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Where the Fire Falls, by Karen Barnett – and Book Giveaway!

Where the Fire Falls, by Karen Barnett

Where the Fire Falls, by Karen Barnett

In 1929, up-and-coming artist Olivia Rutherford is sent to Yosemite to paint watercolors for Scenic Magazine. After spending years cultivating her image as an avant-garde flapper, the last thing Olivia wants is to return to the national park where she grew up as poor Liv Rudd, daughter of an infamous murderer.

Driven out of the ministry by scandal, Clark Johnson has taken refuge in Yosemite. Leading groups on backcountry mule trips allows him to forget his troubles and seek God’s will for his future – if only the Lord would speak. Clark isn’t thrilled about taking Olivia and her sophisticated friends on a tour, but as they get to know each other, Olivia’s genuine character and her wounds draw him. But when her past comes back, all their lives are in danger.

Majestic scenery, intriguing characters, and a delicious romance combine in Where the Fire Falls. Karen Barnett‘s experience as a park ranger infuses the story with a rich sense of place, supported by historical research. But the story is what keeps you flipping pages, as the characters’ pasts collide. Rugged Clark is a swoon-worthy hero, and conflicted Olivia will steal your heart. Make some s’mores and savor this story!

Book Giveaway!

I ended up with two copies of this book – so I’m giving one away! Please leave a comment below to enter the giveaway. US mailing addresses only please. Giveaway ends July 12, 2018 at 10 pm Pacific Time. The winner will be announced here on July 13, 2018.

197 Responses to “Where the Fire Falls, by Karen Barnett – and Book Giveaway!”

  1. Nancy Stokely

    This sounds like a fascinating read.

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    I’ve been wanting to read this series. I loved her series about SanFrancisco. If you liked it, Sara, count me in!

  3. Mary McClellan

    I love your books so if you recommend it, I would love to read it. I am a resident of the USA.

  4. Lynne M Feuerstein

    Thank you for this giveaway,Sarah! This sounds like a wonderful,exciting story and would love to read it! (Always love and trust your book recommendations 🙂 ) Please count me in the giveaway,too!

  5. Mary Lee Sprague

    In the movie The Caine Mutiny, the young Naval Officer and his girlfriend go to Yosemite and there is a scene with the firefall. It is classic. Fortunately I saw the firefall once while traveling through Yosemite on my honeymoon in 1964. I had an immediate gut reaction when I saw this book cover. Can’t wait to read it.

  6. Jan

    Sounds like a fun read and I absolutely love that cover.

  7. Rebekah Deedrick

    This looks amazing! I love the look of the cover. I’m a bit of a sucker for vintage travel posters.

  8. Bonnie G Wheeler

    Sounds like a good read. July 12 is my 75th birthday, so great timing to win.

  9. MJSH

    She’s a new-to-me author but I’ve heard such great things about her books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. stella gustafson

    Eve though I started reading my book I would love to win a copy so I can give it to my daughter love book thus far

  11. Sharon Sparks

    I enjoyed The Road to Paradise, and I am looking forward to Karen’s next national parks novel, Where the Fire Falls.

  12. Shamekka Sheffield

    Sounds like a great one! And not opposed to reading about a swoon worthy hero😉. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  13. Shirley Chapel

    I haven’t read any of the books in this series but a lot on Goodreads have . Looks interesting . Thanks for your generous giveaway.

  14. Rachel Delanoyo

    This isn’t a time period that has normally interested me, but it sounds like a great read!

  15. Janice Laird

    Would love to gift your copy to my daughter, who spent last summer in Yosemite, and hopes to work for the park service!

  16. Pamela Frady

    Sounds so good !! Would love to win this !!

  17. Robin in NC

    Sounds intriguing! Thanks for sharing your extra copy! Also, thanks for all your WWII posts! Very interesting era.

  18. Kathy King

    Anything that Sarah Sundlin recommends I’ll be good, I just know it.

  19. Sue Matt

    I grew taking day trips to Yosemite. I took it for granted. After being married a few years, I took my new husband there and saw it through his eyes. It changed everything. We love Yosemite and try to go there every summer.

  20. Charissa McNally

    My family and I love visiting the National Parks. I’ve been eyeing these books since I first saw a recommendation from you a couple months ago. I’m currently reading Anchors in the Storm♡ Thank you for your intriguing stories, thorough research, interesting posts, and for introducing us to other great authors!

  21. Jill M

    I’ve been wanting to read this! Looks like a great summer read!😍

  22. Susanne King

    This sounds like an amazing read, and it’s from an era that I find intriguing.

  23. Eileen Garehime

    Sounds like a page turner. 😊I’m ready for my next book this summer

  24. Mardell Grayhek

    I love the cover. It reminds me of the old Sunset Magazine covers of bygone years. The story sounds like a good read for summer when our minds turn to adventures in the outdoors! Last week I visited parks in Montana and it gave me pause thinking about our national treasures. Add a bit of mystery and I am all in!

  25. Amanda T

    Looks like such a great read. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  26. Laura W.

    Oh my goodness, Karen’s last book was one of my favorites last year! I LOVED it! It made me want to go outside and explore nature and climb mountains (which is big coming from someone who has never seen a mountain or been much of an outdoors person). I would love to win this new one, but even if I don’t, I am going to get myself a copy soon. Thanks for the chance Sarah!

  27. Carol A Alscheff

    Our whole family camps in a NY State park every summer for a week and I always enjoy park adventures. This looks like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win Sarah. I am looking forward to your next book.

  28. Lou Toothman

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a book.

  29. Debbie Troxell

    This looks like a book I would enjoy!

  30. Colleen Hudson

    I have not read this author yet, but this series looks great! Thank you for the giveaway!

  31. Keren Herrera Lyles

    Absolutely love the cover. It’s intriguing making you wonder what lies behind the picture. The summary of the story makes it even interesting. Thank you for this giveaway. It sounds like an amazing story waiting to capture you in.

  32. Claudia Davis

    I’m new to this author, and I can’t wait to read her books. This story sounds great! I’ve recently reignited my love for our national parks so reading her stories will add so much.

  33. Donna Durnell

    I think Karen is a new-to-me author, so thank you for the introduction. This story sounds awesome and I would love a chance to read the book.

  34. Kimberly Bowie

    Would love to be a winner! Loving the vintage-looking cover and it sounds like a great read!

  35. Linda Morgan

    Yosemite, history and a recommended new to me author, perfect. And shipping would be free. 😉 Who knows we could help another author become internationally read. 😃

  36. Kd Brown

    Fantastic author, Karen Barnett’s book should be wonderful! If it’s half as good as The Road To Paradise I’ll be very happy and it will probably be even better!

  37. Tisha Martin

    I’m especially drawn to the tiny detail about Olivia being the daughter of an infamous murderer…I do love a good mystery! 🙂

  38. Kd Brown

    Fantastic author, Karen Barnett, wrote The Road to Paradise and it this second one is half as good it will be wonderful!

  39. Jana

    This sounds so interesting, it’s already on my TBR list! Thanks for the chance at a copy!

  40. Kd Brown

    Fantastic author, Karen Barnett, wrote The Road to Paradise and if this second book is half as good it will be wonderful!

  41. Jennifer Hibdon

    Thanx for being generous!!!! Looks like a great summer read!!!!

  42. Cheryl christensen

    If your recommending the book I’m sure I would love it, because I love yours . We used to spend every summer in Yosemite so I would love to read it.

  43. Sabrina Riley

    I loved the first book in this series and I’ve been eagerly awaiting getting a copy of this this new book.

  44. Faith Creech

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this book. It looks really good.

  45. Pam Flynn

    You had me at the cover & title…Now I am totally in great need to read immediately.

  46. Patricia Palys

    This is a new author for me! The vintage cover looks very interesting!

  47. Renee G

    This sounds great. I love historical fiction.

  48. Kailey Bechtel

    Thank you for the giveaway! I have been wanting to read this.

  49. Corinne

    Would love to read this. My family vacationed in Yosemite every year when I was growing up!

  50. Beth Lechman

    Sounds like a good one. Thanks for the chance to read a new author. Congrats on the new book contract as well.

  51. J.E.Grace

    I’ve had this one on my to-read list and would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

  52. Misty G

    I have never read this author before. I would love a chance to check out a new series. Thank you.
    Thanks also for your books. I didn’t like WWII fiction until I read yours. Keep up the good work!

  53. Nyala Edwards

    Thank you so much for this opportunity. It sounds like a great read!

  54. Ruth Hoefert

    That cover looks awesome, and the story sounds really good.

  55. Kimberly

    Sounds like a good book! I would love to read it!

  56. gael Grissett

    Thank you for the give away. I have not read Karen yet and look forward
    to doing so. I am excited about your next 3 books.

  57. Paula Wells

    this sounds very interesting! I love the stories & history from that era! The cover looks interesting!

  58. Leah

    I already got this book from the library, and I’m reading it now!! I’m loving it so far, the first book I’m the series was amazing as well!! I would love to have a copy of my own 😊

  59. Jacqueline Robertson

    I’m not familiar with your books. I will check them out, hopefully winning one. Thank you.

  60. CutePolarBear

    I would love to enter. Thanks for the giveaway!

    CutePolarBear

  61. Rebekah Morris

    I love State Parks especially back when they were all still young, so I’m looking forward to reading this book!

  62. Melanie Backus

    I would certainly love to read this one! Thank you for the opportunity.

  63. Julie B

    I would love to read “Where the Fire Falls” by Karen Barnett. Sarah, Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

  64. Sarah Venable

    This sounds like a fascinating read! I’ll have to see if the author has written one about Glacier National Park, as that is near my home.

  65. Mary Thrasher

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book!!

  66. Suzanne W

    Thanks for sharing your extra copy! This looks like a wonderful read.

  67. Stephanie H.

    Sounds like a wonderful love story meets mystery to me. I think I would love to read this adventurous book to find out. Thanks for the chance at winning a copy.

  68. Patsy Curry

    I have been to Yosemite a couple of times. It is absolutely beautiful! I would love to read Karen’s book! Thank you for the giveaway.

  69. MS Barb

    I enjoy reading mysteries, and stories in the mountains!

  70. Marta Ratliff

    I would love the chance to win this book!!!

  71. Ann Menke

    My sister lives close to Yosemite…the beauty is astounding. This novel sounds wonderful. Can hardly wait to read it!!

  72. Sunnie

    would love to win this book. Loved mysteries since I started reading. And love the mountains!

  73. Linda Palmer

    I love getting to see national parks. It had been my parents dream to visit Glacier National Park. The Road to Paradise is in my TBR place. And I’d love to win Where the Fire Falls. Hope someday to see Yosemite National Park.

  74. Lorie Kurtz

    The cover grabbed me for The Road to Paradise and the book did not disappoint.

  75. Mandy Elliott

    Hi Sarah! First and foremost, congratulations on your new book contract! I am so excited for you and to read your new novels, I’m certain they’ll be wonderful. Secondly, thank you for the opportunity to win this book. It sounds truly wonderful! I would love to read it, I’ve had it on my TBR list since I first saw the cover!

  76. Heather Thomas

    I’ve never been to Yosemite National Park, but I’d love to, through the reading of this book! (And in person someday, too!) 🙂

  77. Eva Dingwall

    Sounds like a great story. Thank you for recommending it and for the opportunity to possibly receive a copy! I live in Tennessee.

  78. Joan Arning

    I love visiting our national parks! Have been wanting to read this!

  79. June Horne

    This is a new author to me, so thank you for the introduction. I am looking forward to reading this book and have put it on my list of to read books!

  80. Andrea B. Brooks

    I started to read one of Karen Barnett’s books and need to read it again. This book looks like a fun and wonderful read…. would love to have a copy of my own.
    The cover also catches my attention,as well as the intro to what the book is about. I would love to visit Yomsemite Park.

  81. Roselyn Stingley

    This book looks and sounds wonderful, would love to win thanks for the contest.

  82. Kathy Fogarty

    I love your books Sarah so if you love this one I am sure I will, I look forward to readingg it.

  83. Roselyn Stingley

    This looks and sounds wonderful would love to have a copy of my own .

  84. Elisabeth Lutz

    I have never read anything written by this author. This sounds like a great read!

  85. Kathy Schnitz

    This book sounds really interesting. Thanks for the chance.

  86. Tori Gordon

    We just went to Yosemite in October. Such a beautiful area. 😍😍

  87. Loraine P Ertelt

    This series sounds fascinating and is on my TBR list. I grew up not too far from Yosemite and we spent many vacations there in tent cabins, so I am especially anxious to read this story. Thanks for your giveaway.

  88. Betty Lapp

    Would love to win this book! I’ve read the first one in the series and enjoyed it greatly.

  89. Robin Rexroad

    This sounds like a great story! Love the cover!

  90. Jerri-Lynn DeGayner

    Sounds like a perfect read for summer

  91. Mary Kay Moody

    I love your books. Sarah, so trust your recommendation AND I love Yosemite, so this book caught my attention. Now it moves to my must-read list. Thanks for the opportunity to win it. And congrats on the graduations. Glad for the added joy in your world.

  92. Jan Stetson

    I live here in California and love beautiful Yosemite. Thank you for this opportunity.

  93. Ashley Harman

    Sounds like a great book! Can’t wait to read it!

  94. Shelia Hall

    sounds so interesting! Congrats on the graduations!

  95. Bonnie Oswald*

    The time frame & location sound amazing I’m a fan of WW II stories & hope I win the book never been to Yellowstone so would definitely enjoy the descriptive narrative
    Thanks

  96. Sue Young

    The book sounds really good and if I don’t win will buy it. Lots of acid readers at our church. Great addition to the library

  97. Karen J Clausen

    I Love your books Sarah so if this is a recommendation from you, I would love to have it I have to wait patiently for your next book. You are an amazing author.

    Karen Clausen
    8920 E Emerald Dr
    Sun Lakes, Az
    85248

  98. Charlena Du Fault

    I’d love to read this book. A story set in a national park sounds so intriguing!!

  99. Judi

    I would love to read this book, thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  100. Cari DenHerder

    I loved the first one in her National Parks series, and I’m looking forward to reading this one.

  101. Phyllis fox

    Thank you for this book review. I trust your opinions! Phyllis

  102. Penny

    I am so enjoying your books! I especially like the honor given to our military history and those serving & have served! Thanks so much ~ keep them coming.

  103. ReviewsByErin

    I loved the first book in this series and have heard such good things about this one! Thank you for the chance to win! 🙂

  104. Melissa Andres

    I absolutely love this series! I’m really enjoying how Karen brings these parks to life. Would love to have a copy of this one!

  105. Sarah Snider

    I’ve been wanting to read this series, especially with its outdoor/national park setting!

  106. Martha T.

    This sounds like a great book about a beautiful place!

  107. Linda Romer

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this book and would love to read it. Thanks for the chance.

  108. Tammie Edington Shaw

    I have been wanting to read this. Thank you.

  109. Pam Kellogg

    I haven’t read this series yet but have read other books by Karen Barnett so I know it will be very good. Thanks for giving away your extra copy of Where the Fire Falls. Congratulations on your new contract!

  110. Beth

    I need something to read while I am waiting for your next book to come out. 😊

  111. Alison K.

    I’d love a copy, please enter me in the giveaway!

  112. Lisa D

    I loved our family vacation to Yellowstone & Grand Teton several years ago, so it would be fun to read a book in that setting.

  113. Tiffany Hall

    This book sounds so good! It has been on my TBR list for sometime now. I would love to win a copy to read! Thanks for the opportunity!

  114. Betti

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. I would love to read this book!

  115. Jackie Hoch

    I love all your books. this one sounds good. It reminds me of when my parents went on a horse back trip up the mountains in California. By the way he was in WWII., so your stories are especially of interest to me.

  116. Connie Hendryx

    Thanks for the giveaway! Love the cover of this book!!

  117. Janet Estridge

    We have the first book in this series in the church library.
    I would love to win the second book.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

  118. Gail Hollingsworth

    I’m an avid camper! This sounds “right up my alley”!

  119. Kathleen Newberry

    Beautiful cover. I would love to read this book. Thank you for this Giveaway.

  120. tammy cordery

    The book sounds like a great book to read. Thank you for the chance to win one of Karen’s books.

  121. Pauline Trummel

    I would love to read this book! We’ve spent many wonderful days there!

  122. Sir Knight Karl K. Eriksen

    I am so glad I picked up one of your books years ago as I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. And shared with my readaholic family. We are so looking forward to reading your next books and now maybe one you have recommended.

  123. Crystal Cannon Rosenau

    Well, I haven’t won anything yet! You are my favorite author and would love to read anything on your list 😉 Congrats to your daughter and her hubs.

  124. Wanda Gerke

    Excited to hear about your new books and have been wanting to read these National Park books.

  125. Mary

    This sounds like a “can’t put it down” for me!

  126. Mary

    This sounds like a great book – one I wouldn’t be able to put down!

  127. Chanel Monroe

    Sounds like a fantastic read! The backstories of both of the characters plus the setting are so intriguing. I’d love to fall into this story.

  128. Diana Atkins

    Looks like my kind of novel! Thanks for sharing!

  129. alysa zech

    I still can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet! I should check my library….

  130. Roma Davidson

    Sounds like it should be a fun read. I love the cover!

  131. Kay Mims

    sounds like a good story and would give a chance to try a new author

  132. Lois Hudson

    Count me in, and thank you for the opportunity!

  133. Kathy

    Thanks so much for the chance to win! This sounds great!

  134. Patrice Doten

    I have the first book in the series, but have not yet read this one. Must have ALL the books! 😉 I’m currently reading The Sea Before Us, btw, and love it! I’m about 3/4 through, and it’s one of the best books I’ve read all year. So excited to hear about your new contract – congratulations!

  135. Natalya Lakhno

    Thank you for the chance to win! Blessings!

  136. Christine

    LOVE your books and enjoy your recommendations for other authors to read!!

  137. Vivian Furbay

    This sounds like two hurting people and I would like to read the book to see what happens.

  138. Cheryl H.

    I’ve visited Yosemite, so I can picture the scene. 🙂 Sounds like a touching story.

  139. GRETCHEN JESKE

    This sounds like a great read with interesting characters. I’ve added to to my TBR list!

  140. susan newcomb

    Wow, this book sounds really interesting. Our family went to Yosemite 36 years ago, we went in a motor home with our 6 children ages 15 to 18 months. Was exciting! I’m always looking for a great read.
    Exciting to hear about your new contract. Sounds very interesting the concept you have, can’t wait to read.

  141. Sue Galucki

    I always enjoy a book with “majestic scenery, intriguing characters, and a delicious romance”!

  142. C Roberts

    It’s cool you put into words what those that know our history and had love ones living thru that. The stories, the sketches when pictures weren’t possible. Lives lost lives won. Heartbreak, homecomings, memorials. True love back then existed ya didn’t go a day or week not hearing their voice, seeing their face, you went months possibly years hanging on to memories, whatever letters got thru. Those couples that succeeded in real love should have gotten medals. So for you to write an amazing book, bravo. Never stop doing what you love girl, cause other people love it too.

  143. Dawn I.

    I trust book recommendations from authors I love, and you are at the top of that list. Thank you for offering this giveaway. 😊
    I am SO excited to hear about your new books.
    Blessings to you as you write.

  144. Crystal Barnes

    I don’t think I’ve ever read any of Karen Barnett’s stories, but I’m interested. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway, Sarah!

  145. Amy Kittel

    Sounds like a great read! I’ve not heard of Karen Barnett, so thank you for sharing 🙂

  146. Trish

    I love National Parks and historical fiction, so really want to read this book! I enjoyed your blog post.

  147. Caryl Kane

    I’ve been wanting to read this one! Thank you for the chance.

  148. Onyinye Elochukwu

    I’ll be beyond excited if I can get my hands on this book. Thanks

  149. Susan Maj

    I’M hooked would love to read this!!! I also love historical fiction and would leave you feedback on goodreads!

  150. Angie

    I visited Yosemite and it was amazing! I think it would be great to read this story as it would be like re-visiting the park but through great characters and a wonderful story!

  151. Susan Atkinson

    Sounds like an interesting book. Love to read.

  152. Debbie Rhoades

    I used to live in California, and we went to Yosemite once and it is so very beautiful! I would love to win this book! Thank you, Sarah, for this chance.

  153. Rebekah

    This book looks fascinating and I love the vintage cover design! I would love to read it.

  154. Sarah

    This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win!

  155. George Simo

    Best national park is Yosemite in the early spring when the snow is melting. Stunning water falls.