Acclaimed Writing Team Pair Up Again for Gripping Historical Romance
Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel outside Mt. McKinley. While John will be expedition and wilderness exploration guide for the wealthy tourists, Cassidy has signed on as a cook’s assistant. Both are busy as the hotel prepares to welcome the president of the United States on his way to drive in the golden spike to officially complete the railroad.
Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice of a seasoned Alaska mountain guide. Ever since his father’s death climbing Mt. McKinley, he’s worked to earn enough money to make the trek to the Alaska territory himself. His father’s partner blames their guide for the death of his father, but Allan wants to find the truth for himself. 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.
Title: In the Shadow of Denali
Series (if applicable): The Heart of Alaska
Publisher (if applicable): Bethany House Publishers
Genre(s): Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance, Christian
Recommended Age: 13+, for minor romance and interest
I was at the library on June 10th for the first time (excluding the time I visited once just to look around), and finally got a library card. My mom suggested one of Tracie Peterson’s books, and the first one that captured my attention was this one. This was my first time reading a book by this author as well as Kimberley Woodhouse, and honestly, it was very refreshing to read. Many historical fiction books today are centered almost completely around romance. This was not the case for this read, and I was so excited. That isn’t to say there was none in this whole book, but it was toned down.
The story was so interesting. Allan was trying to dig deeper to find clues to what really happened to his father on the mountain, and encounters the one who he thought was responsible. Cassidy was this optimistic person who trusted the Lord, even through moments of hard times. Cassidy’s father, John, was a man of faith, and yet he had his faults too. He wasn’t portrayed to be this perfect christian, but instead dealing with the guilt of what happened on the mountain years ago.
The one character I thought was particularly useless was Thomas. Although I appreciated his friendliness towards Cassidy, I feel like he was only there to further her relationship with Allan. He had a crush on Cassidy, and made Allan jealous a few times when he mentioned having a Bible study with John. It might be interesting to see him in the next book, but I just would like to see him have his own thing instead of being a useless character.
I have to say the plot was intriguing. It’s super hard not to give spoilers (I’m so oblivious and tend to do that anyway xD) did guess everything about Frank, but I was still so interested in the story that I read it all in one day. The spiritual content was amazing. I have to admit it really inspired me and I want to be like John and Cassidy because of their deep trust in the Lord. I think this might have been one of my first times really reading a book set in Alaska. The whole mountain climbing thing was so interesting, but not something I really ever want to do xD
I would say this is a completely clean read. The romance was great, no kisses until marriage and one thing I really appreciated was that Cassidy didn’t want to get into a relationship with Allan until he became a man of faith (which is what I personally believe as well) even though she found herself falling in love with him. There was an instance where a few someones died, one towards the end that wasn’t super descriptive, yet might be a little startling.
Overall, this is something I’d recommend to everyone, even my conservative friends.