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The Oak Tree: a novel by [LaPalm, Jodi]
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"The Oak Tree is very well written and another good story. LaPalm's characters are so real you can identify with them and the true-to-life situations they encounter and overcome. This author gets into the head and heart of the characters - and you'll want to keep reading! I enjoyed all of LaPalm's books - but The Oak Tree is one of my favorites to date." -Amazon Reviewer

From the Author

People often ask where my book ideas come from, questioning if the stories and characters reflect my life or me. The short answer: I make up everything, hence the genre of fiction. However, it would be wrong to claim there is no part of me in the books I write. For although they develop primarily from my imagination, I am influenced by personal experience. Even still, I would have to say the bulk of my writing is entirely fabricated from the crazy chaos within my head. 

THE OAK TREE, however, is undeniably different. This book carries such an incredible part of me with it. My journey through cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy, and surgeries is apparent on each page and in every aspect of Andie's struggle to escape the grim shadow of her illness. No, Andie is not me. Her past, her life, and the people in it are purely fictitious. No, I did not have an insensitive husband or father-in-law. To the contrary, I had countless people offer their support during my fight, and I am infinitely blessed to say my husband and son were the most kindhearted, forgiving, patient, and loving men. I thank God every day for allowing me the honor of being their wife and mother. 

An unbelievable number of family members, friends, and even strangers lifted me up and out of the lowest moments with their phone calls, emails, cards, and handwritten notes. Most notably, my mother and stepfather and my mother-in-law and father-in-law, they were the caregivers, waiting through hours of chemotherapy and keeping my home and family running at an uninterrupted pace. And my inner-circle of beautiful friends, they were my tireless cheerleaders, organizing home-cooked meals and ultimately reminding me to laugh at the ridiculousness of life and appreciate every moment granted. 

Finally, I must offer a shout-out to my team of Registered Nurses and Oncology Department. Because of your compassion, endless smiles and enthusiasm, and determined optimism, I am currently in remission. 

In the end, this book is not about cancer or me. It was written for anyone who has faced a personal battle, whatever the challenge. It is intended to be a story of celebration! And hope! Yes, there will be times when life seems dark, but it is crucial to never, ever stop looking for the light. It is always there, waiting for us to claim it.     ~JL

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  • File Size: 2313 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B5NKHP4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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