Where the Fire Falls

Where the Fire Falls

Stunning Yosemite National Park sets the stage for this late 1920s historical romance with mystery, adventure, heart, and a sense of the place John Muir described as "pervaded with divine light."Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford fashioned her image as an avant-garde artist to appeal to the region's wealthy art-collectors. When she lands a lucrative contract painting...

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Title:Where the Fire Falls
Author:Karen Barnett
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Where the Fire Falls Reviews

  • Hannah

    What a lovely suspense read! I love the outdoor feel in this series, and the mystery is top-notch. It can be hard to find a good historical suspense read, since that's not precisely a "recognized" genre, and I always love it when I do. This book leaves nothing to be desired in the way of thrills and chills as the heroine works to help her younger sisters (while keeping a secret about the past, of course) and the hero battles to find his true purpose in life after a crushing betrayal.

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    What a lovely suspense read! I love the outdoor feel in this series, and the mystery is top-notch. It can be hard to find a good historical suspense read, since that's not precisely a "recognized" genre, and I always love it when I do. This book leaves nothing to be desired in the way of thrills and chills as the heroine works to help her younger sisters (while keeping a secret about the past, of course) and the hero battles to find his true purpose in life after a crushing betrayal.

    Thanks to the publisher for a free review copy.

  • Sarah Monzon

    A win for this outdoorsey, naturalist, Park-loving girl. I thought the characters were well done and interestingly developed. Olivia’s backstory was a unique one, and I always love to see new things explored in story. Loved the opportunity to return to Yosemite as I haven’t been since I was a teen. Overall a very enjoyable and entertaining read.

  • Abigail

    Oh my word, oh my word, oh my word! I forgot how much I loved Karen Barnett's writing, storylines, and characters!! I love everything single thing about this book!

    I have been to all the national parks that Ms. Barnett writes about and I love being able to connect with the story more because of it. I have seen for myself the beauty of Yosemite. It is beautiful!! (If you haven't been you NEED to go!)

    This book was packed with faith, adventure, and romance. I read this book in an entire car trip.

    Oh my word, oh my word, oh my word! I forgot how much I loved Karen Barnett's writing, storylines, and characters!! I love everything single thing about this book!

    I have been to all the national parks that Ms. Barnett writes about and I love being able to connect with the story more because of it. I have seen for myself the beauty of Yosemite. It is beautiful!! (If you haven't been you NEED to go!)

    This book was packed with faith, adventure, and romance. I read this book in an entire car trip. I could hardly put it down.

    Also can we please just admired the vintage beauty of a cover?! These covers are some of my favorite!!

    This book has captured my heart just like the last book did and now I want more but alas I cannot have more. Thankfully though, we do have the third book coming out soon!

    Oh, and of course how could I have forgotten to mention Melba and John. I seriously loved these two. Even though they were side characters they still managed to weave their way into my heart like Liv and Clark. Ugh, the characters in this book were amazing.....well some of them at least.....*cringes*

    Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I cannot wait to see what adventure Ms. Barnett brings us on in Yellowstone next book!!

    FTC I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This review did not have to be positive.

  • Jocelyn Green

    Having loved The Road to Paradise, I was fully expecting a treat with Where the Fire Falls, and I was not disappointed. I loved Clark and Olivia's story! The setting was so vividly described, it makes me want to whip out my calendar and plan a visit to Yosemite myself. I was especially impressed with all the research that went into this novel, which was evident in the story without being overbearing, but the note at the back of the book really spelled out everything that went into its creation.

    Having loved The Road to Paradise, I was fully expecting a treat with Where the Fire Falls, and I was not disappointed. I loved Clark and Olivia's story! The setting was so vividly described, it makes me want to whip out my calendar and plan a visit to Yosemite myself. I was especially impressed with all the research that went into this novel, which was evident in the story without being overbearing, but the note at the back of the book really spelled out everything that went into its creation. Karen Barnett's passion for national parks comes through so beautifully in this series. These books are refreshing, charming, and just gorgeous. I'll be pre-ordering her next one as soon as it's available.

  • Sarah Sundin

    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!

  • Sabine

    4.45 stars

    This was my first book by Karen Barnett and I am thrilled. I am not usually a reader of historical fiction or romance but this story was fantastic.

    Being a big outdoor fan I loved the descriptions of Yosemite National Park with its sights and attractions. The characters were lovely and the writing pulled me right into the story and made me feel like I was right there experiencing the adventure together with Olivia and Clark. I had a hard time putting this book away when life got in the

    4.45 stars

    This was my first book by Karen Barnett and I am thrilled. I am not usually a reader of historical fiction or romance but this story was fantastic.

    Being a big outdoor fan I loved the descriptions of Yosemite National Park with its sights and attractions. The characters were lovely and the writing pulled me right into the story and made me feel like I was right there experiencing the adventure together with Olivia and Clark. I had a hard time putting this book away when life got in the way of reading.

    In my humble opinion there could have been even more camping and hiking in the story ... it was just so much fun!

    I appreciated the additional historical facts that the author added at the end of the book about locations and persons that were included in the story.

    I requested this book on Netgalley and would like to thank WaterBrook Multnomah and the author for providing me an advance copy.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    There are two things I especially appreciated about this book- that it's set in Yosemite, a place I've visited several times, and that the main character Olivia is an artist. The author really made the time period come to life, and though it's not my favorite era for fiction, once Olivia got to Yosemite and began to shed her flapper girl facade, I was a happy camper ;) She really undergoes quite a transition, from fearful and desperate to courageous and confident. Clark's frank demeanor

    There are two things I especially appreciated about this book- that it's set in Yosemite, a place I've visited several times, and that the main character Olivia is an artist. The author really made the time period come to life, and though it's not my favorite era for fiction, once Olivia got to Yosemite and began to shed her flapper girl facade, I was a happy camper ;) She really undergoes quite a transition, from fearful and desperate to courageous and confident. Clark's frank demeanor influences her to make the effort to get in touch with the spirit of the landscape, enabling her paintings to evoke more emotion and touch the viewer. Clark is on his own spiritual journey, seeking for guidance with his purpose and future. These two lost and hurting souls have a bit of a rocky start, but in time form a friendship as they learn to trust and reveal their hidden secrets. There is plenty of intrigue and angst while Olivia faces pressure from various sources, all of which is balanced nicely with the beauty and grandeur of the location. I loved all the little nuggets of history of Yosemite's early days as a National Park sprinkled into the story, and it made me look forward to camping and backpacking there again.

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Melanie

    I had mixed feelings when I started this book. On one hand, I've really enjoyed Karen Barnett's books in the past; but, on the other, the story line sounded different from any other book I've read and I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm very happy to say that once I got into the story, I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed the read.

    The characters were intriguing. Olivia had an air of mystery surrounding her and I liked learning more about her life. Clark was also a nice character and I felt bad for

    I had mixed feelings when I started this book. On one hand, I've really enjoyed Karen Barnett's books in the past; but, on the other, the story line sounded different from any other book I've read and I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm very happy to say that once I got into the story, I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed the read.

    The characters were intriguing. Olivia had an air of mystery surrounding her and I liked learning more about her life. Clark was also a nice character and I felt bad for some of the things that happened to him...but the way he handled those things showed his character.

    All in all, a very good read. Where the Fire Falls is the second book in Barnett's "Vintage National Parks" series, but you don't need to read them in order -- I haven't read the first book yet. ;)

    *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  • Staci

    I wasn't a fan of the first in the Vintage National Parks Series. I really only picked this book up because it was at my library while I was there to pick up holds. And am I glad that I did! I very much enjoyed this second book in the series.

    Main character Olivia is pretending to be someone she isn't in hopes to become successful as an artist. She is ashamed of a part of her past. Her uppity ways soon come down to earth and she finds enjoyment living and refining her craft in the wilds of

    I wasn't a fan of the first in the Vintage National Parks Series. I really only picked this book up because it was at my library while I was there to pick up holds. And am I glad that I did! I very much enjoyed this second book in the series.

    Main character Olivia is pretending to be someone she isn't in hopes to become successful as an artist. She is ashamed of a part of her past. Her uppity ways soon come down to earth and she finds enjoyment living and refining her craft in the wilds of Yosemite.

    It was a pleasant journey and I hope there will be additional books in the series.

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book:

    About this book:

    Series: Book #2 in the

    , series. Review of Book #1 Here!

    Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, read, & talked about; Many Prayers & Thanking God; Church going, a sermon & singing hymns; Witnessing; Many Talks about God, His creation, His will, faiths, & callings; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Olivia doesn’t believe in God & believed He turned His back on her family *Spoiler*

    *End of Spoiler*; Clark was a pastor; Many mentions of God, His creation, His will, & callings; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of faiths & witnessing; Mentions of churches, church going, ministries, pastors, sermons, & hymns; A few mentions of thanking God; A few mentions of those in the Bible; A few mentions of blessings & being blessed; A couple mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of hymns; A couple mentions of sins;

    *Note: A mention of hellfire; A mention of personal demons; A mention of a devilish scheme.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an ‘idiot’, two forms of ‘blast’, and four ‘stupid’s; A but of eye rolling; Being held hostage & at gunpoint; Fighting & a Gunshot (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a murder, the murderer, & the body; Mentions of (the possibility) of people falling to their deaths & a (possible) suicide; Mentions of crimes, criminals, & the disappearance of one; Mentions of someone held hostage & gunshots; Mentions of blood/bleeding & injuries (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of blackmail & threats; Mentions of fires; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of rumors, gossip, & gossip rags; Mentions of cigarettes & smoking; A few mentions of suicides, the bodies, & the reason why they happened; A few mentions of a body; A few mentions of jails; A few mentions of drinking & drunks; A few mentions of nightmares; A few mentions of screams; A couple mentions of thinking that you might be murdered (doesn’t happen, it’s a passing comment); A couple mentions of an illnesses & a death; A couple mentions of wars; A couple mentions of con-artists; A mention of hunting;

    *Note: Mentions of painters, actors, & actresses; A few mentions of a book & its characters.

    Sexual Content- a fingers-to-lips touch, two cheek kisses, two forehead/head kisses, a barely-above-not-detailed unwanted kiss, three barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and four semi-detailed kisses; Remembering kisses (up to semi-detailed); Wanting to kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, Dancing, & Warmth (up to semi-detailed); Noticing, Nearness, & Smelling (border-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); a ‘vamp’ and two ‘harlot’s; A married man unwantedly touches & kisses Olivia (up to semi-detailed, she smacks him away); Mentions of a married man having a casual interest in Olivia, his roving eyes & advances; Mentions of a married woman having an attraction for her pastor; Mentions of kissing & kisses; Mentions of reputations & chaperones; Mentions of blushes; A few mentions of affairs, wondering if a couple is having one, & scandals; A few mentions of secret lovers & crimes of passion; A few mentions of dates & a boyfriend; A couple mentions of married couples kissing; A couple mentions of flirting; A couple mentions of crushes; A mention of a couple spooning; A mention of a man trying to steal a kiss; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;

    *Note: Mentions of adding a woman’s curves to a picture; A mention of drawing someone & feeling like it’s a little voyeuristic; A mention of a girl acting like a Jezebel; A mention of a man being uncomfortable when a woman rolls up her pant legs.

    -Olivia Rutherford

    -Clark Johnson

    P.O.V. switches between them

    Set in 1929-1930

    344 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star

    Early High School Teens- Two Stars

    Older High School Teens- Three Stars

    My personal Rating- Three Stars

    As I really enjoyed the first book in this series,

    , this sequel was added to my anticipated books list for 2018 at the beginning of this year. This one had some great faith content that I loved seeing and I found Olivia’s career to be fascinating. I have to admit that I enjoyed the first book better, though.

    had some sweet moments in it, but, personally, it did get a bit kissy for my tastes at time and I didn’t like that we had a married man trying to get close to Olivia. I was very, very glad when he left. There was some other drama that felt a bit forced at times, but I did like the descriptions of Yosemite. I have never been there, so while reading, I would pause and look up pictures of the places. I think the author did a lovely job describing them and the emotions.

    So, even while this one didn’t quite meet my expectations because of some of the content, I did like some of aspects and hope to read the third book when it releases. :)

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    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Waterbrook) for this honest review.

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