Where the Fire Falls



Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford has shed her humble beginnings to fashion 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 one-of-a-kind Firefall event, she hopes the money will lift Olivia and her sisters out of poverty. 

    After false accusations cost him everything, former minister Clark Johnson has found purpose as a backcountry guide in this natural cathedral of granite and trees. Now he’s faced with the opportunity to become a National Parks Ranger, but is it his true calling? 

    As Clark opens Olivia’s eyes to the wonders of Yosemite, she discovers the people are as vital to the park’s story as its vistas–a revelation that may bring her charade to an end.


This is the first book I have read by Karen Barnett. Let me say Where the Fire Falls  was such an amazing book!

I am so glad I discovered Barnett. I swear every time I discover an author my “to read” list just grows.

I adored Olivia and Clark’s story. I think that their story was written in such a way that blended their surroundings in with them. I know that sounds odd but I believe this story was not just about Olivia and Clark but about Yosemite National Park as well.

I learned so much about the Yosemite’s history as well. Barnett was so descriptive there were times that I could just imagine being there.

But, this was also an excellent story of God’s grace and His redemptive power and timing. All of it was just woven together into this stunning novel, Where the Fire Falls.

This book just made me want to hop into the car and go see this picturesque land myself. When a book can do that, you know it is a treasure.



Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0735289565
ISBN-13: 9780735289567
Series: Vintage National Parks


I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

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