Barnett's new series, historic novels featuring national parks, is off to a good start. This novel about Mt. Rainier is entertaining, informative, and very timely.
I really like Margie. The daughter of a senator, she'd rather be in the alpine woods of Mt. Rainier than at one of her parents' parties. She gets to spend a summer at Paradise, giving nature talks. She soon finds that she has met her match in a certain park ranger.
The plot is timely. Margie's real nemesis is a childhood friend. He's her former fiance and is pushing through grand plans for the national park. Plans that include a ski resort and dance halls. Margie is desperate to preserve her beloved mountain. She wants to maintain the pristine ridges and valleys of God's creation for the enjoyment of the many and not let them be destroyed for the commercial gain of a few.
I recommend this novel to those who would enjoy a well written novel centered on the preservation of a part of God's beautiful creation. You'll learn a bit about the park, its history and its flora and fauna. You'll read about a spunky woman who learns to cross a ravine on a downed log. You'll get a little romance too.
And just in case you've never been to Mt. Rainier, here is a photo I took of it last fall. Yes, Mt. Rainier is really that beautiful. No wonder Margie felt it so important to keep the mountain the way God created it.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Karen Barnett is an award-winning author of four novels. She draws on her experience as a naturalist, a former park ranger, and outdoor educator to transport readers to America's national parks. She lives in Oregon with her husband and children.
WaterBrook, 352 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.