Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I love Yellowstone National Park, so I was excited when I heard about this book. However, there is so much more to it than a romance set in Yellowstone. Real pioneers in Yellowstone intermingle with the main characters, providing a rich background on the infrastructure development of America's first national park. I also enjoyed the description of how the buffalo were being protected after their numbers had been decimated by hunters as contrasted with how the wolves were being treated in Yellowstone. The main character's struggle to find peace after his war experiences also resonated with me. For some reason, just being in Yellowstone soothes and renews my spirit. It was fun reading about the early history of some of my favorite locations in Yellowstone. When I visit next month I will be looking for the locations I didn't recognize. This book has made it to my favorites bookshelf.
I've been to Yellowstone several times before and found it very interesting to get a glimpse of what it was like over one hundred years ago. I didn't realize that it was called "Wonderland" by some back then. I really enjoyed the descriptions.
The story started off at a meandering pace, picking up a little by mid-point. Ramsay and Carrie are each likable characters, especially when they set off on a new job assignment with Mrs. LaMarque. I love their sweet interactions and the way they both learn to deal with this temperamental woman. They have strengths that they don't even realize, which is endearing.
Yellowstone is a magical setting and no one is immune to its charms. I love the parts with the bears and the changes that the park goes through, as well as the wonderful character growth.
Content: mild violence (descriptions of war, etc); mild romance.
*I received a copy through the publisher, which didn't affect my thoughts in any way.*
In honor of full disclosure, this book started out really slowly for me. It took a good while for me to become fully invested and interested, but by about half way through, I couldn't put it down. This book is written in true Carla Kelly form and if you've ever read anything by her, you will know what I am saying. She has a writing style that is distinctly hers. I can always expect well researched settings that bring surroundings and characters to life and no nonsense personalities in characters.
This book is set in Yellowstone National Park. I'm so glad I've been there so I could easily visualize the places that were described and talked about. Yellowstone is a beautiful place and this book really showcased it's history.
Ramsay and Carrie and great characters who both have pasts that haunt them but in different ways. They are both generous and kind with a strong moral sense. They cannot let injustices in any way go by without acting. They are both upstanding individuals who I would be happy to have as friends in this real life. This love story was gentle and sweet. Ramsay and Carrie are perfectly suited for each other. There was really no resistance where their love was concerned and that was awesome.
- I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.
COURTING CARRIE IN WONDERLAND was an honest and heartfelt story splendidly told. It's a story where love creeps up on these characters from the start and the reader can't help but to love every minute of it. Historical and romance readers alike will love this story!
I loved every single page of this book! I adored these characters! I don't know how this author does it every single time, but the characters come alive so vividly and you can't help but fall in love with them. I loved the humor and sarcasm and whit. I loved the way the romance blossomed between two individuals who doubted so much about themselves and their chances with each other. I cried for them and hoped for them. I especially loved how perfectly their story ends, or begins, as it may be.
The author gives such a candid view of everything, making it all feel authentic and, at the same time, come alive. I could see the picturesque scenes from Yellowstone National Park and envision the people at work and at play there. I felt for the crazy circumstances with the wildlife, some inadvertently treated so poorly or without knowing the future consequences. The historical setting came alive with the easily visualized styles of dress and mannerisms. Now I'm hankering to go visit Yellowstone and see these wonders for myself, even though I know views are much more restricted than they were then.
In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes! This was a beautiful and endearing story from beginning to end and definitely one that I highly recommend!
Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.