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Waltzing In Ragtime

Eileen Charbonneau

Forge Books

Award-winning young-adult novelist Eileen Charbonneau now turns her storytelling powers and lauded historical research to her first adult novel: the epic story of two people drawn together from dramatically different spheres of society.
 
As the turn of the century, San Francisco is a far cry from its gold rush days.  The railroads have ushered in an era of rapid change and industrialization in California.  In the mansions on Russian Hill, powerful men build financial empires by pillaging a landscape rich in natural resources.
 
The daughter of a lumber baron, Olana Whittaker is struggling to make it on her own as a journalist for the Gold Coast Chronicle.  She resents having to use a male pseudonym to be read seriously.
 
Covering the grand opening from Sequoia National Parks, Olana meets forest ranger Matthew Hart, who speaks with passion on the need for protecting nature.  Hart has little time for people, especially those who destroy forests.  But when the pair are trapped in an early blizzard, Olana learns to appreciate both Hart and the land he is fighting to protect from men like her father.
 
Over the years that follow, Olana and Matt will part--and come together again--as they live through the turbulent early years of the new century and learn the heartbreaks and joys that come with living, loving, and pursuing their destinies.

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Waltzing in Ragtime
BOOK ONEoneSequoia National Park, California1903 
"This is an evening to quote John Muir: 'The forests we so admired in summer seem still more beautiful and sublime in this mellow autumn light. Lovely starry night, the tall spring tree tops relieved in jet black against the sky. I linger by the fire, loath to go to bed.' And don't we all have those thoughts tonight, ladies and gentlemen? Was not the glory around us worth our trek up the new road and into the forest of the giants?"Olana Whittaker's face masked intense interest, one of the few useful accomplishments
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  • Eileen Charbonneau

  • Eileen Charbonneau has written for The New York Times and co-wrote Endowment for the Planet, an award-winning educational film narrated by Christopher Reeve.  Her highly praised young adult novels are The Ghosts of Stony Clove, In the Time of the Wolves, and Honor to the Hills. Eileen Charbonneau lives in Philomont, Virgina.
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    Eileen Charbonneau

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