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In Light of the Summit

The Rainier Series, Book 2

Published: 15 Jan 2021

This book received the Gold Medal in the YA Adventure Category in the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards!

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.

(Book Club Questions included at the end of the book.)

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Praise for In Light of the Summit

"I love how independent, strong, and brave the female characters are in this book. [...] 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!⁣" — Nicole (5 Star Review)

"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!" — Michelle, Nursebookie (5 Star Review)

"...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." — Anya Leonard (5 Star Review)