Book Review: The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

Book Title: The Road to Paradise
Author: Karen Barnett
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction
My Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

The Road to Paradise follows the story of Margaret Lane, a senator's daughter who has always dreamed of becoming a park ranger, and Ford Brayden, the Chief Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. The story is set in 1927. 

Chief Ranger Brayden is not very excited when Margie comes to the park and he realizes he will be in charge of babysitting her and showing her the ropes of maintaining the park. Most of all, he is annoyed by her faith. After enduring a personal tragedy, he cannot understand why anyone would trust in God. Margie is ecstatic at the new opportunity to be a park ranger, and proves herself to be very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the park. What she doesn't say is that being a park ranger is not her only motivation for wanting to be on an isolated mountain.... what is she running from?

Overall I enjoyed this book. The author painted vivid pictures of the beauty of Mount Rainier, and wove the plot of the story in a way that made it hard to put down. She incorporated biblical themes in an uncontrived manner.

The one thing I did not like about the book is that the author never clearly shared the Gospel, although it was alluded to. One of the characters puts his faith in Christ, but it never explains what he is putting his trust in. I was disappointed at the missed opportunity the author had to spell out how a person can come to put their faith in Christ. 

I would recommend this book to Christians who are looking for a historical fiction novel to read. I would hesitate to recommend it to non-Christians, because the Gospel is not clearly presented and in some ways it might be more confusing than helpful. 

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I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.


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