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The Walnut Tree: A Holiday Tale

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A change of pace for this mother-son author team: A love story,

A change of pace for this mother-son author team: A love story, rather than a mystery. But still set at the start of World War I, with insights into the British class system and the horrors of war. It is the story of Lady Elspeth Douglas, torn between the attractions...
A change of pace for this mother-son author team: A love story, rather than a mystery. But still set at the start of World War I, with insights into the British class system and the horrors of war. It is the story of Lady Elspeth Douglas, torn between the attractions of two men, duty, and the iron hand of her guardian stifling her independent nature.

Just before the outbreak of war, Elspeth is in Paris, at the behest of her pregnant friend who is awaiting the birth of her first child. After the baby’s birth and the German invasion, she attempts to return to England. Along the way she voluntarily becomes involved in the hostilities, bringing water to the troops. There she meets Captain Peter Gilchrist, setting up an emotional conflict with her fiancé, Alain, to whom she sort of became betrothed the night before he left to join the army. When she gets back to England, she decides to become a nurse, and serves well in France, until her guardian decides that that is not an activity fit for a lady.

“The Walnut Tree” is an emotional tale from several points of view. And it is told without embellishment, simply and in a straightforward manner. And the writers couldn’t resist introducing a mystery, even if only in passing.

Recommended.

posted by tedfeit0 on April 15, 2013

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The same but different

Charles Todd (and his Mom who co-write two series) have written The Walnut Tree as a separate entity to the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford series.
I enjoyed the Crawford series - WWI nurse experiences who also solves whodunits - and half way through the Inspector R...
Charles Todd (and his Mom who co-write two series) have written The Walnut Tree as a separate entity to the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford series.
I enjoyed the Crawford series - WWI nurse experiences who also solves whodunits - and half way through the Inspector Rutledge series. The writing is always excellent, although sometimes Todd rambles on with scenery descriptions, but the brilliance and the fun in all these books is the characterizations. They are bitey - compassionate - mean and nasty - haughty - and alway entertaining.
What makes The Walnut Tree different is not the characters, for they are all true Todd creations, but the aberration of the plotting, which was similar in setting but different enough to keep the reader involved.

posted by Stepupgramma on March 1, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Lovely read

    This was my first book by Todd so I don't have comparisons to make, but this was a beautiful story. I didn't want it to end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 15, 2014

    Hello, I am 2

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