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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Poignant family drama

    In Virginia, a desperate Janine Donahue accepts an alternative medicine to help her dying eight-year-old child Sophie with her kidney disease. Janine already feels guilty over the stillborn death of her child years ago and she believes that her role in the Arabian Peninsula caused the damage to Sophie. When the child seems to have improved by using Herbalina, Janine allows Sophie to go to an overnight Brownie camp over the objections of her parents and her ex-spouse Joe. <P>However, something went wrong as the scout leader, another child, and Janine never make it back to the pick-up point where Sophie waits in a state of panic. The police become involved and Sophie searches for her lost child. Her parents and Joe condemn Janine, who knows the trio plans to force her to give up custody in a court battle. Only the strange Lucas Trowell seems to be on Janine¿s side. Will they find the lost child in time because Sophie desperately needs her medicine and dialysis now? <P> THE COURAGE TREE is a powerful relationship suspense novel centering on the fear adults feel for their children, especially an ailing child. The story line pulls out all the punches, as Janine with the exception of Lucas feels alone with her parents and Joe piling on the guilt. The subplot involving the aging amazon actress adds little to an already stalwart, poignant drama. Still, Diana Chamberlain shows her abilities with this deep taut thriller. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2001

    Great Read!!!

    I just finished reading this book and I could not put it down. I recommend it for anyone who has a sick child or has ever been a sick child themselves. A wonderful blend of intrigue, good story telling, and human spirit.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    This is a mother-centric plot. Two families with mothers at the

    This is a mother-centric plot. Two families with mothers at the helm of two stories that eventually connect.
    The first is about two parents colliding when it comes to the medical care of their sick child.
    I just want to have a wee grumble at Janine's parents. I mean come on now, her own parents act as if her ex-hubby is their son and they treat their own daughter like a 15 yr old with the mental capacity of a gnat.
    No insult intended towards gnats.
    I would have liked to have seen Janine assert herself in some way when it came to her ex and her parents. That did not happen. Annoying and a complete paradox from a personality perspective in relation to her being a veteran helicopter pilot with combat experience. So flying and taking down the enemy is no problem but she cowers at each word uttered by her parents.
    Strange that Chamberlain chose to make Janine such a wishy-washy character, despite depicting her as a mother who defies all to try and get her daughter healthy.
    Then you have the contradiction of everyone being sidetracked by secondary issues during the search for Sophie. You're a parent and your child is missing does anything take precedence over that?
    Simultaneously we have the story of the middle-aged famous actress Zoe. She is willing to give up everything to protect her child and compensate for past mistakes.
    Motherly love and the boundaries that love is willing to cross regardless of the consequences. Of course the story also questions whether those boundaries are crossed because of the egotism of the parent, the welfare of the child or perhaps a combination of the two.
    I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin MIRA.

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