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About The Road to Paradise

An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainier National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow.
 
But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his father’s death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work managing the park and its crowd of visitors seriously. The job of watching over an idealistic senator’s daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources.
 
When Margie’s former fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the park’s pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?
 
Karen Barnett’s vintage national parks novels bring to vivid life President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision for protected lands, when he wrote in Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter: "There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children's children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred."

Praise

“Don’t miss Karen Barnett’s new release The Road to Paradise. This novel combines endearing characters taking on big challenges, nail-biting moments hoping that the land developer doesn’t win the day, the magnificent setting in the national park at Mount Rainier, and happiness that there will be more books like this one. Keep it up, Karen.”
—Lauraine Snelling, best-selling author of the acclaimed Red River of the North series and many other novels

“A story as invigorating, inspiring, and perilous as Mount Rainier itself! The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett pulled me in with humor and fascinating characters and a delicious romance, then kept me up late as Ford and Margie strive to save the national park that seems determined to kill them. The author’s experiences as a park ranger give this novel both authenticity and passion, and I can’t wait for her next national parks book!”
—Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of When Tides Turn

“Karen Barnett has done it again: held me hostage from the first page and made me like it. This seasoned author takes us to new heights as we encounter stories behind the formation of our national parks. Great characters, precise and fascinating images, a plot that kept me turning pages. The Road to Paradise is a top-notch novel that will remind readers of why we love our national parks and make us want to visit every single one, envisioning where the characters found their faith, friendships, and love. But I don’t plan to climb Mount Rainer…this author already did it for me!”
—Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of This Road We Traveled

“A true delight. With its expertly rendered setting of breathtaking beauty and danger, combined with charming characters and a swiftly moving plot, The Road to Paradise is a journey worth taking more than once!”
—Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of The Mark of the King

“The majesty of Mount Rainier shines in Karen Barnett’s lush novel. The story is both gentle and inviting, with a warmth that meanders its way along every page and a setting that captivates. Barnett’s broad brushstrokes pay homage to a magnificent landscape, yet her gentle sketches draw the reader’s heart to the intricacies of God’s creation—not only in nature itself, but in the human heart.”
—Joanne Bischof, author of The Lady and the Lionheart, RT Book Reviews 5 Star Top Pick!

“As fresh as the northwest woods, The Road to Paradise is just that, a reading adventure replete with romance, suspense, and poetic prose, all wrapped in a gorgeous vintage cover. Having lived and worked in the national parks, I found this novel to ring with authenticity and spirit. Karen Barnett does credit to one of America’s most picturesque historic places. Well done!”
—Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night

About Karen Barnett

KAREN BARNETT, author of Mistaken, Out of the Ruins, and Beyond the Ashes, is a former park ranger. She worked as a ranger naturalist and outdoor educator at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Silver Falls State Park, and Mount Rainier National Park. When not writing, Karen enjoys photography, hiking, and public speaking. She lives in Oregon with her family.

Product Details

352 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Jun 6, 2017

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

Press Release

For Immediate Release
from WaterBrook,
an imprint of Penguin Random House
Lisa Beech, Assistant Director of Publicity
719-268-1917
lbeech@penguinrandomhouse.com
 
New Novel Highlights National Parks
 
“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children's children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”
President Theodore Roosevelt

The first of Karen Barnett’s historical novels, The Road to Paradise (WaterBrook, June 6, 2017), highlights the shared treasure and heritage of the National Park system by pitting a reclusive park ranger and a naïve young socialite against an unscrupulous businessman determined to develop Mount Rainier National Park for his own personal gain. Set in the raw natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, this novel mixes the romance of the wilderness with the allure of the roaring twenties. 
 
Author Barnett grew up in the shadow of Mount Rainier and spent several years in the mid-1990s working as a park ranger and naturalist for Mount Rainier National Park. During her time as a ranger, Barnett came across a series of incredible stories about women who challenged cultural norms while working at the park.
 
Stories of women like Alma Wagen, a mountain climber and the first female climbing guide in the National Parks in 1918, and Helene Wilson, hired to work at Mount Rainier's Nisqually Entrance Station the same year, captured her attention.
 
“It’s the stories of these brave women that inspired me to write The Road to Paradise,” says Barnett. “My main character [Margie Lane] arrives at Mount Rainier in 1927 with the dream of working as a ranger… she manages to gain the admiration of everyone who witnesses her work – particularly the Chief Ranger, Ford Brayden.”
 
“I believe that experiencing nature—in all of its raw beauty—is getting a glimpse into our Creator’s heart,” Barnett shares. “Some of my most powerful spiritual moments have come as a result of wilderness experiences, and I’d love to portray that in fiction.”
 
Combined with the allure of the 1920s, the inviting, suspenseful story and appealing setting make The Road to Paradise a perfect book for summer armchair travel. For more information, go to www.waterbookmultnomah.com.

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By Bobbie Austin

In 1927, Margie Lane, an avid naturalist, convinces her Senator father to procure her a position at the fledgling Mount Rainier National Park.Since Ranger Ford Brayden lost his father in a climbing accident, he doubts his ability to protect the park and its many visitors. He certainly doesn't relish the job of watching over an idealistic and privileged young woman with no practical survival skills. When Margie's former fiancé sets his mind on...

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By Karen Holman

Margie, daughter of a Senator, is more at home in a primitive ranger cabin than the family estate.  She shares her love of God with others by impressing on them the importance of God's creation. While at the National Park, she opens the heart of Chief Ranger Brayden not only to God but to her as well.The Road to Paradise is a lovely book and it just may open your heart too.

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By Hallie Szott

As a fan of the national parks, I couldn't help enjoying The Road to Paradise and the historical trip to Mount Rainier National Park it provides. With exquisite imagery, Karen Barnett sets the scene beautifully for the drama (and romance, of course) surrounding Margie and Ford to unfold. The novel captivated me from the start, and I so loved the different appreciations for and experiences with the wilderness that drive the main characters....

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By Marnie Caldwell

Ranger Ford Brannon and Naturalist Margie Lane both have a deep love for God's land. In this novel, they both work at Mt. Rainier National Park.  Ford has taken over as head ranger after the death of his father.  Margie gets her spot primarily due to her father's role as state senator.  A large donation promise by the senator to the park leads, indirectly, to Margie's job.  Ford underestimates pampered Margie's abilities and skills in dealing...

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By Lori Hooten

Mount Rainier has fascinated me since my dad hiked the Wonderland Trail a few years ago. I had no idea how beautiful it was until those pictures were brought back. And then, it became a place I would love to visit. Which is why The Road to Paradise by  Karen Barnett appealed to me so much.This is a vintage national parks novel, meaning the setting is back at the beginning of the national park. This particular novel takes place at Mount...

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