My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book, its characters, and its setting, Washington State, during the early years of the 20th century, touched my heart. For several characters, the actions and thought patterns perfectly illustrate the aftermath caused by childhood trauma.

The vivid portrayal of the landscape, the trees, the mountains, the characters, and the events of their lives is breathtaking. Like the intertwining roots of the trees, the bond created between Talmadge, Caroline Middey, Clee, Jane, Della, and Angelene, some of whom begin as random strangers, supersedes their past, present, and future, creating an impression of a quintessential found family. My only regret is not discovering this book sooner.