An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainer National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow.
But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his father’s death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work managing the park and its crowd of visitors seriously. The job of watching over an idealistic senator’s daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources.
When Margie’s former fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the park’s pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?
Karen Barnett’s vintage national parks novels bring to vivid life President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision for protected lands, when he wrote in Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter: "There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children's children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred."
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Karen Barnett is the award-winning author of The Golden Gate Chronicles (Out of the Ruins, Beyond the Ashes, and Through the Shadows) and Mistaken. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two kids, and three mischievous dachshunds. When she's not writing, Karen enjoys photography, hiking, public speaking, decorating crazy birthday cakes, and dragging her family through dusty history museums. Oregon Christian Writers (OCW) honored her with the Writer of Promise Award in 2013 and a Cascade Award for her debut novel, Mistaken, in 2014. In 2016, she was named Writer of the Year by the prestigious Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Karen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW) and has been published in Guideposts and other national magazines.
With Barnett being a former park ranger herself you are getting first hand experiences not a researched book. You can tell the love of the out doors in this authors writing.
This is a book where you feel like you are there in the great outdoors. you can see and feel it as you read.
The flow of this story was so smooth.
This book makes you long to be at a national park. That's how well written it is.
I hope that you will take a trip through Mount Rainier in this first book in the new series A Vintage National Park.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend you pick up a copy.
I received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
I can't wait to get my copy!!! It should be here soon. Great review!ReplyDelete
I'm going to check this out at the library.ReplyDelete
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Sounds very interesting. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Loving the outdoors like I do , this is going home with me today. I am going to the bookstore on my lunch break.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a book that I might like to read for later. Thanks Mary!ReplyDelete
I want to read this one.ReplyDelete
What a fun looking cover, I bet this would be a fun read. Thanks Mary I will be looking for it.ReplyDelete
Have heard good things about this book and I love national parks so I think I need this one! :)ReplyDelete
Sounds like a fun readReplyDelete
I would love to read this one, When I was younger I loved going to the parks. I will be getting this one.ReplyDelete
I have seen so much about this book on Facebook. It has me wanting a copy to see what it's all about. Thanks for your review Mary.ReplyDelete
I would love to read this one. Thanks for a great review, Mary!ReplyDelete
I love historicals and would love to win a copy of this. Would be great reading about the Teddy Roosevelt era!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a good read ! Blessings ,DanaGirlReplyDelete
My copy just arrived in the mail today. Can't wait to start it!ReplyDelete
Mt Rainer is my neck of the woods! I live on the Oregon coast and whenever I go visit my sister-in-law in Washington state, I can usually see Mt Rainer in the distance as I'm driving. I'm very interested in this book and I bet I'd feel like I was visiting the National Park without leaving my home :-)ReplyDelete
Karen's "Golden Gate Chronicles" series was fantastic & I expect no less from this one. Thanks for your review & giveaway Mary!
This sounds interesting!ReplyDelete
So many of the national parks that used would love to visit!ReplyDelete
As a young child (maybe 8 or 9) I did get to see Yellowstone and My. Rushmore, but don't really remember much about the visits.
Another wonderful book!ReplyDelete