Saturday, June 24, 2017

Shadows of the Wilderness #1

The Road to Paradise (Shadows of the Wilderness #1)

In 1927, Margie Lane, an avid naturalist, convinces her Senator father to procure her a position at the fledgling Mount Rainier National Park. Since Ranger Ford Brannon lost his father in a climbing accident, he doubts his ability to protect the park and its many visitors. He certainly doesn't relish the job of watching over an idealistic and privileged young woman with no practical survival skills. 
When Margie's former fiance sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, Margie and Ford will have to work together to preserve the beauty and simplicity of this mountain hideaway, but the developer's plans might put more than just the park in danger."

Published June 6th 2017
 by Waterbrook Press

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My Thoughts:

  Wow, what a great way to start a series.
 This is the first book in Karen Barnett's new series, Shadows of Wilderness. I immediately was drawn to Margaret Lane.  Her one greatest desire is to give God credit for his greatest creations by preservation.  She was what most called a naturalist. Her father, a senator, had called in a few favors and secured her a position at Mount Rainier National Park located in Ashford, Washington, but Maggie was unaware of his involvement.  Maggie is a sweet, young woman who feels called to ensure the preservation and history of the park.  Her arrival was met with resistance from Chief Ranger Ford Brayden.  Ford was the perfect candidate to take over managing the park and its visitors because he was raised on the mountain.  He wants to ensure that visitors enjoy their stay, but also wants to ensure their safety.  He is surprised at Maggie's determination to prove herself valuable to the park by teaching visitors about the park.  Phillip Carmichael's arrival is an unexpected turn of events for Maggie and will leave a lasting impression on everyone.  Maggie must reach deep inside herself and find the strength to stand up for herself and the life she wants.
The wonderful plot, imagery and characters bring this story to life.  The details and descriptions show the research the author completed was extensive.  The plot is engaging and will keep the reader turning pages.  The characters are strong and well developed.
*I received this book from the author via the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Check out this video of Karen Barnett giving a behind the scenes look at The Road to Paradise:

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Meet the Author:

Karen   BarnettFueled by a passion for research and learning, and a secret desire to travel in time, author Karen Barnett creates historical romances that draw readers deep into a story. She’s fascinated that even though human history is constantly changing, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The point where those two facts collide forms the basis for her writing–finding those moments when an ordinary person brushes up against the eternal.
A graduate of Valparaiso University and Oregon State University, Barnett’s debut novel, Mistaken, was released in 2013 and earned her the Oregon Christian Writers “Writer of Promise” award and a Cascade Award for best historical fiction. She also won the coveted “Writer of the Year” title from the prestigious Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in 2016.
Karen spent several years working in outdoor education as a park ranger and naturalist for Mount Rainier National Park and Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park before becoming a stay-at-home mom and professional writer. She spends her free time hiking, taking photographs, dragging her kids through dusty history museums, and decorating crazy birthday cakes.
Karen lives in western Oregon with her husband, two teenagers, and three mischievous dachshunds.

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