Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Force of Nature by Joan M. Griffin’s


Three friends, women in their fifties, set out to hike “the most beautiful long-distance trail in the world,” the John Muir Trail. From the outset, their adventure is complicated by self-inflicted accidents and ferocious weather, then enriched when they “adopt” a young hiker abandoned by her partner along the trail.

The women experience the terror of lightning at eleven-thousand feet, the thrill of walking through a towering waterfall, and the joy of dancing among midnight moonshadows. For a month, they live immersed in vast natural beauty, tackle the trail’s physical demands, and find camaraderie among an ensemble cast of eccentric trail characters. Together, they are pulled forward toward the trail’s end atop the highest peak in the High Sierra, Mt. Whitney, and the culmination of their transformative journey.


Publisher: Black Rose Writing (September 2023)

ISBN-10: 1685132812

ISBN-13: 9781685132811


Print length: 396 pages


Purchase a copy of Force of Nature on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and You can also add this to your GoodReads reading list.


About the Author

Joan lives under the spell of wanderlust. She takes wing, whenever possible, for actual destinations near and far and for literary locales in the pages of books. A native Californian, Joan lives in the Northern California foothills of the majestic Sierra Nevada, a world she loves exploring. Joan navigated her way through two careers—marketing computers, then sailboats—before applying her love of storytelling to her dual passions for teaching and writing.

 In addition to working on her next book, Joan teaches women's history and literature for the OLLI

programs at Sierra College and UC Davis Extension.


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