In The Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse


John Ivanoff, an Alaskan mountain guide, took two men on a climb to the top of Mount McKinley. Shortly after reaching the top, a storm arrives and Henry does not make it down. His body just disappeared. Now Henry’s son, Allan, has arrived and is working as an apprentice under John. Henry’s partner, who was also on the climb, has blamed John all this time for Henry’s death. Allan needs to know the truth. He blames John. As he gets to know John he questions if John is to blame.

While Allan is in Alaska, the partner is secretly trying to take over the company. And has come to Alaska and orders another climb with John and Allan.

Cassidy, John’s daughter, works as an assistant to the cook at the Curry Hotel. The staff is busy with upcoming celebrations. The President is coming and the new national park is being dedicated. The cook is known for her strong personality and as she and Cassidy work together, she begins to soften.

One of kitchen helpers keeps having accidents and Cassidy is there to help him. When the Cook cannot have him in the kitchen anymore, John takes him on. Cassidy is John’s only child. Her mother past away shortly after Cassidy was born. Cassidy’s grandparents have had no contact with them and now they are in town wanting to build a relationship with Cassidy.

This book is the first in The Heart of Alaska Series. It is a Christian historical fiction that takes place in 1923 in Curry, Alaska. It is a really good book that carries a theme of loving, caring and forgiving. I enjoy the caring that Cassidy and John give to the kitchen helper. I enjoy how Cassidy spends time with him helping him understand the Bible teaching. This story has adventure, mystery and a little romance. It gives us a look into the remoteness of Alaska at the beginning of the century. However they do have the railroad for supplies and travel and telegraph for communications. This story would be enjoyed by anyone who is interested in American history.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review.

Series: The Heart of Alaska (Book 1)

320 pages

ISBN: 9780764219238

Publisher: Bethany House

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