Delight in the Intrigue and Romance of the Harvey Girls of the Old West
Though she holds a coveted position as a Harvey Girl at the elite El Tovar hotel, Alexandria Keegan's world is crumbling, her personal life tainted by the increasing audacity of her father and his indiscretions. Desperate to help her mother, Alex searches for a way to forge a future for the two of them far away from her father. But that means leaving the majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon and the steadfast friendship of Luke Toland.
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1 . This was one of the best books I've read by her.
Posted June 27, 2012 by Whitney , Harrodsburg KyTracie has written alot of books I liked. This is one of the best I've read by her. She inspires me, and I love her and her books.
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August 31, 2002
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Excerpt from Shadows of the Canyon by Tracie Peterson
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 couldnt 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 didnt happen often, but there was that rare occasion when something unpleasant marred the Harvey restaurants 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 Keegans 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 was nearly 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 neednt be any shame if you keep your mouth shut. Honestly, Alexandria, I dont 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 didnt appear overly worried as she adjusted her black Harvey uniform.
You should gather your things, Melina. I am certain Mrs. Godfrey will have no further use for you, Alex said, staring hard at the girl.
But you said youd keep me from getting fired, Melina said, turning to Rufus. He only shrugged and chuckled. But you promised! Melinas voice raised an octave.
He promised my mother a great many things, as well, Alex said. But so far, he doesnt 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 am ashamed to call you Father.
Then dont. And dont take that tone with me. You dont have to call me Father or even acknowledge me as such, but I wont take a dressing down by the likes of you or anyone else. I dont take that tone of voice from the governor of this state! What makes you think I willll 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 dont care anything about my mother. Youve caused her nothing but shame and anguish. Her health suffers because of you and she has no friends because you cant even give the pretense of discretion.
The ripe tomatoes splattered against the wall, against Melinas 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 hed hurt her mother. Weve suffered so much because of you. Mother cant even go to church for fear of what will be said to her!