One could say the history of my little tale stems from one of the greatest love stories of all time. No, not a romantic love, although a bit of romanticism comes into play. But rather love of nature, a love that goes deep into the appreciation of God’s creation.
Periwinkle in the Park, part of the Bouquet of Brides collection, takes place in 1910 Estes Park and in what will someday be Rocky Mountain National Park.
The federal park was established on September 4, 1915, thanks to the efforts of activists such as Enos Mills, dubbed the “Father of Rocky Mountain National Park.” He was a naturalist with an all-consuming love of the land in which he lived. He believed the beauty of the area should be shared with the people, but also must be protected. Through his spearhead efforts, and other like-minded souls, the park was established, and I, among countless others, am grateful.
I make mention of Enos Mills in my story. How could I not while writing about the labor pains of his efforts? The heroine of my story, Peri, is also a naturalist and student of Enos Mills. As I studied him, I placed Peri in his footsteps. I gave her the same experiences, from a memory of becoming snow blind on the tundra to talking to the gentle mountain folk, (aka, the animals.)
Although not a Colorado native, (missed it by just a couple of years,) this is my home. Yet I never understood the rich history of the two places I love most, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, until I researched this story. I encourage you to dig into the places that mean the most to you. I, for one, was surprised at the sacrifices made just so I could experience the grandeur of snowy mountain peaks, mirrored lakes, and magnificent beasts such as elk and deer. Thank you, Enos Mills and others, for this selfless gift.
Kathleen E. Kovach is a Christian romance author published traditionally through Barbour Publishing, Inc. as well as indie. Having grown up in Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park was her playground. She lives in northeast Colorado with her husband of over four decades and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. An award-winning author, she presents spiritual truths with a giggle, proving herself as one of God’s peculiar people. Please visit her at www.kathleenekovach.com.