5.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 20, 2013
By Donna B. Smith
THE BOTTLE TREE by Robert D. Bennett intrigues me. Its setting, both in time and place, make me want to read more. Characters are cleverly constructed to create the tale. The area is one which we have visited, and it lends itself to the foggy mysterious. Growing up just across the boundary in east Texas pines and realizing that turpentine originates from the trees, I never knew or thought about such as the turpentine camps, but since reading Bottle Tree, I have done a tad of research about those camps. Among my acquaintances is a friend who lives in western Louisiana, and she says that she has family members who have mentioned them. So much in the book made me reach back into my own childhood, and the visuals unfolded easily.