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, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Christian

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...
  • 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 sp...
  • 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!
  • 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 li...
  • 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...
  • Chautona Havig
    What I Loved about These BooksI have a new name on my “If he/she writes it, I buy it” list. Karen Barnett. Author of the “Vintage National Parks Novels,” Karen is a phenomenal writer. Seriously.Look, the more I learn about the writing craft, the pickier I get about writing. I can love a book with “inferior writing” if the author does his or her job right. I can. And I have. And I will again.However, when I read an entire book without ...
  • 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...
  • 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 courage...
  • 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.
  • Kav
    Wow! This one ticks all the boxes for me. History, mystery and romance in the breathtaking wilderness. As Clark puts it, "Yosemite is a cathedral built by holy hands." (p 103) And the author really conveys that majesty in this book. In fact, it reads like a homage to the Creator in so many ways.There's the rugged mountain man hero who, despite a firm faith, finds himself stalled on his life journey. He's come to the national park to seek out divi...
  • Clara
    Another book nothing short from amazing! I'm head over heels for this series
  • 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...
  • Marion
    This is the 2nd book in the Vintage National Parks series, and it was so good. If I could've, I would've sat and read it in one day. The story was mostly predictable, but the setting was amazing. I could see all the places she described even though it's been years since I've been to Yosemite. I was hoping characters from Road to Paradise would make an appearance, but I realize travel and communication wasn't as common in the 1920's. I recommend t...
  • Rebekah Morris
    I don't say this about many books, but the covers of this series caught my interest as soon as I saw them. I love vintage, and National Parks, so combining them with novels sounded delightful.I greatly enjoyed the descriptions of Yosemite National Park, and the whole feeling of the late 1920's. I was pulled into Camp Curry, I wanted to watch the firefall, stay in a tent, hike the mountains, dine at the Glacier Point Hotel, and attend church at Yo...
  • 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...
  • Melissa
    What a gorgeously written novel! I adore the settings of these books, the scenery is so vividly described that you feel like you are right there with the characters. It has been many years since I traveled to Yosemite, so after reading this book it is definitely time for another visit!This novel has relatable characters with emotional appeal, I believed the relationship between Clark and Olivia, and their faith journeys made the story richer and ...
  • 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...
  • Inspirationalfictionreader
    First, I just have to mention the cover of this book. It is perfect! Second, it took me twice as long as normal to read this book, because I spent so much time googling all the landmarks at Yosemite, hairstyles, and even songs! I feel like I’ve actually been to Yosemite after reading this story. And it is now on my bucket list! The descriptive writing makes it so easy to picture the scenery while also making you want to actually see the scenery...
  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    A beautiful setting, a secret that could change everything, humorous quotes, love and faith. What more could you want in a book? Where the Fire Falls truly has it all. Let me start with two of my favorite lines (note - these are from an arc copy and may have changed slightly in the final book):"Everyone in this room is as fake as a schoolchild's clay creation masquerading as a Rodin sculpture.""No, that woman is as fraudulent as a backwater medi...
  • Natalie
    The Main Characters:Clark Johnson and Olivia Rutherford are captivating, multidimensional characters. I enjoyed watching their arcs develop and intersect throughout the novel. Olivia with her watercolor arts and Clark with his crooning cowboy ways brought their own unique flavor to this 1930s novel.The Secondary Characters:Socialites Marcus and Sophie won't be easily forgotten. Chief Ranger John and vaudeville singer Melba, as well as Charlie, an...
  • Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
    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 ...