Where the Fire Falls (Vintage National Parks, #2) by Karen Barnett

Where the Fire Falls (Vintage National Parks, #2)

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 illustrations of Yosemite National Park for a travel magazine including its nightly...

Details Where the Fire Falls (Vintage National Parks, #2)

TitleWhere the Fire Falls (Vintage National Parks, #2)
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Where the Fire Falls (Vintage National Parks, #2)

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    About this book:“A beautiful piece of art. A stunning cathedral of trees. Both perfect for keeping truth hidden in the shadows. Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford believes an avant-garde persona is key to becoming wildly successful in California’s 1929 art scene. When she lands a lucrative contract to paint Yosemite Nation Park for a travel magazine, she reluctantly takes on the project, hoping the money will keep her past hidden from anyone tra...
  • 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 starsThis 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 har...
  • 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. C...
  • Rebecca
    "So you're at my disposal?"Not exactly what Yosemite National Park guide Clark Johnson was expecting to hear from the raven haired artist, accompanied by her millionaire friends. Sure, he'd been assigned to guide Olivia Rutherford towards the park's splendid displays of natural beauty so that her paintbrush could capture their magnificence, but she is making it sound like he is nothing more than a glorified porter. "First chance he got, he'd be s...
  • Jen.
    I am not an outdoorsy kind of girl, so when I have the opportunity to visit a national park from the comforts of home, I jump at the chance! Where The Fire Falls was exactly the trip I was looking for!Mystery, intrigue, suspense and romance are woven so beautifully together in this story. The pages flew by effortlessly. The setting of Yosemite is so vividly written its easy to get lost in the pages of this book.Every single character was amazing!...
  • Jaime Jo Wright
    I’m a sucker for National parks, being a wilderness/camping type of girl. So what is the next best thing when I can’t make it to one in person? Visit one and travel to their formation in the early 20’s. The story of Olivia and Clark is engaging, delightful, and rich with historical culture of early parks and the lifestyles of those who visited and who ran them. If I had any drawbacks it would be that I could’ve gone on a few more camp out...
  • Clara
    Another book nothing short from amazing! I'm head over heels for this series <3Olivia Rutherford has been carrying a heavy load for a decade, and, in order to escape from the past, she's carefully constructed the image she wants others to see - a flamboyant persona that will guarantee her success without being stained by the Rudd's name. She's pretty sure no one cares to study what's hidden under heavy makeup, red lips, and ebony hair as long as ...
  • Rachel McMillan
    Yosemite National Park is a character as stunning and unforgetable as its leading lady artist Olivia Rutherford in this lush and atmospheric blend of visual and natural art. Barnett's deft prose sweeps each page with the same delicate touch as Olivia's brush so that the 1920's park comes to life. Where the Fire Falls is a surprising and unforgettable look at an indomitable heroine in a a resplendent setting full of unexpected beauty and grace. R...
  • Courtney Clark
    Author Karen Barnett captures the spirit of the era and the enormity and beauty of the setting in this romantic adventure story of an artist unaware of her own beauty and worth. From the immersive look at the back country and 1920s attractions of Yosemite to the quirks and endearing traits of the characters,Where the Fire Falls provides a charming and appealing story from start to finish.The lead characters are vibrant and memorable — as much f...
  • Beth Erin
    Full review on Faithfully BookishAs much as I dream of road tripping all over this great big country of ours, visiting California never appealed to me… until this book! In addition to the captivating scenery, Oliva and Clark endure soul-deep seeking, searching, and yearning for spiritual restoration. Nature has a beautiful way of quieting the chaos and allowing us to see our need for forgiveness, direction, worth, peace, hope, etc., in a nutshe...
  • Joan
    Barnett has given readers another fun historical adventure at a national park. We are transported to Yosemite National Park in 1929. Our main character is an up and coming water color artist who has an assignment to provide illustrations of the park for a magazine. Olivia needs the money but is concerned about her father's previous experiences at the park. If that dark secret got out it could ruin everything.I appreciate the descriptions of the m...
  • Betty
    The 2nd book National Parks series Yosemite is a new author for me. It was recommended to me by a friend. It Did not disappoint me but it is no my usual genre. It uses a historical romance and has a decided theme of the Christian religion. I will read the next me as I enjoyed learning about Yosemite National Park.In 1929 Olivia Rutherford is hired to do a series of Watercolor paintings of Yosemite for a national magazine. Her artwork is just beco...
  • Dianna
    All I needed to hear was "vintage national parks series" and I knew I had to read this. Set in Yosemite in the 1920s, it follows a flapper painter who's been commissioned by a magazine to capture the spirit of Yosemite, and her ex-minister guide.I enjoyed all the details of Yosemite (I've never been), the natural such as waterfalls, landscape, and mountains, but also the man-made attractions such as the fire falls and Camp Curry. Oh, and the mule...
  • Rachael
    “Yosemite is a cathedral built by holy hands...He hoisted up the cliffs, sculpted them with glaciers...God dropped a ridiculous amount of beauty in one place.”I so thoroughly enjoyed this story! Each of the main characters have interesting back stories, but that really wasn’t what I found most enjoyable in the story. I enjoyed that the simple things in life...and the beauty of God’s creation we’re really the focus of this book. The char...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    This sweeping, panoramic story is a feast for the eyes and the imagination! Karen's writing is dynamic and colorful and effortlessly transported me right into the heart of Yosemite Valley. It took me a few chapters to get into the story and really get to know the characters and feel for them. The story really picks up speed as you get deeper in and before I knew it, I could hardly turn the pages fast enough for wanting to know what would happen n...
  • 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.
  • Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
    Ms. Barnett is back and she's done it again! Another fabulous park mystery with amazing characters and a twisty plot line, all filled with God's grace! I loved this one as much as the first one and I am so glad I read it! Ms. Barnett takes us to the heart of Yosemite during the '20s. It was such a fun time getting to know the world back then, along with being introduced to Olivia and Clark. Both had decisions to make, both knew there was a lot at...
  • Amy
    Where the Fire Falls took me on quite a trip to Yosemite Park during the 1920’s. I have never been to this national park, or to California, but the descriptions of the places made me feel like I was camping out right along with Olivia and her very handsome park guide Clark. I haven’t read a lot with the time frame set in the 20’s, it is not a particular favorite, but I was enamored with the slang the author used and where the country stood ...
  • Fiction Aficionado
    This series is a must-read for historical fiction lovers who are looking for a fresh and unique reading adventure. I adore everything about it: the covers, the time period, the National Park settings, the characters, and the stories. Each book takes place in a different National Park, so it doesn’t matter which one you pick up first, but once you’ve read one, you’ll want to read the others as well.One of the things I enjoyed most was that I...
  • Susan
    Karen Barnett's descriptive prose draws the reader into the beautiful setting of Yosemite. The author's experience as a park ranger gave her an intimate knowledge and love of the parks that she eloquently shares in her stories. Her talent with the pen allows the reader to experience the timeless beauty of Yosemite with our senses, as if we are traveling through the park as well. Readers will find the setting of this historical romance in the late...
  • Martha
    I have not stayed up late reading for awhile! It doesn't come out until June, but Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett is really good! I feel old when I say this, but it takes a lot for a book to steal my sleep anymore. Usually my eyes can't handle it anymore! A book that details some intriguing secrets of the characters hidden within, while investigating another national park of the US in a story set in the late twenties completely intrigued me...
  • Kristen
    When i first saw the cover for this book, I was not sure that i would enjoy it to be honest. I am a sucker for a good cover and I tend to judge a book by its cover. But I was wrong! This book is so good! It is the second book in The Shadows of the wilderness series but it easily stands alone. I was drawn in almost immediately. The descriptions of the different parts of Yosemite made me feel like I was there and made me want to take a trip to see ...
  • Sarah
    Where the Fire Falls is the 2nd book in Karen Barnett's "Shadows of the Wilderness" series. While the first book took place at Mount Rainier, this novel is set in Yosemite National Park. Olivia is an artist based in Sacramento, who is given an offer to paint scenes of the park for a travel magazine. She is accompanied by a wealthy art-collector and his wife. A local guide, and summer ranger, Clark is assigned to be Olivia's guide and show her pot...
  • Dana Michael
    Where The Fire Falls is an inspirational romance with a wonderful setting. I haven't been to Yosemite, but I'm putting it on my bucket list right now. The author did a fantastic job of describing the beauty of it without being too detailed. I enjoyed the story line, the characters, and the romance. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. This is my honest opinion
  • Helen
    Where the Fire Falls is book 2 in A Vintage National Parks Novel series by Karen Barnett. This story takes place in 1929. Olivia Rutherford has been carry the sins of her father with her for so long. She has changed her name and appearance and is now an artist who is traveling thought Yosemite National Park painting for a travel magazine. Olivia has been sending money to her aunt for the care of her sisters and is trying to make enough to care fo...
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett is the second book in her A Vintage National Parks Novels series. I have enjoyed the first book, The Road to Paradise, and I couldn't wait to dive back into a story in a setting that I haven't explored. The characters of Olivia and Clark jump off the page. Right from the beginning, I wanted to know more about the back story of Olivia. She intrigued me. Clark was a little different. I didn't learn a lot about ...
  • Vicky Sluiter
    Book Two in the Vintage National Parks Novel is a standalone, so if you haven’t read Book One that’s okay. But believe me, you want to go back and read Book One, The Road to Paradise. Loaded with history and culture about the park, I was drawn into this book with my love of camping. Pitching a tent in Yosemite would be incredible, especially after reading all the beautiful descriptions of the park that author Karen Barnett has written into th...
  • Lucy
    What is not to love about this book....Historical, Romance, Faith, Mountains, Outdoors, Mystery....need I go on! Karen Barnett has a way of letting you see Yosemite through the eyes of Clark, the park guide and Olivia, the artist. If you are looking for something out of the box, then this is the book for you. It doesn’t get bogged down, but flows along like Yosemite Falls, with lots of rocks to flow over. Buried secrets and pretenses of who am ...