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Rings of a Tree (A Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Arnold , Wendy Reis
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Childhood sweethearts Billy and Jillian always knew they'd end up getting married, but not long after, tragedy strikes. Faced with loss she never expected, Jillian must rely on her husband to help her through.

Follow generations of their family through their celebrations and their trials, as told through the "eyes" of an oak tree. Rejoice in them over love and new life, and mourn with them over loss and the struggle against cancer.

Rings of a Tree draws a poetic correlation between the changing seasons and the stages of our lives.

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Rings of a Tree, is a story written outside of my typical genre. It was created through my poetic observations of life, and is told in an omniscient point of view through the "eyes" of an oak tree.

Product Details

  • File Size: 203 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AU9WGU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Symbolic June 12, 2012
By Journey
Format:Kindle Edition
Poignant and moving, Rings of a Tree is quite different than Carolyn Arnold's usual crime-fiction genre. This is a lovely short story in which the rings, or life cycle, of the magnificent oak tree also symbolizes the life cycle of the tree's human family. It's a well-told tale. One that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars time travel from a tree's perspective June 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I recently finished the Short story "Rings of a Tree". It was not what I expected from Crime Writer Carolyn Arnold. Rings is the lives and times of a family as told by the wise old tree in their front yard. It is really an interesting concept. it is a short story and easily finished in a short time. take a look at the lives of a family through the snapshots provided by the "tree".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving June 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Rings Of a Tree is the touching story of life as observed through the 'eyes' of a magnificent old oak tree. The loves, the loss, the joys and sorrows, stands the test of time and propels the reader through generations of life and death. I found the story easily read in one sitting and enjoyed it thoroughly. I would recomend it without hesitation. A truly remarkable short story by a wonderful author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was very emotive February 23, 2013
By mr dead
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This was a short but great story. I thought it very symbolic of the way life works. the family and their lives evolve and move on while the tree itself has a sense of permanency. With each year that passes the people in the story see their lives move on and ultimately end and each stage of those lives, their childrens lives and even their childrens lives are like the rings inside the tree. with each ring there is a marker of another year passed and in the end some of the characters are no longer there but the lives of the people who are left are still tied to that tree and the special meaning it holds for them
this is a great story and i do hope more people will stop and read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Life September 29, 2012
By Rick
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Life is a crazy thing. We deal with death, sickness, happiness and heart-break. Arnold shows you everything in a great short story. A very quick must read that I promise will make you sad but also brighten your day.
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More About the Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is the international bestselling and award-winning author of the Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher, and McKinley Mystery series. She is the only author, in her genre, with POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.TM

Carolyn was born in a small town, but that doesn't keep her from dreaming big. And on par with her large dreams is her overactive imagination that conjures up killers and cases to solve. She currently lives in a city near Toronto with her husband and two beagles, Max and Chelsea. She is also a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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