In Light of the Summit


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$14.99  $13.94
Evergreen Bookshelf
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.86 pounds

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About the Author

Jamie McGillen lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier, and no matter how many times she moves away, it draws her home. Everything about large evergreen trees delights her, except how poky they are, and the sap. Her poems and essays have been published in numerous literary journals, and she teaches English Composition at Highline College. You can find out more about her at


"Turn of the century social conventions come in conflict with a determined young woman's desire to climb Mt. Ranier in Washington State. Anna must make a choice, to be true to herself or "know one's place" and conform to avoid conflict within her family and society at large. Author, Jamie McGillen, explores this and other social injustices historically imposed on women, many that still resonate a century and a half later - mountains yet to climb." -- San Francisco Book Review

"In Light of the Summit by Jamie McGillen is a charming sequel to her first novel, In Sight of the Mountain. McGillen's love for her home state and Mt. Rainier shines through her writing. Her description is vivid and beautiful. Readers will be inspired to climb the mountain themselves. She brings Mt. Rainier and the Pacific Northwest climate to life. Anna is a strong and determined female character, and her husband Ben is always supportive. Their love is believable and sweet. This book is filled with adventure and romance and danger. The mystery is well-plotted, with several great twists. If you are looking for a good, clean novel to curl up in front of a cozy fire with, you can't go wrong with this one." -- Heather Stockard, Readers' Favorite (5 Star Review)

"Set in historical Seattle, In Light of the Summit delves more deeply into the personal lives of Anna and Emily as the young women navigate 1890's society. Anna's attempt to climb Mount Rainier the previous summer has brought her some fame and she eagerly anticipates her upcoming wedding to Ben. However, not everyone is pleased that a 19th-century woman is climbing mountains, and the lengths somebody will go to prevent her second attempt at the summit are devastating to Anna and her family. Meanwhile, Anna's close friend Emily experiences unexpected tragedy and has to navigate a path she never thought she would travel... Although it is not necessary to read the first book in order to enjoy this one, I recommend it. The continued character development and plot follow nicely from In Sight of the Mountain, and there are enough loose ends still left to complete so that I look forward to a third book in this series. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, women's mountaineering, light clean romance, or who just loves to lose themselves in a good novel." Donna Gielow McFarland, Readers' Favorite (5 Star Review)