Friday, February 17, 2017

In the Shadow of Denali

"In the Shadow of Denali" by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse takes us to 1923 Curry, Alaska. Here, we meet Cassidy Ivanoff and her father John, and Allan Brennan. Cassidy is a cook's assistant at the Curry Hotel which is located at the foot of Mount McKinley or Denali as it is called by the locals. Her father is a wilderness guide in Curry. Allan has travelled to Curry to become John's apprentice. He blames John for his father's death and is in Alaska to try to figure out what really happened on Denali six years before. He finds himself at odds with his new boss. He doesn't want to like him but the more he is around John the more he begins to suspect the story he was told regarding his father's trip may not be the truth. He also finds himself drawn to Cassidy. She always has a bright, positive outlook on life and Allan can't help but falling for her. As Allan begins to uncover truth of what happened to his father danger soon arrives in Alaska.

This was a wonderfully written book that is full of historical detail. This book is set around the dedication of Mount McKinley National Park and the presidential visit in 1923. The author does a good job of drawing the reader in and keeping their interest. She also does a good job of teaching us a lesson while telling a tale. This story shows us through Cassidy that even though our life's journey may be rough God is always with us and will help us to live a happy life if we give our lives over to Him. We also see how God is able to take the bitterness and darkness out of Allan's life when he finally does give his heart to God. I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next in the Heart of Alaska series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers.

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