Novel erupts with suspense
February 24, 2010
TenderfootBy Mary E. Trimble
($13.50, Trebleheart Books)
Corrie Stephens is escaping a failed marriage when she ventures from the city life of Seattle into the ranch country of Washington State, seeking peaceful solitude in which to write a book. After she finds a rundown cabin to rent, the act of cleaning it out and adjusting to this new life seems as much mental as physical. The title, "Tenderfoot", might come from both her wariness of a new relationship and her participation in the life on the cattle ranch surrounding her cabin.
Set around the imminent eruption of Mount St. Helens, this work of historical fiction takes place in a short span of time during the spring of 1980. The author opens each chapter with excerpts from newspaper columns to introduce the reader to the mountain and the activity surrounding it. This thread becomes more intense as the story moves forward, until it seems that the eruption is a metaphor for the suspense and heat building throughout.
This beautifully written book flows forward enticingly, injecting humor and feeling. It is suitable for young adults, just as Mary Trimble's two well-received young-adult books can be enjoyed by adults. They all share with us her knowledge of horses.
The author will be at The Bookworks soon, talking about and signing her books. Call the store for the date and time: 360.659.4997.
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