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Under the Sitka Tree is a novel with robust characters that leap off the page.

T.L. Alton is a gifted writer, whose stories reflect the hope that lives inside of her. She pursues knowledge and continues to grow in faith. This is evident in the style of creative writing, which shines a light on her spiritual growth and maturity.

T.L. Alton draws you into the words she shares, so you feel like you are right beside her! Through it all, she directs the reader to her Saviour; magnifying His strength and never-ending grace.

~ C. Bruton


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Introduction

In the late 1800s, as the fog wafted over the central coast, a Sitka spruce sprout had been roused with germination. As the tree shoot thrust upward into the fertile soil, bolstered by a shallow root system. While the brackish air would benefit the spruce's growth, this particular tree's existence would require a need for survival.

Amidst logging and development of the land, the purpose of this Sitka was to serve in an unexpected way.

Sculpted from within the granitic mountainside, the town of Ospero Falls emerges.

Due to the lumber industry, a community is born with its origin, uniting those citizens who reside during the 1950s.

Amongst the individuals whose foundation entrenched in the seaside haven, are the journeys of everyday lives. Their candid difficulties that stem from suffering reveal an honest struggle of life, during the era.

Throughout each chapter, springs forth the joys of life and discovery of passion, which is relatable.

As children, when Christian James O'Connelly and Skylar Reigh Falls meet, their introduction sees a deep bond form, which flourishes over time. Along with the tenderness that unites Christian and Skylar, are the people who nurture them, growing up.

Weaved into the love story, is the blueprint of our Canadian history and the potholes of our multifaceted past. From the hardships endured of slavery to the corruptness of residential schooling, Under the Sitka Tree explores these matters with sensitivity and awareness.

When Christian and Skylar encounter the majestic 100-year-old Sitka spruce, it resides amongst the natural cathedral of the forests, near a town called Averston.

Soon they discover, secrets hid from the outside world, are revealed amongst the tree's lofty branches. Over time, friendships forged, love found, and the heartbreak of loss becomes known, uniting them all together, Under the Sitka Tree.

Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny. ~ C.S. Lewis

A young boy growing up, in a central coast Canadian town, whose life is transformed by a unique, Sitka spruce tree and an inspiring, little girl.

A father's devotion to his son, determined to give him a life he never had, results in the ultimate sacrifice.

A young child who is searching for a deeper connection to her roots, struggles with her African heritage and forms a friendship, with an unlikely alliance.

An elderly woman surrounded in mystery and wisdom keeps company with mothers, who embody sacrifice and strength.

What readers are saying

I truly anticipate the release of "Under the Sitka Tree". Through her blogs T.L. Alton always manages to bind her eloquence with words to a narrative from the heart. I look forward to experiencing the release of her creativity. As she draws from her life experiences and meshes those with her robust imagination, to deliver what can only be a wonderful story to be told.

~ Christopher

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