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The Walnut Tree: A Holiday Tale - Charles Todd
The Walnut Tree: A Holiday Tale
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In 1914, while visiting her friend Madeleine, Lady Elspeth Douglas's life is thrown into chaos when war breaks out and the Germans quickly overrun Belgium, threatening France. Having just agreed to marry Alain, Madeleine's dashing brother, Lady Elspeth watches him leave to join his unit, and then... show more
In 1914, while visiting her friend Madeleine, Lady Elspeth Douglas's life is thrown into chaos when war breaks out and the Germans quickly overrun Belgium, threatening France. Having just agreed to marry Alain, Madeleine's dashing brother, Lady Elspeth watches him leave to join his unit, and then she sets out for England, only to find herself trapped on the French coast.

Caught amid a sea of stranded travelers, terrified refugees, and wounded men overflowing the port of Calais, the restless Elspeth—daughter of a Highland aristocrat whose distinguished family can trace its roots back to the court of Mary, Queen of Scots—decides to make herself useful, carrying water to weary soldiers near the Front. It is an act of charity that almost gets her killed when enemy shells begin to explode around her.

To her rescue comes Captain Peter Gilchrist, who pulls her away from the battle and leads her to safety. But before they can properly say good-bye, Elspeth and Peter are separated.
Back in London, surrounded by familiar comforts, Elspeth is haunted by the horrors she witnessed in France. She also cannot forget the gallant Peter Gilchrist, even though she has promised herself to Alain.

Transformed by her experience, Elspeth goes to London and enrolls in a nursing course, where she meets a fellow nurse in training, Bess Crawford. It is a daring move, made without the consent of Elspeth's guardian, her cousin Kenneth, a high-handed man with rigid notions of class and femininity.

Yet Elspeth Douglas is a woman with a mind of her own, which—as she herself says—is a blessing and a curse. She is determined to return to the battlefields of France to do her part . . . and to find the man she has no right to love, no matter how far Cousin Kenneth may go to stop her. But before she can set things right with Alain, he goes missing and then Peter is gravely wounded. In a world full of terror and uncertainty, can the sweetness of love survive or will Elspeth's troubled heart become another casualty of this terrible war?
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780062236883 (0062236881)
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
Series: Bess Crawford
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Degrees of Affection
Degrees of Affection rated it
3.0 The Walnut Tree (Short Story loosely connected with Bess Crawford series)
Meh. That's about the best I can come up with. This book did nothing I hoped for when I wanted it to. When I wanted more Bess...nothing. More nursing...Elspath gets kicked out. (I'm sorry, that's not a spoiler. It was practically in neon lights from the moment she joined!) Lady Elspath Douglas ...
November News 2014
November News 2014 rated it
5.0 The Walnut Tree
This is a good story. And after all, what is more important? I recommend this book if you like anything by Nicholas Sparks. It has that quality about it. The Charles Todd writing team is superb in every story they accomplish. This one doesn't have the suspense and the "bite" of the Ian Rutledge seri...
Portable Magic
Portable Magic rated it
0.0 The Walnut Tree - Abandoned
Audiobook version from Audible. Abandoned after 20 minutes. Not my kind of book - thought it was historical fiction with action/adventure.
Khanh the Killjoy
Khanh the Killjoy rated it
3.0
I've read and loved every single book written by Charles Todd, but this didn't do it for me. I think the problem is with the length of the novel, and the pacing. There was too much story crammed into too little story.Usually in a Charles Todd novel, the major strength is in the characterization. The...
Linus...Curating
Linus...Curating rated it
4.0 The Walnut Tree: A Holiday Tale
The Walnut Tree is simply expressed but enjoyable, written at a bias so you know which man you want to win Elspeth’s heart and hand, though you wonder how this will be accomplished when both are immensely appealing. The novel also briefly features Bess Crawford, a nurse who often finds herself inves...
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