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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book Review - FLAMES by Ginny Yttrup

I was enthused over the prospect of reading this book because I know Ginny L. Yttrup's immense talent, and I know her writing can be trusted to be entertaining at the same time that it will be the inspiration of deep reflection. Flames is all that.

This is the story of a family living close to Yosemite National Park during a drought and corresponding fire season. Jessica Weaver is a young part-Native American woman, a fire archaeologist for the Park. Which means she's away from home a lot, especially during fire seasons. Chet, her good looking husband, owns and operates a sporting goods store specializing in climbing events and equipment. Their daughter, Haley, is fifteen; and Tyler, the son, is nineteen and off camping with his buddies before the college fall term starts. And then there are Jessica's father and his wife, Ted and Cretia, and Haley's maybe boyfriend, Zach.

Why is it that both Jessica and Haley make excuses for and defend Chet? Is there more under his surface than he admits--but they instinctively must anytime there is a perceived hint that he might be doing less than the right thing. Plus he brooks no opposition. Any disagreement, and he gets angry. Not violent, just angry. And Jessica can't preserve her family if he's mad, so she caves.

Until she can't anymore. Until she finds out he's been cheating. Combined with a new wildfire in the Park, that revelation blows several problems into conflagrations that might be impossible to put out in time to save Haley or preserve the legacy that is Jessica's marriage, her life.

Flames is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

I received a copy of this book free in return for an honest review.

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