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A man running from his past, a woman too independent for her era, a man blinded by jealousy, and a rowdy cast of streetwise Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps teenage boys coalesce in this boisterous blend of mystery, romance and - though not quite realized enough - American economic history... its disparate threads of mysterious past and romantic present are tied up with an emotionally satisfying resolution.

~ PW May 2014

Oakley constructs this rugged romance with tremendous care, fully developing its characters, particularly the honorable Hardesty, and building moments of tension in an engaging and entertaining novel.
~PW Select January 2012

...the characters are complicated and convincing, and the overall narrative is solid, providing a nice balance of macho rough-and-tumble, romance, and period detail. I'm always glad to see more Northwest-based fiction, and "Tree Soldier" is well worth reading.
~Barbara Lloyd McMicheal for the Bellingham Herald, December 26, 2011.

From the Author

Thank you for coming by my Author page. I love writing about and researching history, in particular about my part of the world, the Pacific Northwest, though my first novel, The Jossing Affair, is set in WW II occupied Norway.

Researching history is like a CSI hunt. You just don't know what you are going to find in an archive or a family papers. It leads to wonderful discoveries and stories, such as my great-grandfather's role as a Union surgeon at Gettysburg. Writing about history is about craft and I have spent many years improving mine through conferences, writer's workshops and author talks at my local indie book store and libraries. Each rejection letter or contest win brings me closer to a better novel or article. It is a joy to have won the 2012 EPIC ebook award  and a grand prize from Chanticleer Book Reviews for historical Fiction for Tree Soldier. Even more for the libraries of the Lewis and Clark Valley choosing the novel as their Everybody Reads 2013. I visit 7 libraries in November, telling stories about the CCCs in their area.

I've traditionally published personal essays ranging from the dreams of four generations of women in my family to doing drywall after the sudden loss of my husband. "Dry Wall in the Time of Grief" was the top winner in non-fiction at Surrey International Writers in 2006. My articles on Washington State history are at "The Boys of Glacier" was part of the award winning 2013 summer issue of Mount Baker Experience Magazine.

An historian and educator, I  teach everything from splitting shakes to making butter to 3rd graders, research the life of the ANN PARRY, a 19th century West Coast bark and give talks on the CCCs for Humanities WA. When I am not writing, I love to garden and eat the fruits of my labor. Winter brings out my favorite plant, the helebore, so hardy in my neck of the woods.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest and writes every day. No matter what.

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  • File Size: 827 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C44F0Q
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Thanks for coming by. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After college, I worked my way west to the Hawaiian Islands. There I met my future husband and for a time we lived on the Big Island. We moved to the Pacific Northwest where we raised three sons. An historian as well as an award winning author, my writings appear in various magazines, anthologies, and literary publications.

My historical novel, Timber Rose, is an IndieBRAG honoree and just won a silver 2014 WILLA Literary Award. (So honored!) It has a first place in a category for the 2014 Chaucer Award. Tree Soldier, set in 1930s Pacific NW, won the 2012 EPIC ebook Award and 2013 Chanticleer Grand Prize. An 2013 Everybody Reads chosen by Pacific NW librarians, Tree Soldier is popular with book clubs around the country. The Jossing Affair set in WW II Norway during the German occupation is in edits for winter publication.

Saddle Road, Lei Crime Kindle World novella, is my first mystery. I'm working on another.

When not writing, I demonstrate 19th century folkways at parks, give talks, and present history workshops to school age students.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Margaret H on November 23, 2010
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Tree Soldier is not only a factually accurate account of an often-forgotten piece of our shared American heritage, but in addition, Author Janet Oakley has crafted characters that are at once believable and real. This reader will forever be enamored of key figure Park Hardesty. Tree Soldier has an enjoyable pace that moves along smoothly. And the ending is simply a feel-good experience done exceptionally well.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mexall on December 7, 2010
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Historian and writer J. L. Oakley has crafted a compelling story set in Western Washington during the Depression. Underfed youths escaping the poverty of Eastern cities for a job with the Civilian Conservation Corps face an unfamiliar landscape and sometimes hostile locals. Under the leadership of Park Hardesty, "Joisey Squad" eventually finds respect and satisfaction in performing hard and sometimes dangerous work. Park is seeking a more personal redemption, and his search leads him to the love of his life.

Oakley creates the period with authentic details, like the slang the Corpsmen use, but her exacting research -- she interviewed several surviving CCCers -- does not get in the way of a rousing tale with well-developed characters.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Monica W. on January 29, 2011
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This was a great book that I really enjoyed reading. I'm originally from the Pacific Northwest, and it brought back memories of living there, and visiting my grandparents who lived in the middle of twenty acres of woods. You could almost smell the pine when reading.
The characters were interesting, and I liked that even though this story was in the past, there was a strong female character who really knows what she wants in life.
A quick and enjoyable read and I hope to read other books by this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L.M. Archer on December 24, 2010
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"Tree Soldier " proves one CAN judge a book by its' cover! This historical novel unfolds around Park Hardesty, an east-coast college drop-out haunted by his past, who works his way to the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) camps of the Pacific NW forests. Here, through a hair-raising series of 'switchbacks' - both literal and emotional, Park finds love, acceptance, and redemption among his fellow 'tree soldiers'. Kudos to author J.L. Oakley for a masterfully wrought masterpiece that both instructs and inspires.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chanticleer Book Reviews on September 5, 2012
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In this action-packed, emotionally charged historical novel titled "Tree Soldier," J.L. Oakley takes us back to the era of the Great Depression. With millions of Americans unemployed, President Franklin D. Roosevelt devised a New Deal work relief program called the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Some three million unmarried young men went to work in CCC camps across America--building roads and bridges, establishing flood control, and replanting depleted forests. Of the men's $30 monthly paychecks, $25 was sent to help their desperately poor families.

Oakley skillfully weaves this history into a suspense building story of love, forgiveness, and redemption. The story commences with the arrival in 1935 of a new squad of 'Tree Soldiers' at Camp Kulshan, a CCC forestry camp in the rugged North Cascades, near the little village of Frazier, Washington.

While most of the new recruits are sort of rough teenagers from urban New Jersey and New York, our protagonist is a college student who left school and his farm home in eastern Pennsylvania to join up. The strong and handsome John Parker Hardesty has more than a paycheck on his mind, however. The pensive young man, who sometimes seeks solitude in the forest, is trying to escape his nightmare memories of two tragic events in his life. His fellow recruits nonetheless respect the polite, clean-cut, Park who can also hold his own in the physically competitive proving ground environment of camp life. Many of the new recruits seek out his company, especially a wiry, 18-year-old Italian kid named Mario Spinelli, who takes the upper bunk above Park. Before long Park becomes the squad's "straw boss."

Camp Kulshan is no fun summer camp.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Cormier on May 31, 2011
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I stayed up late yesterday so I could finish Tree Soldier. It's a real page turner!!! I found it absolutely fascinating... and Janet Oakley's writing is captivating! It makes me want to go up Mt. Baker Highway and check the locations and legacy of CCC. I like the way the historical details are intertwined with the storyline, down to figures of speech of the 1930s. The characters were superbly developed, true to life, whether complex or simplistic, subtle or bold, each with their hurts and hopes; my affection for the more endearing ones grew with each chapter, as I also feared for them. The flow and structure of the novel takes the reader step by step from an overview of the CCC camps and life in the Northwest to the struggles and frustrations that eventually lead to dramatic events. Some of those characters are willing to swing the bridge at the right frequency until something gives... one just hopes that they're the ones who go down with it! Now what happens between the end of that summer and the CCC reunion 50 years later??? Ms. Oakley, Congratulations for painting a moving tableau of hope, trust and redemption during the Depression, and Thank You for researching and bringing the local history to life in such an elegant and convincing manner.
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