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Press Release
For Immediate Release
from WaterBrook,
an imprint of Penguin Random House
Lisa Beech, Assistant Director of Publicity

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

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