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Book Review, “Where the Fire Falls,” Karen Barnett author

 

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Where the Fire Falls, by Karen Barnett, is a Vintage National Parks Novel. It is set in Yosemite National Park in 1929.

Olivia Rutherford is a watercolor artist who believes that an avant-garde persona is key to becoming wildly successful in the art scene. She takes on a lucrative contract to paint Yosemite National Park for a travel magazine. She hopes that the money from the job will help keep her past hidden from the nouveau riche art circles. Her guide, Clark Johnson, assumes that he is who he appears to be. But Clark also has secrets. As the two discover the wonders of the park, the dangers increase.

This was a great book. The author’s efforts to bring to life Theodore Roosevelt’s vision for protected lands is wonderful. The characters were believable and easy to relate to.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Kara

 

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Book Review, “The Road to Paradise,” Karen Barnett author

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The Road to Paradise, by Karen Barnett, is a Vintage National Parks Novel. It is a wonderful story, with praise from authors such as Lauraine Snelling and Jane Kirkpatrick included. It is set in Mount Rainier National Park in 1927.

Margaret Lane is tired of playing the socialite and being the formal Senator’s daughter. She is thrilled at the opportunity to spend some time in Mount Rainier National Park. She writes lush descriptions of the park in her journal from the first time she enters it. Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is not looking forward to having to babysit a Senator’s daughter. He sees no part in wasting resources on such a person. But when Margie’s former fiancé begins the process of developing a tourist playground in the park and destroying much of the natural beauty to do it, the two find common ground. Together they try to find a way to save the place they both love so much.

This was a marvelous book. It includes many details of the park and its splendor. I especially liked Margie’s spunky personality. I also appreciated her father’s self-sacrifice for her happiness.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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