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  1. alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book!
    December 21, 2020
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Where the Fire Falls #2.
    Where the Fire Falls is the second book in the National park series and is set in 1929

    Up and coming artist Olivia Rutherford has come to Yosemite National park to paint the beauty of the park for a national magazine. But Olivia is not what she appears to be and is hiding a dark secret from her past.

    Clark Johnson has temporarily take a job at Yosemite as a tour guide of the park and his latest group is definitely getting on his last nerve. Comprised on a very wealthy couple and an artist who despite her cold attitude, begins to intrigue Clark, his intuition telling him there is more to this woman that she is letting on.

    A good portion of this book is dedicated to the park itself, the description of the scenery, wildlife and landmarks, the author did an outstanding job in recounting these things. In the center of this is the waterfall in the park where at a certain time of the year at sunset, the water reflect the light and it looks as if fire is falling.

    As captivating as nature is, the author does not neglect the story or the characters. Olivia was a fascinating character. The persona she adopted for this job is in such direct contrast to what we learn about who she really is as her as the story unfolds. Clark is a steady, hardworking man, who has not patience for the arrogant wealthy group that he has on his latest tour. But something about Olivia nags at him. Something about her doesn't fit with the rest of the group and he is determined to uncover just what it is about her that bothers him so much.

    There were a few great secondary characters that I enjoyed.



    However, I have to be honest here, I really didn't like Olivia and Clark as a couple. Individually they really popped, but together, their relationship never really flowed in a natural way, there didn't seem to be any spark between them. But that didn't really detract from the story itself.



    Do not miss reading the author's note's in the back. It covers the historical information on the Hotels,lodges,

    Natural Firefall, camp curry and the entertainers who preformed there.

    Overall I liked the book very much. And don't let the cover fool you, It was a unique setting and story. Truly a wonderful read. Although this is technically the second book in the Vintage National Park series, you can read this is as stand alone. If you are looking for something unique, I would encourage you to try this book/series.
  2. Stacy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Romance and Intrigue in a gorgeous setting!
    September 27, 2020
    Stacy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Where the Fire Falls #2.
    I enjoyed reading another novel in the Vintage National Parks series, The Road to Paradise, so much that I purchased this one shortly after finishing the last one.

    Karen Barnett writes relatable characters with storylines that pull you into the pages. Olivia Rutherford and Clark Johnson each have their own sets of baggage they brought to Yosemite. The story weaves, faith, intrigue, and romance into a plot as intricate as the natural setting in the novel.

    I'll need to seek out more novels by this author, love anything set in nature and romance.

  3. DB
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC STORY!
    April 4, 2020
    DB
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Where the Fire Falls #2.
    What an incredible journey to one of our nation's National Parks - beautiful Yosemite! My several visits there made the story one fantastic adventure of memories flooding back. Very well written with characters, settings, and suspense enough to captivate me from beginning to end. I hated for the story to end. Excellent value for the price, too.
  4. Conniet1982
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful
    January 5, 2020
    Conniet1982
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Where the Fire Falls #2.
    This is the first book that I have read by this author. Before I started reading, I went and read her bio. I learned that she was a former park ranger. I was excited to start reading this book. I have never been to Yosemite. Through this book, the way the author writes, I felt I got an amazing tour of yosemite. First, the cover is amazing. The artwork is beautiful. Second, the way that the author writes is very flowing. Her words flow off the page. The way she describes her characters, the scenes and the story it makes you feel like you are here. Third, This book is full of faith and adventure. It was an amazing read. I have not read any other books in her series, but I had no problems following along. I look forward to reading more from this author.

    I received a copy of this book through the JustRead blogging program. All thoughts are my own.
  5. kailey b
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    enjoyed it!
    January 2, 2020
    kailey b
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Where the Fire Falls #2.
    I really enjoyed this book! The details about Yosemite swept me away. I now long to see the park for myself one day. I loved Olivia and Clark. Karen Barnett did such a great job! You can tell this book was written by someone that truly loves the park and nature. I look forward to reading more by this author!

    I received a complimentary copy. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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