Contemporary Christian Fiction

Avalanche by Gayla Hiss


My Thoughts

Gayla Hiss’ debut novel Avalanche is equal parts adventure, mystery, and romance. When Park Ranger Jenny Snowfeather becomes entangled with the local sheriff’s investigation of area break-ins, she never could have predicted the dangers she would face. Readers, prepare to take to the trails of North Cascades National Park on the hunt for a fugitive.

Hiss maintained tension start to finish by quickly escalating the crimes which were committed and casting suspicion on a growing pool of suspects. The presence of an armed Deputy Marshall in Eagle Valley raised Jenny’s suspicions as well as my own, yet it wasn’t a spoiler. To the contrary, Hiss’ timing with respect to romance and resolution of the crime felt organic. She avoided the pitfall of insta-love by allowing Chase and Jenny to build trust before really opening up to one another. In the end, the author capitalized on her setting—crafting multiple “man vs nature” moments.

Avalanche is a quick and satisfying read from a promising new Christian author. Grab a copy and perhaps you will #findyourpark!

With thanks to the author/publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

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National Park Week is April 15 to 23, 2017


Be sure to come back during National Park Week as I will be hosting a few Christian authors with books set in our parks.

Gayla Hiss will be my guest on April 15th!

Who else? I’ll give you a hint, they are all on my Christian Fiction set in US National Parks Goodreads list. (If you know of any other NP titles, please vote them onto the list.)

Which National Parks have you visited? Do you have a favorite?

I’ve made it to:

Denali, Sitka, and Kenai Fjords (AK)
Grand Canyon (AZ)
Hot Springs (AR)
Rocky Mountain (CO)
Yellowstone (MT/WY)
Scotts Bluff (NE)
Niagara Falls (NY)
Grand Teton (WY)
Mammoth Cave (KY)
Great Smoky Mountains (TN)
Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Zion (UT)

Boston National Historical Park – The Freedom Trail (MA)
Mount Rushmore (SD)
Gateway Arch (MO)
Hoover Dam (NZ/AZ)

Yosemite (CA), Yellowstone (again, with the kids), and Glacier (MT – which I missed on both of my trips up the ALCAN Highway due to snow) are on my bucket list!


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