A NovelBook - 2018
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.
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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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