Friday, June 8, 2018


I visited Yosemite several times as a girl and it is a wonder with all of its giant redwoods, sequoias, pine scents, cool breezes, waterfalls, giant rocks, cliffs, trails and wildlife.  This book made me want to travel there again.  Some of daycare Littles are there now camping and celebrating a fifth birthday! Hooray!!

I figured a thermos of tea was appropriate for the wilderness (smile).

Where the Fire Falls – A Vintage national Parks Novel - by Karen Barnett

Olivia Rutherford is an aspiring Watercolorist and currently portraying herself as a free-spirited flapper among California’s nouveau riche. Clark Johnson is a guide in Yosemite National Park, and on a quest to discover God’s ultimate path for his life.  He’s managed to pretty much avoid women for the last three years.
Ch. 1 “I’m not afraid of women. … They’re just a highly unpredictable species.  One minute they’re as sweet as honeysuckle; next you find yourself up to your kneecaps in hellfire.”
When the two are thrown together they both begin a journey of self-discovery and share the amazing beauty of the park. However, deception, secrets and danger follow them around creating a rocky path at times.
Tea Moment:   Ch. 4 Vanderbilt was a pith helmet short of an African safari.  Next thing you knew, he’d be demanding tea from a china cup.
I loved the campfire songs! Red River Valley is a favorite of mine and the old hymns touched my soul.

There is so much beauty captured in this story. Ch. 10 “God saved up the best bits of creation and spent them here.” Ch. 11 The sun’s radiance still played off the summit in the distance, the details in the granite exposed by the long reddish rays blending light and shadow. Ch. 16 God’s presence was in Yosemite… Every blade of grass, every breath of wind, even the light passing over the polished granite and dancing through the waterfalls’ spray seemed touched by His spirit.

Thank you to Karen Barnett for alerting me to the BOGO deal. I took advantage of the pre-order opportunity & am so happy I did.  I cannot wait to receive The Road to Paradise. My opinion is my own and given freely.
Read: 6/6&7/2018 - Reviewed: 6/8/2018 / ☆☆☆☆☆

FREE STUFF – Go to the author’s website to get a free novelette "Christmas in Paradise", 8 free vintage style postcards, digital poster and bonus eBook “Women of the National Parks”.  So generous and cool!

John Muir is also mentioned a few times in the book, so I wanted to also share my recently purchased copy of Muir’s The Boyhood of a Naturalist.  It is over 100 years old and after reading Where the Fire Falls, I look forward to jumping into this book.

I do hope you will be able to add these to your TBR list, and perhaps enjoy a bit of Yosemite or another National Park.
Until next time,
Hugs and a cup (or thermos) of tea!


  1. Thank you for taking the time to review Where the Fire Falls, Heather! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And that copy of Muir's Boyhood of a Naturalist? What a great find!