Thursday, April 18, 2013

Denali Dreams by Ronie Kendig and Kimberly Woodhouse

Catch a glimpse of Denali National Park through the eyes of four courageous women. Karon Granger beat cancer, but can she climb Mt. McKinley—the tallest mountain in North America? Is heiress Jolie Decouteau safe from the rugged terrain and an assassin? Will flightseeing tour guide Deline Tsosi uncover the sabotage that endangers her business—and find her heart melting for an Alaskan ranger? Can love conquer all when the past threatens the protective walls of Deanna Smith’s remote job? Will Denali spell disaster or dream-come-true romance?

My review:
   Barbour Book Publishing has been publishing these 4 in one books for several years, and they never looked like anything I'd want to read. For one thing, they are usually 100% romance, which I steer clear of.... if it is suspense/romance, I can handle that. And they always look like fluff and sub-par reading... no offense, Barbour, or any authors who write those books - they just aren't me.

  But then I found out two authors I really like were collaborating on one of these books, so knowing I'd be in for a good read, I bought it. Due to book review commitments, it sat for several weeks until tonight. I picked it up and read one of the stories, then the second, then the third.... and the fourth. Since there are four stories in the book, they are short, averaging 80 some pages in length, but all four are excellent stories. They are all written around Denali, a mountain in Alaska, and all four stories use the same characters, which was a nice surprise.

  One of the four was strictly romance, and I loved it as much as the other three, which were suspense. The first story had a great theme that compared leaving go of faith in God and blaming Him, to leaving go of a rope while mountain climbing and blaming the rope. Kim Woodhouse put it much more eloquently, and it was touched on in later in the book also, but it was a great message that is still sticking in my brain.

  This has got to be the best 4 in 1 novel Barbour has published. I really enjoyed the book and am glad I bought it. Kudos to the authors for putting together 4 great stories that flow together in such a great way.

About the authors:

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married a veteran, and together their lives are never dull with four children and two dogs--a Golden Retriever and a Maltese Menace. Ronie's degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.
Since launching onto the publishing scene, Ronie's Rapid-Fire Fiction has hit the CBA Bestseller List, won the prestigious Christy Award, named to 2012 Bestselling Fiction by, finaled in numerous contests and reader awards, including ACFW Carol Awards, RWA's Faith, Hope, & Love's Inspirational Readers' Choice Awards, Christian Retailing's Readers' Choice Awards, INSPY Award, The Christian Manifesto Lime Awards, and FamilyFiction's Readers' Choice Awards.

Ronie's titles include her debut title and spy thriller--DEAD RECKONING--the Discarded Heroes series (NIGHTSHADE, DIGITALIS, WOLFSBANE, FIRETHORN), the A Breed Apart series (TRINITY:MILITARY WAR DOG, TALON:COMBAT TRACKING TEAM, , the not yet released BEOWULF: EXPLOSIVES DETECTION DOG) and the upcoming (2014) The Quiet Professionals (RAPTOR 6, HAWK, FALCON). Ronie's writings are also in the 7 Hours direct-to-digital novella collection (WHOLE PIECES), Central Park Rendezvous novella collection (DREAM A LITTLE DREAM), and the Denali Dreams novella collection (DARING HEIGHTS, TAKING FLIGHT).
Ronie can be found at, on Facebook (, Twitter (@roniekendig), and GoodReads.

Kimberley Woodhouse 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 600 venues across the country. Kimberley and her family's story have garnered national media attention for many years, but most recently her family was chosen for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, and Discovery Health channel's Mystery ER. Welcome Home: Our Family's Journey to Extreme Joy, releases from Tyndale House Publishers September first. In addition to her non-fiction, she also writes romantic suspense and children's books. Kimberley lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and two children in their truly "extreme" home.
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Denali Dreams is available from Barbour Books Publishing.

This review was done on my own, as I purchased the book myself.