Francesca di Paoli, a gifted yet penniless chef, arrives in Jackson Hole in 1925. Rescued by William Sutton, the “steady” son of a dude ranching family, she begins to feel safe, until the historic Gros Ventre landslide buries her and William alive. Though they survive, the uncertainty in the valley, as a new lake forms perilously behind the slide debris, parallels the uncertainty of Francesca’s fate. William saves her again, finding her work in the Suttons’ ranch cookshack. There she meets William’s brother, Bryce, a charming wanderer. William and Bryce, already rivals for their parents’ approval, begin to vie for Francesca’s attention. Over the next two years, valley ranchers clash over a Park Service proposal to extend Yellowstone Park south to Jackson Hole. Bryce comes and goes, taking a piece of his parents’ and Francesca’s heart with him each time. Yet, when the Sutton’s Nez Perce uncle comes to the ranch to die, it is Bryce who helps nurse the sick man. William has never accepted his Nez Perce heritage and his uncle’s arrival rakes up the ire of an unsavory contingent in the valley. Men like Dieter Gross, who disdain Native Americans and foreigners like Francesca, may well resort to violence if they discover the Sutton ranch’s black foreman is seeing a white woman. Meanwhile the earth has not finished trembling, nor the river rising. When the flood waters retreat, who will be left standing?
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About the Author
Trained at the Master’s level in Geology, Linda Jacobs was one of Exxon Corporation’s first women field geologists. After thirty years on the front line where new oil and gas fields are found, she turned her talents to writing novels. Linda began writing stories as a child growing up in Greenville, South Carolina. In 1992 she returned to fiction after twenty years of technical writing and joined Rice University’s novel writing program. Jackson Hole Journey is part of The Yellowstone Series (Summer of Fire, Rain of Fire, and Lake of Fire). The Camel edition is the novel’s first time in print, having been previously recorded by Books in Motion. The audio edition was a finalist in the 2011 Spur Awards from Western Writers of America in the Original Audio Book category. Linda’s personal love affair with Yellowstone began in 1973, when she attended Geology Field Camp near the park. She has visited the park in every season, for research and annual book signing tours. Linda also writes romance under the name Christine Carroll. Children of Dynasty and The Senator’s Daughter are set in the San Francisco Bay area. Married to fellow geologist Richard Jacobs, Linda divides her time between the West and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. They both enjoy adventure travel, having dived the Caribbean, taken three African safaris, and gone alpine hiking in New Zealand and the Spanish Pyrenees. You can find Linda online at ReadLindaJacobs.com.