Friday, January 13, 2017

In the Shadow of Denali - A Book Review

In recent years I have been quite interested in Alaska.  I would love to visit this beautiful state someday, but for now I can enjoy books like In The Shadow of Denali to give me a taste of what it was once like to live in Alaska.

In the Shadow of Denali is the first book in The Heart of Alaska Series by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse.  I am so excited for this series and if the other books are anything like the first, I won't be disappointed.

What's great about this book is that it has true historic facts inter-weaved within a fictional story.  It also shares plenty of biblical truths and a faith in God which is another huge plus for me.
I love how the author's shared their passion for Alaska, not only in the novel itself, but in the Author's Notes.  I always enjoy reading what is true and what prompted the writing of a book.

The book is about Cassidy Ivanoff and her father John.  They 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 buys 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 know for sure.  He finds and unlikely ally in Cassidy, and the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear and much more dangerous that either could ever imagine.

***Thanks to Bethany House Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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