I'll Always Take Care of the Trees: (A Jericho Book)

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AuthorHouse, Apr 1, 2005 - Fiction - 244 pages
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The story is set in rural Kent County, Michigan early in the twentieth century and opens on crisp fall Saturday morn. Edith Groner is anxious to begin an eventful day away from school. A horseback jaunt into town to visit Grandma and Grandpa was to occur right after they'd polished off a sourdough breakfast. Parental anxiety is heightened that day by trouble brewing because of a moonshiner neighbor and because another neighbor is frail and failing. Adding shivers concerning their daughter's welfare and safety, her parents begin the story with their brows in painful crinkle. The crinkles remain throughout the narrative but are often eased due to colorful, often humorous characters sharing situations of suspense, romance, glee, terror, tragedy, passion, woe, and triumph. The Groners struggle to help an estranged grandfather enter into everyday life. Meanwhile Clydis and Clarence are tested to the brink by aging Civil War veterans. Two vets are in the grip of alcohol and disease and one is coming out of amnesia that hides frightening war events regarding his brother. Concomitantly, they nearly meet their match in unraveling the mystery of hubby demises at the swinery, the torrid boondoggle culminating in a struggle for life in a hog wallow. I'll Always Take Care Of The Trees is the fourth of the Jericho Books by T. F. Platt. The Jericho stories are intended for adults and young adults. The tales do not include explicit sex and they omit profanity.

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T.F.Platt attended kindergarten through high school in Kent County Michigan.  Finding that his reading skills were not wanting, his first teacher allowed him access to all books in the one-room school; and he’d read almost all of them by the second grade.  It wasn’t until in the fifth grade at his next school when he entered the ‘big room’ that a teacher asked him to write anything.  He shivered when asked to read his story up front but got through it.  His response to the peer applause was that he began liking school.  Later he taught science and agriculture in a high school before spending thirty-one years engaged in teaching and research at a small college. 

Mr. Platt resides with Helen on four acres of recreational land.  Their golf cart has a fringe on top.  There are numerous lanes, bridges, and ponds for the couple to enjoy.  Greatest pleasure ensues, however, when the children and grand children come home to visit.  That’s when the golf cart gets a grand workout.  Children play key rolls in all of his Jericho Books just as they are key players in the fulfillment of life for the Grandma and Grandpa Platt.

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