A View Most Glorious is the third and final installation of the America’s Wonders Collection by Regina Scott. Each book in the series is completely standalone. The shared theme is a historical novel located in or near one of our modern National Parks. The author has clearly done her research and attempts to keep her story in the era in which it is written. The focus is on women who are fighting for equality and who love nature.
The story of Coraline Baxter is fictional, but some of the characters in the story are real. The author tackles many of the issues confronting women of the day including the suffrage movement and women’s roles in society. The coverage of these topics provides many historically accurate insights into how women were perceived and treated. It is a great way to open up this topic to people who do not especially enjoy reading non-fiction, but want to learn more about 1890s America.
The interpersonal relationships in this book were very frustrating at times. This is due in part to the way women were treated. Unfortunately it was a very common practice during this time period to focus on the financial and status benefits of a proposed relationship. Much more could be said on this topic, but it is best for the reader to discover what happens on his or her own. Suffice to say it does provide many interesting talking points.
Those who are more interested in romance and adventure will find this a great read as well. It has all the elements a person might desire. Some intrigue, power struggles, romantic tension and many misunderstanding will keep one engaged until the end.
Review of a copy provided by Revell
Violence/Gore: Man strikes a woman; a woman points a pistol at a man in defense of another.
Sex/Nudity: Non-married characters kiss and embrace.
Women’s rights, death of family members.