1907. Women climbing mountains in skirts. Loggers fighting for the eight hour day. The forests and mountains of the North Cascades are alive with progress, but not everyone is on board.Caroline Symington comes from a prominent family in Portland, Oregon. Much to her family's dismay, she's more interested in hiking outdoors and exploring the freedoms of a 1907's New Woman than fancy parties and money. She plans to marry on her own terms, not her parents. When she falls in love with Bob Alford, an enterprising working-class man who loves the outdoors as much as she, little does she know how sorely her theories will be tested. Betrayed by her jealous sister, Caroline elopes, a decision that causes her father to disown her.The young couple moves to a rugged village in the North Cascade Mountains where Caroline begins a new life as the wife of a forest ranger. Though she loves her life in the mountains as a wife and mother, her isolation and the loss of her family is a challenge. As she searches for meaning among nature, she's ushered along by a group of like-minded women and a mysterious, mountain man with a tragic past.
About the Author
Janet Oakley is an awarding winning writer, historian and a practicing gardener. Her personal essays appear in the CUP of COMFORT series and CLOVER, A Literary Rag. Her articles on Washington State history are at Historylink.org and in the prestigious maritime history magazine, SEA CHEST. TREE SOLDIER, a novel set in a CCC camp in the Great Depression won the 2012 EPIC ebook award for historical fiction as well as a 2012 grand prize with Chanticleer Book Reviews. It is a EVERYBODY READS 2013 for the Lewis & Clark Valley community. She is a Humanities Washington speaker, talking on the Civilian Conservation Corps in the state. TIMBER ROSE, its prequel, came out of reading about women in the early 20th and her own hiking experience as a young woman in the White Mountains of NH and Hawaii. But not in skirts.