Today is the launch of J.L. Oakley’s ‘Timber Rose.’ As a third-generation, life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest, I am proud of our rich history. I know it’s not fantasy, but I am a multidimensional reader and I’ve been looking forward to this book all year. I loved her first book, ‘Tree Soldier.’
Oakley will be officially launching ‘Timber Rose’ at Village Books in Fairhaven, in Bellingham Washington today at 4:00 P.M. If you are a Northwest resident and can make the drive to Bellingham, by all means do so.
Here is the Blurb on the back of the book:
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.
‘Timber Rose’ has already received a fine review from Barbara Lloyd McMichael of the Bellingham Herald. Published on April 3, 2014, you can read McMichael’s review of Timber Rose here: Prequel taps early 20th century for drama.
Janet Oakley is an award winning author of memoir essays and novels. Her work appears in various magazines, anthologies, and other media including the Cup of Comfort series and Historylink, the on-line encyclopedia of Washington State history. She writes social studies curricula for schools and historical organizations, demonstrates 19thcentury folkways, and was for many years the curator of education at a small county museum in La Conner, WA. Her historical novels, The Tree Soldier set in 1930s Pacific NW and The Jossing Affair set in WW II Norway were PNWA Literary Contest finalists. Tree Soldier went on to win the 2013 EPIC ebook award for historical fiction and grand prize for Chanticleer Book Reviews Lit Contest.
She writes both non-fiction and fiction, applying her research skills to both types of writing. In 2006 she was the manager of a History Channel grant, researching old court cases in early Washington Territory.
She especially enjoys the hunt in old newspapers, court cases, and other delights in archives around the country. The history of the Pacific Northwest is rich and not as well known in the rest of the country beyond Lewis and Clark’s passage through, yet crucial happenings took place here that influenced the formation of United State of America. In December 2012, an article on a 19th century bark that was a part of the coastal trade between Puget’s Sound and San Francisco was published the prestigious Sea Chest.
This wraps up my post for today, but if you have a chance, get to Village Books in Bellingham and meet Janet, a.k.a. J.L. Oakley.