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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!"
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.
Shadows of the Canyon (DESERT ROSES Book 1) by Tracie Peterson
Copyright © 2002, Tracie Peterson
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Used by permission. Unauthorized duplication prohibited.
Posted December 26, 2007
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!
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Posted March 24, 2007
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.
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Posted September 9, 2002
Alex, a Harvey House girl, lives in the shadow of her womanizing father. This causes deep distrust of all men. A political group arrive at El Tovar and make her life miserable. A mysterious murder threatens her family. Tracie, hurry with number 2.
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Alexandria Keegan just can’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’s promiscuous ways, Alexandra can’t help but think that marriage is a trap. But when she’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 ‘knowing her place’ the more Alexandria wants to see them accountable for their actions. But will it cost Alexandria her life?
What I liked: Shadows of the Canyon was a suspense-filled ride! It was very emotional and provoking — both in religious and political context. It’s definitely not a light read!
What I didn’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’t like the characters. Luckily, I kept reading!!
Author: Tracie Peterson
Source: Kindle Free Read on October 1, 2013
Setting: El Tovar, Grand Canyon, AZ
Series: Desert Roses Book #1
Posted September 1, 2014
The territory of RidgeClan is mostly a sandy ridge, but it becomes lusher and flatter as it nears the bottom of a canyon. The canyon is a deep valley river that jack-knifes through a pair of sandstone mountains. The RidgeClan camp is situated in a small hollow on the mountain face, protected from the blustery winds and rain. Thistlebushes and prickly pear guard the entrace, hiding it from view. The training hollow for the apprentices is a sandy pit by the rivers edge, down in the gorge. A dead tree overhangs it, acting as a great source of cobwebs. A little bit higher up the river, a yawning cave entrance rears from the dry earth, revealing a small brook with trickles from its gaping mouth, feeding the river. Healthy green herbs live beside the river. The walls are coated with dripping moss. In the far back of the cavern, a large pool of dark water blocks the path, a single stalagtite dripping continuously into the pool. It is only lit by glowing fungi rimming the walls. This is where StarClan communes with RidgeClan.
No godmodding what so ever.
The deputy will become leader if the leader is absent, unexcused, or more than a week.
The same goes for medicine cat and mentors.
There are no foxes in the desert, so no fox attacks. Only coyotes.
Do not make "magic prey". You must actually go out and catch prey, then placing it in the fresh-kill pile. To get prey, you must go to the fresh-kill pile and take something that is there.
Be as active as possible!
A moon equals a month, so it should take a newborn kit about week to become old enough to be an apprentice. Same for an apprentice to a warrior.
No unrealistic pelt colors of wings, powers, etc. . .
Weather will be posted daily at the next res. You will be expected to check it and go along with it.
This is the desert. It is dry. Your cat does get thirsty.
And there are plenty of rattlers hiding in the rocks and shrubs. You cannot avoid them all. . .
ONLY the medicine cat knows herbs. It he/she is not on, find another medicine cat or let them suffer or die. It's life.
The deputy can only do ceremonies if the leader says they are going away and put the deputy in charge.
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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 28, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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