In the tiny town of Junction, she meets alfalfa farmer Chris Sorensen, whose family has split apart since September 11 and the enlistment of his brother in the U.S. Marines. Through Chris and a drama taking place deep in the Utah backcountry, Madeline learns that the pristine canyons she loves are being threatened, and she must overcome many obstacles if she is to find peace and her place by the river.
My Thoughts: I've never gotten into many books that feature political or environmental issues. Junction, Utah had both, and in a way that I started to think more about those issues. This isn't a book that pushes it's beliefs at people. I thought that Rebecca Lawton did a good job in showing different sides to several issues.
When I read a book, I love being able to picture the places in my mind. Rebecca Lawton wrote this book with such beautiful descriptions that it was easy to picture it. I enjoyed seeing the river and the canyons so vividly through my reading. She also described the experiences, like getting through the rapids of the river, with so much detail.
Madeline and Chris were believable characters. They both seemed to jump in and handle problems around them. Their interactions made me chuckle sometimes. I enjoyed the other characters, too. Madeline's mother, Ruth, was a bit of a favorite of mine. She has a quote for every moment in life, and she is the epitome of never giving up.
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