going deeper

Mom's summer reading list: Where The Fire Falls

By: Tom
Tom's picture
Stunning Yosemite National Park sets the stage for this late 1920s historical romance with mystery, adventure, heart, and a sense of the place John Muir described as "pervaded with divine light." 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.
This excellent book is one in Karen's series Vintage National Parks Novels and I fell in love with these books when I found the first one, The Road to Paradise, on my coworkers desk. If you want to escape mentally into a national park and the beauty that is contained, these are the books. Each park is a character for me in these novels and adds so much to each story of redemption and love. It is also wonderful to see how these characters grow and evolve through her writing. Excellent beach read or just sitting by the kiddie pool in your backyard.
This book took me 3 days to read.

Karen Barnette Interview