What fun it is to open the first book of a new series with no expectations, and then discover a lovely story that captures your heart and imagination! “In the Shadow of Denali” was written by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse, and is the first book in “The Heart of Alaska” series. Published by Bethany House in 2017, this book weaves fascinating facts about the history, geography, and biology of the untamed land of Alaska in the early 1900s into a story filled with memorable and dynamic characters.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of this story is the setting of Alaska, which is almost a character itself. Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, have lived in Alaska all their lives, and are now working to help open up their beloved land to the rest of the world. When a young man who holds many painful connections to John’s past joins them in opening up this wilderness, will the Ivanoffs’ faith be strong enough to withstand the threats to their peace, and their lives, that begin to come their way as well?
So many elements combine to make this a wonderful story on multiple levels. From unique setting to lovable characters to suspenseful plots to realistic pondering about faith and relationships, “In the Shadow of Denali” is a fantastic start to a new series, and a book that I both recommend and plan to enjoy again soon. If you would like to take a trip back in time to the wilds of Alaska, and meet some new “friends” along the way, simply step into the pages of the delightful story entitled “In the Shadow of Denali”.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”