Alexandria Keegan works as a Harvey girl at El Tovar.
While she loves her work, she isn't all that fond of her
father. Indiscretion happens to be his middle name.
Yet everyone allows his adulterous ways to continue
due to his political clout. But to his family, Rufus Keegan
is simply an embarrassment. Then he does just as his
true nature dictates. Unfortunately, Alex catches him in
the act and proceeds to tell him exactly what she
thinks of the man she calls father. Before she can
do irreparable damage, Luke Toland enters the cozy
scene and diffuses Alex's temper.
Luke is a simple man with one focus: everything he
does is for God. He lives by the Gospel and strives
to rebuke all temptation. Luke's heart is set on Alex.
And while Alex is also a God-fearing person, she
believes all men are like her father. This makes it
difficult for Luke to court the woman he loves, for he
wants Alex to trust him. So he allows her to believe it is
just friendship between them. In reality, he wants to
fulfill his dream of owning a ranch and marrying Alex.
And he won't do one without the other.
Meanwhile, Senator Winthrop has set up court at El
Tovar. His daughter, Valerie, is also on the scene with
her boyfriend, Joel. But they aren't steadfast and true to
one another; they go after whomever catches their fancy.
So when Joel decides Alex is his, he does everything in
his power to make her do his bidding. At the same time,
Valerie is intent on Luke. But Alex and Luke want none
of their games. With accusations being
bandied about, neither knows what to believe.
Then Alex's mother decides she is going to get a
divorce. Before that is set in motion, someone dies,
casting speculation upon El Tovar, Luke, Alex, and her
In all, Tracie Peterson's Shadows of the Canyon is rife with
teachings for those who are willing to listen. Readers
may have difficulty believing Valerie's change of heart,
but none should be dissuaded from the true faith shown
by Luke and Alex through the entire slow-paced tale.