After I finished The Overstory, which I greatly loved, I wasn't purposely seeking another book about trees, but this one came to my attention. In Harry's Trees, Harry Crane is a forester working in an office doing mounds of paperwork - far separated from the joy of being around trees. After his wife suddenly dies, he retreats to the forest and there he encounters others recovering from loss: a young girl with a fairytale book and a town that has deserted its librarian and its library. Perhaps there's magic too. I loved this well-crafted story.— Patty
A grieving widower, a determined girl, a courageous librarian and a mysterious book come together in an uplifting tale of love, loss, friendship and redemption. Thirty-four-year-old Harry Crane works as an analyst for the US Forest Service. When his wife dies suddenly, Harry, despairing, retreats north to lose himself in the remote woods of the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. 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 tragic loss of Oriana's father. Discovering Harry while roaming the forest, Oriana believes that he holds the key to righting her world. Harry reluctantly agrees to help Oriana carry out an astonishing scheme inspired by a book given to her by the town librarian, Olive Perkins. Together, Harry and Oriana embark on a golden adventure that will fulfill Oriana's wild dream--and ultimately open Harry's heart to new life.