Shadows of the Canyon (Desert Roses Series #1)

Shadows of the Canyon (Desert Roses Series #1)

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by Tracie Peterson

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Book 1 of the Desert Roses series. Working as a Harvey Girl at the luxury resort of El Tovar, located on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Alexandra Keegan feels she is in a dream come true. But when her father's indiscretions come to light and her mother is suspected of murder, Alex finds herself the center of some unwelcome attention. Will she soon find herself…  See more details below


Book 1 of the Desert Roses series. Working as a Harvey Girl at the luxury resort of El Tovar, located on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Alexandra Keegan feels she is in a dream come true. But when her father's indiscretions come to light and her mother is suspected of murder, Alex finds herself the center of some unwelcome attention. Will she soon find herself alone in the world?

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Chapter One

El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon, 1923

And in here," Alexandria Keegan announced, "are the bulk refrigerator storage areas." Alex stepped past the new Harvey House recruit and opened the door to the unit. "We keep all manner of fresh produce, fish, and ..." She fell silent as she heard the new girl gasp.

"Oh, Miss Keegan," the girl said, blushing red and turning away.

Alex couldn't imagine what the problem was, for the girl looked positively mortified. Turning to look into the unit, Alex fully expected to see a dead rat on the floor. Such a distasteful occurrence didn't happen often, but there was that rare occasion when something unpleasant marred the Harvey restaurant's otherwise impeccable reputation.

Alex grimaced at the scene. It was a rat, all right. But this rat was the two-legged type. Worse still, this rat was her father.

Rufus Keegan, well-known for his philandering ways, was at it once again. Pressed into a compromising position in the corner of the room, one of the newer Harvey Girls appeared to be enjoying Rufus Keegan's lack of discretion.

Alex felt her cheeks grow hot as embarrassment washed over her. How many times would she have to endure this shame upon her family? How could her father just go on humiliating her mother like this, never concerning himself with the pain he caused? Alex felt tears come to her eyes at the thought of all her mother had endured.

"Bernice, please go to the main dining room and bring Mrs. Godfrey." Alex steadied her emotions. She knew it would be better to have the dining room manager and housemother take charge of the situation.

Bernice, whose face wasnearly as red as her bobbed hair, hurried off down the corridor. Alex turned to find her father smoothing the wrinkles in his clothing.

"Do you never tire of bringing shame to our family?" Alex asked, her voice a deadly calm.

"There needn't be any shame if you keep your mouth shut. Honestly, Alexandria, I don't see why you concern yourself with matters that have little to do with you."

Alex forced herself to remain silent and looked past her father to Melina Page. The girl was clearly embarrassed, but she didn't appear overly worried as she adjusted her black Harvey uniform.

"You should gather your things, Melina. I'm certain Mrs. Godfrey will have no further use for you," Alex said, staring hard at the girl.

"But you said you'd keep me from getting fired," Melina said, turning to Rufus. He only shrugged and chuckled. "But you promised!" Melina's voice raised an octave.

"He promised my mother a great many things, as well," Alex said. "But so far, he doesn't seem to honor any of those promises, either." Without conscious thought, Alex reached for the closest object—a plump, ripe, California tomato. "You are without a doubt everything the newspapers say about you and more. I'm ashamed to call you Father."

"Then don't. And don't take that tone with me. You don't have to call me Father or even acknowledge me as such, but I won't take a dressing down by the likes of you or anyone else. I don't take that tone of voice from the governor of this state! What makes you think I'll take it from my daughter?"

Shame was quickly overcome by anger, as years of betrayal seemed to culminate in this one act. Without warning, Alex threw the tomato. She picked up another tomato and then another. Hurling them mindlessly at her father, she shouted a tirade of disapproval.

"You don't care anything about my mother. You've caused her nothing but shame and anguish. Her health suffers because of you and she has no friends because you can't even give the pretense of discretion."

The ripe tomatoes splattered against the wall, against Melina's dress, and against the stun-faced Keegan.

Uncaring about the mess she was making or the vegetables she might destroy, Alex only knew that she wanted to hurt her father as badly as he'd hurt her mother. "We've suffered so much because of you. Mother can't even go to church for fear of what will be said to her!"

"Miss Keegan!"

The voice of Mrs. Godfrey caused Alex to pause. She looked momentarily at the confused woman, then picked up an apple. "My father and Melina chose to make this their trysting place." She hurled the apple, which her father barely managed to dodge before it hit the back wall with a dull thud.

Mrs. Godfrey reached out to Alex. Her grasp on Alex's left hand did nothing to waylay her from securing another apple with her right. This time she aimed for Melina.

"He doesn't deserve to get away with this." Alex nearly screamed the words, not caring who heard.

"Hey, what's happening? I heard the hollering going on all the way down the ..."

Alex turned, catching sight of Luke Toland. The tall, lanky cowboy had his hat pushed back on his head, his sandy-colored hair hanging down over his left brow. He appeared shocked to say the least, but Alex could take no more of her father's indiscretion.

She jerked away from Mrs. Godfrey and reached again for the nearest object. It just happened to be a large stalk of celery. Before she could throw it, however, Luke stepped in and took hold of her.

"I don't know what's happening here, but I'm sure throwing this celery isn't going to remedy the matter." He spoke softly and eyed Alex with grave concern. His gentleness was her undoing, and her tears overflowed as she collapsed against his chest and began to cry.

"He doesn't care how much he hurts us," she sobbed.

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Shadows of the Canyon (DESERT ROSES Book 1) by Tracie Peterson
Copyright © 2002, Tracie Peterson
Published by Bethany House Publishers
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Shadows of the Canyon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gee, All I can say is that I absolutly loved it! Amazing Tracie! WOW!!!!!! It was a great love story and murder plot mystery, my two favorite themes put into one book under my favorite all time author! READ IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable book. The romance between Luke and Alex was incredibly sweet. The plot was interesting and exciting without seeming as if the author was trying too hard. The parts about religion were a bit long, but they didn't come across as preachy. One of the truly few things I disliked about this book was the character of Alex. She was annoying. She didn't connect well with me. Her personality generally wasn't likable and she was simply irritating with her grating personality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was truly spellbinding. A true joy to read. She captured every moment perfectly and kept me wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She cheered loudly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oops ok so thats who I was forgetting, sorry!!)))) "May all cat old enough to cath their own prey gther to hear my words!"she called. <br> "Breezepaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code, even at the cost of your life?" <br> I do <br> "Then from now on you will be known as Breezeclaw <p> "Onyxkit from now until the day you become a warrior, you will be known as Onyxpaw. "Ambercloud, you are a kind and skilled warrior, i hope you pass theses traits onto Onyxpaw." <p> ""Tansykit, from now on, you will be known as Tansypaw. "Moonlight, you are a brave and cleber warrior, i hope you will pass theses traits onto Tansypaw." <p> "BREEZECLAW, ONYXPAW, TANSYPAW!!!" She cheered. <p> Tansypaw an Onyxpaw touched noses with their mentors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book, but the grammar and spelling are awful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice romance with a little mystery and humor thrown in.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: Alexandria Keegan just can&rsquo;t get away from philandering, womanizing, selfish men! Her father has shown her from day one how destructive they are and she will not allow herself to be in the same position as her mother is now! Saving her money so that she can hide her mother from her father&rsquo;s promiscuous ways, Alexandra can&rsquo;t help but think that marriage is a trap. But when she&rsquo;s faced with the unwanted advances of an already engaged political aid and her father advises Alexandra to accept the unwanted attention, she decides men are worthless. These greedy men are up to something and the more they try to force her into &lsquo;knowing her place&rsquo; the more Alexandria wants to see them accountable for their actions. But will it cost Alexandria her life? Hott Review: What I liked: Shadows of the Canyon was a suspense-filled ride! It was very emotional and provoking &mdash; both in religious and political context. It&rsquo;s definitely not a light read! What I didn&rsquo;t like: I almost put this book down. I wanted to quit reading several times before I reached 20% of the book because I thought it was boring and I didn&rsquo;t like the characters. Luckily, I kept reading!! More&hellip; Author: Tracie Peterson Source: Kindle Free Read on October 1, 2013 Grade: B+ Ages: 16+ Steam: YA Setting: El Tovar, Grand Canyon, AZ Series: Desert Roses Book #1
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Strong spiritual content. Uplifting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book and quickly found out it was a christian story. That is fine but not my taste. Wish it would have been marked as such. But for those who like this style it would appear to be pretty good just not for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, Traci has given us another excellent book. Can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. I would reccomend this book to all who enjoy a good, no excellent, book. It is well written, good story line set in my second most favorite spot in this world - the Grand Canyon. (My most favorite being the Grand Tetons in Wyoming just out of Jackson Hole.) She, Traci, also very acurately describes the early days of the hotel there at the GCNational Park.
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I loved it
shelbaW More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captured me couldnr put it down
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I enjoyed the series very much and recommend to everyone who enjoys her writings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love story and murder mystery...loved Alex and Luke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all herbooks!
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