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Where the Fire Falls (Vintage National Parks #2)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  123 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
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 illustra
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Waterbrook (first published June 2018)
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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 traveling in the nouveau riche art circles.
When Olivia
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
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 Yosemi
Sarah Sundin
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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 setting this little minx straight."

How could Olivia
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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! There are two sides to Olivia: the poised artist
Jaime Jo Wright
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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 outs with Clark and Olivia and I could have used a lot more o
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 influenc ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
Another book nothing short from amazing! I'm head over heels for this series <3

Olivia 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 her paintings keep them happy. Nobody is intere
Rachel McMillan
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. Readers of historical romance will find this a fres
Courtney Clark
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 for their heart and faith journeys as their strengths
Beth Erin
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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As 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 nutshell, our need and want of the Creator.

My national pa
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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 many beautiful features in the park's valley. Havin
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books, historical
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 becoming known. Olive has a secret that she didn't wan
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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 mules. Loved them.

This is a Christian book, and I enjo
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
“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 characters are fun...even the secondary ones! I mostly enjoyed t
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 next.

Clark is somewhat of a lone-wolf. He keeps mos
Sarah Monzon
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 stake. Watching them throughout this novel was no
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 between the two World Wars.

Olivia is an up and coming ar
Fiction Aficionado
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 didn’t just get to experience the majesty of Yosemite N
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 1920's Yosemite National Park to be original. Th
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. I know that it will hold all it promises! The au
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 it all myself. I would definitely recommend this b ...more
4 stelle e mezza
Sebbene sia ambientato nel 1929 questo libro mi ha fatto ricordare la mia (breve, purtroppo) visita a Yosemite una ventina di anni fa: è uno dei parchi che mi è rimasto nel cuore. Devo dire che all'inizio ho faticato a prendere il ritmo, ma poi mi sono fatta prendere anche dalla storia, oltre che dall'ambientazione. Spero che ci siano altri libri nel futuro di questa serie perché, nonostante siano inspirational romance, mi piacciono molto.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 potential locations for her paintings. While Olivia's ...more
Dana Michael
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Where the Fire Falls (2018) by Karen Barnett is the second book in her Shadows of the Wilderness series. This novel is set to release on June 5, 2018 by WaterBrook & Multnomah Publishers. This book will come in all forms including eBook, and is 352 pages in length. With a full-time job and a precocious six-year old at home, Where the Fire Falls took me two days to read. I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from WaterBrook & Multnomah via NetGalley. In no way does this change my ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 for them. She is traveling through Yosemite with the ...more
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Karen Barnett is the award-winning author of the Golden Gate Chronicles (Out of the Ruins, Beyond the Ashes, Through the Shadows) and MISTAKEN. She lives in Oregon with her husband, two kids, and a bevy of furry friends. You can learn more about Karen's writing journey at

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