Karen Barnett has begun writing a new series about National Parks beginning with Mount Rainier National Park. I decided I wanted to read this book because Mount Rainier is only a three hour drive from my house. I have been to the Paradise area of the park and I have camped in one of the campgrounds. My husband has hiked the Wonderland Trail around the base of the mountain. It truly is a natural playground.
Margie has come to the park to work for the summer and to escape what is alluded to be an abusive relationship. She has studied flora and fauna of the park and wants to learn even more. Her father is a Senator who made a generous donation to the park so that Margie could work there.
Ford is the chief ranger of the park and is charged with supervising Margie. At first he believes she's nothing but an air-headed distraction, but once she gets involved in working at the park, he realizes he's very wrong about her intelligence. And then he begins to realize she's more than just a distraction.
The fly in the ointment is Philip, who thinks that Margie belongs to him and he will do anything to make it so. Unfortunately, he's unscrupulous and underhanded, and he plays dirty to boot. Nothing stands in the way of what he wants and what he wants is money.
Karen has such a way with words that her descriptions are easily imagined and feed the soul. Her characters have such a depth that make them friends to the reader. This is a five star book with two thumbs up and a bouquet of lupines, penstemons, and phlox.
My thanks to WaterBrook/Multnomah for allowing me to read and review this book.