Harry's Trees

Harry's Trees

A Novel

Book - 2018
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When you climb a tree, the first thing you do is to hold on tight...

Thirty-four-year-old Harry Crane works as an analyst for the US Forest Service. When his wife dies suddenly, he is unable to cope. Leaving his job and his old life behind, Harry makes his way to the remote woods of northeastern Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains, determined to lose himself. But fate intervenes in the form of a fiercely determined young girl named Oriana. She and her mother, Amanda, are struggling to pick up the pieces from their own tragedy--Amanda stoically holding it together while Oriana roams the forest searching for answers. And in Oriana's magical, willful mind, she believes that Harry is the key to righting her world.

Now it's time for Harry to let go...

After taking up residence in the woods behind Amanda's house, Harry reluctantly agrees to help Oriana in a ludicrous scheme to escape his tragic past. In so doing, the unlikeliest of elements--a wolf, a stash of gold coins, a fairy tale called The Grum's Ledger and a wise old librarian named Olive--come together to create a golden adventure that will fulfill Oriana's wildest dreams and open Harry's heart to a whole new life.

Harry's Trees is an uplifting story about the redeeming power of friendship and love and the magic to be found in life's most surprising adventures.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : MIRA, [2018]
ISBN: 9780778364153
Branch Call Number: FIC Cohen
Characteristics: 428 pages ; 24 cm

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SPL_HEATHERL Sep 04, 2019

Please see the Summary section for a full review of this book.

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lindemuldercr
Jul 30, 2019

I loved reading this cute story. Very heart warming.

DBRL_ReginaF Jun 26, 2019

When spring had me craving trees, this is the book I chose to read. It took me awhile to finally get to it but it was so worth it! Not only did it bring me trees, it also brought magic, danger, books, and special library. What an incredibly fun book!!!

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Alyx999
Mar 10, 2019

I read the book because of the comments. I like fast paced books, so for me this was slow to start. But I love trees and forests and being outside and refused to give up on this book. Once things started going, it was a delightful, relaxing experience.
The trees are great, but the treehouse is DIVINE.

ArapahoeAlyson Dec 05, 2018

More people need to read this amazing story about how human connections can help us overcome loss. I loved the characters and the trees!

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tawnymoore
Nov 06, 2018

Couldn't get into it.

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NicoS
Oct 11, 2018

have a hankie handy

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hehlers
Oct 11, 2018

Fabulous book. So glad I picked this up from the "new books" shelf.
The characters are a delight and the plot unfolds with enough whimsy and magic to keep you engaged. An uplifting and rewarding book. The trees are stunning.

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mbenavent
Oct 09, 2018

Amazing, brilliant, superb, a delight to read. This book is just fantastic. It is a love story with elements of comedy, drama, poetry, tragedy and fantasy. You will laugh and you will cry, you will fall in love with its characters as their lives unfold in a world filled with enchantment, where the real and unreal hold hands in such a subtle and delicate manner. Once you read this book, you will be one step closer to understanding that life is magic as is, with its good and bad, its joy and pain, its light and darkness. Like any fairy tale. The author has done an amazing job from the beginning till the very end, throwing details and clues along the way, and leaving nothing unsolved. It will all culminate in a tremendous ending where everything will fall in place and make perfect sense. "Harry's trees" is one of the best books I have ever read, its characters and story deeply imprinted in my memory and soul.

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alyson3
Jul 12, 2018

Things I loved:
Harry
The Audiobook version
Human connection overcoming loss
A feisty librarian character
THE TREES!

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SPL_HEATHERL Sep 04, 2019

Harry Crane loves trees, but most of all he loves forests. So it would seem that a career working for the local forestry commission would be the perfect fit for him. Unfortunately he's realized he's in a dead end job as his days are spent dealing with bureaucracy and not nature. So each week he buys a lottery ticket to keep alive his dream of buying a plot of land where he can grow trees.

One day, on the way to see a movie with his wife, he rushes to buy his weekly lottery ticket and sets off a tragic chain of events. As Harry hands over the money for the ticket, his wife, waiting on the other side of the street, is killed in a freak accident. Harry has lost the love of his life. With no hope for the future, and consumed with grief, he retreats deep into a forest with plans to end his life.

Fate intervenes in the form of ten year old Oriana who comes across Harry following his botched suicide attempt. It turns out that Oriana is a firm believer in fairy tales, as is her friend Olive, the eighty year old, pipe-smoking librarian at the crumbling local library. So it seems Harry has a few people on his side, but there are others who would like to see him brought down a peg or two. His brother Wolf for instance. Wolf pursues Harry to try to take the compensation money Harry has been awarded after his wife’s death. Harry is unaware of Wolf’s designs on his money. He doesn’t even want it in the first place, and so with the help of Oriana and an old fairy tale book given to them by Olive, Harry develops a plan to make other people happy with the money. But can he do this before people in the nearby town and his brother Wolf catch up with him? And what about Harry himself? Can he find a reason to carry on with life after such heartbreak?

Harry’s Trees is filled with interesting people, some good and some not so good. It’s a magical fairy tale for grownups, with heroes and villains, a wise old woman and a knight in shining armor in the form of a young girl. It’s stuffed full with larger than life characters and is utterly charming.
This is a book for readers that believe stories about good people who have struggled with life should have happy endings.

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