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A great start to the series: "In the Shadow of Denali" by Peterson & Woodhouse
about the book....
Their Future Depends on Unlocking the Secrets the Mountain Holds From the PastCassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel near the foot of Mount McKinley--Denali as it's still called by the natives. John is the wilderness and exploration guide for the wealthy tourists while Cassidy works in the kitchen as Cook's assistant. The entire staff buzzes with excitement during the busy days preparing for the President's imminent visit. His historic trip to dedicate the new national park on his way to driving in the golden spike to officially complete the Alaska Railroad will be the beginning of a new era for all of them and place The Curry at the heart of Alaska.
Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice to the seasoned Alaska mountain guide, with hopes of discovering the truth about his father's death on the mountain years earlier. His father's business partner blames the guide for Henry Brennan's untimely death, but Allan cannot be at peace until he knows for sure. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine.
Set in a stunning locale and featuring interesting characters and intrigue aplenty, "In The Shadow of Denali" provides some solid entertainment for fans of historical fiction. I greatly enjoyed how the authors wove in unique historical details, bringing Alaska to life for me as a reader. In fact, by the time I closed the pages of this story, I found myself longing to drop everything and make a trip to Alaska myself, to enjoy the beautiful scenery and experience the majestic Denali mountain up close and person! And I quite liked the main characters of Cassidy and Allan, each growing in their understanding of who they are and how God is at work in their lives. The relationship that unfolds between them is sweet to behold, making for both tender and light-hearted moments. And speaking of light-hearted, the orphan teen Thomas made for some truly funny moments that I quite appreciated, as I am also quite a clumsy person and could picture myself in the exact same sort of predicaments that Thomas encountered!
As someone who enjoys mystery and suspense, I thought the authors did a great job at weaving such elements into the story as well. As a reader, I was left on the edge of my seat wondering at how the truth would unfold and what twist the authors had up their sleeves. The great characterization and the action-filled pages kept me glued to the pages from start to finish. By the time I turned the final pages of the book, I was left with the thought that I am glad that this is not the last time I will meet these characters.
Peterson and Woodhouse's collaboration, "In The Shadow of Denali", is a fine start to the series indeed. I look forward to seeing where things are headed next in the Heart of Alaska! I award this novel a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
about the authors....
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.
Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she's shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens live in Colorado. Connect with Kim at www.kimberleywoodhouse.com.