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Where the Fire Falls, by Karen Barnett

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!

 

197 responses to “Where the Fire Falls, by Karen Barnett”

  1. Nancy Stokely says:

    This sounds like a fascinating read.

  2. I love her other book, The Road to Paradise!! I’m really glad you liked this one!

  3. Paula Shreckhise says:

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

  4. Mary McClellan says:

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

  5. Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    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!

  6. Mary Lee Sprague says:

    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.

  7. Jan says:

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

  8. Rebekah Deedrick says:

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

  9. Bonnie G Wheeler says:

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

  10. MJSH says:

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

  11. stella gustafson says:

    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

  12. Sharon Sparks says:

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

  13. Shamekka Sheffield says:

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

  14. Shirley Chapel says:

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

  15. Barb says:

    I would LOVE to read this.

  16. Rachel Delanoyo says:

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

  17. Janice Laird says:

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

  18. Pamela Frady says:

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

  19. Robin in NC says:

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

  20. Kathy King says:

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

  21. Sue Matt says:

    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.

  22. Charissa McNally says:

    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!

  23. Jill M says:

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

  24. Susanne King says:

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

  25. Eileen Garehime says:

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

  26. 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!

  27. Amanda T says:

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

  28. Laura W. says:

    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!

  29. Carol A Alscheff says:

    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.

  30. Lou Toothman says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a book.

  31. Debbie Troxell says:

    This looks like a book I would enjoy!

  32. Colleen Hudson says:

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

  33. Susanne says:

    Love stories in a National Park setting!

  34. Keren Herrera Lyles says:

    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.

  35. Claudia Davis says:

    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.

  36. Donna Durnell says:

    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.

  37. Kimberly Bowie says:

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

  38. Linda Morgan says:

    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. ?

  39. Kd Brown says:

    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!

  40. Michelle Crandall says:

    This looks very intriguing!

  41. Tisha Martin says:

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

  42. Kd Brown says:

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

  43. Jana says:

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

  44. Kd Brown says:

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

  45. Jennifer Hibdon says:

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

  46. Debbie Duke says:

    I love camping!

  47. Peggy Vannorman says:

    Would love to read this!

  48. Abby Breuklander says:

    Oh this one sounds so good!!

  49. Need this book in my life!

  50. MS Barb says:

    Sounds like a great read!

  51. Cheryl christensen says:

    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.

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

  53. Faith Creech says:

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

  54. Pam Flynn says:

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

  55. Patricia Palys says:

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

  56. Renee G says:

    This sounds great. I love historical fiction.

  57. Kailey Bechtel says:

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

  58. Corinne says:

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

  59. Marsha says:

    This book is on my “to-read” list!

  60. Beth Lechman says:

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

  61. Kimberly P says:

    Sounds like just my kind of story.

  62. J.E.Grace says:

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

  63. Misty G says:

    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!

  64. Nyala Edwards says:

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

  65. Ruth Hoefert says:

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

  66. Kimberly says:

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

  67. gael Grissett says:

    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.

  68. Paula Wells says:

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

  69. Leah says:

    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 ?

  70. Jacqueline Robertson says:

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

  71. CutePolarBear says:

    I would love to enter. Thanks for the giveaway!

    CutePolarBear

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

  73. Melanie Backus says:

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

  74. Becki Molitor says:

    Wow! This sounds like a great story!

  75. Julie B says:

    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.

  76. Sarah Venable says:

    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.

  77. Una Ireland says:

    Would love to read.

  78. Mary Thrasher says:

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

  79. Suzanne W says:

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

  80. Stephanie H. says:

    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.

  81. Patsy Curry says:

    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.

  82. MS Barb says:

    I enjoy reading mysteries, and stories in the mountains!

  83. Marta Ratliff says:

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

  84. Ann Menke says:

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

  85. Sunnie says:

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

  86. Linda Palmer says:

    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.

  87. Lorie Kurtz says:

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

  88. 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!

  89. Heather Thomas says:

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

  90. Eva Dingwall says:

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

  91. Joan Arning says:

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

  92. jcp says:

    Sounds fun. Thanks for the giveaway

  93. June Horne says:

    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!

  94. Andrea B. Brooks says:

    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.

  95. Emily Yager says:

    This book has been on my TBR list. Thanks for this giveaway!

  96. Roselyn Stingley says:

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

  97. Kathy Fogarty says:

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

  98. Roselyn Stingley says:

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

  99. Elisabeth Lutz says:

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

  100. Kathy Schnitz says:

    This book sounds really interesting. Thanks for the chance.

  101. Renee Jackson says:

    Looks like an interesting read.

  102. Vanessa Z says:

    Sounds intriguing, would love to read this.

  103. Tori Gordon says:

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

  104. Loraine P Ertelt says:

    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.

  105. Betty Lapp says:

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

  106. Sounds wonderful! I have never read any of her books. Would love to try this one. Thank you!

  107. Robin Rexroad says:

    This sounds like a great story! Love the cover!

  108. I have never read this author. Sounds really good. Thank you.

  109. Jerri-Lynn DeGayner says:

    Sounds like a perfect read for summer

  110. Mary Kay Moody says:

    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.

  111. Jan Stetson says:

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

  112. Ashley Harman says:

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

  113. Shelia Hall says:

    sounds so interesting! Congrats on the graduations!

  114. Bonnie Oswald* says:

    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

  115. Sue Young says:

    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

  116. Karen J Clausen says:

    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

  117. The book sounds like a good read. Thank you for this opportunity.

  118. Charlena Du Fault says:

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

  119. Jill says:

    This book sounds very intriguing!

  120. Judi says:

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

  121. Sue says:

    Look forward to another fun adventure.

  122. judy grogan says:

    thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  123. Cari DenHerder says:

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

  124. Phyllis fox says:

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

  125. Penny says:

    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.

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

  127. Melissa Andres says:

    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!

  128. Sarah Snider says:

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

  129. Martha T. says:

    This sounds like a great book about a beautiful place!

  130. Linda Romer says:

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

  131. Tammie Edington Shaw says:

    I have been wanting to read this. Thank you.

  132. Pam Kellogg says:

    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!

  133. Beth says:

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

  134. Alison K. says:

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

  135. Lisa D says:

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

  136. Tiffany Hall says:

    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!

  137. Judy says:

    Parks settings!Love all National p

  138. Betti says:

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

  139. Jackie Hoch says:

    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.

  140. Rita D Koch says:

    Watercolors, national park beauty, scandal . . . juicy

  141. Connie Hendryx says:

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

  142. Janet Estridge says:

    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.

  143. Tanya Fagan says:

    Sounds like a great road trip book!

  144. Another great read that I’m looking forward to!

  145. Gail Hollingsworth says:

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

  146. Kathleen Newberry says:

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

  147. I would love to read/win it!

  148. tammy cordery says:

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

  149. Pauline Trummel says:

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

  150. LindaB says:

    That sounds like a really good book.

  151. Sir Knight Karl K. Eriksen says:

    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.

  152. 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.

  153. Wanda Gerke says:

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

  154. Mary says:

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

  155. Mary says:

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

  156. Chanel Monroe says:

    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.

  157. bn100 says:

    looks interesting

  158. Diana Atkins says:

    Looks like my kind of novel! Thanks for sharing!

  159. Carla Peterson says:

    Sounds like a perfect read for me!

  160. Karen M. says:

    I would love to read this summer!

  161. alysa zech says:

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

  162. Roma Davidson says:

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

  163. Kay Mims says:

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

  164. Lois Hudson says:

    Count me in, and thank you for the opportunity!

  165. Kathy says:

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

  166. Patrice Doten says:

    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!

  167. Natalya Lakhno says:

    Thank you for the chance to win! Blessings!

  168. Christine says:

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

  169. Vivian Furbay says:

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

  170. Cheryl H. says:

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

  171. GRETCHEN JESKE says:

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

  172. susan newcomb says:

    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.

  173. Sue Galucki says:

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

  174. Christine Johannes says:

    I would love to enter, thanks!

  175. C Roberts says:

    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.

  176. Dawn I. says:

    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.

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

  178. She’s a new author for me. It would be fun to win. 🙂

  179. Amy Kittel says:

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

  180. Trish says:

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

  181. Caryl Kane says:

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

  182. Onyinye Elochukwu says:

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

  183. lisa mcfarland says:

    sounds like a great read

  184. Melissa Merritt says:

    Sounds like a fun read!

  185. Susan Maj says:

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

  186. April Strong says:

    This book sounds like a fantastic read.

  187. Angie says:

    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!

  188. Cathy VanDervort says:

    always up for a new author!

  189. Susan Atkinson says:

    Sounds like an interesting book. Love to read.

  190. Kathy Harrison says:

    Looks like a great read.

  191. Debbie Rhoades says:

    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.

  192. Rebekah says:

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

  193. Kelly Freeman says:

    Pick me please!

  194. glenda Goddard says:

    Sounds great. Good luck to everyone.

  195. jenny lofthouse says:

    Looks like an awesome summer read

  196. Sarah says:

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

  197. George Simo says:

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

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