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