in all aspects of our lives.  I enjoyed this book - it made me want to get outdoors and seek for views most glorious! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holly Bleggi

    I really enjoyed this book and this series. I loved learning about the different National Parks and I loved how in this book we learned about the history of women and mountain climbing. I thought that was a very interesting concept. I also loved seeing how strong the lead character was and how she wanted to make a difference in the world. I liked seeing the hardships she went through to climb the mountain and how she overcame those hardships. This was a really enjoyable book. I received a complim I really enjoyed this book and this series. I loved learning about the different National Parks and I loved how in this book we learned about the history of women and mountain climbing. I thought that was a very interesting concept. I also loved seeing how strong the lead character was and how she wanted to make a difference in the world. I liked seeing the hardships she went through to climb the mountain and how she overcame those hardships. This was a really enjoyable book. I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own. 

  26. 5 out of 5

    Luci Jamison

    Wow! I could not put it down… I have enjoyed Regina Scott’s writing style in the past and this book holds true! I love her description of the locations as well as her characters. They are very easily loved or not as she intended. It was fun in a melodramatic way. I really enjoyed the faith and strength both the hero and heroine had as they not only discover their love but that they can be strong and kind. That they can hold true to themselves and support and love others. I highly recommend this book Wow! I could not put it down… I have enjoyed Regina Scott’s writing style in the past and this book holds true! I love her description of the locations as well as her characters. They are very easily loved or not as she intended. It was fun in a melodramatic way. I really enjoyed the faith and strength both the hero and heroine had as they not only discover their love but that they can be strong and kind. That they can hold true to themselves and support and love others. I highly recommend this book as it was a lovely story that left me wanting more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    BlueJeansAndTeacups

    ***ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE STORY AND ALL OF THE RICH HISTORY*** Tacoma, Washington 1893 This story had so much of what I love in this genre; a balanced dual point of view, historical notes, and little gems tucked along the way such as Alpenstock (German for Alp stick), actor's paint was used as sunblock protection in the snow, the gain and then loss of women's voting rights in WA, the battle over the name Mt. Tacoma or Mt. Rainier, traveling with panes of glass in barrels of molasses {all of these ha ***ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE STORY AND ALL OF THE RICH HISTORY***Tacoma, Washington 1893This story had so much of what I love in this genre; a balanced dual point of view, historical notes, and little gems tucked along the way such as Alpenstock (German for Alp stick), actor's paint was used as sunblock protection in the snow, the gain and then loss of women's voting rights in WA, the battle over the name Mt. Tacoma or Mt. Rainier, traveling with panes of glass in barrels of molasses {all of these had me saying to myself "Who knew?"} There was also a bit of danger with heroic moments, plenty of beautiful plant life, actual faith shared throughout with room for growth (also shared), and a sweet, naturally progressing, and clean romance. I also appreciated how the ending was resolved as I wondered how in the world they would make things work in their two very different worlds. The author shares some wonderful notes about growing up in the area at the end of the book. I highly recommend this story and the entire trilogy. Quotable: "Thank You, Lord, for all this, for allowing me to see, to feel. It truly is a view most glorious." Faith Moment: "Lord, help me be Your man. That's the only way to happiness for Cora." Tea Moment: The silver tea service glinted on one of the walnut side tables, and an assortment of little cakes sat on the violet-patterned bone china her mother had had imported from England. I was gifted an eBook via Netgalley the publisher and author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own without compensation or further expectation. ((5 Stars)) ((MY STARS)) 1= Did not like it, 2= It was ok, 3=Liked It, 4= Really liked it, 5=It was amazing SERIES: AMERICAN WONDERS A Distance Too Grand (Set in Grand Canyon), Nothing Short of Wondrous (Set in Yellowstone), A View Most Glorious (Set in Mt. Rainier) ALL STORIES ARE INDIVIDUAL & NEED NOT BE READ TOGETHER OR IN ORDER

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

    Not having read anything from Regina Scott, I wasn't sure what to expect when I read A View Most Glorious. But I will be reading more from this author. Even though it is the third book in the American Wonders Collection, it is easily a stand-alone book. Scott is an excellent storyteller and has created compelling, unforgettable characters and placed them against the backdrop of the mountains in Washington state. The story explores various relationships--family, friendships, romantic, and that of Not having read anything from Regina Scott, I wasn't sure what to expect when I read A View Most Glorious. But I will be reading more from this author. Even though it is the third book in the American Wonders Collection, it is easily a stand-alone book. Scott is an excellent storyteller and has created compelling, unforgettable characters and placed them against the backdrop of the mountains in Washington state. The story explores various relationships--family, friendships, romantic, and that of the scheming wanna-be suitor. Cora is determined to climb Mt. Rainier for a couple of reasons--one, to bring the cause of women's vote to the forefront, and two, to ensure she does not have to marry the man her mother has chosen for her. Scott keeps the tension high as the story advances. With raging rivers, rockslides, and mountain crevasses to navigate across, I wondered if Cora indeed would have to give in to her mother's wishes--especially when Mr. Wanna-be kept popping up! Would Cora and her mountain man guide be able to navigate the differences in their lifestyles to make a life for themselves? I enjoyed this historical romance and am looking forward to reading more from Ms. Scott. I was given a complimentary advance reader's copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I did not realize that this book was the third in a series, because it does so well as a stand-alone. None of the books' characters seem to be repeated in the series, so the reader is not lost due to prior circumstances in the earlier novels. Coraline Baxter is a suffragette who wants to make her mark on the world in a way that does not include being arm-candy. Her mother believes that standing is society for a woman is far more important than her brains. In fact, her mother believes that brains I did not realize that this book was the third in a series, because it does so well as a stand-alone. None of the books' characters seem to be repeated in the series, so the reader is not lost due to prior circumstances in the earlier novels. Coraline Baxter is a suffragette who wants to make her mark on the world in a way that does not include being arm-candy. Her mother believes that standing is society for a woman is far more important than her brains. In fact, her mother believes that brains are a detriment to a woman, where Coraline believes that a woman has just as much intelligence as a man and can make sound decisions in business, politics, and life. She is head-strong and quite argumentative, but not necessarily in a bad way. Her suffragist friends entice her to climb Mt Rainier and show that women have just as much strength and ability as men do. In order for her to make the climb, her mother makes a deal with her--if Coraline is successful, she can continue to live her life on her own terms: choosing her own husband, working at her stepfather's bank, and working toward the women's rights to vote. If Coraline is not successful, she must submit to marrying a man of her mother's choosing. To fail is not something Coraline is willing to do. And her stepfather will do whatever he has to do to help her succeed, and that includes hiring Nathan Hardee to guide them up the mountain. One thing that struck me in this book is the strength of Nathan's faith, the way he lived his faith in helping those around him, the way he showed his faith in how he did the job he was hired to do, and the very way he worshipped. It was more than just lip service to him, and it impacts others around him. Regina Scott's handling of this novel and its incumbent quirks is nothing short of magical. There isn't a bad guy, so to speak, in this book, but there is one sleazy character who is the character readers will love to hate (every story needs one). The setting and the supporting cast of characters make this an extremely enjoyable read. Once again, five stars, two thumbs up, and an alpenstock to aid your climb. Revell Publishing and NetGalley.com provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This beautifully written novel takes place in Tacoma, Washington, in 1893. Cora is from a rich family and her mother has picked out the man for her to marry. Cora isn't the normal socialite of the time. She went to college, works in her step fathers bank and has no intention of marrying Cash Kincade, the man her mother thinks is perfect. Cora is part of the suffragette group and has been asked to climb Mt Rainier to prove that women can do anything that a man can do She needs a guide for this tr This beautifully written novel takes place in Tacoma, Washington, in 1893. Cora is from a rich family and her mother has picked out the man for her to marry. Cora isn't the normal socialite of the time. She went to college, works in her step fathers bank and has no intention of marrying Cash Kincade, the man her mother thinks is perfect. Cora is part of the suffragette group and has been asked to climb Mt Rainier to prove that women can do anything that a man can do She needs a guide for this treacherous climb and hires Nathan- a man who's turned his back on high society and is content to live by himself out of the city. Her mother has agreed that if she is successful on climbing Mt Rainier, she will quit pushing her to marry Cash so Cora has two good reasons to be successful. The trip is dangerous and difficult but the more time Cora spends with Nathan - the more she realizes that he and his lifestyle may be just what she needs to be happy. Along with two great characters and a good plot, we also get beautiful descriptions of Washington and the land around Mt. Rainier. Cora finds out that she is much stronger than she thought she was and that achieving her goals will bring her happiness in her life. Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review.

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