The Courage Tree

The Courage Tree

by Diane Chamberlain
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The Courage Tree by Diane Chamberlain

Eight-year-old Sophie Donohue just wanted to be like every other little girl. Which is why her mother, Janine, reluctantly agreed to let her go on the weekend camping trip with her Brownie troop. But when Janine arrives to pick up Sophie after the trip, her daughter is not among the others. Somehow, along the forested route from West Virginia, Sophie has disappeared.

Sophie is no ordinary 8 year old. She suffers from a rare disease, and Janine has recently enrolled her in an experimental treatment as a last effort to save her life — despite the vehement objections of her ex-husband, Joe, who believes conventional medicine is the only route to take. The only person to support Janine in her decision is Lucas Trowell, someone familiar with the herbs used in the treatment. Lucas has been encouraging Janine to keep Sophie in the program, and, indeed, the little girl has been showing remarkable improvement.

All her mother’s instincts tell Janine that Sophie is alive, but time is running out. Without her treatment, it’s only a matter of days before Sophie’s illness will claim her life. As Janine, Joe and Lucas embark on a desperate search to find Sophie, envy and suspicion grow between the two men, casting doubts on each other’s true motives for helping Janine.

Deep in the forest, another drama unfolds. Sophie has found refuge in a remote cabin inhabited by a woman who wants nothing to do with the little girl. She’s desperate to help her own daughter, who has been wrongly imprisoned for murder and who, after escaping, is on her way to join her mother. Sophie’s arrival puts in jeopardy her daughter’s future, but the mysterious woman is as determined to save her daughter as Janine is to save Sophie.

Only one of them can succeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551667997
Publisher: Mira
Publication date: 02/02/2001
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.53(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

Diane Chamberlain is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels, including Pretending to Dance, The Silent Sister, and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. A RITA Award winner, she holds a master's degree in social work from San Diego State University. Diane lives in North Carolina.

Ann Marie Lee has worked extensively as an actress in the theater, as well as on television and film. She has recorded numerous audiobooks and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award.

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Courage Tree 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really touching, really thrilling, really amazing. In one word: PERFECT! Chamberlain is the author I've been waiting to read over and over again. - Vincent Labadie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book! I could not put it down and everyone that I have recommended it to has felt the same way. This was my second book of Diane Chamberlain's and I have already bought the rest of them.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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?

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.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my second book to read by Chamberlain, and I can officially say I am hooked! I am a big Jodi Picoult fan, but having finished all of her books, I searched for similar authors and came across this author. She has a completely different style to her writing and her characters carry quite different personality traits than Picoult's, but something about their writing is similar. This story had me guessing right up to the end, but carefully placed, subtle clues had me on the right track. I stayed up all night to get to the end...yes, I felt it was THAT interesting, and the ending was worth the trade of sleep! Characters are well developed, story is engaging from page 1 to the ending, and my emotions were evoked as I read. I definitely recommend!
teacher47 More than 1 year ago
Much was predicable , but there were so many twists and turns that kept me turning the pages. For an enjoyable book, i would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will admit that in the beginning it seemed to drag a little for me, but it's one of those you need to read the first few chapters to get it. Once I got through the first few chapters I started getting into it and before I knew it I finished the book. I do reccommend this book along with all of Diane Chamberlain's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
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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Diane Chamberlain writes in a way that makes it so easy to get caught up in the story. This book is no exception. A definite must-read!
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