In the Shadow of Denali

In the Shadow of Denali

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410496256
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 01/04/2017
Series: Heart of Alaska Series , #1
Edition description: Large Print
Sales rank: 868,271
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of more than 100 novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her many bestselling series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's website at to learn more.

Kimberley Woodhouse
is a multipublished author and a popular speaker and teacher who has shared the theme of Joy Through Trials with hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Kim is a pastor's wife and is passionate about music and Bible study. She lives and writes in Colorado with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two kids. Visit Kim's website at to learn more.

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In the Shadow of Denali 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for another series on Alaska. Loved the last series read years ago. I've been to Alaska, a fascinating land. Also Denali National Park. The book brought all the images back.
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BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Excuse me while I find a train headed to Alaska...THIS book makes me want to visit Alaska even more than I did before. The beauty and the majestic land is captured in a way that speaks to the adventurous corners of my heart. Denali in all its wonder, is a sight that I want to see with my own eyes. Tracie and Kimberley have brought us an incredible story of faith and forgiveness set in the heart of the frontier of Alaska. The dangers, beauty, and awe of the land are expressed in detail on every page. There are multiple viewpoints in this book which I love, but can be maddening at times. As the reader we can see ALMOST the whole picture, there are a few details that must work themselves out as we read. But in other situations, I just wanted to slap the characters and tell them what was REALLY going on. That being said, I really do enjoy the specific viewpoints that the authors highlighted. In the Shadow of Denali is filled with so many emotions. Heartbreak, unforgiveness, hatred towards God, jealousy, greed, and yet we also see tender love, strong family bond, sweet surrender to Christ, forgiveness, and inner beauty. This is a journey that I am excited to continue! Travel back to 1923 and experience the mountain for yourself. The book ends with a tender, romantic scene that simply took my breath away. I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment of Heart of Alaska. I received a complimentary copy of In the Shadow of Denali from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Downright compassionate, or should I say cultural or maybe I should say historical I definitely can call it suspenseful. This novel, and I do call it a novel, is full of every feeling you can think of - Cassidy and her father John works as a tour guide - and Allan is there to find out if John is responsible for the death of his father during one of his trips. Cassidy of course helps and romance pursues, of course. This book is also a historical book which means that it gives you the history of that time as you are reading - they work it into the book - like how she may dress or how the men treat the women - or how the women act - etc. So, why was Allan's father murdered, or was he? Does anything come of the friendship of Cassidy and Allan? Does anything happen to John? This is a fast acting book - and when it comes to figuring out what happens to Alllan's Dad well be ready have your shoes knocked off. If this is your first historical romance you will love every single moment of it - I think it is even better than just a regular romance. Happy reading ya'll. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
TheBeccaFiles More than 1 year ago
I never thought I'd find myself interested in visiting the frigid state of Alaska but lo and behold I've found a book that's officially peaked my interest! From the big picture to the tiny details, Tracie Peterson and Kim Woodhouse managed to create a vivid and tangible setting you can't help but want to fall into. One thing that I absolutely loved about this book was the amount of history that was seamlessly weaved into the fictional storyline. I appreciate that the authors shared some of the fact vs fiction (Yes, this is another push to read the authors' note at the end!) but I also reveled in the fact that I couldn't tell what was what as I read. I'm not always a note taker as I read but I found myself jotting down the names of several plants and dinner entrées that were described so that I could check them out later. I also cherished how easily the faith element was weaved into this story. It didn't appear to be added or inserted but rather was breathed out through the lives of the characters and felt completely natural. It was heartwarming for me to see the characters bonding with one another over not only what they were experiencing but how God was working in them through those experiences. I absolutely loved this novel and can't wait to get started on Out of the Ashes which is the next book in the series. I highly recommend it to historical fiction fans!
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Will love...or death...find them in Denali? Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse return once again to the vast expanse that would become the 49th state. The magic word 'Alaska' was really all it took for me to take an interest In The Shadow Of Denali. I've read books from the authors individually but this is the first one that they co-authored. I had a hard time connecting with the main characters at times, finding them both to be quite naive. But I did appreciate Allan's journey to forgiveness, a struggle, which for a myriad of reasons, many of us are familiar with. For me at least, the real stars of the book were the Curry Hotel and Denali 'The Great One'. Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse brought them both life with such vivid descriptions it was almost like being there. In The Shadow Of Denali is a sweet romance with some dashes of danger from a nasty villain and especially the capricious Alaskan weather. Fans of both authors will enjoy this trip to Alaska of the 1920s. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
BH More than 1 year ago
In the Shadow of Denali, book 1 of the Heart of Alaska series, was written by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. I've read a lot of Peterson books, but not any Woodhouse so this is a first with this team for me. I found the setting appealing as I love Alaska and have loved previous Peterson books set in Alaska. The characters in this book were interesting but didn't seem to keep my attention as much as I wished. I'm not sure about how I would classify this book except historical Christian. It wasn't romantic throughout the book but had a touch. It wasn't suspenseful but had some slight mystery moments. I would recommend this read for teens up as it's a clean read. I enjoyed it enough to say I would definitely try another book with this team. I was given this book through Netgalley. All thoughts and comments are my own.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Six years prior, John Ivanoff lost a man on a mountain. It is now 1923, and he continues his expert work as a wilderness and exploration guide. He works for the new and prestigious Curry Hotel where his daughter, Cassidy, works as Cook’s assistant. During the hubbub leading up to the President’s arrival, Allan Brennan arrives at the Curry Hotel. He is apprenticed to John, though at first neither is aware of their connection – Allan’s dad, Henry, is the man who died on the mountain and whose body was never recovered. Allan bears much anger toward God and John, whom he’s been told is at fault for his dad’s death. But as Allan gets to know John, he sees a far different man from the version told to him by Frank Irving, his late father’s friend and business partner. He finds a good friend in Cassidy, and, together, they discover that Henry’s death wasn’t an accident. While Curry was an actual place in Alaska, it now belongs to a bygone era, but one that you can’t help but wish you could visit after reading this story. Filled with historical realism and a setting ripe with details, ‘In the Shadow of Denali’ is smartly written. I found the story to move swiftly forward. The characters were distinct, including the supporting characters. I would love to stand in the middle of this Curry Hotel and bask in the bustle and busyness of it all at such an historic phase. But, since I can’t go back in time and do that, I will take this story and its successors any day! -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
MAHake More than 1 year ago
In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse, A Review I enjoyed the history and mystery of early 20th-century Alaska in this rugged story. The tale focuses around Mt. McKinley/Denali, both in setting and plot. The authors did a masterful job at bringing the characters and place to life. They weave together intrigue, adventure, drama, and love in this suspenseful novel set at a historic time in Alaska Territory. Actual people are included in the fictional account, which makes you feel like you are present at the scene. At times, there were too frequently repeated words and details that could be fixed for a smoother read. I felt the story dragged a bit in the middle but it’s worth it to reach the thrilling conclusion. I received the book from the author. All opinions are my own.
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
Wild and Wonderful Alaska A must read historical fiction of the Alaskan frontier and the Curry Hotel! Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse bring to life the historic town of Curry and the building of the Alaskan Railroad in "In the Shadow of Denali," a new series. Allan Brennan travels to Curry not just for his new job but to discover the truth of his father's death on Mount McKinley. His new boss is John Ivanoff, his father's expedition guide, and according to Allan's uncle, the person responsible for his father's death. He finds a friend in Cassidy Ivanoff, John's daughter. Together they try to discover what really happened to Allan's father. Great characters; brings the town of Curry back to life; and through it all God is in control. My type of read!! I received a complementary copy from Bethany House to review and give my honest opinion.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
In the Shadow of Denali is a compelling tale! Intertwining fact and fiction, Peterson and Woodhouse treat readers to a fascinating look at the Alaska Territory. Brimming with historical details and vibrant imagery, this beautiful setting comes to life on the page, and I loved spending time there. Cassidy Ivanoff and her father are wonderful characters, and I delighted in the relationships that developed between them and John’s apprentice, Allan Brennan. As Allan searches for answers regarding his father’s death, intrigue continues to build as danger lurks. Combining history, mystery, and romance, I thoroughly enjoyed In the Shadow of Denali and look forward to continuing the Heart of Alaska series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
THouchin1 More than 1 year ago
I think this series about Alaska and it's people will be fantastic if this first book in the series is any indication. The details about the setting and what was happening historically in this area is what sets the tone for the whole book. The characters are what makes the story come alive. Cassidy, with her optimistic outlook and sunny disposition is the perfect main character. We want her to get her happy ending. She has a loving and devoted father but no mother or grandparents to help with her upbringing and to nurture her. Her mentor, the stern Mrs. Johnson, who rules the kitchen staff with with an iron fist, has a surprisingly open heart to Cassidy's testimonials. Allan Brennan is the character that changes the most through the course of the story. It is beautiful to watch as he unravels not only the truth about his father's death, but the truths a Godly man imparts to him along the way. John is the perfect person to show Allan how patient, loving and merciful God can be. And last, but not least, Thomas. Who could not love the adorable, clumsy, Thomas? Can't wait for the other books to find out what the authors have in store for this guy. If you like historical Christian fiction, this is one you should pick up.
LVandercook More than 1 year ago
In the Shadow of Denali is a the first book in The Heart of Alaska series by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. This book has a good premise to it, a family who lives in Alaska's lives are changed when someone comes to hike Denali and dies on the mountain. As the truth is discovered about the death, the son of the deceased must deal with his emotions due to his father's death, the truth about those whom he cares about, and his attraction for the daughter of the man who led the expedition up the mountain. I was not a fan of some of the language in the book. The book started off with the people speaking without an accent, but as the book progressed some accents were added. That annoyed me. The first time they used "fella" and the phrase "just ducky." I couldn't help but be bothered by the introduction of the accent. It distracted from the story because the whole book didn't have that kind of language. The book also has some mysticism in which the characters find God outside of his Word and sacrament. It also seemed that the authors felt that they needed to rush the end of the book and get it to end. I wouldn't recommend the book because there are so many other good books of similar style that are written better.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
“In the Shadow of Denali” by Tracie Peterson is a historical romantic suspense novel. Even though this isn’t the normal genre that I read, it caught my attention from the first to the last page. I was very impressed by the writing style of Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. This novel follows Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John. They both work for the Curry Hotel in Alaska. Cassidy works in the kitchen and John is a tour guide. There is an accident that had taken place years earlier. Now Allan Brennan, the son of the man who died during the accident, comes back to Alaska. He is trying to find out what really happened to his father. The more you read, the more you find out major details that really happened. If you enjoy historical romantic suspense, you will love this novel. Even if you don’t enjoy the historical genre, you will still love this. I received this book from Bethany House for my honest opinion.
Courtney Fongheiser More than 1 year ago
Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and presitgious Curry Hotel in Alaska. The hotel and town are buzzing for the visit of the President of the United States, the biggest gathering The Curry has had! While trying her best to impress her strict chef boss, Cassidy also tries to deal with her father's secrets. When Allan Brennan, the son of the late Henry Brennan, comes into town seeking an internship with Cassidy's father, new and disturbing secrets arise. What's the truth? Who can she trust? And will her faith in God be strong enough to get her through all of these changes? I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Bethany House! This book was okay. It had a good beginning, a slow middle, and a predictable ending. I also wasn't expecting this to be a Christian written story. I don't have a problem with that, it just seemed cheesy at times. I am very picky when it comes to "Christian Arts" such as books, movies and tv shows. A lot of the God centered content seems forced, and "perfect". I did enjoy the main characters' development in the story though. Cassidy seemed too perfect at times, but I liked the moments when she became angry, and carried away with her emotions. That made her more human. She wasn't my favorite main character. Her and Allan's relationship was obvious, and forced. I did like Allan's character, but again he seemed to perfect at times. I understand he had a lot of demons to battle, and he had a mission when we came to Alaska. My favorite character in the book was actually Mrs. Johnson. She seemed the most down to earth character, and wasn't shy to speak how she felt. She softened slowly, which was realistic. My least favorite character was Frank, but not because he is the antagonist in the story, but because he was so poorly written. His motives were shallow, and I didn't fear him at all. I loved the setting of this book, though! The 1920s is my favorite time period to read in historical fiction. I liked how this wasn't a flashy version of the 1920s. The main character refused to cut her hair to match the bob fashion that was in at the time. Like I said, this book was okay to me. I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but it's slowly growing on me. I'm very picky with it at the moment. If you like to read Christian written historical fiction you will really enjoy this book!
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, IN THE SHADOW OF DENALI was a very exciting book that held my attention from the first page to the very last. From the prologue it is very apparent who the bad guy is, but there is some remaining questions as to how, even though the why is clearly answered. I liked Allan and John. They both were hurting from the tragedy and both needed to heal and stop placing blame. I liked Thomas too, he was a dear, clumsy boy who was too eager for approval (which made him even clumsier.) Cassidy is a bit quick tempered, judgmental, and it took awhile for me to even begin to like her. The main draw for this story was the historical details, a presidential visit to Alaska, and the mystery. The romance was there, but lacking. It was still a very enjoyable read.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
I've always loved books authored by Tracie Petersen and now she has teamed up with Kimberley Woodhouse to write a great story set in Alaska. Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, are in Alaska to work at the famous Curry Hotel which is within view of Mt. McKinley. Cassidy is working as a cook's assistant and her father will be a guide in the wilderness for wealthy guests. Then Allan Brennan comes along to be an apprentice as a mountain guide. This historical romance was fascinating! And Cassidy's cooking well as, the mountain guides adventures was a fun lesson for this reader. There is a bit of a mystery in this read too. Allan's father's guide blames the death of his father on their guide but Allan is there to be an apprentice so he can to find out the truth concerning his father's death. Meeting Cassidy and finding that she is a great partner in helping him find out the truth in this somewhat dangerous mystery. Then the president of the USA is making a stop at the hotel as he travels to drive the golden spike to complete the railroad. A lot of history and mystery combined with some sweet romance.
iStudyScripture More than 1 year ago
For anyone who has ever dreamt of visiting Alaska, In the Shadow of Denali is a must read. During my years in the majestic state, I ventured south to Seward and north to Talkeetna, both of which are mentioned in the book. It was from the Talkeetna Airport that a pilot/friend allowed me to glimpse a birds eye view of Denali. This story helped me revisit these places in my mind and to imagine what life may have been like in 1923. From the opening lines of the prologue to the last page there exists a delightful tension. It begins with a tragic expedition which claims the life of one climber. Six years later Allan Brennan unknowingly accepts a position working for John Ivanoff, the man who served as his father’s guide on the ill fated expedition. Bitterness and anger consume his thoughts, even as he finds himself falling for the John’s daughter. At this point the story takes a profound turn towards love, forgiveness, and faith. Through their collaborative efforts, Peterson and Woodhouse capture a sense of anticipation surrounding the birth of Mt. McKinley National Park. Historic details about early attempts to summit Denali, daily operation of the Curry Hotel, and the railway responsible for delivering visitors into such a remote region of the Alaska Territory add a profound richness to the story. All combined—imagery, history, fiction, and faith—In the Shadow of Denali leaves readers clamoring for the second installment of The Heart of Alaska series. Many thanks Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.
jensenh98 More than 1 year ago
Rating 5 out of 5 stars. Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than a dozen books. She is a wife, mother, author, and musician with a quick wit and positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. A popular speaker, she's shared at more than 2,000 venues across the country. 1917 Denali, Alaska. Frank Irving & Henry Brennan ran a supply store for mountaineers out of Seattle, WA. They sell tents, rope and climbing gear. They've come to Alaska to climb Mount McKinley which later became Denali. John Ivanoff is their guide who has a lot of experience in climbing this mountain. After much preparation and climbing, they reach the peak . A snowstorm is beginning on their descent down Mt. McKinley. July 1923 Curry, Alaska. Cassidy Ivanoff is at the Curry Hotel. The hotel is midway between Seward and Fairbanks and is a good place to stop between towns on the railroad. Cassidy signed on to be a cook in the kitchen of the new hotel. Cassidy is John Ivanoff's daughter. They are a family of strong faith in the Lord. John is the recreational guide for the hotel. Allan Brennan boarded the train to Alaska. He is fascinated by the true beauty of Alaska that his father Henry had only told him about. John Ivanoff boarded the train later on and they had a lively discussion about the railroad and climbing in Alaska. Cassidy showed Allan around the Curry hotel. He held her hand for a moment and she felt an instant attraction to him. Thomas is a 17-year-old young man who John has chosen to help him with his next recreational outing. Allan is feeling discord with John Irving over something that happened in his past. Cassidy and Allan go out on a nature hike together. The next day the President Warren G. Harding and his delegation come to stay at the Curry Hotel. Cassidy is baking a beautiful Baked Alaska for their dessert. Cassidy longed to be like Daniel in the Bible. He went to the lion's den and yet still remained strong in God's word. Will the mystery between John Irving and Allan Brennan be solved? Allan finds himself daydreaming lots about Cassidy. John and Allan are planning a new climb up Denali. 14 September 1923. John and Allan begin their journey up Denali. As they near 10 thousand feet up a blizzard is heading in. Will Cassidy get to see Allan and her father again? I loved reading this book. It brings you close to nature and to God. And it is filled with Alaskan adventure. #book #review #blog #traciepeterson #kimberleywoodhouse
Butterflyblogger More than 1 year ago
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.