In the Shadow of the Denali

In the Shadow of Denali (The Heart of Alaska)Title: In the Shadow of Denali
Authors: Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse
Publisher: BethanyHouse
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1923-8

“So you still blame my father for your father’s death?” Cassie asks in Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse’s novel, In the Shadow of Denali.

~ What ~
First in the Heart of Alaska series, this three-hundred-twenty-page paperback targets those who like historical fiction with suspense and romance during the early twentieth century in Alaska. Using one slang word but containing no overtly sexual content, topics of murder and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.

Set in 1923 in Alaska when the President of the United States named Mount McKinley National Park, twenty-three-year-old Cassie Ivanoff loves working at the Curry Hotel as an assistant cook. Her father, a seasoned mountain guide, feels he was to blame for a death on his last climb of the Great One six years ago. The two are confused yet intrigued when Allan Brennan arrives in town as the father’s apprentice with ulterior motives to find out how and why his father died mountain climbing with his new boss. Only when the three learn how to forgive others and themselves, give their burdens to God, and have faith in Him, will they find hope, peace, and love.

~ Why ~
Having read a prior book of this duo team, I like their writing style as I can easily visualize the scenes. This one includes how forgiveness and faith are important when it involves business and romantic relationships. The description of historical events involving the town, railroad, and beautiful Denali scenery, as well as day to day living, are well documented.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the many food and meal recipes, but they do correlate to the era. Others may wish the book was not so romantically predictable. I found the timing of some scenes were rather unbelievable, especially when three people return to the area for different reasons.

~ Who ~
Award winning author of over one hundred novels, Peterson focuses on both historical and contemporary genre. Woodhouse is a multi-published author, speaker, teacher, and homeschooling parent.

~ Wish ~
With this being the first book in the series, I am anticipating what happens next in the series to secondary individuals such as the head cook and an orphaned teenager.

~ Want ~
If you like learning about Alaska and its impressive Mount McKinley, this quick read involves several characters who must rely on God when it comes to forgiveness, faith, and acceptance.

Thanks to Bethany House for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

This review will be posted on Baker Publishing, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links on, LinkedIn, Godinterest, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.



Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Book Review, Christian, Fiction

2 responses to “In the Shadow of the Denali

  1. Jackie McNutt

    Great review Conny.
    I have read every book written by Tracie and Kimberly and look forward to reading this one!

    • Yes, a good writing duo. I learned (of course after writing the review), that Obama officially changed the name from Mt. McKinley to Denali – oh well, my review is dated 🙂 Thanks for your post.

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