Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Hunted in the Wilderness by Kellie VanHorn Blog Tour

About the Book

Book: Hunted in the Wilderness

Author: Kellie VanHorn

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Release date: June 28, 2022

Protecting the evidence
means facing down assassins and an unforgiving wilderness…

Framed for murder and corporate espionage, future aerotech company CEO Haley Whitcombe flees in her plane with a camera full of evidence that could clear her name—until she’s shot out of the sky. Now trapped in North Cascades National Park, her survival in the wilderness depends on park ranger Ezra Dalton. Yet escaping the wild will mean nothing if they can’t outrun their merciless hunters…

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My Review

I liked this romantic suspense. I liked Haley as a character, an engineer willing to take over her father's company. She is good at thinking quickly, essential to her survival. I liked Ezra and his therapy of being a park ranger part of the year, cleansing himself of his police job the rest of the year.

By far the aspect of the novel I liked the most was the setting. Living in the PNW, I see the North Cascade Mountains every non-cloudy morning. What a great location for a suspense novel. I've driven through Newhalem and hiked up to the mountain crest to see Lake Chelan and Stehekin. I thought VanHorn did a good job of describing the rugged beauty of the area and the danger it holds. Imagine my surprise at her never having been in the park.

I liked the twist near the end, just when we thought Haley was safe. I also liked suspenseful ending even if the plot overall was a bit predictable. This is a book for readers who want to be entertained with a good inspirational romantic suspense novel and also get a glimpse of the North Cascade Mountains.

My rating: 4/5 stars.


About the Author

Kellie VanHorn is an award-winning author of inspirational romantic suspense. She has college degrees in biology and nautical archaeology, but she’s always found her sense of adventure most satisfied by a great story. When not writing, Kellie can be found teaching her four children, camping, baking, and gardening. She lives with her family in west Michigan.

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One of my favorite things about being a writer is living out wild adventures in my imagination. I get to enjoy all the action and feels without any of the unpleasant real-life problems I’d face if I were actually being chased by bad guys with guns. The more exciting and far-off the setting, the better! My family loves to travel and to camp, so we’ve spent a lot of time visiting national parks around the U.S. Our favorites include Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Devil’s Tower, and Badlands. We pile our four kids into the car, fill it to the brim with gear, and tent our way from park to park for weeks at a time in the summer.

For Hunted in the Wilderness, I wanted to explore a park we haven’t had the chance to visit yet—North Cascades National Park in Washington state. In fact, my first glimpse of the story came to me when I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw a picture of a lake in the Cascades. Inspiration struck, and I knew the heroine of my next book had just crash-landed her Cessna airplane in those mountains, and she needed a handsome, single park ranger to come help her escape the bad guys.

What makes this park such a perfect setting for a romantic suspense is not only the gorgeous scenery, but also the fact it’s very remote. The region is easy enough to access via road from Seattle, but most of the protected land can only be reached on foot, horseback, or float plane. Because I hadn’t been there myself, I relied on a topographic map and lots of research to help me craft the setting and make it an indispensable part of the plot.

Of course, now that I’ve studied the trail systems so extensively, I’d love to visit the Cascades in person one day. One of my teenaged sons who loves hiking has all sorts of plans for us to take a long backpacking trip out there, even though neither of us has ever backpacked before. I might have to work up my courage a bit before I’ll be ready to hit the trail without our minivan full of gear. 😉

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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)


Bea LaRocca said...

Thank you for sharing your review of Hunted in the Wilderness, this sounds like a thrilling read and I am looking forward to it

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great book.

Kellie VanHorn said...

Thanks so much for your review, Joan! I'm a little jealous that you've been to NCNP. It looks so beautiful in the pictures! :)

slehan said...

Good book for Summer reading. I've never been to that area.
Thanks for the contest.

Debbie P said...

This sounds like an incredible book. Thank you for your review.

DreaDrake1 said...

Great review! Sounds like a great book!

marisela zuniga said...

This sounds like such a good book, I love reading romantic suspense books

Books Looks by Lisa said...

The setting and story were done so well. I felt like I was there! I am glad you live near there; it must be amazing.

Helen said...

This looks like a super intense type of book. I cannot wait to give it a read.