Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Review: Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

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Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford has shed her humble beginnings to fashion her image as an avant-garde artist to appeal to the region's wealthy art-collectors. When she lands a lucrative contract painting illustrations of Yosemite National Park for a travel magazine, including its nightly one-of-a-kind Firefall event, she hopes the money will lift Olivia and her sisters out of poverty. 

After false accusations cost him everything, former minister Clark Johnson has found purpose as a backcountry guide in this natural cathedral of granite and trees. Now he's faced with the opportunity to become a National Parks Ranger, but is it his true calling? 

As Clark opens Olivia's eyes to the wonders of Yosemite, she discovers the people are as vital to the park's story as its vistas--a revelation that may bring her charade to an end. 

My Thoughts:

Where the Fire Falls took me on quite a trip to Yosemite Park during the 1920’s. I have never been to this national park, or to California, but the descriptions of the places made me feel like I was camping out right along with Olivia and her very handsome park guide Clark. I haven’t read a lot with the time frame set in the 20’s, it is not a particular favorite, but I was enamored with the slang the author used and where the country stood between the two World Wars.

Olivia is an up and coming artist who has changed her whole identity to hide who she really is. Clark is also running from his past and he has run to the mountains to escape his shame. As these two are paired together they definitely do not see eye to eye and sparks fly from the moment they meet. Romance, mystery, and danger abound in this novel where two running souls meet their matches.

I found the history of the park’s fire falls event very intriguing and also a little bit dangerous. However, it must have been a marvelous site to behold. Reading the author notes was very informative on just how much the park has changed from that time.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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