Courting Carrie in Wonderland, by Carla Kelly
2017, 320p, Clean Historical Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way
Struggling through college and balancing her summer job in Yellowstone Park with the Wylie Camping Company, Carrie McKay simply doesn't have time to consider romance. Spanish American War Veteran Sergeant Major Ramsay Stiles also isn't looking for love, busy with his own complicated affairs. But as the magic of Yellowstone starts making its way into their hearts, both begin to see love move up their priority list.
This story takes place in Yellowstone Park in 1903. Sergeant Major Ramsay Stiles has recently returned from the Philippines and is currently stationed in Yellowstone Park. He meets Carrie McKay, who works at Yellowstone in the summers saving money for college. They hit it off right away but he needs to be creative to move their relationship forward. I loved Ramsay and Carrie! Ramsay has basically been ordered to find a wife and isn't interested in doing that, but once he meets Carrie, he decides that might not be such a bad idea. Carrie has had a tough life but she is likable and kind. I loved watching their relationship develop. Ramsay does find a creative way to spend more time with her, which brings in another character who was fun to get to know! This is a slow-moving love story, which had some rough patches. There are lots of descriptions of the park, which was interesting to me. It's well-researched and well-written. I've only read a few of Carla Kelly's books, but I love how she writes characters who seem real and that are easy to relate to. This is a book I would recommend to anyone that enjoys clean, historical romance!
About the author:
Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for “Borrowed Light,” “My Loving Vigil Keeping,” and “Softly Falling.”