The Language Of Trees
Published by Avon
FTC disclosure: I received this book from the publisher, as I’m participating in a TLC book tour.
Blurb from the back of the ARC:
Ilie Ruby’s debut novel opens as Grant Shongo has returned home to Canandaigua Lake, a little community where everyone knows everyone’s business – though they may pretend not to. Devastated and living in isolation after the breakup of his marriage, Grant is drawn back into the world when a young man, Lion, pleas for his help in finding his missing wife, Melanie. Tongues are wagging about Melanie’s disappearance, being a recovering addict, could she have had a relapse? Was she abducted? What, if anything, does it have to do with the death of her little brother all those years ago?
Sparks fly when Grant’s first love returns to town, but can it be trusted this time? And with the chance at enjoying life again, will Grant’s promise to Lion fall by the wayside – possibly endangering countless lives?
I confess…I was intrigued by the title of this book. And it ended up being as magical as the title suggests. Laura asked me if I found “that the use of language in The Language Of Trees enhanced the story or got in its way?” I don’t think it got in the way at all. I think the language is an integral part of what makes the story unique. There were times that I thought it felt a bit too self-aware (does that even make sense?), but those were few and far between, and this is a debut novel.
However, there were two things that bothered me. Early in the book, Grant sets off for what I believe is a seven mile run into town. Then later in the book, Echo mentions she is walking from town to Grant’s cabin for dinner. She’s walking seven miles to a dinner date? Really? And then she makes a few stops and shows up with her hair still wet. Also, Charlie Cooke. Call me cold-hearted, but I’d rather he didn’t have the ending he had.
Despite those two minor quibbles, I enjoyed the story. In particular, I loved the small town setting. I think I mention this a lot, but I love small town settings. I like reading about the sense of community and the home town businesses and the characters that always pop up in small towns, and all of those things really came through for me in this book.
And finally, a few more questions that people asked:
Dreamybee: “Does The Language Of Trees compare tree song to whale song? ’Cuz I have a theory about that…” Nope, sorry, no whale song. But there is a ghost, and a little bit of mysticism.
gautami tripathy: “I received The Language of Trees yesterday. Do you think I should jump the gun for it?” There are very few books that I would recommend dropping everything for, but I will say you should read this one sooner rather than later.
Other TLC tour stops for The Language of Trees:
- Tuesday, July 20th: I’m Booking It
- Wednesday, July 21st: Café of Dreams
- Monday, July 26th: Library Queue
- Wednesday, July 28th: Fizzy Thoughts
- Thursday, July 29th: Alison’s Book Marks
- Monday, August 2nd: Chaotic Compendiums
- Wednesday, August 4th: Take Me Away
- Thursday, August 5th: Booksie’s Blog
- Monday, August 9th: Jenny Loves to Read
- Tuesday, August 10th: Chefdruck Musings
- Thursday, August 12th: Books Like Breathing
For more info, check out the TLC tour page for The Language of Trees. And many thanks to TLC and Avon!