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!