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The much-anticipated sequel to IN SIGHT OF THE MOUNTAIN! After Anna Gallagher’s first climb on Mt. Rainier, she faces a new challenge—enduring the ridicule and threats that come with breaking tradition. In 1890, being a young female mountaineer makes polite society uncomfortable, even angry. But despite the threats and inherent risk, she still has plans for another climb, e The much-anticipated sequel to IN SIGHT OF THE MOUNTAIN! After Anna Gallagher’s first climb on Mt. Rainier, she faces a new challenge—enduring the ridicule and threats that come with breaking tradition. In 1890, being a young female mountaineer makes polite society uncomfortable, even angry. But despite the threats and inherent risk, she still has plans for another climb, even if it jeopardizes her family bookstore, and puts her in more danger than she ever imagined. Emily Watson has always been close with the Gallagher family. As a young girl she dreamed of a wealthy husband, a fine house, and a future in Seattle society and now she finally has it. Her desires couldn’t be more different than Anna’s, but she’s confronted with her own invisible mountain to climb when she’s suddenly poverty-stricken. She must decide what matters most, and whether true love is worth waiting for. IN LIGHT OF THE SUMMIT is a captivating story of ambition, heartbreak, and redemption. It’s a tale of two childhood friends navigating womanhood in the late 19th century, with as much grace as they can muster, while still figuring out how to be true to themselves.


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The much-anticipated sequel to IN SIGHT OF THE MOUNTAIN! After Anna Gallagher’s first climb on Mt. Rainier, she faces a new challenge—enduring the ridicule and threats that come with breaking tradition. In 1890, being a young female mountaineer makes polite society uncomfortable, even angry. But despite the threats and inherent risk, she still has plans for another climb, e The much-anticipated sequel to IN SIGHT OF THE MOUNTAIN! After Anna Gallagher’s first climb on Mt. Rainier, she faces a new challenge—enduring the ridicule and threats that come with breaking tradition. In 1890, being a young female mountaineer makes polite society uncomfortable, even angry. But despite the threats and inherent risk, she still has plans for another climb, even if it jeopardizes her family bookstore, and puts her in more danger than she ever imagined. Emily Watson has always been close with the Gallagher family. As a young girl she dreamed of a wealthy husband, a fine house, and a future in Seattle society and now she finally has it. Her desires couldn’t be more different than Anna’s, but she’s confronted with her own invisible mountain to climb when she’s suddenly poverty-stricken. She must decide what matters most, and whether true love is worth waiting for. IN LIGHT OF THE SUMMIT is a captivating story of ambition, heartbreak, and redemption. It’s a tale of two childhood friends navigating womanhood in the late 19th century, with as much grace as they can muster, while still figuring out how to be true to themselves.

30 review for In Light of the Summit

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    It’s Friday! The work week is over and it feels nice to know we have the weekend to take a second to catch up. With all of the turmoil happening in our country and a lot of places expecting us to act like nothing happened has been hard. This isn’t an issue that can just be swept under the rug again. I’m planning to take a second to catch my breath, but then we need to get back to calling for action.⁣ ⁣ In Light of the Summit by Jamie Mcgillen released this month and is the sequel to In Sight of th It’s Friday! The work week is over and it feels nice to know we have the weekend to take a second to catch up. With all of the turmoil happening in our country and a lot of places expecting us to act like nothing happened has been hard. This isn’t an issue that can just be swept under the rug again. I’m planning to take a second to catch my breath, but then we need to get back to calling for action.⁣ ⁣ In Light of the Summit by Jamie Mcgillen released this month and is the sequel to In Sight of the Mountain. I don’t want to give the synopsis for this one since it takes place right where the first book ends. So let me tell you that this series is about Anna who is a woman in the 1890s determined to summit Mt. Rainier. We also follow the stories of the other women in her life. ⁣ ⁣ ❤️Review❤️⁣ ⁣ In Light of the Summit was kindly sent to me by Jamie herself. She is one of the sweetest authors I’ve ever had the pleasure of interacting with. I really enjoyed this sequel. It was less than 300 pages, which made it an extremely fast read. I love how independent, strong, and brave the female characters are in this book. We truly see them reach into themselves to be the truest they can to themselves no matter what the cost. I also love how Jamie weaves in the story of the indigenous people during this time period. It’s truly a unique and captivating story. It makes me as a woman want to go summit my “mountain”. It’s a literal mountain in the book, but I think it really is the message of woman having the power to set a goal and work hard to attain it. This book has something for everyone. It has female friendships, romance, mystery, history, and adventure. If you are looking for a new historical fiction to try out, look no further than this series! I can’t wait until she publishes the 3rd book!⁣ I can’t wait to chat with Leighellen’s group about this one at the end of the month! ⁣ 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ ⁣ What’s a book you recommend that has strong female characters?⁣ ⁣ #bookstagram #kindleunlimited #historicalfictionnovels #2021books #newbookreleases #winterreads #booksbooksbooks #strongfemalecharacters #characterstories #femalefriendshipsinbooks #gorgeousbooks

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    In this sequel to In Sight of the Mountain we get to return to Seattle and I was so excited to read the next book in the series. This one has dual narrative and I love following these two. I again was left wanting more. McGillen has out done herself with this series. 4 stars and I recommend the series. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Trinity Miller

    Jamie you’ve done it again! In Light of the Summit is the perfect sequel to In Sight of the Mountain. The book jumps right into the action, from page one. The pacing in this novel is incredible and spot on. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. I read the first 60% in one sitting, and within 24 hours I had devoured this book. I have always been a fan of short chapters which end in cliffhangers! I loved getting to know all of the supporting characters and their backstories. As a reader, watching Jamie you’ve done it again! In Light of the Summit is the perfect sequel to In Sight of the Mountain. The book jumps right into the action, from page one. The pacing in this novel is incredible and spot on. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. I read the first 60% in one sitting, and within 24 hours I had devoured this book. I have always been a fan of short chapters which end in cliffhangers! I loved getting to know all of the supporting characters and their backstories. As a reader, watching all of the sub plots come together is so satisfying. In Light of the Summit is absolutely delightful and inspiring!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    It is 1890 and Anna Gallagher has her heart and soul set on completing the climb on Mt. Rainier this time. What comes with that are angry townsfolk and a society not ready to accept what a young lady in polite society is set out to do. Besides risking her own name, she also affects their family business, their bookstore from some acts of violence and danger thrown against them. In an alternating story line, we also learn about Emily Watson, whose life gets turned around in an instant after an un It is 1890 and Anna Gallagher has her heart and soul set on completing the climb on Mt. Rainier this time. What comes with that are angry townsfolk and a society not ready to accept what a young lady in polite society is set out to do. Besides risking her own name, she also affects their family business, their bookstore from some acts of violence and danger thrown against them. In an alternating story line, we also learn about Emily Watson, whose life gets turned around in an instant after an unfortunate medical procedure gone awry. McGillen deftly writes these women’s stories, hardships and struggles and also a satisfying redemption when everyone and everything just seems so set against them. This story is a perfectly painted picture of women’s life in the late 19th century for those that break molds and pave the way for future generations. This was simply stunning!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anya Leonard

    Upon hearing that this book was in the works, I was absolutely enthralled. As an aspiring female mountaineer, knowing that a book that would write about the history of mountaineering for women in the United States and how they have historically had a hard time from other was heartening. This book continues Anna Gallagher's story from In Sight of the Summit and her continuing endeavor to summit Mt. Rainier in the 19th century. This book is absolutely breathtaking. The descriptions and character d Upon hearing that this book was in the works, I was absolutely enthralled. As an aspiring female mountaineer, knowing that a book that would write about the history of mountaineering for women in the United States and how they have historically had a hard time from other was heartening. This book continues Anna Gallagher's story from In Sight of the Summit and her continuing endeavor to summit Mt. Rainier in the 19th century. This book is absolutely breathtaking. The descriptions and character development by McGillen are stunning and there is a sense of mystery and awe that is spread throughout the book. I found myself tucking the book into my purse in order to get reading done throughout the day when I would be out running my errands. My best description is that it really reminds me of a more grown up version of the American Girl books - taking on different historical issues that have plagued women throughout the years in a way that is accessible to anyone. This is a wonderful book for any women, young or old who wants to explore what women are really capable of.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Curran

    Wow! Another great story about Anna Gallagher! This was a fantastic sequel to In Sight of the Mountain! I HIGHLY recommend reading in Sight of the Mountain before you dive into this novel. I was hooked from page one and couldn’t wait to catch up with the characters that I enjoyed so much in the first novel. I really enjoyed the supporting characters and their own stories. I love how their lives intertwined with Anna’s so beautifully! If you enjoy historical fiction with strong, adventurous, fema Wow! Another great story about Anna Gallagher! This was a fantastic sequel to In Sight of the Mountain! I HIGHLY recommend reading in Sight of the Mountain before you dive into this novel. I was hooked from page one and couldn’t wait to catch up with the characters that I enjoyed so much in the first novel. I really enjoyed the supporting characters and their own stories. I love how their lives intertwined with Anna’s so beautifully! If you enjoy historical fiction with strong, adventurous, female characters, you should definitely read this series!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stef Trunk

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *Possible spoilers ahead* After getting so invested in Anna Gallagher’s story in Jamie McGillen’s first novel In Sight of the Mountain, I obviously was really anticipating this sequel to continue Anna’s journey to summit Mount Rainier! I love the time period, the setting and all of the backstories within both novels, but even more so this time around! There were reunions, the coziest winter wedding, tragic deaths, new courtships, threats and ridicule, and so much overcoming of adversity! Did I me *Possible spoilers ahead* After getting so invested in Anna Gallagher’s story in Jamie McGillen’s first novel In Sight of the Mountain, I obviously was really anticipating this sequel to continue Anna’s journey to summit Mount Rainier! I love the time period, the setting and all of the backstories within both novels, but even more so this time around! There were reunions, the coziest winter wedding, tragic deaths, new courtships, threats and ridicule, and so much overcoming of adversity! Did I mention there are bookish references from the time period!? I was here for all of it! Not surprisingly, I was routing for Anna the entire time! There are a couple of great twists towards the end that I definitely didn’t see coming... and maybe caused a slight heart attack for a hot minute! I highly recommend both novels in this series, especially if you are a fan of historical fiction with plenty of adventure and no shortage of girl power! We meet Anna Gallagher again, in hopes of overcoming past feats and new threats and challenges as she journeys to summit Mount Rainier. In 1890, being a newly married female mountaineer creates quite the stir. But Anna proves determined this time around to reach the top of the beautiful mountain that has always been a beacon of light in her life. There are many changes happening within Anna’s circle in Seattle while she prepares for her summit. It is evident that Anna is strong enough to make her goal a reality, but it’s also the love and support of her family and friends that pushes her to accomplish that final climb and set a glowing example for other women who dream of being mountaineers! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leighellen Landskov

    It was so fun to return to Seattle for this second novel in the Rainier Series! This time around, there is a dual narrative that follows Anna and her friend Emily. Again we meet up with the spicy Anna Gallagher, this time she is planning another summit but with her husband. Unfortunately, several townspeople (and her father in law) want to keep her in her place. They believe she should be starting a family, not a tour company. So they begin to attack the bookstore owned by her grandfather and wh It was so fun to return to Seattle for this second novel in the Rainier Series! This time around, there is a dual narrative that follows Anna and her friend Emily. Again we meet up with the spicy Anna Gallagher, this time she is planning another summit but with her husband. Unfortunately, several townspeople (and her father in law) want to keep her in her place. They believe she should be starting a family, not a tour company. So they begin to attack the bookstore owned by her grandfather and where she works. Emily is also back but her life is not what she expected. After marrying for money, her husband falls ill and she is left with nothing. As she begins to start over, she finds herself once again attracted to her childhood sweetheart, who sadly is courting her boss' daughter. While the two women are dealing with two entirely different issues, they both suffer from the same problem - the limitations that women during this era have placed upon them. "You've never quiet understood how badly women have it. I'm a pawn with no power and no rights. But I can take blame and debt, can't I?" Overall, this book was wonderful. It's a sweet YA historical fiction book set in one of my favorite places during a really interesting time in history. I devoured it far too quickly. My issue with this book is that it was too short! I wanted a little more of everything this time around. We also only get brief interactions with her Duwamish friend Heather this time. I wanted more of Heather's story. After investing in so much of her in the first book, I really wanted more of the Duwamish people and their transition into society. I would have loved to get more of how she was received in town and even if her child would be allowed to attend school. After talking with Jamie, I'm happy to say that it sounds like we will get more of Heather in a future book. This was fun to read and fun to discuss with my book club. I love how Jamie adds so many other literature references to the story, which truly makes this book lovers heart sing. I'm thankful Jamie joined us live for a chat and answered all our questions. We look forward to all the next books in this series! To read more reviews, head over TO MY BLOG. Or see what I'm currently reading over on my INSTAGRAM PAGE. And now you can even follow my book chats on my BOOKTUBE CHANNEL!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Anna Gallagher recently was among the first women to climb Mount Rainier; however, she didn't reach the summit.  Although Anna did find passion,  renewed confidence in herself a man who appreciates her the way she is.  Now, Anna is planning a wedding and a second trip up Rainier where she can hopefully summitt alongside her new husband, Ben. As they prepare for their adventure, someone in Seattle repeatedly attacks Anna's grandfather's bookstore to show their disapproval for Anna endeavors.  Mea Anna Gallagher recently was among the first women to climb Mount Rainier; however, she didn't reach the summit.  Although Anna did find passion,  renewed confidence in herself a man who appreciates her the way she is.  Now, Anna is planning a wedding and a second trip up Rainier where she can hopefully summitt alongside her new husband, Ben. As they prepare for their adventure, someone in Seattle repeatedly attacks Anna's grandfather's bookstore to show their disapproval for Anna endeavors.  Meanwhile, Emily Watson, a long time friend of the Gallagher family is dealing with the death of her husband, a husband that was supposed to give her everything she wanted in life, but left her with his debt.  Emily finds that what she wanted all along might have been right next door all these years.   Picking up right after In Sight of the Mountain, In Light of the Summit continues with Anna and Ben beginning their life together.  After Anna accounts of climbing Rainier are published, an unforeseen incident causes them to think about their next steps.  While the attacks were awful, they unfortunately weren't surprising for the time and I was surprised that so many people were accepting of Anna's adventures.  I did very much enjoy getting to see Anna and Ben preparing for the wedding and building a life together.  Although, this story focused more on her brother Levi and his romantic interests with new widow Emily.  Emily's story is intriguing as she finds out what she really values in life.  She surprises herself when she figures out that money, nice dresses and  high society isn't what fulfills her.  I also enjoyed the historical detail of 1890's Seattle's history with its founder, Henry Yesler and the opening of the Seattle Public Library.  My favorite parts of the story remain when Anna is ascending Mt. Rainier, although Anna and Ben did not begin their climb until about 70% of the way into the story.  As always, the description of the mountain and the view along with Anna's feelings are amazing.  The climb provided for some extremely suspenseful moments that I hope will be resolved in another installment of the Rainier series.  This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 

  10. 4 out of 5

    Meilee Anderson

    Full disclosure, I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. And I honestly loved it. I read "In Sight of the Summit" by Jamie McGillen and really enjoyed it last year. When I got my copy of "In Light of the Summit" the second in the series almost a year later I couldn't wait to start reading it. Once I started reading it...right from page 1 it felt like no time had passed. It was as if instantly I was transported right back to my favorite bookshop with a dear f Full disclosure, I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. And I honestly loved it. I read "In Sight of the Summit" by Jamie McGillen and really enjoyed it last year. When I got my copy of "In Light of the Summit" the second in the series almost a year later I couldn't wait to start reading it. Once I started reading it...right from page 1 it felt like no time had passed. It was as if instantly I was transported right back to my favorite bookshop with a dear friend. I was carried back to the early days of Seattle when Washington was in its early statehood. I really like the main character. She's someone I'd spend time with in a heartbeat. A strong independent woman who loves books, reading, and Mount Rainier? I'm in! What's not to love about this book? I devoured the book in one go, cover to cover. And no spoilers here but what a plot twist! I didn't see it coming and I'm still smiling about the surprise a day later. What a fun read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee

    Jamie has done it again!! If you are not on The Rainer Series train yet you better grab your backpack and get ready for an adventure. I am addicted to this series the books truly make you feel like you're there with everyone. I cant explain how grateful I am that this series continued. The true love in these two books and the character development is literally the best I have ever read. If you want a wholesome lighthearted read look no further. Jamie has done it again!! If you are not on The Rainer Series train yet you better grab your backpack and get ready for an adventure. I am addicted to this series the books truly make you feel like you're there with everyone. I cant explain how grateful I am that this series continued. The true love in these two books and the character development is literally the best I have ever read. If you want a wholesome lighthearted read look no further.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie P (Because My Mother Read)

    I really enjoyed revisiting the characters and setting of the first book. I was happy to see Anna at such a good place as well as the storylines of side characters. This book is shorter than the first and has less conflict (which can be both a pro and a con). There were some spots I thought could be tightened up with a bit more editing and some smoothing in the transitions with flashbacks. But overall a really engaging and heart warming story of a woman pursuing her dreams and finding the abilit I really enjoyed revisiting the characters and setting of the first book. I was happy to see Anna at such a good place as well as the storylines of side characters. This book is shorter than the first and has less conflict (which can be both a pro and a con). There were some spots I thought could be tightened up with a bit more editing and some smoothing in the transitions with flashbacks. But overall a really engaging and heart warming story of a woman pursuing her dreams and finding the ability to fulfill multiple roles.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Modern Miss Granger

    After reading In Sight of the Mountain earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to read the sequel. I am so excited to get to be on Jamie’s launch team for this book. This book was just as wonderful as the first. I loved seeing Anna and Ben take on a new adventure together. There love is beautiful and I admire how they stand up for each other. I also love how we saw Emily’s story unfold. With more love, mountain climbing, and a little mystery, this was the perfect sequel. I highly recommend reading In After reading In Sight of the Mountain earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to read the sequel. I am so excited to get to be on Jamie’s launch team for this book. This book was just as wonderful as the first. I loved seeing Anna and Ben take on a new adventure together. There love is beautiful and I admire how they stand up for each other. I also love how we saw Emily’s story unfold. With more love, mountain climbing, and a little mystery, this was the perfect sequel. I highly recommend reading In Sight of the Mountain and In Light of the Summit.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel White

    Jamie writes a great book! 🔹Great characters 🔹Great plots 🔹Beautiful descriptions 🔹Endings that make you want more! These characters and this storyline has won my heart! Can’t wait for the third one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Brand

    This book is a sweet work of historical fiction for YA readers that gently introduces critical thinking around gender, race, and class within the context of 19th century Seattle. Anna Gallagher, the series' protagonist, aspires to summit Mt. Rainier despite the many obstacles set by the terrain itself—and more importantly, by the provincial attitudes of her contemporaries. The two primary female characters each have a romantic plot line while also providing contrast to one another; in the course This book is a sweet work of historical fiction for YA readers that gently introduces critical thinking around gender, race, and class within the context of 19th century Seattle. Anna Gallagher, the series' protagonist, aspires to summit Mt. Rainier despite the many obstacles set by the terrain itself—and more importantly, by the provincial attitudes of her contemporaries. The two primary female characters each have a romantic plot line while also providing contrast to one another; in the course of the book, both young women are forced to consider, and reconsider, their deepest values. Love for the natural settings and historical details in and around Seattle is evident all throughout the book; many scenes evoke a strong sense of time and place.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    I loved the first book so much and it was great to get to know some characters better, meet some new, and be back in the life of Anna Gallagher and her mission for the mountain.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meganchoredinbooks

    The mountains are calling..... and I’m ready to seek them. “In Light of the Summit” picked up straight where we left off in “In Sight of the Mountain”. I’ve been patiently waiting to hear if Anna was finally able to summit the mountain. In Light of the Summit is so beautifully written. Being a mountaineering woman myself, the author transports you straight to the meadows and prairies with her vivid explanations. I could vision myself at the bottom of the mountain looking up at all it’s glory and The mountains are calling..... and I’m ready to seek them. “In Light of the Summit” picked up straight where we left off in “In Sight of the Mountain”. I’ve been patiently waiting to hear if Anna was finally able to summit the mountain. In Light of the Summit is so beautifully written. Being a mountaineering woman myself, the author transports you straight to the meadows and prairies with her vivid explanations. I could vision myself at the bottom of the mountain looking up at all it’s glory and light. I find it fascinating how even though this is a historical fiction novel, the times are still ever changing in the outdoors. I found myself longing for summer so that I can take my turn to ruffle feathers and find adventure. P.S. Jamie, I don’t think I can wait very long for the third book of the Rainier Series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Noor

    . When you love someone, you love the whole person just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.. . Book 2 IN LIGHT OF THE SUMMIT by @jamiemcgillen 226 pages, 28 chapters. Released 31.12.2020 Genre: historical fiction, women fiction. . Inspiring & heart warming, to say the least!. . Can be read as a standalone. . Based in the late 19th century, this story talks about the times when women were supposed to be feminine, graceful, homely bodies with special emphasis on the kindof clothes they sho . When you love someone, you love the whole person just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.. . Book 2 IN LIGHT OF THE SUMMIT by @jamiemcgillen 226 pages, 28 chapters. Released 31.12.2020 Genre: historical fiction, women fiction. . Inspiring & heart warming, to say the least!. . Can be read as a standalone. . Based in the late 19th century, this story talks about the times when women were supposed to be feminine, graceful, homely bodies with special emphasis on the kindof clothes they should wear. . Pointers: a strong minded woman, a family bookstore, childhood dream to reach the summit, friendships, true love, societal ridicule & restrictions, support & love of dear ones. A revolution. . This is a story based around 1890 about two friends, Anna & Emily. . Anna has a family bookstore, is an avid reader & at the age of 17 wants to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier. She resides with her grandfather & step but kind grandmother. She lost her parents when she was young & her grandfather says, she is as obstinate as her mom😅. I loved their relationship. His grandpa was against her decision to go mountaineering as it was considered a man's arena but later he felt, ppl need to change with time. She has a childhood friend cum lover, Ben who supports her in every way possible. Someone tries to burn down their bookstore twice in an attempt to jeopardize her plans to attain the summit. Even Ben's father displays his disapproval, clearly. Society, at large also keeps on giving their piece of mind to her & her family but nothing shakes her resolve nor his family's support. Ben supports her, they both read books & go mountaineering together which was so beautiful to feel through.. . "When she was with her grandfather, the world seemed easier to endure." I so missed & relished the memories I had with my grandpa, here. . While the story of Emily keeps on going. She leaves her best friend cum lover & marries someone who is more financially stable & would provide for her & her family needs but as fate would have it, he dies pretty young leaving her with huge debt. Later she realizes her folly & learns her life lesson. . It has a HEA.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda Zagon

    Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “In Light of the Summit” by Jamie McGillen, On tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours Jamie McGillen the author of “In the Light of the Summit” has written an intriguing and thought-provoking novel about young adults in the 1890’s. The genres for this story are Historical fiction, Young Adult Exploration, and Fiction. This is the second novel in this series but can be read alone. I look forward to reading the first book in the series. The author describes her characters Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “In Light of the Summit” by Jamie McGillen, On tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours Jamie McGillen the author of “In the Light of the Summit” has written an intriguing and thought-provoking novel about young adults in the 1890’s. The genres for this story are Historical fiction, Young Adult Exploration, and Fiction. This is the second novel in this series but can be read alone. I look forward to reading the first book in the series. The author describes her characters as determined, brave, flawed, each having their own set of problems. One of the protagonists in this novel, Annie Gallagher’s dream is to reach the summit of Mt. Rainer. Her first attempt failed when she twisted her leg. She is working hard with her fiancé/husband Ben. In 1890, there are people that feel that Annie’s dreams and actions defy what a young woman’s goal in life should be. Her family gets threats, and it becomes dangerous if she continues her mission in many ways. Annie is a very determined and courageous woman. She is determined to finish the climb, no matter what. At this particular time, Ben is very encouraging and supportive, as is her immediate family. Emily, a close friend of Annie has chosen the path in her climb and descent in her life by marrying a man of means to ensure she would be wealthy and enjoy nice things. She wonders if she should have listened to her heart, and married someone else. Emily’s husband gets sick and dies, and Emily finds out that her dreams are nothing but a smokescreen. She owes money on her husband’s estate since he didn’t have it. I appreciate that the author discusses how women were treated in an unequal and unfair way in the 1890s. She also discusses the importance of self-worth, working towards your goals, the importance of family, friends, love, and hope. I would highly recommend this easy-to-read the heartfelt story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    From the Forward: In 1984, Rosie Andrews wrote that most male climbers raised in traditional Western culture have "generally been encouraged to perform physically, problem-solve, and take risks while [...] girls are usually more sheltered and protected. . . I love historical fiction because I learn about times and places I wouldn’t otherwise know about. In Jamie McGillen’s books I have had that pleasure in the location of Seattle in the late 1800’s. I also love stories of strong women trodding uniqu From the Forward: In 1984, Rosie Andrews wrote that most male climbers raised in traditional Western culture have "generally been encouraged to perform physically, problem-solve, and take risks while [...] girls are usually more sheltered and protected. . . I love historical fiction because I learn about times and places I wouldn’t otherwise know about. In Jamie McGillen’s books I have had that pleasure in the location of Seattle in the late 1800’s. I also love stories of strong women trodding unique paths with grace. In Light of the Summit continues the story of Anna Gallagher, who wants more than anything to climb Mount Rainier. The story is an easy read that keeps you turning pages. I mostly read this in two sittings because I wanted to know what happened next. There were some surprising twists in the story that kept me hooked. In this sweet book we have both an adventure story and a romance story (or two). The book also deals with themes of discrimination towards women and racial injustice. . This is an YA book that will appeal to older readers as well. The romance is limited to kissing and not much of that either. We had great discussion in book club with the first book in this series and I anticipate much more great discussion with this book! . This book makes me want to: Read Anna Karenina Visit Mount Rainier and at least climb some of it I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a sweet historical fiction!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Callies

    In Light of the Summit by @jamiemcgillen the second book in the Rainier series was the last book I read for the month of January and it might very well be my favorite from the month! In this book we follow Anna a few months after the events of In Sight of the Mountain where she is now planning her wedding to Ben and they are also planning and prepping for their summit of Mount Rainier. But we also follow Emily, Anna’s long lost friend from childhood who believed she needed to move up in society i In Light of the Summit by @jamiemcgillen the second book in the Rainier series was the last book I read for the month of January and it might very well be my favorite from the month! In this book we follow Anna a few months after the events of In Sight of the Mountain where she is now planning her wedding to Ben and they are also planning and prepping for their summit of Mount Rainier. But we also follow Emily, Anna’s long lost friend from childhood who believed she needed to move up in society in order to be happy and well taken care of. Until tragedy strikes, leaving her penniless and forced to take on her husbands debt. This book shows two women who are so different in what they want out of life but also so similar in how society tells them what they can or can’t do. I related to both Anna and Emily. Anna, for her love of books and loyalty to her friends and family and Emily, for her following the rules but then finally following her heart and going after what she wants. I read this book for #mommaleighellensbookclub and the chat was amazing and so much fun! We also hopped over to zoom with Jamie to ask her all of burning questions about this book. Needless to say we laughed so much and plan on meeting her to drive to the base camp to do some hiking around my rainier one day in the future-hopefully sooner rather than later-☺️

  22. 5 out of 5

    Zoe L.

    You know, I really enjoy books like this. They’re soothing to read yet feature such powerhouse and inspiring women. It’s just a really nice combination that draws you wholly into the story. Plus the backdrop to this series is amazing and beautiful. There were so many elements to this book that wove together so perfectly into one story, but I don’t want to get too much into the plot because the events are a direct follow up to the first book in the series. But the characters and setting have such You know, I really enjoy books like this. They’re soothing to read yet feature such powerhouse and inspiring women. It’s just a really nice combination that draws you wholly into the story. Plus the backdrop to this series is amazing and beautiful. There were so many elements to this book that wove together so perfectly into one story, but I don’t want to get too much into the plot because the events are a direct follow up to the first book in the series. But the characters and setting have such amazing backgrounds and backdrops that you’ll find yourself flipping as fast as you can through this book. The last nice, but also sad, thing about this book is that it isn’t terribly long. So if you’re like me you’ll be able to stay up late and devour this one in one go. But don’t worry, the book isn’t so short that it makes you feel as if the story got lost along the way. You can view my full review on my blog! I also post about a lot of different types of books! Reader | Bookstagrammer | Blogger | Reviewer @ya.its.lit - https://www.instagram.com/ya.its.lit/ Blog - https://yaitslitblog.wordpress.com/

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela O.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My review might be an unpopular opinion but here it goes. I understand that times were different back in the day but some of the things mentioned sound so exaggerated and extreme. Like Peter burning the bookstore? Attempting to kill her?? I also didn't like how readers were tricked into thinking Ben's dad was the bad guy when he actually wasn't. Like his views were different because he's older but he didn't take those extremes against his sons wife... Last I didnt like Levi's courtship ending an My review might be an unpopular opinion but here it goes. I understand that times were different back in the day but some of the things mentioned sound so exaggerated and extreme. Like Peter burning the bookstore? Attempting to kill her?? I also didn't like how readers were tricked into thinking Ben's dad was the bad guy when he actually wasn't. Like his views were different because he's older but he didn't take those extremes against his sons wife... Last I didnt like Levi's courtship ending and him starting a new one right away, I feel like even back then that would've been looked down on. Regardless of that I loved how he handled ending the courtship and how he followed his heart. NOW on to the good things!! I love that Anna and Ben went to climb the mountain together! I love that they both reached the top regardless of the obstacles. I love that Conner actually went away to have a proper family with June. I love that Emily got to be happy again, and Levi finally got the girl he always wanted. Heather moving into town made my heart happy. (I hope book 3 includes her being accepted by everyone).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Michelle

    Thank you, so much Jamie , for sending me a complementary copy . All opinions are my own ! . “ #inlightofthesummit @jamiemcgillen , Evergreen Bookshelf Format : Advance Readers Copy , published:December 31st 2020 Genres: YA /Historical Fiction . I adored Jamie’s first book , of this breathtaking series. She delivered a stupendous debut in : “In Sight Of The Mountain “. Not only did she delivered a strong debut her sequel “ In Light Of The Summit “ was just as empowering, and beautiful as her firs Thank you, so much Jamie , for sending me a complementary copy . All opinions are my own ! . “ #inlightofthesummit @jamiemcgillen , Evergreen Bookshelf Format : Advance Readers Copy , published:December 31st 2020 Genres: YA /Historical Fiction . I adored Jamie’s first book , of this breathtaking series. She delivered a stupendous debut in : “In Sight Of The Mountain “. Not only did she delivered a strong debut her sequel “ In Light Of The Summit “ was just as empowering, and beautiful as her first book ! .We return to Seattle, for another adventure , with Anna. This time we get dual POVS between our protagonist Anna , and her friend Emma . Jamie did phenomenal job , with both women . They have different issues we come to realize they both suffer from the same problem . Jamie you again have crafted up a sweet, cozy brilliant , and well written story. A story that even the young readers can enjoy, for years to come ! . If you love Historical Fiction, or want to explore more , of the genre . Get both books by Jamie you will NOT regret it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . QOTD : How is your reading going on this Month? .

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Rozier

    This is a book that hooks you in right from its gorgeous cover. But wait, behind that cover are women that are tough as nails and have to deal with stereotypes of how a woman should act and dress (pay attention to that cover again and those pants the character is wearing..that’s a no-no back in 1891). Anna who is on her second attempt to summit Mt. Rainier (this time with her new husband, Ben) is full of determination, perseverance and dignity even as there are people trying to thwart her plan t This is a book that hooks you in right from its gorgeous cover. But wait, behind that cover are women that are tough as nails and have to deal with stereotypes of how a woman should act and dress (pay attention to that cover again and those pants the character is wearing..that’s a no-no back in 1891). Anna who is on her second attempt to summit Mt. Rainier (this time with her new husband, Ben) is full of determination, perseverance and dignity even as there are people trying to thwart her plan through bullying and even sabotage! There are other wonderful and strong women characters and I thoroughly enjoyed their presence in the book. Emily wanted a life of higher social status and better medical care for her mother but finds herself a young widow and working to pay off her husband’s secret debt. Heather is a member of the Duwamish tribe, who due to prejudices feels more comfortable living outside of town than in town with her husband. The writing flows so smoothly in this book and the stories that are being told are a fascinating aspect of the US Pacific Northwest during the end of the 19th century.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tristan (tristans_library)

    "Nothing is better than the pleasure of owning one’s favorite book.” This sequel was wonderful! I read a lot of dark and twisted books and every once in a while it's nice to take a break and read something like this. A story that is wholesome, sweet, with some interesting pieces of history, a dash of female empowerment, a little mystery, and a sprinkle of romance and ...omg! The twist near the end! I was pretty anxious for a minute. It's evident that Jamie puts a lot of effort into researching th "Nothing is better than the pleasure of owning one’s favorite book.” This sequel was wonderful! I read a lot of dark and twisted books and every once in a while it's nice to take a break and read something like this. A story that is wholesome, sweet, with some interesting pieces of history, a dash of female empowerment, a little mystery, and a sprinkle of romance and ...omg! The twist near the end! I was pretty anxious for a minute. It's evident that Jamie puts a lot of effort into researching the time period which she utilizes to really bring the characters and the setting to life. I think this book is perfect for younger readers, although I hope that many adults will enjoy it also. There is a lot of room for historical conversations to be shared! I received an Advanced copy from the author of In Light of the Summit via Booksprouts in exchange for my honest review. I am so honored to be part of the launch team for In light of the Summit.

  27. 4 out of 5

    gwendalyn _books_

    Title: In Light Of The Summit Author: Jamie McGillen Publisher: The Evergreen Bookshelf Genre: Historical Fiction In Light Of The Summit is the second installment in the Rainer series by author Jamie McGillen. Picking up several months after the first book, In Sight of the Mountain. We find Anna and Ben planning a wedding, along with another attempt to summit Mt. Rainer. Anna and Emily’s friendship becomes a stronger bond than before. Also we get to see Levi and Emily’s courtship blossom. A wonderfu Title: In Light Of The Summit Author: Jamie McGillen Publisher: The Evergreen Bookshelf Genre: Historical Fiction In Light Of The Summit is the second installment in the Rainer series by author Jamie McGillen. Picking up several months after the first book, In Sight of the Mountain. We find Anna and Ben planning a wedding, along with another attempt to summit Mt. Rainer. Anna and Emily’s friendship becomes a stronger bond than before. Also we get to see Levi and Emily’s courtship blossom. A wonderfully executed historical fiction that focuses on the perseverance by strong willed trailblazing women. Rich with atmospheric details allows the reader to see first hand the beautiful prairies and meadows. The lush landscape comes alive, along with the authors well developed characters. A stunning book that captures the strength of fortitude of the woman. Women who struggle under the bonds of restrictions that were placed on them during this time period.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Goncalves

    In Light Of the Summit is the much anticipated sequel to In Sight Of The Mountain which was a delight to read; if you enjoy Historical fiction and strong female protagonists you should pick this one up. With alternating stories we continue with Anna who is planning a wedding, the future and another attempt to summit Mt. Rainer, we also get to follow her childhood friend Emily as we learn more about her backstory, heartbreak and her emotional relationship with Anna’s brother. Richly descriptive, a In Light Of the Summit is the much anticipated sequel to In Sight Of The Mountain which was a delight to read; if you enjoy Historical fiction and strong female protagonists you should pick this one up. With alternating stories we continue with Anna who is planning a wedding, the future and another attempt to summit Mt. Rainer, we also get to follow her childhood friend Emily as we learn more about her backstory, heartbreak and her emotional relationship with Anna’s brother. Richly descriptive, a quick read at under 300 pages it’s packed with adventure, friendship, mystery, romance and history. Great pacing and secondary characters just add to the excitement of these two strong willed women going against the norm, striving against all odds to fight for what they believe and not conforming to society’s expectations in late 19th century.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sierra

    If you think the cover is pretty, wait until you read the story! It’s a work of art just as lovely! To be honest, I only read the first book in the series because a friend won a copy in a giveaway and I wanted to do a buddy read. I loved it so much I knew I was going to preorder the second book... (and I’ll be doing the same with the third). In Light of the Summit we rejoin our fearless heroine Anna, from In Sight of the Mountain, along a dual storyline with one of her childhood friends. Romance ( If you think the cover is pretty, wait until you read the story! It’s a work of art just as lovely! To be honest, I only read the first book in the series because a friend won a copy in a giveaway and I wanted to do a buddy read. I loved it so much I knew I was going to preorder the second book... (and I’ll be doing the same with the third). In Light of the Summit we rejoin our fearless heroine Anna, from In Sight of the Mountain, along a dual storyline with one of her childhood friends. Romance (squeaky clean) abounds in all the right places *swoon* AND our heroines are feisty, independent, and strong. Because I, too, live “In Sight of the Mountain”, I love how Mount Rainier and Seattle itself feel like additional and important characters in this novel. I cannot wait to get my hands on book three!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karelisse Poventud

    Jamie McGillen has a way of vividly pulling you in and making you feel like you are a part of the book. Continuing the story of Anna Gallagher and seeing how much she has changed from the first book and also following her friend Emily and what she goes through and learning finally what she truly wants, makes you relatable to these ladies, even during a time where women had to be and act a certain way in society. It makes you appreciate all the women throughout history who pushed the limits so wo Jamie McGillen has a way of vividly pulling you in and making you feel like you are a part of the book. Continuing the story of Anna Gallagher and seeing how much she has changed from the first book and also following her friend Emily and what she goes through and learning finally what she truly wants, makes you relatable to these ladies, even during a time where women had to be and act a certain way in society. It makes you appreciate all the women throughout history who pushed the limits so women of today can be where they want to be and have the courage to stand up for what they believe in. I really enjoyed reading the book and I look forward to the next adventure that's I'm store for Anna Gallagher.

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