Friday, December 30, 2016

In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

This historical romance is a good adventure into Alaska during the development of Denali National Park. Peterson and Woodhouse add a little suspense to the plot as well.

The romance revolves around Cassidy, whose father works as an outdoor guide at a hotel near Mt. McKinley, and Allan, a young man who arrives from Seattle to find out the truth about his father's death. Cassidy's father had been on the tragic climb that ended the life of Allan's father. There is definite tension as Allan is attracted to Cassidy yet cannot help but be suspicious of her father.

What I enjoyed more than the romance was the historical aspect of the novel. I've been to Denali National Park and it was interesting to read about this time period, when the railroad was just finished and the territory was seeing an increase in tourists. We get some insights as to what it took to run a quality hotel at the time and what it took to climb the tallest mountain in North America.

The authors have given us some good characters too. My favorites and the ones I think the best developed were actually secondary characters. The hotel chef is a woman who has had a hard life, losing her family to a recent influenza epidemic. Her pain comes out in her harsh personality but Cassidy is able to crack open that shell and find the real woman inside. I also really liked Thomas, a bumbling helper in the kitchen. How he becomes a confident young man is a good part of the story.

I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy historical romance. You'll learn quite a bit about Denali and get to enjoy some delightful characters. There is even a little suspense to finish off the novel.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning, best-selling author of over 100 books. She is a speaker at writer's conferences and women's conferences across the country. She lives in Montana, enjoying time with family, including her three grandchildren. You can find out more at http://traciepetersonbooks.com/.
Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than a dozen books. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their two children. You can find out more at http://kimandkaylawoodhouse.com/.

Bethany House Publishers, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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