Tree Soldier: A Novel of Love, Forgiveness and the Great Depression

Tree Soldier A Novel of Love Forgiveness and the Great Depression In the darkest of times good intentions go awry One mistake can ruin a life One mistake can transform it A government forestry camp set deep in the mountainous forests of the Pacific Northwest might

  • Title: Tree Soldier: A Novel of Love, Forgiveness and the Great Depression
  • Author: J.L. Oakley
  • ISBN: 9781453896471
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the darkest of times, good intentions go awry One mistake can ruin a life One mistake can transform it A government forestry camp set deep in the mountainous forests of the Pacific Northwest might not seem the likely place to find redemption, but in 1935, Park Hardesty hopes for just that Blaming himself for the fiery accident that caused his brother s disfigurementIn the darkest of times, good intentions go awry One mistake can ruin a life One mistake can transform it A government forestry camp set deep in the mountainous forests of the Pacific Northwest might not seem the likely place to find redemption, but in 1935, Park Hardesty hopes for just that Blaming himself for the fiery accident that caused his brother s disfigurement and the death of the bootlegging woman he loved, planting trees, building bridges and mentoring tough, homesick New Jersey boys brings him both penitence and the renewal of his own self worth When he wins the love of Kate Alford, a local naturalist who envisions joining the Forest Service, which allows only men, he also captures the ire of a camp officer who refuses to let her go Just when he is ready to seek his brother s forgiveness, he is falsely accused of rape Every aspect of his life he has tried to rebuild is put in jeopardy In the end, the only way he can defend himself is to tell the truth about his brother, but he risks being kicked out of the camp Worse, he could lose Kate s love forever

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  • J.L. Oakley

    BIOGRAPHYAward winning author J.L Oakley writes historical fiction that spans the mid 19th century to WW II with characters standing up for something in their own time and place Her writing has been recognized with a 2006 Surrey International Writer s Non fiction award 2013 Bellingham Mayor s Arts Award, the 2013 Chanticleer Grand Prize, the 2014 First Place Chaucer Award, the 2015 WILLA Silver Award for Timber Rose and the 2016 Goethe Grand Prize for The J ssing Affair When not writing, she demonstrates 19th century folkways Her other writings appear in various magazines, anthologies, and other media including the Cup of Comfort series and Historylink, a cyperpedia of Washington State history Her newest novel Mist chi mas A Novel of Captivity is set in the Pacific NW at the edge of the Civil War.

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  • From Chanticleer Book Reviews In this action-packed, emotionally charged historical novel titled Tree Soldier, J.L. Oakley takes us back to the era of the Great Depression. With millions of Americans unemployed, President Franklin D. Roosevelt devised a New Deal work relief program called the Civilian Conservation Corps.Some three million unmarried young men went to work in CCC camps across America—building roads and bridges, establishing flood control, and replanting depleted forests. Of the [...]


  • I loved this story! Having lived in the Pacific Northwest most of my life, it was interesting reading about the Mt. Baker area and the lives of the CCC Boys during the 1940's. I read an early version of this self-published book. This earliest publication needed professional editing, but I was able to overlook the typos because the story was so entertaining and informative. I highly recommend this book to my friends from Washington state, Oregon and Idaho! Great story written by a gifted author o [...]


  • While this book had a pretty good story line and the author gave us some much needed information about the CCC and its contribution to the Pacific Northwest I can't give it a high rating. I wish the author had chosen to use a format other than romance fiction to such an important history and it makes me sad that any author could publish a book with so many glaring mistakes of grammar and spelling. It seriously took away from the content for me. This book has been given many praises from other re [...]


  • What a beautiful story! I read this while camping near Darrington this summer, and it starts off right away with an encounter of a bear that raised the hair on my neck . . . the author did a great job of making the time period come alive on the page without drowning the reader in facts, something that could be a challenge for a historian passionate about an era. The story is powerful and emotional, the main character authentically drawn. I could not put this book down! I look forward to reading [...]


  • This was such an interesting story about a depression-era program I'd never heard of, the Civilian Conservation Corps. Park Hardesty drives himself hard in a forestry camp trying to forget a bitter past. But when he meets a local girl, Kate Alford, Park's past catches up with him. The love story is very sweet though not without its challenges. Some of my favorite characters were the smart-mouthed Jersey boys Park supervises in the CCC program.


  • This well researched novel on the "Tree Soldiers" was brought to life by it's hero and the tender and difficult story of his life and love. I was unaware of these programs and what they did for the young men coming out of the Depression and for our nation as a whole. While a bit slow paced, Tree Soldier is richly textured and informative without being preachy. Oakley deserves kudos for shining a light on this too-often overlooked period of American history.


  • An entertaining historical novel based on members of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. I was caught up in the story, which has it all--romance, rivalry, revenge and redemption. Tree Soldier gives an exciting opening, good conflicts and tension and the story moves along at a good pace. I recommend it.


  • I'm a big fan of historical fiction and loved this book.I received a copy of this book from a Goodread giveaway!


  • A serendipitous find at a Little Free Library and a pleasurable way to spend a rainy Saturday. I found the history behind the Tree Soldiers to be absolutely fascinating, but the dialogue was rather stilted and the characters a little too neat (even with their backstories.)


  • An easy to read old-fashioned romance. So much was left out about the Pacific Northwest, though. For instance, the one Native American character was from the East coast and was based on the worst of stereotypes.


  • When I opened this page, popped up that I bought this book in April of 2012! Good lord, I waited nearly five years too long to read it! Bravo, J.L. Oakley! One of the best books I've read in quite a while. I wasn't sure when I started reading it if the story would engage me. That question was answered within the first pages. The incredible character development, the amazing descriptive writing, and the tension that started early in the plot swept me into this beautiful tale of love, jealousy, f [...]


  • This book does have an active story line and gives us interesting information about the CCC camps. However, I felt it was in need of a good editor. Although one would expect the Joisy boys to have bad grammar and spelling, there were also errors in the rest of the book. My friends found even more than I did. A good editor also looks over the story material and asks questions. Instead of saying the forest was beautiful or the stream pretty, an editor might have asked the author, "How was it beaut [...]


  • I loved this book! At first I wasn't sure if it would keep my interest since it was so different then the book I had just finished but it was really entertaining. The characters were well defined, the scene was detail, and the plot kept me interested with the underlying secret slowing being revealed, love story, and conflicts along the way. I know I said it before but I honestly could see this book as a movie. I don't know why I use turning a book into a movie as a way to rate how good it is but [...]


  • This book was very readable, but I felt it lacked some of the intense hardship that was common of the time. I also thought the point of view that the author was writing from was a little difficult to pin down, I felt almost removed from the characters. A great book for me is one that encourages complete immersion, where I could almost talk about the characters as if they were close friends that I hang out with.Since I went to school for forestry/natural resources I felt I had an adequate underst [...]


  • Park Hardesty is running from a broken family and a troubled past in this novel. He finds redemption and love while working in a CCC camp located in the Mt. Baker area of Washington State. I read this novel while working on a digital collection documenting the Civilian Conservation Corps in Garfield County, WA (washingtonruralheritage/cd) and really appreciated the way the novel deepened my understanding of the photos I was handling.


  • What an interesting look at a time (1935) when we were just pulling out of the depression. This story held my attention. I’m all about the relationships and it finishes strong. I loved how steeped in history this is. I felt immersed in the time and understand it better now. It actually made me strike up conversations with my parents about that time and I appreciate that. I also very much recommend this story.


  • I think very highly of this book and am delighted to have it permanently in my library. It is set in one of the CCC forestry camps of the early 1930s and it was interesting to read about one of the major components of Roosevelt's New Deal program designed to deal with the ravages of the depression on the American economy. It is also a VERY good read!


  • An amazing book. I found it interesting to read about the work of the Conservation Corps in Washington state during the 1930's. And the intrigue and romance only made the book even better. And to think I just live a few miles from 'Camp Lewis.'


  • Excellent book butI am living in the PacificNorthwest and I can imagine the location of the camp. Quite lovely area. The story was also great although a bit slow in the beginning.



  • A good old-fashioned love story about an era I knew nothing about. Could have been tightened up quite a bit in terms of both plot and cast of characters, but overall an enjoyable read.


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