Heart of Oak

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There's a large burl on the huge old oak at the heart of the forest that makes the tree appear to be pregnant. What will it give birth to?

This 9500-word novelette answers that questions. More

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Words: 9,680
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465967183
About Meredith Mansfield

Professionally, I've been a financial analyst and a visual basic programmer. I also have a paralegal certificate, although I've never worked in that field. It's anybody's guess what I'll be when I grow up.

Imagining stories and writing have always been an important part of my life. It's one I've finally gotten to spend a significant amount of time on while I care for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease.

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Review by: Malcolm Wood on Jan. 14, 2013 :
The accidental liberation of the wood spirit Kerica, throws her into the alien human world. This story will both warm your heart and chill your soul as Kerica falls into the hands of the evil squire who intends to enslave her. You will cheer her on as she faces many challenges before she meets the Lord of the Wild, one of her own kind. The story picks up pace as it progress and will have you holding your breath until the end.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Donna K. Weaver on April 25, 2012 :
Book Description:
There's a large burl on the huge old oak at the heart of the forest that makes the tree appear to be pregnant. What will it give birth to?

Kerica is born from the oak tree knowing nothing of the humans among whom she finds herself. The tree had a reason for making her, but Kerica has to figure out what it was for herself before she can decide where she belongs.

This sweet little story left me wanting more. This has real potential if Mansfield ever wants to expand the story, so she could delve more deeply into the story we're presented but also in what happens next. I'm always into what happens next.

I enjoyed the shifting between Kerica's first person narrative and the third person of the rest of the story. The book's language was lovely, and I enjoyed the subtle references tree/nature references.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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