6 03 2018

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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.

I totally enjoyed this book.  It was hard to put down.  You really get into the story of Clark and Olivia.  There were times I cried; times I laughed; and times I got mad.  You feel all emotions in this book, and really want Clark and Olivia to just tell each other what they are thinking.  Their true feelings needed to come out.  Karen Barnett has a flair that has you feeling like you are reading about friends.

Karen Barnett

Karen Barnett is the author of Mistaken, Out of the Ruins, and Beyond the Ashes.  She is a former Park Ranger as a Ranger Naturalist and Outdoor Educator at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Silver Falls State Park, and Mount Rainier National Park.  When not writing, Karen enjoys photography, hiking, and public speaking.  She lives in Oregon with her family.

I received a copy of the book from Blogging For Books for this review.