Thursday, February 27, 2014

Yellowstone National Park is the Place!

Summertime is just around the corner and lots of people are thinking about throwing the kids in the car and trekking across the country to see a few places. 

One of the most popular destinations for decades now, has been Yellowstone National Park. Have you been there? Are you planning to take the kids one of these days? Can’t get out of town, but wish you could?

If you answered yes to any of these questions - and  even if you answered no - Yellowstone Memories by Jennifer Rogers Spinola is the perfect book for you to pick up this spring. It’s a collection of four novellas, all set in Yellowstone. Each story takes place in a different decade too, so you get to see the park at different points in history.

I visited the park as a teenager. When I read this book, I learned things I never knew, I remembered some of my time in the park, and I developed a much deeper appreciation for the park and it’s beauty.

Each story depicts a romance, including a wide variety of characters including a French-Arapahoe woman, a washed up cowboy, the builders of the park during the depression years, firefighters, park rangers, and scientific researchers. The wide array of characters reveals a vast range of activity in and around the park, while creating a personal window into several individual stories.

This book is a must if you plan to travel to the park this year. Or if you’ve already been. And if you are still snowed in, it might just help you escape the four walls of your home into a world where mountains hem in the vaulted sky, geysers, lakes, and wildflowers provide a backdrop for prolific wildlife, and this beautiful setting can make anything seem possible. 

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear "Yellowstone Park"?


  1. I love the rugged mountains of Yellowstone. Their beauty and grandeur are breathtaking .

  2. As a kid I remember Yellowstone just being HUGE. I thought (as a 14 yr old) this isn't a park . . . it's a state! :-) Yes, beautiful, and grand.

  3. Since friends of mine just visited Yellowstone last month, and sent photos of beautiful snow scenes, that's what I think of! This books sounds good!

  4. Thank you so much for reviewing my book, Jenn! I visited Yellowstone only once, and it just dazzled me into a kind of breathlessness. I want to go back so badly!

  5. And the first thing I think of is the wildflowers growing in the fields - just layers of them, purple and pink and yellow - so think I had to literally "wade" through them. Oh, I love that place.

  6. We visited Yellowstone several years ago and I often think of its beauty. My first thoughts are of the majestic wildlife and magnificent scenery!

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