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.
Another beautiful vintage cover from Karen Barnett in Where the Fire Falls! Karen’s writing is so descriptive that you can actually visualize walking through Yosemite. This book was another event filled adventure through the beautiful setting of a National Park. Again, after reading this book I really want to just pack up and go see Yosemite! Clark and his caring nature for his pack mules really added a smile to my face as I read this book. Clark and Olivia were both dealing with past hurts and had to work through those issues during this story. I had a hard time connecting with Olivia as a character. She lacked a lot of integrity in my opinion by hiding her identity and pretending to be something that she wasn’t, and that was hard for me to get past. I did not understand the attraction that Clark had to her for those reasons as well. All that said, the mystery element was exciting and I absolutely love all of the details and information about the places and things within Yosemite.
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*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.